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The I Ching

Why is this site named Ten Tortoise ?!? I am glad you asked... The name Ten Tortoise came to me while reading an ancient book of Chinese wisdom called the I Ching, or the Classic of Change. It embodied both a profoundly positive situation and a call to remain mindful when good things happen for you.

The ancient Chinese text reads:

Someone does indeed increase him;

Ten pairs of tortoises cannot oppose it.

Constant perseverance brings good fortune.

The king presents him before God.

Good fortune.


The commentary reads:

A person brings about real increase by producing in themselves the conditions for it, that is, through receptivity to and love of the good. Thus the thing for which they strive comes of itself, with the inevitability of natural law. Where increase is thus in harmony with the highest laws of the universe, it cannot be prevented by any constellation of accidents. But everything depends on their not letting unexpected good fortune make themselves heedless; they must make it their own through inner strength and steadfastness. Then they acquire meaning before God and people, and can accomplish something for the good of the world.

From Hexagram 42, second moving line

Taken from the I Ching: Book of Changes
Richard Wilhelm & Carey F. Banes translation 1950

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