Hexagram 04, line 4, 5 & 6

Line 4

困蒙.吝.

Kun 困: hindered, blocked (阻礙)

吝: difficulties; difficult progress (see hexagram 3, line 3)

Blocked ignorance. Difficulties.


Line 5

童蒙.吉.

About tong meng 童蒙: see Judgment

Repeated ignorance. Auspicious.


Line 6

擊蒙.不利為寇.利禦寇.

Ji 擊: attack. The Shanghai Museum MS has 墼 = 毄, ‘attack’.

Kou 寇: invaders, enemies.

兵作於內為亂, 於外為寇.
Hostilities within the State produce rebellion, while hostilities from without are from enemies.
(Zuo Zhuan, tr. James Legge)

Attack ignorance.
Not advantageous for invaders,
Advantageous for guarding against invaders.

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