Ta Yu 14 POSSESSION IN GREAT MEASURE Abundance
from the Book of Changes I CHING Wilhelm Edition – compiled by Mardi – could also be called “How To Handle Sudden Wealth”
大有 Ta Yu Abundance
The fire in heaven above shines far and all things stand out in the light and become manifest. All things come to the man who is modest and kind in a high position. Supreme success. That strength and clarity unite; possession in great measure is determined by fate and accords with the time. How is it possible that those of us who are weak have power to hold the strong forces fast and possess them? It is done by virtue of unselfish modesty. The time is favorable – a time of strength within, clarity and culture without. Power is expressing itself in a graceful and controlled way. This brings supreme success and wealth – those who stand as helpers at the side of the mild authority are strong and able individuals.
Fire in heaven above
The image of Possession in great measure.
Thus the superior man curbs evil and furthers good,
and thereby obeys the benevolent will of heaven.
The image of possession on a grand scale. But possession of this sort must be administered properly. The sun brings both evil and good into the light of day. Man must combat and curb the evil, and must favor and promote the good.
If one remains conscious of difficulty one remains without blame, there are many difficulties to overcome, but by remaining conscious of these difficulties one can keep inwardly free of possible arrogance and wastefulness, and thus in principle overcome all cause for blame.
A big wagon for loading; one may undertake something, no blame.
Great possession consists not only in the quantity of goods at one’s disposal, but, first and foremost; in the mobility and utility of those goods, for then they can be used in undertakings and we remain free of embarrassment and mistakes. The big wagon which will carry a heavy load and can journey far, means there are at hand able helpers who give their support and are equal to their task. One can load great responsibility upon such persons, and this is necessary in important undertakings.
He offers it to heaven; a petty man cannot do this. A magnanimous, liberal-minded man should not regard what he possesses as his exclusive personal property but should place it at the disposal of the people at large. In so doing he takes the right attitude toward his possession, which as private property can never endure. A petty man is incapable of this, he is harmed by great possessions, because instead of sacrificing them, he would keep them for himself. However, benevolence alone is not sufficient at the time of POSSESSION IN GREAT MEASURE. For insolence might begin to spread, insolence can be kept in bounds by dignity; one remains modest and gives honor to the sage who stands outside the affairs of the world.
Confucius says of this line: To bless means to help. Heaven helps the man who is devoted; men help the man who is true. He who walks in truth and is devoted in his thinking, and furthermore reveres the worthy, is blessed by heaven. He has good fortune and there is nothing that would not further.