241 Heaven or hell
One thought and you rise up to heaven
One thought and you enter hell
Hell and paradise
just a fraction between glory and dishonor
Stand on your own feet
own your intentions
Don’t follow mediocre people
242 The fate of true spirits
When a sheep escapes the flock
people will correct it within a day
Coming close to the bull’s mouth
man gets bitten
One ruler and one subject
then ruler and subject have troubles
One must battle the true spirits
to save the common people
逸群 Escape the flock, excel.
驚 surprise, startle; alarm, stampede, violent; fierce.
真 〈Dao.〉 original character of human beings; newcomer among the immortals.
243 Knowing the seeds
If a person can see the seeds
One finger suffices to turn around
Whereas one who persists in error
Is repeatedly seduced
and does not walk from it
緣reason, fate, predestination.
244 One blue expanse
The moon child rises in the east
Clear light subtly appears
No clouds in the vast space
Sea and sky one blue expanse
碧 Blue, green, emerald.
245 The male dao
It seems it is masculine to pursue high office
Not to go entirely against social ways
To retire after winning merit
To be leasurely and carefree in the clouds and mists in twilight
Taking off the purple gauze robe
It is the true direction of the male dao
印 seal, stamp; tally, conform, original meaning: ‘press down, restrain’.
羅 silk gauze, also means a net for catching birds.
封侯pursue high office - see create feudal lords
246 A bewitching woman
A sentimental moon and a bewitching woman
Enchant and delude the common people
Common people don’t scrutinize it
They invite it for long times
and exhaust their bodies
狐狸 Huli, bewitching woman, literally fox and raccoon.
247 Shaken up but not destroyed
Suddenly a gale-force wind rises
Big trees are raised up to their limits
Branches and leaves did not scatter about
Cultivation is safe and sound in the end
248 A fortunate empty day
The empty day has a prosperous appearance
A law which asks for examination
Orbit all around
And charge the opponent’s camp
相 physiognomy, face, appearance, also like in fortune telling.
虛日empty day, day on which nothing (has to) happen.
249 Adapt to changes
Ups and downs fixed early cause no moans and distress
Working hard in the country
Or living in ease and comfort in your hometown
On account of others you earn a living and clothing
Today the ruler’s taste
In another year things change and one adjusts to another person’s taste
250 Daughter big
Marries a fine man
Adds children and grandchildren
All receive honor
Feeling the favor of the ancestors
皇 Emperor; magnificent.
251 Chills and fever
Wood feeds fire
The mouth does not keep silent
Madness causes obstruction of the bowels
Chills and fever invade each other
252 Wake up
Quiet and serene
Exceeding 3 years and 6 weeks
If you don’t suddenly wake up
There is misfortune in the end
休休 Good at heart or: stop-stop!
253 Prepare well
The walls of the pens are on fire
The raging livestock meets with disaster
You guarded against it beforehand and you get help
Extinguishing the fire is accomplished easily
254 Firm like three mountains
Already heart and mind fulfilled their desire
Starting to realize the extent of the ambitions
One must be firm like grasping three mountains
Again and again fixing peace and tranquility
255 Lucky star
The lucky star shines
I smell the fragrance of cassia buds
The sky is full of stars
Their brilliance coercing man
桂子 Fragrant Cassia buds; famous and talented sons.
256 The source of water
The Southeast shall come to ruins
In the region of Yan and Ji there is nothing stored to live from
Should you really raise grand ambitions
When you don’t know where the source of water is?
燕薊YanJi became Beijing
257 A free heart
Death has its day
Birth has its hour
Why be cynical and hesitate
Float in the air and just go
Your heart free of doubts
258 Jackals and wolves
Traveling around you walk into an out of the way place
Suddenly a surprise
Cruel and evil people seem to block your way
Beheading and exterminating satisfies them
往來 coming and going: traveling around.
豺狼 jackals and wolves: cruel and evil people.
' 當道 'pawn's dao', hold the reins of govenment; block one's way.
259 Qimen Dunjia divination
Eight gates divide the eight positions
Nine stars the nine regions
Green, red, yellow, white and black
Five colors of brocade costumes
Crossing swords ready for battle
Both sides similar in strength
Qimen Dunjia is one of the Three Styles of Divination
260 A life without purpose
All one’s life not practicing to become better
A life without purpose
A wheel cannot turn around
It always goes down into an abyss or chasm
261 Yin and yang in harmony
Two sets of boys and girls
All are here moving together
Yin and yang in harmony
Making plans in happiness and joy
In your center you are endowed with the mysteries of fate
When the cock crows the region becomes visible
Suddenly coming to understand the principles of Zen
You break with the ways of lords
機賦 mysteries of fate or unniverse.
悟禪 come to understand the principles of 禪, Chán (Zen).
關 meditation or shutting.
263 Free fish
Several tail golden fish swallowed the bait
You take your fishing line and pole and turn around
You don’t like the great cost of not eating at home
When traveling the five lakes and four oceans
五湖四海 5 lakes and 4 oceans: all corners of the land, everywhere in the world.
遨遊 Roaming and traveling: i.e. by water and land.
264 The will of Heaven
On Mao day a child comes out of the forest
And right at Wu hour a blessing spirit
Mao issues forth from Yin
Everywhere one sees the will of Heaven
卯 Mao: 4th branch, Rabbit.
午 Wu: 7th branch, Ox, between 11 and 1 o'clock.
寅 Yin: 3d branch, Tiger.