Last month’s note on Hexagram 24 Fu / Return would be incomplete if we do not take into account of the Commentary on the Decision – first and second Wings - by Confucius. Anyone who wants to become a top scholar of Tao worth their salt has to read the Book of Changes and the Ten Wings otherwise their progress in the dual cultivation of Human Nature (Xing) and Fate (Ming) could remain rather limited.
The deeper we go into Space, the more clarity can be achieved. Visiting places in heaven yet to be reached by science. What Guangzhengzi and the Buddha had had told us can be seen, if only one knows how to enter the Mysterious Gates! For that, one has to start the ancient Circulation of the Light with Hexagram Fu / Return.
The Judgment of Hexagram Fu says:
Return. Success. Going out and coming in without error. Friends come without blame. To and fro goes the Way. On the seventh day comes return. It furthers one to have somewhere to go.
To recap the gist of my previous note:
The Judgment informs Yijing aficionados and/or neidan adepts of the magic and phenomena of Tao. That is why the ancient Circulation of the Light meditation begins with Hexagram 24 Fu where the (single) Light line at the bottom starts its ascent and fills up the five dark empty spaces (lines) as it goes up to Heaven – represented by Hexagram 1 Qian / The Creative Heaven. (Refer to the Circulation of the Light and I Ching articles.)
In Chapter 40 of the Tao Te Ching, Laozi said, “Return is the movement of Tao”.
And for proficient top scholars of Tao to take note:
“In Return if you have success you would be going out and coming in without error, similar to the ancients. Much later, friends come without blame. To and fro goes the Way, act at the right time. On the seventh day comes return - if not that is it. It furthers one to have somewhere to go – it furthers because it can be a matter of life and death.” (Judgment sentences in italics.)
If Yijing scholars and experts happened to think there was no penetration (Tong) of the Judgment, read what Confucius said in the Commentary on the Decision (judgment sentences and commentary in bold and in italics respectively.):
In the hexagram of Return one sees the mind of heaven and earth.
“Return has success.” The firm returns.
Movement and action through devotion Therefore, “Going out and coming in without error”
“Friends come without blame. To and fro goes the way. On the seventh day comes return.” This is the course of heaven.
“It furthers one to have somewhere to go.” The firm is on the increase. [W/B]
Proficient top scholars of Tao have to take note that the final commentary ‘The firm is on the increase’ by Confucius, the great ancient sage, differs from what I have indicated. As always, there are several layers of meanings in the Book of Changes to interpret depending on what is to be related.
Choosing the correct meaning and place could be paramount to saving your own life and part of mastering fate. Therefore, fate lies in your hands!