29. 坎為水   K'an / The Abysmal (Water)

坎:習坎,有孚,維心亨,行有尚。
彖曰:習坎,重險也。水流而不盈,行險而不失其
信。維心亨,乃以剛中也。行有尚,往有功也。天險
不可升也,地險山川丘陵也,王公設險以守其國,坎
之時用大矣哉!


象曰:水洊至,習坎﹔君子以常德行,習教事。



初六:習坎,入于坎窞,凶。
象曰:習坎入坎,失道凶也。

九二:坎有險,求小得。
象曰:求小得,未出中也。

六三:來之坎坎,險且枕,入于坎窞,勿用。
象曰:來之坎坎,終無功也。

六四:樽酒簋貳,用缶,納約自牖,終無咎。
象曰:樽酒簋貳,剛柔際也。

九五:坎不盈,只既平,無咎。
象曰:坎不盈,中未大也。

上六:係用徽纆,置于叢棘,三歲不得,凶。
象曰:上六失道,凶三歲也。
The Judgement
The Abysmal repeated. If you are sincere, you
have success in your heart,
And whatever you do succeeds.

The Image
Water flows on uninterruptedly and reaches its
goal:
The image of the Abysmal repeated.
Thus the superior man walks in lasting virtue
And carries on the business of teaching.

The Lines

Repetition of the Abysmal.
In the abyss one falls into a pit.  Misfortune.

The abyss is dangerous.
One should strive to attain small things only.

Forward and backward, abyss on abyss.
In danger like this, pause at first and wait,
Otherwise you will fall into a pit in the abyss.
Do not act in this way.

A jug of wine, a bowl of rice with it;
Earthen vessels Simply handed in through the
window. There is certainly no blame in this.

The abyss is not filled to overflowing,
It is filled only to the rim.  No blame.


Bound with cords and ropes,
Shut in between thorn-hedged prison walls:
For three years one does not find the way.
Misfortune.
坎上  above K'an The Abysmal, Water
坎下  below K'an The Abysmal, Water