Feb 13, 2011

My heart is not glad

The wanderer rests in a shelter.
He obtains his property and an ax.
My heart is not glad.

This describes a wanderer who knows how to limit his desires outwardly,
though he is inwardly strong and aspiring. Therefore he finds at least a place
of shelter in which he can stay. He also succeeds in acquiring property, but
even with this he is not secure. He must be always on guard, ready to defend
himself with arms. Hence he is not at ease.
He is persistently conscious of being a stranger in a strange land.
Richard Wilhelm's and Cary F. Baynes translation "I Ching: Or, Book of Changes"

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