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The Book of Changes
a Well of Wisdom
I Ching, Book of Changes: a Well of Wisdom

The Book of Changes' origin is lost in the night of time; according to many legends, the Pa Kua or eight trigrams (3 lines) of the I Ching were created by the legendary sage Fu Hsi in the 3rd Century B.C. and led to the invention of Chinese calligraphy. Seeing confusion pervading the world, he translated his understanding on how life should be conducted into trigrams in the form of short and simple verses so they can be easily remembered and transmitted from one generation to the next.

Then, in the 17th century B.C. the verses were printed on bamboo ribbons but the main improvement occurred with King Wen when he combined the trigrams and wrote the first commentaries of the hexagrams. Later, his son Tan completed the work and named it the Ten Wings, the first ethical and philosophical code dealing with practical everyday problems as well as affairs of state.

In the 6th century, Chinese philosophy emerged from mysticism with Confucius (K'ung Fu-tse: Master Fu) and Lao Tzu, the former having developed King Wen's commentaries and called the achieved work as we know it today the I Ching. Lao Tzu was also deeply impressed by the I Ching when he gave his own view on Tao in the famous Tao The Ching. Taoism was born and its philosophy lays at the heart of Chinese culture.

Since, many philosophers and sages such as Confucius (K'ung Fu-tse: Master Fu) and Lao Tzu worked on the Book of Changes.

In this 21st Century, Richard Wilhelm's I Ching or Book of Changes written between 1913 and 1925 in collaboration with the old Master Lao Nai Souan is certainly the best version for the study of the I Ching as well as Master Ni Hua Ching's Book of Changes and the unchanging Truth published in 1983, and finally, John Blofeld's I Ching published in 1965.

Today, the I Ching is known all over the world but it comes only to those seeking its amazing advice for the good of all beings.

The present software is very easy to use; as you will see the casting method is based on the traditional method of the Yarrow Stems. You choose numbers from the range given as if you were dividing the 40 stems. Do not always focus on the first and last numbers of the range.

Casting the I Ching requires a little practice; every one can do it without difficulty; however, it is not so easy to decipher the hexagrams. The Sages do not use coins or stalks; their knowledge of human nature allows them to assist anyone anytime; such mastering may requires many lives to solve the mysteries of the Universe and reach perfection.

To consult the i Ching or study the Book of Changes, we only need a receptive and respectful attitude. Our mind is the perfect medium able to receive the messages from the unconscious, from the soul. We all possess the great wisdom, called 'Common Sense'; unfortunately, we rarely listen to it. The hexagrams and their lines are Common Sense and it is essential to recognise them as such.


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