Above Fire; Below, The Lake: The Image Of Opposition.
Above fire; below, the lake:
The image of Opposition.
Thus amid all fellowship
The superior man retains his individuality.
The earth above the lake: The image of Approach. Thus the superior man is inexhaustible In his will to teach, And without limits In his tolerance and protection of the people.
At the foot of the mountain, the lake: The image of Decrease.
Thus the superior man controls his anger And restrains his instincts....
There is no water in the lake: The image of Exhaustion.
Thus the superior man stakes his life On following his will....
A lake on the mountain: The image of Influence. Thus the superior man encourages people to approach him By his readiness to receive them.
Over the earth, the lake: The image of Gathering Together.
Thus the superior man renews his weapons In order to meet the unforeseen....
The lake has risen up to heaven: The image of Break-through.
Thus the superior man Dispenses riches downward And refrains from resting on his virtue....
The lake rises above the trees: The image of Preponderance of the Great.
Thus the superior man, when he stands alone, Is unconcerned, And if he has to renounce the world, He is undaunted....
Wind comes forth from fire: The image of The Family.
Thus the superior man has substance in his words And duration in his way of life....
Thunder in the middle of the lake: The image of Following.
Thus the superior man at nightfall Goes indoors for rest and recuperation....