12. 天地否 P'i / Standstill [Stagnation]
Standstill. Evil people do not further
The perseverance of the superior man.
The great departs; the small approaches.
Heaven and earth do not unite:
The image of Standstill. Thus the superior
man falls back upon his inner worth
In order to escape the difficulties. He does not
permit himself to be honored with revenue.
When ribbon grass is pulled up, the sod
comes with it. Each according to his kind.
Perseverance brings good fortune and
They bear and endure;
This means good fortune for inferior people.
The standstill serves to help the great man to
They bear shame.
He who acts at the command of the highest
Remains without blame.
Those of like mind partake of the blessing.
Standstill is giving way.
Good fortune for the great man.
"What if it should fail, what if it should fail?"
In this way he ties it to a cluster of mulberry
The standstill comes to an end.
First standstill, then good fortune.
乾上 above Ch'ien The Creative, Heaven
坤下 below K'un The Receptive, Earth