25 Reality check
Seeing or not seeing,
People should guard their back;
Some things you encounter, others you don't,
Up to the end one should not lean on anything not proven.
26 A clear mind
One peach season, one spring,
Who knows in time the weather forecast.
Seek a forest on the shore of water,
And behold the mountain with a clear mind in a gratified state.
27 A real person
Do not blame me that my views are like scythes
My disposition is a strange one
Stubborn and secluded with a sealed off heart
However a real person is not a demon
錯 Strange, surprise, very, complain.
痾 disease, resentment, shortcomings.
真人 Real person, Dao.: immortal.
28 Ambition fulfilled
Good luck and horse join in gallop,
The man has his ambition fulfilled now;
He started his journey early,
Returns in glory as a pleased centenarian.
祿 Luck or offficial salary.
29 The borders of Heaven
Settling the affairs of heart and mind,
Three incarnations since long fated by karma;
The fragrance of three miles of Osmanthus opens,
Move forth into the horizon.
三生Three incarnations, past, present and future.
30 Live here and now
Contribute to the yellow pavillion, whitehaired one,
In the end it turns into a way to help,
Inferior to taking advantage of the essence of the moment,
It is still good to buy some true spirit.
31 A good companion
Take leave for a while,
Even if it is not easy.
The companion is competent,
He is not one who dawdles.
Set out as early as possible on the journey,
Avoid to disappoint him.
After extreme pleasure grief will arrive,
In hexagrams Gentleness and Joy evidently auspiciousness joins inauspiciousness.
The failure to be glorious finishes gloomy,
In the light reflections of sunset.
日落西山 The sun goes down behind the Western mountain: sunset.
33 Real experience
After a few huge waves,
Who would have thought the waves calm and the wind dies down?
One must learn to understand the movement of the clouds,
To go forward when the road is open or stop actions when it is closed,
Not expend labor.
三五 Three five: a few.
34 Raise your head
The crescent moon
becomes big and round again,
The withered branches get more color and freshness,
A strip of smooth and level road,
Raise your head and gaze into the blue sky.
翹首raise the head (to look), long eagerly.
望 gaze, look, long, full moon.
青天 blue sky; upright magistrate.
35 Difficult journey
Difficult journey, difficult journey.
Today you learned that traveling is difficult.
In the future wide spaces are not worth considering.
Make an effort now to cross to this shore.
此灘 this shore: here. (compare with verse 39).
36 Spring desires
The spring scenery is bright,
The colors of spring all new.
Fresh desires at the waterside,
Spring is bright and splendid without limits,
I love the Qionglin banquet.
宴瓊林 Qionglin banquet, feast hosted by the Qing emperor for successful candidates of the imperial examination.
This poem is about the Garden of pure brightness on the river
37 Dao and virtue
Ten thousand horses return to the chief,
Thousand apes towards the cave;
Tigers hide and dragons descend,
Dao is great and virtue grand.
38 The call of the golden Feng bird
Fenghuang called in the forest,
The colors of spring are bright,
Raise the whip and make it snap.
Immediately start the journey.
This poem is about
Shanglin Park, the emperor's garden.
39 Climb the other shore
On a large scale exert miraculous cures,
Help people while traveling far,
At the end you climb the other shore,
Surpassing others who are scolars with high degrees.
彼岸 The other shore, Buddh: perfection, completeness.
40 Dark mysteries
In the water region, like transparent green jade,
The boat goes upstream, the moon is right overhead,
Steadily in the center, while dark mysteries are stirring.
Bad people harmed themselves, many lost their lives.
41 Everything as it should be
Peaches and plums opening their beauty,
Resplendent sights and sounds of spring,
A beautiful scene in bright weather, which the lord should remember,
Going towards fulfilling his desires.
Everything as it should be,
It is useless to be distrustful and violate the spirits.
良辰美景 A beautiful scene in bright weather; favorable circumstances.
瀆神 violate spirits, disturb your peace of mind.
42 The mysteries of fate
It is hidden in the
It appears in the abstruse.
Therein dwell the mysteries of fate.
If you comprehend this thoroughly,
You go straight up the immortals' stairway.
43 Hold the reigns
Don't go for the top, at the head,
Turn around and be awaken,
Pull on the reins in an easy way,
There are 1000 strings, 10.000 roads,
With self-confidence search and inquire.
44 Like a pine tree
Look around - no open door or road.
The road to Taoyuan permits passage,
Practice ascetism and become reborn,
And live as long as a pine tree.
This poem is about the story of Taoyuan
45 The home of spiritual values
No need to hurry, no need to be nervous,
You make a stop at a village.
Distant beating of drums, sounding of bells,
The three treasures appear as gates and walls.
三寶Three Treasures; The teachings of Chinese religions have each their own set.
46 Stop running
Rushing about all one's life,
Towards changeable goals.
All is lost,
Turn around urgently and early!
47 Return home
True true true,
People fail to see,
True true true,
Spirits have power,
Return home, back to the roots,
The place of eminent perfection.
48 Pondering heaven
Leaving for the utmost edge of the world,
Experiencing wind and frost everywhere.
It is better to ask people and consult heaven.
Little by little you turn around your views.
風霜wind and frost: vicissitudes of life or travel.