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  • Daily reading: 64.2.6 (TTC 1: The name that can be named is not the eternal name)

    Chapter 1: http://www.taoism.net/ttc/complete.htm

    The Yi Jing commented:

    The name that can be named is not the eternal name -> 64.2.6 > 16

    The formation
    64 - Instability
    One must show patience and only act knowingly. They are cautious and inform their relatives.


    2 - One has gone without help to feed their entourage, but is getting tired so they ask the most able for the means to return.
    6 - One does not show their hesitations, in order to not discourage their group.

    In the making
    16 - Youth
    Youth can be mobilized. It is a period of indecision which will be emerged through involvement.

    My interpretation:

    Instability suggests that to give name we need to understand (act knowingly). Line 2 may show the situation of the person who wants to give a name to the eternal name. The line 6 can be interpreted in two ways: protective silence from above, or a comment on the author's perspective. We will try to clarify with follow-up questions.

    Show patience about what? (64)

    Show patience about what? -> 9.1.2.6 > 39

    The formation
    9 - Appearance
    Something is not yet visible.


    1 - One resists.
    2 - One sees that it won't last and leaves with sadness.
    6 - One wants to see the evidence that the other is patient and will take not even a modest initiative before committing oneself to return what the other has lost.

    The problem seems to be that the eternal name changes constantly (line 2), and is difficult to grasp (line1). The initiative of line 6 appears to be 'naming the eternal name'. More follow-up questions are necessary.

    In the making
    39 - Uncertainty
    Solving a difficulty requires a patient study. If one fails, they will receive help after showing that they have done their best.

    What is not visible? (9)

    What is not visible? -> 50.2.5 > 33

    The formation
    50 - Involvement
    One is called upon to serve others.


    2 - One succeeds better than their friends because one has gotten supplies.
    5 - One is ready to help.

    In the making
    33 - Moving away
    Before leaving, one must hand over the reins.

    Finding the eternal name.

    Who/what resists? (9.1)

    Who/what resists? -> 31.3.5 > 16

    The formation
    31 - Impulse
    When one helps others, they come.


    3 - One wants to go when they must let the other advance.
    5 - One does not want to lose their comfort so they let others do.

    In the making
    16 - Youth
    Youth can be mobilized. It is a period of indecision which will be emerged through involvement.

    Instead of trying to name we should listen.

    What won't last? (9.2)

    What won't last? -> 58.1.5 > 40

    The formation
    58 - Attraction
    Wait before committing oneself. A simple proposal is enough. One wants to know what the other desires before responding.


    1 - One lacks means but can continue with others.
    5 - Repel the dangerous incitations.

    Using the right name rather than other names less precise.

    In the making
    40 - Amending
    One makes progress by abandoning what limited them.


    Who/what leaves? (9.2)

    Who/what leaves? -> 23.6 > 2

    The formation
    23 - Erosion
    Decline that one can control by using their reservations.


    6 - One accepts the rupture. They will obtain support and means of action.

    Accepting the rupture with the other names less precise.

    In the making
    2 - Obedience
    Being able to provide assistance, without taking decisions.


    Who wants to see the evidence? (9.6)

    Who wants to see the evidence? -> 54.1 > 40

    The formation
    54 - Assistance
    Protect one's interests by making oneself useful.


    1 - One hesitates so they go further.

    Laozi, the author of the Tao Te Ching.

    In the making
    40 - Amending
    One makes progress by abandoning what limited them.


    What initiative? (9.6)

    What initiative? -> 63

    The formation
    63 - Maximum
    One can make a few improvements to not see the decline.

    This calls for an immediate follow-up question, in order to avoid misinterpretation.



    Maximum of what? (63)

    Maximum of what? -> 60.4 > 58

    The formation
    60 - Limit
    One does not go further.


    4 - One hesitates to ask others to accept the fatigue, so they finish the preparation with the most capable.

    Trying to give names to the eternal name.

    In the making
    58 - Attraction
    Wait before committing oneself. A simple proposal is enough. One wants to know what the other desires before responding.


    Who is the other? (9.6)

    Who is the other? -> 14.1.4 > 18

    The formation
    14 - Meeting the demands
    Addressing the needs if the means are available.


    1 - One must prepare themself before making the move.
    4 - One does not shift away to provoke others.

    The reader of the Tao Te Ching.

    In the making
    18 - Disorder
    One needs to abandon their affairs and make themself available to patiently soften their most embarrassing flaws, in order to be able to inspire trust and be engaged by those who can help them.


    What has been lost? (9.6)

    What has been lost? -> 17.1 > 45

    The formation
    17 - To guide
    When one rejoices others, they join with them.


    1 - If one talks without bias, the opinions of others will be useful.

    Discussing about the eternal name.

    In the making
    45 - Group
    The responsibility of a group requires foresight, perseverance and availability.


    What difficulty? (39)

    What difficulty? -> 63.3 > 3

    The formation
    63 - Maximum
    One can make a few improvements to not see the decline.


    3 - One is hard at work to solve a problem, it will be painful. The most able will go first.

    Two follow-up questions here, to complete the study of 'Show patience'. This is how follow-up questions can drag us into very difficult, but also interesting, readings.

    In the making
    3 - Remedy
    Time will need to be spent. Seek assistance and clarify the situation by identifying the problems.

    What is the problem? (63.3)

    What is the problem? -> 61.1.6 > 29

    The formation
    61 - Immobilized
    Show patience, one is asked to make progress.


    1 - Preparing what is necessary but waiting to be asked for it.
    6 - Others lack confidence because one answered too fast.

    Finding the eternal name.

    In the making
    29 - Depth
    When problems are too difficult, one tries to work around them.


    Who/what are the most able? (63.3)

    Who/what are the most able? -> 47.2.3 > 31

    The formation
    47 - The embarrassment
    Circumstances or appearances play a negative role. Justifying oneself is useless, one will be understood later.


    2 - One was expecting nothing, when an unexpected visit occurs that will allow to review their judgment.
    3 - One loses their means so they have to ask those they had neglected for help.

    Unforeseen or neglected possibilities.

    In the making
    31 - Impulse
    When one helps others, they come.


    Do what knowingly? (64)

    Do what knowingly? -> 27.1.4 > 35

    The formation
    27 - Supply
    One supplies as needed.


    1 - One is facing a difficult problem, but declines the support of their friends. One must let them act before the situation gets worse.
    4 - One considers the possibilities.

    One should name the eternal name only if they know what they are talking about. We need a few follow-up questions.

    In the making
    35 - Discovery
    Answers come naturally.

    What is the difficult problem? (27.1)

    What is the difficult problem? -> 58.1.4.5 > 7

    The formation
    58 - Attraction
    Wait before committing oneself. A simple proposal is enough. One wants to know what the other desires before responding.


    1 - One lacks means but can continue with others.
    4 - Profiteers want to limit the response to the most modest demands.
    5 - Repel the dangerous incitations.

    The will to give a name to the eternal name.

    In the making
    7 - The will
    To solve their problems, one will need discipline and continuity.


    Who/what are the friends? (27.1)

    Who/what are the friends? -> 13.3 > 25

    The formation
    13 - Company
    Making oneself available. Not taking one's own opinions into account. General agreement is impossible.


    3 - Dressing one's hesitations.

    The best would be to use a convenient name despite the hesitations.

    In the making
    25 - Recklessness
    When one overlooks the future, they won't see what is coming.



    Cautious about what? (64)

    Cautious about what? -> 34.4 > 11

    The formation
    34 - Concentration
    One does not let their thoughts derail.


    4 - When one hesitates they consult their friends.

    About asking others what is the eternal name.

    In the making
    11 - Duty
    Organize, prepare one's work.


    Who/what are the relatives? (64)

    Who/what are the relatives? -> 18.2.3.4.6 > 16

    The formation
    18 - Disorder
    One needs to abandon their affairs and make themself available to patiently soften their most embarrassing flaws, in order to be able to inspire trust and be engaged by those who can help them.


    2 - One helps the weakest gently.
    3 - One sees the negligence of a relative, so they take advantage of that to help them.
    4 - Others do not commit themselves because one did not convince them.
    6 - One leaves others to go and see.

    Those who think that they know (line 2 and 3), those who are not convinced by any answer given to them (line 4), and those who search for new names (line 6). This would describe the different group of people who would be willing to discuss about the eternal name.

    In the making
    16 - Youth
    Youth can be mobilized. It is a period of indecision which will be emerged through involvement.


    Who has gone without help? (64.2)

    Who has gone without help? -> 47.4.6 > 59

    The formation
    47 - The embarrassment
    Circumstances or appearances play a negative role. Justifying oneself is useless, one will be understood later.


    4 - Before joining others, one has to satisfy the demands of their benefactors.
    6 - One does not want to continue but they can succeed.

    Laozi, the author of the Tao Te Ching. According to the legend he has been asked to write this book when he was going to retire.

    In the making
    59 - Separation
    One endures separation without opposing it by force.


    What kind of help? (64.2)

    What kind of help? -> 29

    The formation
    29 - Depth
    When problems are too difficult, one tries to work around them.

    Laozi uses simple words, he stays away from difficulties.



    Who are the most able? (64.2)

    Who are the most able? -> 16

    The formation
    16 - Youth
    Youth can be mobilized. It is a period of indecision which will be emerged through involvement.

    Laozi's involvement is to declare that the eternal name cannot be named.



    What means? (64.2)

    What means? -> 30.3 > 21

    The formation
    30 - Lucidity
    Patience will bring success.


    3 - One answers when they are called.

    Names are useful for answering, if you don't know the eternal name then you can't call.

    In the making
    21 - To decide
    One would like to meet but must accept arbitration.


    Who does not show their hesitations? (64.6)

    Who does not show their hesitations? -> 25.6 > 17

    The formation
    25 - Recklessness
    When one overlooks the future, they won't see what is coming.


    6 - Do not make efforts.

    The eternal name.

    In the making
    17 - To guide
    When one rejoices others, they join with them.


    What hesitations? (64.6)

    What hesitations? -> 1

    The formation
    1 - Evolution
    Changing to obtain quality work.

    The eternal name keeps evolving.



    What group? (64.6)

    What group? -> 24.1 > 2

    The formation
    24 - To return
    One returns to see the results of their action.


    1 - One had moved away but has returned.

    Those who are returning to the Tao? We can still ask to confirm.

    In the making
    2 - Obedience
    Being able to provide assistance, without taking decisions.

    Who/what had moved away? (24.1)

    Who/what had moved away? -> 38.2 > 21

    The formation
    38 - Misunderstanding
    One must revisit a misunderstanding if they want to dispel it. If needed, one can seek advice. One may abandon the small differences.


    2 - One comes upon someone they know who had taken distance.

    Indeed, it is about returning to the Tao.

    In the making
    21 - To decide
    One would like to meet but must accept arbitration.



    What kind of involvement? (16)

    What kind of involvement? -> 24.1.3.5 > 39

    The formation
    24 - To return
    One returns to see the results of their action.


    1 - One had moved away but has returned.
    3 - One cannot succeed in one go, so they continue.
    5 - Admitting one's mistakes.

    Those who want to keep trying to name the eternal name need to admit their mistake? We can confirm this interpretation or invalidate it with follow-up questions.

    In the making
    39 - Uncertainty
    Solving a difficulty requires a patient study. If one fails, they will receive help after showing that they have done their best.

    Who had moved away? (24.1)

    Who had moved away? -> 58.1.6 > 6

    The formation
    58 - Attraction
    Wait before committing oneself. A simple proposal is enough. One wants to know what the other desires before responding.


    1 - One lacks means but can continue with others.
    6 - Loss of feeling.

    Using other names.

    Return to what? (24.1)

    Return to what? -> 32.2.3 > 16

    The formation
    32 - Perseverance
    One must be careful before committing themself, after they must continue.


    2 - One must repair because they lack of means.
    3 - Others cannot commit themselves when they don't have confidence.

    Giving confidence, for example if I call the eternal name God then those who think about the Tao won't have confidence, if I call the eternal name Tao, those who believe in God won't have confidence either.

    In the making
    16 - Youth
    Youth can be mobilized. It is a period of indecision which will be emerged through involvement.


    In the making
    6 - Claim
    One is prevented from continuing, despite thinking that they say the truth. Do not use force to conclude. Entrust a mediator.


    Who/what cannot succeed? (24.3)

    Who/what cannot succeed? -> 49.4.5 > 36

    The formation
    49 - Arrange
    Renewal is necessary when deficiencies are identified and one has a substitution plan. It will be in their interest to complete the changes. One should forget regrets.


    4 - One can reform with confidence.
    5 - One wants to renew.

    Giving a new name.

    In the making
    36 - Adversity
    One isolates themself to correct the situation.


    What are the mistakes? (24.5)

    What are the mistakes? -> 40.1.2.4 > 24

    The formation
    40 - Amending
    One makes progress by abandoning what limited them.


    1 - One wants to free themself, it's a good decision.
    2 - One is asked to find the answers before it is too late.
    4 - Doors will open if one deviates from an unnecessary convenience.

    Discarding the subject of the eternal name? We need another question for 40.4.

    In the making
    24 - To return
    One returns to see the results of their action.

    What is the unnecessary convenience? (40.4)

    What is the unnecessary convenience? -> 54.4 > 19

    The formation
    54 - Assistance
    Protect one's interests by making oneself useful.


    4 - One wants to prepare themself.

    Thinking that more preparation is required, so more preparation is indeed required since thinking that it is an unnecessary convenience is a mistake.

    In the making
    19 - To accompany
    One calls the youngest so they return.


    Conclusion:

    64.2 shows that Laozi, the author of the Tao Te Ching declares that the eternal name cannot be named, because his goal is to avoid difficulties. 64.2 is often about returning to reality, to reason and this seems to be the case here, instead of embarking in an impossible quest to name the eternal name, let's just say that the eternal name cannot be named.

    64.6 shows the position of the entity that bears the eternal name, who is often named God or the Tao. Wouldn't this entity give us their name? The answer is that the entity is always evolving so the correct answer is changing constantly, thus it is better to remain silent than give different answers everytime, which would be discouraging for those who are seeking God or the Tao.

    The hexagram 64 was quite difficult to interpret, but gave us a lot of insight, and finally, it boils down to the eternal name being unstable because it changes constantly. The advice (from 27.1) is to use a convenient name to design the eternal name, such as God or the Tao.

    The hexagram 16 is about involvement, it is a recommendation. When asked what kind of involvement, the oracle gave us 24.1.3.5 as answer. 24.1 shows that naming the eternal name Tao makes the believer of God uncomfortable and reciprocally, naming the eternal name God makes the the supporters of the Tao doubtful. 24.3 is thus an encouragement to find a new name that would receive everyone's support. 24.5 indicates that abandoning the quest for the eternal name is an error. As we have seen with 27.1 above, the best would be to find a convenient name that would be accepted by all.

    This is a very difficult reading, that gave us a lot of insight about the quest for the eternal name.
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