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into ebulition. Count Inoue the Minister of Foreign Affairs was chosen thereby as the ambassador, and he left Yokohama for Corea on the 24th. of the same month. As it was to be of a serious consequence to our country, a certain noble bade me to divine the result of it. I obtained the change of “ Ri (3)” into “Chúfu (2) and the following was my interpretation : The “Figuration” says, “ A tiger's tail is tramped,
, but it does devour the man. Auspicious.” The “Ken” of the upper complement is father and “Da” of the lower is young daughter, thus we have an emblem of a daughter's following the steps of her father, the meaning of “Ri.” The “Negative III” says, “The one-eyed are enabled to see, and the lame are enabled to walk. A tiger's tail is tramped, and it devours the man ; unlucky. A military man wishes to become a great sovereign.” As the "Negative III” is the master of the whole hexagram, the nature of the appearance of this hexagram will be known from here. The nation of Corea imitates China in everything, the latter being a nation that does not know that the intellects of men and the ordinance of nations are undergoing incessant improvements. The Coreans are for this reason ignorant, and do not know the affairs of societies. They may continue independent, but can not go on without an assistance in this 19th. century. Every nation must strive to sustain its independence, by carefully observing the general bias of the community. The reason why the small nations of Europe can exist among the stronger ones is this, that is to say, they advance with the advancement in the whole community.
Our duty to the Coreans is of this nature. We must determine ourselves to teach and lead and to uncover them the necessity of accompanying the progress of time. We must go forward and make them follow our steps. Should Corea happen to be occupied by Europeans, it
will be the pest not only of our country but of whole Asia. Hence our endeavour for her independence, is not for the sake of Corea merely, but for all the countries of Asia. In spite of all our endeavour, the Coreans do not yet discover their errors, hate foreigners without reason, and produced thus the present confusion, and slew our honest people without mercy. They have eyes, but they can not see the state of the society; they have legs but can not follow our course of civilisation. The meaning of the “Interpretation" to the “Negative III” is clear.
Their slaughter of our people is like children's tramping the tail of a tiger. Hence if they do not hear our claims but oppose to them, we are ready to devastate their Eight Divisions and send our military caste to govern them. This is the meaning of the “Lineation” of the "Negative III."
Again, the "Positive IV” says, “Positive IV tramps a tiger's tail. Lucky in the end, if he be constant."
The “Negative III” is at the top of the inner complement; the so-named tiger's tail, that is we. The “Positive IV” is at the bottom of the outer complement; the so-named tiger's hip, that is, they. They will look back upon their inferiority of power, and their wrongs done towards us, will regret deeply, will begin to be afraid of touching our power, will follow us gladly and reverently, and will hear to all our demands. They will thus try to avoid our devouring of them, and at last the "Positive IV” will be changed into the gay of “Chúfu.” Then we rejoice, they subdue, and the negotiation will end in peace, which is “lucky in the end if constant."
N. B. The above was divined on the 25th. Dec., 1884. On the 27th. of the game month, the Köjun-Sha Club asked me through Mr. Yukichi Fukusawa to go and deliver my divination of Corea. I went to their hall,
and found it to be already filled with their colleagues. The secretary of the club addressed me thus :regards the present Corean accident, some stick to peace and others to war, and opinions of many are so several that no one knows how it may end really. The application of your 'Eki' must be done here, I think. Please let us attend your lecture.” I answered, then, “The ‘Eki foretells anything through a communication with the Almighty, and it is far from the inconsistent hypotheses of newspapers. I already know the result of the present affair very clearly through a divination. It is all clear to me as clear as seen through a microscope.” I then recited the foregoing before them. But all the audiences did not seem to have understood the principles, but they seemed somewhat displeased.
When I returned home, Mr. Gen-ichi-rō Fukuchi wrote to me to give the same to him. I wrote down the same and sent it to him. He put it on his “Tōkyō Nichi-nichi News” of 1st. Jan., 1885. Afterwards, the editor of the "Jiji-Shimpo" ridiculed it on his paper with words of extreme reviling but I pity him very much. The editor of the “Jiji-Shimpā” was just raising water with a leaking pump, condemning thereby the well to be dry and un fit for use. It was through his ignorance of the depth of the principles of the “Elci.”
In short, the Ambassador opened his negotiation on the second of January. The will of the Providence had not a slightest error, and every word in my divination came out to be true.
XI. TAI (* Non-obstruction).
Tai. The small go away and the large come, and it is lucky and auspici
Exposition. In Tai, “ the small go away and the large come, and it is lucky
and auspicious. In other words, the heaven and the earth meet together and all things harmonize. The superior and the inferior meet together and their objects coincide. The inner complement is positive, and the outer complement is negative. The inner complement is stout, and the outer complement is obedient. The inner complement is an honourable man and the outer complement is a small-minded man. The principles of honourable men prosper, and those of small-minded men perish.
Interpretation. The heaven and the earth meeting together are [the emblem of] Tai. Monarchs accordingly hold the principles of the heaven and the earth ; promote the seasonableness of the heaven and the earth ; and thus govern the people.
Positive I. In pulling up rushes, roots come off in a mass, consisting of the same variety. Lucky to advance.
Interpretation. In pulling up rushes, it is lucky to advance, because the object is outside.
Positive II. Tolerates wasteness, employs the daring, and does not discard the distant. When factions are annihilated, the path of mean will be respected.
Interpretation. To tolerate wasteness and to make the path of mean respected, are owing to the greatness of brilliancy.
Positive III. There is nothing level which does not incline, and nothing goes but does not return. Free from blame, if hardy and constant. If free from anxieties, and truthful, blissful at the lunar eclipse
Interpretation. “There is nothing level which does not incline,” refers to the relation of the heaven and the earth.
Negative IV. Is flighty; is not rich ; is in concord with neighbours; and is truthful without a warning.
Interpretation. To be flighty and not rich is to lose realities. He“ is truthful without a warning,” because the intentions are sincere.
Negative V. A princess of blood is given in marriage. Blissful and perfectly lucky.
Interpretation. Blissful and perfectly lucky, because the intention is carried out at the middle position.
Negative VI. The castle has tumbled down into the moat. Do not go to war.
The townsfolk issue orders. Inauspicious, though constant.
Interpretation. That the castle has tumbled down into the moat, signities that the command is not obeyed.
MR. SUGI'S GOING TO HAWAII. Mr. Magoichiro Sugi was ordered to go to Hawaii in 1883. He held a party of his friends before his departure, and I had the honour of being one of the number. I addressed him thus :-"I divined for you this morning,
“ and was satisfied to know that you will have a pleasant passage and will fulfill your duty satisfactory. I also know the topic of conversation between you and the king of Hawaii. I shall tell you its essential nature, if