265 Six ears
At noon no decision,
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,
Hastening the crowing of the roosters,
Hurrying the people.
Set yourself free from following the crowd,
In the evening ferry across at 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 A magic spot
This small hole under the tree,
Is the beginning of a cave,
It seems when moving here,
Both happiness and riches will be attained.
This verse is about the story 'The Governor of Nanke'
Plowing in person in a rural comunity,
Body and spirit are alike in the labor,
Without restrictions without ties,
One's cheerfulness, happiness and 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 coming and meeting ghosts,
Ghosts and disease linger a long time.
The golden sheep achieves the means,
Physically you escape from 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 Start now.
Start the journey now! Start the journey now!
Get rid of the former route and form alliances.
Singlehandedly lead an organization,
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 arouses,
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 ranks and files as result.
Openly gather on the road,
Army horses of similar size run fast,
Advance beating the drums.
成 Chen the completer
明 Openly - or next day
三天門,四地戶 two ancient battle formations.
275 Not of this human world
Mountain after mountain,
High on a mountain you built a thatched hut.
Not a house of this human world,
But like the sky covered with clouds.
建 Erect or has been erected.
276 Making a home
Coming and going is basically not indetermined,
There is a time to come and there is a time to go and make one's home;
Unexpectedly wading rivers or striding up mountains,
Do not take glory or dishonor into account.
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 his element
A child grew up at the water and shut off for periods,
Meeting fire things turn about and he radiates happiness,
There is no need to exceed in agonies of worry:
The human heart can suffer from not having enough.
278 Safety in numbers
In a dark night, do not go out,
If you have something valuable, you should be panicky,
Firmly keep in mind you have to form a group.
黨 a union, political party, clique, gang.
279 Spring rain
The hibernating dragon is already appearing,
The tops of the horns on its head are coming forth,
Clouds gather and rain falls on the swamps,
The common people receive the benefit.
蒼生 dark green life - maybe plants instead of people?
280 Extinguishing the fire
A powerful fire sends fumes up to heaven,
To the ends of the earth all turns red;
You happen to find a source of water,
Its bottom almost unfathomably deep.
281 Finding a friend
There is a wide road to the south,
On horseback you enter the city of Hángzhōu;
You may not know the songs of the Wu people,
But you will meet an understanding friend.
282 Your field
There is a field of one acre,
To the greatest extent you can cultivate it.
西成 Harvesting: lit. Western achievement.
耕耘 Cultivate: lit. plow and weed.
283 An open mind
Do not dislike children without lips,
Or find diseased feet inferior;
Bring them into the cave for help,
Where will the hunting dogs seek?
284 Six oxen
Six oxen plowing,
Cultivating land endlessly;
The harvest is strong and substantial,
A full granary and a full storehouse.
Big actions and a towering will,
Do not suffer from attachement to your hometown.
Very likely rulers go early with purpose,
Raising the military at the battlefield.
七八 Seven or eight; seventy eight; July-August; very likely.
Sunflowers turn toward the sun,
Faithful, sincere and with admiration,
Open wide a spacious house,
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 saints,
How can there be true knowledge?
Once one enters the mysterious gate,
There is overflowing increase.
玄門 Term from Daoism, Buddhism.
288 Deep words
Do not say the words are too deep,
Stubborness simply will not really do,
You come to realize various profound mysteries,
This way you recognize the dao of saints of the hightest spirit.