Life is a cycle, it is circular. It begins, it grows, and it goes down again. To make life a straight road to a distant future is a desperate attempt of human mind to make it never-ending. It will not help him – inevitably he will go down some day.
But if man accepts going down is a substantial, important and good part of life, not a decline but an indispensable phase, then he makes his living days twice as many.
Do not live like an old man or an old woman, live like a grand old man, a grand old lady. Without regret or fear, but with the riches of wisdom and experience.
This applies to everything, to enterprises, feelings, popularity. In everything all phases are important.
DàGuò: The character 1 represents a man: a big one. The second character is a
pass in a mountain, also meaning the completion of an action. 2 the steps,
3 the foot, together the crossing. 4 Is a skeleton.In guo there
is a mouth added; one of its other meanings is a distorted or wry mouth,
or with a cleft palate: the opening between the mountains, a pass.
Dà Guò is a great pass in a mountain, it means to go beyond the proper limit, surplus. A passing which is usually irreversible. It is used for serious transgressions, especially in respect to rules, like in a school or army. But also in a positive sense: surpassing others with an asset. Better or smarter. It means also to transfer accounts and the transition from active life to old age.
The trigrams: Wind below lake.
The marsh submerges the trees: Great excess. The noble one stands alone without fear, retreats from the world without melancholy.
You have to follow the rules of the world - or follow your own laws. The first option is smart, the second is courageous or criminal, depends.