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Hexagram 34 The Power of the Great
Expression Ta Chuang indicates that (under the conditions which it symbolises) it will be advantageous to be firm and correct.
Judgement The Power of the Great. Perseverance furthers.
Image Thunder in heaven above. Image of the Power of the Great. Thus the superior man does not tread upon paths That do not accord with established order.
      Expression: A goat butts against a hedge. It cannot go backward, it cannot go forward. Nothing serves to further. If one notes the difficulty, this brings good fortune.
Image: 'He is unable either to retreat or to advance:'--this is owing to his want of care. 'If he realise the difficulty (of his position), there will be good fortune:'--his error will not be prolonged.
      Expression: Loses the goat with ease. No remorse.
Image: 'He loses his ram and hardly perceives it:'--he is not in his appropriate place.
  Expression: Perseverance brings good fortune. Remorse disappears. The hedge opens; there is no entanglement. Power depends upon the axle of a big cart.
Image: 'The fence is opened and the horns are not entangled:'--(the subject of the line) still advances.
  Expression: The inferior man works through power. The superior man does not act thus. To continue is dangerous. A goat butts against a hedge and gets its horns entangled.
Image: 'The small man uses all his strength; in the case of the superior man it is his rule not to do so.'
  Expression: Perseverance brings good fortune.
Image: 'The second NINE, (undivided), shows that with firm correctness there will be good fortune:'--this is due to its being in the centre, (and its subject exemplifying the due mean).
  Expression: Power in the toes. Continuing brings misfortune. This is certainly true.
Image: 'He manifests his vigour in his toes:'--this will certainly lead to exhaustion.