Jirinden 21 The「Ōhen Hakkyoku」is responding to a variety of changes
「Ashita ni okite hiru wa tsutome, kure ni shimaite yoru fusu wa, hen ni ōzurunari」(Heishū Jirinden, Vol. II, Ōhen Hakkyoku)
・Waking in the morning, working in the day, finishing in the evening and sleeping at night, this is responding to change.
Justice changing into injustice or fortune into misfortune happens like morning turning to evening or day turning to night. If one does not know the morning, they cannot know the evening. If one does not know day, obviously they cannot comprehend night. One who, like a child, does not understand the way of things is unable to respond to change. Naturally responding to change is waking in the morning, working in the day, finishing in the evening and sleeping at night. If nothing comes to an end, there is no change. Winter comes to an end and becomes spring. Summer comes to an end and becomes fall. For something to end means it has reached its limits. Something good becomes something bad and something bad becomes something good.
( Katayama-ryu Gli insegnamenti / Ōhen hakkyoku )
The Hakkyoku is a pattern with eight variations made in ancient China to represent nature, the heavens and earth. When one reaches the end of one section, you proceed into the next. “Ōhen Hakkyoku” is adapting to the changes of the hakkyoku, in other words responding to a variety of changes.
(Presented by Yuji Wada, Costantino Brandozzi, Rennis Buchner)