Today I just finished the 40th Hexagram 40解 Freed – Get with Decisive Actions .
Here is a short summary of what it teaches.
Summary of the Teaching of 40 Freed:
I. Freedom is obtained by
- quick decisive actions, not impulsive actions, of breaking free from dangers
- staying away from danger
- seeking the interests of the masses, and
- forgiving others.
II. The additional teaching from the 6 Stage-Lines are: (This is really studying by precept by precept and line upon line ....!)
1. Differences are harmonized. No Issue.
2. Straight wins against the crooked. Righteousness brings good fortune.
3. Show-off brings regrets.
4. Stay away from bad companies and have trustworthy true friends.
5. Wise and objective(prejudices free) thinking keeps the office-politics away.
6. Get rid of the bad and rebellious influences to stay free. Fire the bad leader.
Of course, Adam could not have benefited from the study of I-Ching for I-Ching was compiled after him. Here are a few teachings that impressed me (It is exactly the same as the teaching of the Bible).
Freedom is not about doing anything that you like. Freedom is about keeping away from dangers and temptations! Adam and Eve should stay away from temptations.
Freedom is also about forgiveness. In the original Chinese text, the pictorial commentary states that "Wise men forgive wrong doing and pardon sins". If we want to be truly free, we must forgive others who have wronged us. Otherwise, we will be in bondage of bitterness and hatred. We could not be free then.
Freedom requires us to rid our mind of prejudices and biased so that we can be objective and think clearly. We will not be fooled by the bad companies, the people that play political games, and the rebellious people.
Freedom is also about taking decisive actions as early as possible to rid the community of such bad influences.
Compare with the Bible:
I.1-2 1Pet 2:16 Live like free people, and do not use your freedom as an excuse for doing evil. Instead, be God's servants.
I.1-2 Gal 5:13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
I.3 1Co 9:19 For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them.
For more, see Chinese Classics & The Bible