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The I Ching is a powerful, sometimes almost scarily so, text.  Just to add the Wilhelm version of the interpretation of the image:
The shock of continuing thunder brings fear and trembling. The superior man is always filled with reverence at the manifestation of God; he sets his life in order and searches his heart, lest it harbor any secret opposition to the will of God. Thus reverence is the foundation of true culture.
I certainly don't view myself as the "superior man", but the "sets his life in order and searches his heart,,,,," part of this is a major life objective for me now--and I'm not claiming success, only pointing out effort.

I'm trying to read every morning at least a chapter of a wonderful book by Thomas Merton, "New Seeds of Contemplation".  Yesterday's reading was Chapter 25, Humility against Despair, and the closing paragraphs were:

A humble man can do great things with an uncommon perfection because he is no longer concerned about incidentals, like his own interests and his own reputation, and therefore he no longer needs to waste his efforts in defending them.

For a humble man is not afraid of failure.  In fact, he is not afraid of anthing, even of himself, since perfect humility implies perfect confidence in the power of God, before Whom no other power has any meaning and for Whom there is no such thing as an obstacle.

Humility is the surest sign of strength.

I was struck with the connection from the I Ching, "searches his heart, lest it harbor any secret opposition to the will of God",,,,,and Merton, "perfect confidence in the power of God, before Whom no other power has any meaning".

In the past I've thrown the I Ching regarding certain questions I might be grappling with in life, and have frequently been stunned with the relevance of the answer.  But it's interesting to see the relevance even when some one else throws it with you in mind.  Scary.

Please note these readings are thoughts for improvement in life,,,,,and in no way do I mean to imply that I am the "superior man", or have the humility described,,,,,I wish, but it's far from it.

PS: I'm sure Chris would have some great ideas for "spare change", but right now I have more than enough good causes for my meagre resources.

by wchurchill on Fri Jan 5th, 2007 at 11:40:23 AM EST
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But it's interesting to see the relevance even when some one else throws it with you in mind.  Scary.

;)

Did you see this diary?

Don't fight forces, use them R. Buckminster Fuller.

by rg (leopold dot lepster at google mail dot com) on Fri Jan 5th, 2007 at 11:54:24 AM EST
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