6. 天水訟 Sung / Conflict
Conflict. You are sincere
And are being obstructed.
A cautious halt halfway brings good fortune.
Going through to the end brings misfortune.
It furthers one to see the great man.
It does not further one to cross the great water.
Heaven and water go their opposite ways:
The image of Conflict.
Thus in all his transactions the superior man
Carefully considers the beginning.
If one does not perpetuate the affair,
There is a little gossip.
In the end, good fortune comes.
One cannot engage in conflict;
One returns home, gives way.
The people of his town, Three hundred
households, Remain free of guilt.
To nourish oneself on ancient virtue induces
Danger. In the end, good fortune comes.
If by chance you are in the service of a king,
Seek not works.
One cannot engage in conflict.
One turns back and submits to fate,
Changes one's attitude,
And finds peace in perseverance.
To contend before him
Brings good fortune.
Even if by chance a leather belt is bestowed on
one, By the end of a morning
It will have been snatched away three times
乾上 above Ch'ien The Creative, Heaven
坎下 below K'an The Abysmal, Water