25 Seen and unseen
Some things you see and others you don't
Be on guard against the other side of people
Some things you detect and others you don't
In the end there is no evidence
26 Phase of life
One time of peach and plum blossom
One time of spring
Who knows when the initial atmosphere renews
Retired he seeks a living at the water side
Beholding the mountain with clear understanding and a gratified mind
27 A real person
Do not blame me that my views are like scythes
My disposition strange
Stubborn and secluded with a sealed off heart
However a real person and 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 joined in gallop
The man fulfilled his ambitions at the right time
He started out on the 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 ten miles of Osmanthus opens
Walk into the horizon
三生Three incarnations, past, present and future.
30 Buying Qì
Contribute to the golden pavilion
In the end it becomes a way to help
Inferior to benefitting of spirit now
It is still good to buy some true Qì
31 A good companion
Take leave for a while
Even if it is not easy
A competent companion
Not one who dawdles
Set out on the journey as early as possible
Avoid to disappoint him
When pleasure is extreme grief will arrive
In Gentleness and Joy clearly good luck joins bad luck
The failure to be glorious finishes gloomy
In the reflected rays of the sunset
日落西山 The sun goes down behind the Western mountain: sunset.
33 The way of the clouds
After experiencing a few huge billows
Who would expect the waves to calm and the wind to die down?
Understanding the way of the clouds has to be taught
To go forward when the road is open or stop when it is closed requires no work
三五 Three five: a few.
34 Raise your head
The crescent moon waxes to big and round again
The bare 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 Just this sandbank
The journey is difficult
The journey is difficult
Today you learned that the journey is difficult
The wide space of the future is not worth considering
Make an effort now to cross this sandbank
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
Huang Feng is calling in Shanglin
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 The other shore
On a large scale exert miraculous cures
Help innumerable people competently
In the end you climb the other shore
Crossing over to the immortals
彼岸 The other shore, Buddh: perfection, completeness.
仙班 'immortal class', scholars with a high literary degree.
40 Dark mysteries
In a clear water region
like bluegreen jade
The boat sails upstream
with the moon right overhead
Steadily and in the center
I cannot understand the mysteries
But who runs counter makes mistakes
The seeds of losing his life
41 Everything as it should be
Peaches and plums open up their beauty
Resplendent sights and sounds of spring
A beautiful scene in bright weather
Which the lord should remember
When he aims to fulfill his desires
For everything to be as it should be
There is no need for uncertainty
Which violates the revered 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 obvious
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 or for the front
Turn around with understanding
Gather the reins in an easy way
There are 1000 paths and 10.000 roads
With self-esteem search and inquire
44 Like a pine tree
Looking around there is no door or road
You need to open up the road to Táoyuán
Practice ascetism and become reborn
And live as long as a pine tree
This poem is about the story of Taoyuan
45 Home of spiritual values
No need to hurry
No need to be nervous
You stay in a place
Where drums are beaten and bells are sounded
The three treasures meet 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
With changeable goals
Everything gets lost
Turn around immediately
47 Return home
The real truth - people fail to see
The real truth - Spirits have power
Return to the ancestors and back to the roots
The place of primary perfection
48 The vicissitudes of life
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.