Decrease combined with sincerity

Brings about supreme good fortune

Without blame.

One may be persevering in this.

It furthers one to undertake something.

How is this to be carried out?

One may use two small bowls for the sacrifice.


At the foot of the mountain, the lake:

The image of Decrease.

Thus the superior man controls his anger

And restrains his instincts.

6. If one is increased without depriving others, There is no blame. Perseverance brings good fortune. It furthers one to undertake something. One obtains servants But no longer has a separate home.

5. Someone does indeed increase him. Ten pairs of tortoises cannot oppose it. Supreme good fortune.

4. If a man decreases his faults, It makes the other hasten to come and rejoice. No blame.

3. When three people journey together, Their number decreases by one. When one man journeys alone, He finds a companion.

2. Perseverance furthers. To undertake something brings misfortune. Without decreasing oneself, One is able to bring increase to others.

1. Going quickly when one's tasks are finished Is without blame. But one must reflect on how much one may decrease others.