241 Heaven or hell
One thought and you rise high up in heaven,
One stroke of fate and you enter hell,
Hell or paradise, there is just a fraction between glory and dishonor,
Don't follow follow mediocre people.
242 The sad fate of true spirits
When a sheep escapes the flock, people will correct it within a day,
Coming close to the mouth of the bull, then man gets bitten;
One ruler, one subject, then ruler and subject have troubles.
One has to 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 One finger
For one who knows about karmic rules,
One finger suffices to turn around;
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 and bright in contrast to the humidity before;
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 Heart and moon, fox and raccoon
A sentimental moon or a bewitching woman,
Confuse and mislead people;
Common people don't scrutinize it,
They invite it for long times and exhaust their body.
狐狸 Huli, bewitching woman, literally fox and raccoon.
247 Shaken up but not destroyed
Suddenly a gale-force wind rises,
Big trees are lifted up to their limit;
Branches and leaves did not scatter about,
Cultivation ends safe and sound.
248 A fortunate empty day
The empty day has a prosperous appearance,
A fact which asks for examination.
Surround by milling around troops,
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 but in another year things change,
And one adjusts to another person's taste.
250 Daughter big
Daughter big, happiness arrives.
Marrying a fine man,
adding children and grandchildren,
All obeying and pleasant and experiencing the emperor's favor.
皇 Emperor; magnificent.
251 Cause and effect
The tree feeds the fire,
The mouth annulls silence,
Madness causes obstruction of the bowels,
Chills and fever invade each other.
252 Wake up
Too good at heart, too 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!
The walls of the pens are on fire,
The raging livestock meets with disaster.
You guarded against it beforehand and got help,
Putting the fire out is accomplished well.
254 Grasping 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 fragrant Cassia buds,
The sky is full of stars,
Their brilliance closing in on man.
桂子 Fragrant Cassia buds; famous and talented sons.
256 The source of water
The Southeast shall come to ruins,
And the people of Yan and Ji have nothing stored to live from.
It seems you find boisterous acts and lofty aspirations necessary,
Don't you know where the source of water is?
257 A free heart
Death has its day, birth has its hour,
Why be slow 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.
An unexpected 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
Eight gates divide the eight positions,
Nine stars announce the nine regions,
Green, red, yellow, white and black,
Five colors of brocade costumes.
Crossing swords ready for battle, both sides similar in strength.
260 A life without purpose
All one's life not practicing to be better,
A life without purpose;
A wheel cannot turn around,
It always falls in an abyss or chasm.
261 Yin and yang in harmony
Two sets of boys and girls,
Are all 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,
Breaking the connections with the ruler.
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 swallow the bait,
You take your fishing line and pole and turn around,
Eating at home getting over the dislike of the big expense
When roaming and traveling all corners of the land.
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,
At Wu hour blessings arrive,
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.