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LVI. RYO ( A travellar).
Ryo. Is somewhat auspicious. The travellar will be lucky if he is just.
Exposition. “Ryo is somewhat auspicious,” because a weak element occupies a middle position in the outer com
plement, obeys strong elements, stops, and follows a luminary. Hence, “somewhat auspicious. The traveller will be lucky, if he is just.” Great is the significance of the time of Ryo.
Interpretation. A fire burning on a mountain is [the emblem of] Ryo. Honourable men is accordingly cautious in ministering justice, and not allowing litigations to continue.
Negative I. A traveller is hasty. This is the reason why he invites calamity.
Interpretation. “ A traveller is hasty,” that is, his mind is embarrassed and calamity befalls him.
Negative II. A traveller puts up at an inn, embraces his money for travelling, and gets a faithful servant.
Interpretation. As he has obtained a faithful servant, he will be in the end free from blame.
Positive III. A traveller burns an inn, and loses his servant. Dangerous, even if just.
Interpretation. A traveller burns an inn," and is afflicted. As he treats his inferiors [in this way] at the time of Ryo, he can do nothing, but lose.
Positive IV. A traveller stops by the way, gets money and a travelling-sword. His mind is not easy.
Interpretation. “A traveller stops by the way,' that is, he has not yet obtained a rightful position. His mind is therefore not easy, although he has got money and a travelling-sword.
Negative V. Shoots a pheasant and loses an arrow. He will get honour in the end.
Interpretation. “He will get honour in the end,” that is, [Positive VI] will go with him.
Positive VI. A bird burns its nest. A traveller at first laughs but afterward cries. He loses an ox on account of his rashness.
Interpretation. The traveller occupies the sixth position at the time of Ryo, and he can not help being burnt. “He loses an ox on account of his rashness,' that is, he does not till the last know himself.
WARNING OF FIRE IN A COAL-MINE.
During my excursions in Kyūshū in 1884, I paid a visit to a coal-mine one day, when the officers treated
very kindly, and showed me the mine and the workshops. That night, two of them came to my lodging, and said to me, “We are very well acquainted with your success in every achievement you have engaged. Now that you have seen our coal-mine, I think you must have made up some views, and we hope you will make some remarks for us.” I replied, “ As I have never been engaged in coal mining, all that has happened to my thought is only the feeling of the greatness of scale of your industry, and I have no views that will be advisable to you. Yet as you have welcomed me very kindly, and ask me to say something, I shall divine a future of this mine, as a token of my gratitude to you, and as a memory of my visit.”—I calculated and obtained the “Negative II” of “Ryo (tie 3).” The "Negative II. Atvaveller puts up at an inn, embraces his money for travelling, and gets a faithful servant.
“ ' A traveller puts up at an inn'-the mining company is at Tōkyō, and is attending this coal-mine without molestations, through a branch office sent out here; which may be compared to a traveller's arriving at his inn. ‘Embraces his money for travelling '—this company has sufficient capital and lacks nothing. 'Gets a faithful servant'—all the managers, clerks, and servants are faithful, and are heartily serving the mine. As this is controlled by one of the greatest company of this country, the sufficiency of capital, and the appropriation of men, are intrinsic; so that at present the mining is going on very well and nothing is threatening you. But in the fifth year since, this mine will take fire, for the ‘Positive VI,' which corresponds to the fifth year, says, 'A bird burns its nest. A traveller at first laughs but afterward cries. He loses an ox on account of his rashness.' 'A bird burns its nest - The fire in the mine is like the fire of a nest while the bird is in it. 'A traveller at first laughs but afterward cries '-The officers down to the colliers have been pleased with the grandeur of mining, but now they are crying and whining at an unexpected calamity of fire. *He loses an ox on account of his rashness'—The emblem of all the colliers' being burnt to death at once ; as 'ox' is a docile and enduring animal, and refers to the colliers.”
Here, the two gentlemen were astonished at the wonderfulness of my words, and seemed to be partly believing and partly doubting. “ Even a fool" I continued, is aware of the danger of using lights in any mine, but there are a great many instances of loss caused by explosions through fire. My warning is obtained by interviewing with the Almighty through the art of divination, and is not a bit to be doubted. Should it take fire, it not only does kill thousands of working people, but also is an extraordinary event of consuming our natural source of wealth. But it can not be avoided by any human power.
All that you have to do is to pray God with your heart to save your mines from the coming conflagration.”
FORTUNE OF MR. UNSHO. Mr. Unshū, the high priest of the Shingonism (a sect of Buddhism) is learned strictly, and honoured as the main pillar of the sect, and I know him to be so very well as I saw him when I travelled in Köya, Kyoto, etc. Early in Summer of 1885, he called on me, and after congratulating each other's health, we entered into a friendly conversation. He said to me, “As I am a priest who has retired from the world, my own fortune is of no importance; but as I have sacrificed myself to this sect, I am not yet free from the effect of fortune. Please divine for me my future fortune.” I consented with pleasure and on divining reverently, I obtained the “Positive III” of “Ryo ( ."
Before going to interprete it, I addressed him first, "I have now communed with the Almightly, through this divination, with my purity of heart, and have obtained His order, so that it is free from traces of errors. You must attend me, full asured that it is the will of the Almighty.” He nodded, and I interpreted as the following
“This is a hexagram of the scarcity of intimates. For common worldly people, it represents their wandering without fixed habitations, but for an ecclesiastic who is retired from the world, it is rather an appropriate hexagram. For the duty of an ecclesiastic is to retire from the worldly affairs, to fix his lodging at the Six Roads,' and not in the 'Three Worlds,' to forsake the human emotions, and to arrive at the perfect rotundity of the
Thus it says.
mind. Now the 3rd. changing, we have the mountain of Gon changing into the earth of Kon, which represents that the mountain of self denial is crushed and reduced to the level ground of spiritual success. But the emblems of the 'Eki' have several meanings, and if this change be observed from the point of view of a sect, the change of a mountain into the ground represents that the main temple of ruling the whole sect is crushed down to the same level as the subordinate temples, and losing thus the union among them. Again you correspond to the ‘Positive III, so that as this line is changed now, you will leave the main temple and stand beside the religious services.
A traveller burns án inn, and loses his servant. Dangerous, even if just.'
'A traveller burus an inn'—you have retired from the world and yet are ruling over several thousands of priests from the main temple, which is inconsistent with the retirement : now the main temple is isolated, and you have a relation ef putting yourself for religious services, and you have thus caught the opportunity of truly retiring from the world: the reference is to the fact that the parting of a priest from a temple is just like the traveller's being burnt out of his lodgings. Loses his servanť—as you are to retire from religious services, you will be severed from your underpriests, and apostles, and followers, and will become alone in the world. 'Dangerous, even if just,'— As this is the change which is to take place on you and your sect, you must renew your prospects, and adjust yourself to the change.
“Although your fortune is indicated thus, the fates of a man are like an endless chain, and the present change brings a happiness to you.
For the change in the • Positive III' of 'Ryo' gives 'Shin (2)' which I shall now explain.
“The 'Exposition' says, 'Shin means to advance.