Hexagram #42 Increase

For increase, it is beneficial to go somewhere; It is beneficial to cross great waters.

EXPLANATION: Increase is adding what is lacking. As for the qualities of the hexagram, above is wind, entering, and below is thunder, active. Acting so as to enter gradually, entering without either rushing or lagging, it is therefore called increase.

Since beginningless time people have been born a thousand times and died ten thousand times accumulated faults and defects, the seeds of habitual compulsion growing deeper as time goes on; now if they want to do something of benefit to essence and life, they cannot accomplish this unless they first extract the seeds of samsara. But the seeds of samsara cannot be removed all at once; there is a firing process, there are procedures. This does not admit falsehood — it requires orderly progress, putting forth effort at every step, increasing the mind of Tao, decreasing the human mentality, increasing sane energy, decreasing aberrated energy. Only when there is such reduction within increase is it possible to succeed, to make it "beneficial to go somewhere." The benefit is simply in one's practice producing beneficial phenomena. -- Liu Yiming, Hexagram # 42 Increase, The taoist I Ching
Increase ䷩ means augmenting insufficient celestial energy; to augment what is insufficient means adding from one yang until there are six yangs, so that finally positive celestial yang is pure and complete. -- Liu Yiming (The Taoist I Ching, Hexagram #44 Meeting)

FIRST YANG: IT IS BENEFICIAL TO ACT SO AS TO DO GREAT WORK; THIS IS VERY AUSPICIOUS, AND BLAMELESS. 


EXPLANATION: In the beginning of increase, one can go straight ahead with vigorous power into great works and great acts. This is so because once the initial thought is true one can gain increase in the beginning, naturally able to be blameless in the end. This is determining increase by use of firm strength. -- Liu Yiming, Hexagram # 42 Increase, The taoist I Ching

2ND YIN: ONE GAINS TEN TORTOISE AS COMPANIONS, AND NONE CAN OPPOSE. PERPETUAL CORRECTNESS IS AUSPICIOUS. IT IS GOOD FOR THE KING TO SERVE THE LORD.

EXPLANATION: 
Flexible receptivity balanced correctly, knowing when to hasten and when to relax, cognizant of good and bad, refining the self and controlling the mind, reducing and reducing again, till the primal energy comes forth from within nothingness, yin and yang merge: This is like gaining ten tortoise as companions. The gain of ten tortoise as companions means the spiritual embryo takes on form. At this time it is appropriate to maintain undivided correctness, serenely incubating the spiritual embryo until the ten months' work is done, and the spiritual potential leaves the "womb" and becomes a reality.

Building up accomplishment, accumulating practice, preserving the country and aiding the people, one is enfeoffed as a king, and serves the lord. When celestial nobility is cultivated to perfection, human nobility follows. What can compare to that good fortune? This is natural Increase through the application of flexibility.
-- Liu Yiming, Hexagram # 42 Increase, The taoist I Ching



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A man eating, driving and talking on the telephone. Thinking that efficienty is a virtue creates many habitual compulsions.







Ten Jizo Bosatsu can be seen as ten companions .(Meaka-Fudoson Nankokuji Temple, Tokyo, Japan)
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Ten inarnations of Vishnu are said to be the Divine entering physical form. They can be seen as ten companions; the Divine Presence entering into ten breaths. (19th ceDtury, Bombay museum) The second one
is the turtle Matsuya.
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