265 Six ears
At noon not resolved
The day becomes brighter
At the gathering a good turn
Six ears succeed together
日中 Noon or solstice.
六耳 Six ears: 3 people.
同Harmony, together (name of hexagram 13)
All night in my solitude there are evil stars
And apes and monkeys as well as tree spirits
Living as a recluse meeting this dazzling sight
I lose my bearings and the harmony of my heart
星 comets or evil stars.
入山 Live the life of a recluse; enter the mountains.
迷 enchant, lose one's bearings, enthusiast.
267 The waterclock
The waterclock sounds
Reminding the roosters to crow
Hurrying the people
Set yourself free from following the crowd
In the evening ferry across
from the mooring place
Your future boundless
放 set free, let oneself go, let sb. have his own way.
268 Nature as medicine
A person is abroad at the far corners of the earth
For a long time no messages or sounds come anymore
Family members are frequently gazing into the distance
The green outdoors frees the mind
望 gaze into the distance, long, look (forward to), full moon.
草木 Grass and trees: vegetation.
269 The governor of Nanke *
This small hole under the tree
Is the beginning of a cave
It seems when moving into this
Both happiness and riches will be attained
This poem is about the story 'The Governor of Nanke'.
南柯一梦Nangke Yimeng, illusory joy; pipe dream.
Plowing in person in a rural community
Body and spirit are one in the labor
Unrestrained and unconcerned
Full of joy
躬耕 Plowing in person: said of an emperor, heralding the start of ploughing the fields.
陶 earthenware, cultivate, happy, happy-go-lucky.
Misfortune comes and you meet ghosts!
Ghosts and disease linger a long time
The golden sheep achieves the way
You escape from physical calamity
鬼病 Ghosts and disease: trickery and fraud
金羊 Golden sheep: an animal associated with peace, harmony and protection, 8th year in the Chinese Sexagenary Cycle.
272 Heaven’s pillars
Start the journey now!
Start the journey now!
Get rid of the former route
Singlehandedly hold up Heaven’s pillars
In the annals fame is awarded
前途去 Get rid of the former route; the future leaves.
擎天柱 'Hold up heaven's pillars', the most important leader of a cause/enterprise/etc., leading an organization, in a responsible position.
273 The tiger's roar
Deep in the mountains crouches a ferocious tiger
The tiger’s roar issues forth from the remote mountain area
Flaunting his strength he is unnerving
Why should he fear a crowd of people?
出山: to issue forth from the mountains: come out to carry the mantle of leadership; leave retirement and take a government post.
274 Organized battle
Three Gates of Heaven
Four Doors of Earth
Troops in rank and files as a result
Gather openly on the road
Army horses of equal speed
Advance beating the drums
成 Chen the completer
明 Openly - or next day
三天門,四地戶 two ancient battle formations.
275 A hut like the sky
Mountain after mountain
High on a mountain you build a thatched hut
Not like a house of the human world
But like the sky covered with clouds
建 Erect or has been erected.
276 Coming and going
Coming and going are fundamentally not indeterminate
There is a time to come and there is a time to leave and take a rest
An arduous road with unexpected turns
Glory or dishonor are not considered
沬: dusk; Mei river; Zhou dynasty place-name; (Cant.) to go underwater, to dive. Or it might be a writing error for 来 lái, come or 未 not-yet.
虞 Expect or worry in advance.
277 In its element
A child grows up
Water crushes it down for periods
Things turn about when it meets fire
and it radiates happiness
There is no need for big agonies of worry
The human heart can suffer from not having enough
278 Good advice
On dark nights do not go out
If you have something valuable you should be nervous
Firmly keep in mind you must form a group
黨 a union, political party, clique, gang.
279 Spring rain
The hibernating dragon is already coming into the world
First the tops of his horns come forth
Clouds are rising and rain falls on the swamps
The peasants receive the benefits
蒼生 dark green life - maybe plants instead of people?
280 A raging fire
A raging fire sends smoke up to the sky
Heaven turns red to the ends of the earth
You find the border of a water source
You nearly reach the bottom
281 A friend who knows the songs
The road to the south is wide
On horseback you enter the city of Hángzhōu
You don’t know the songs of the Wu people
But there is one understanding friend
282 Your field
You have a field of one acre
Cultivate it to the greatest extent
Bringing in inexhaustible crops
西成 Harvesting: lit. Western achievement.
耕耘 Cultivate: lit. plow and weed.
Do not dislike children without lips
Or pursue those with diseased feet as inferior
Bring them into the cave for help
How can the hunting dogs find them?
284 Six oxen
Six oxen plowing
Cultivating land endlessly
The harvest is strong and substantial
Full granaries and full storehouses
285 Go out early
Big actions and a towering will
No emotional ties to your hometown
Very likely rulers go out early
Raising the military at the battlefield
七八 Seven or eight; seventy eight; July-August; very likely.
Sunflowers turn toward the sun
Loyal and sincere and with admiration
Open wide a spacious mansion
And enjoy pleasure in peace and tranquility
葵花向日 Sunflowers turn toward the sun; the loyal always look to their masters.
287 The mysterious gate
People are ignorant of the immortals
How can there be genuine ritual?
Once one enters the mysterious gate
There is overflowing benefit
玄門 Term from Daoism, Buddhism.
Do not say the words are too profound
Stubbornness just won’t really do
You come to realize various wonderful mysteries
The way to recognize the dao of immortals of the highest spirit