289 To become true
Although you have many honors and official ranks,
How about reality?
Practice ascetism to become true,
your real self is immortal,
Loaded with ten thousand longlasting springs.
真身 Your real self or: the real body of Buddha
長春 Longlasting springs or: vitality.
290 Reconnect with your guardian
Strolling, strolling, strolling,
Meeting a dog,
Restless thoughts are seeking,
Manage lasting steadiness.
291 Rumors and facts
Not aware of the true information,
Information comes unexpectedly.
The moon waxes and wanes in the night,
You should not leave the locks of the doors open.
292 Learn about danger
Deal with vigorous fires or else nothing is left,
Deal with deep waters or else you are a fool,
In the end this serves as contemplation,
So they cannot cause disaster to anything.
293 Stay on level
Visiting wild geese from a distant lake on earth turn into the land,
After completing a grand work of merit returning back early,
Not hankering after the blessing of common people,
Nothing teaches chicken to guard or to be able to compete with each other.
294 A beautiful night
Wind high in heaven,
Moon on the horizon,
The moon is pale and the breeze is refreshing,
The two are in harmony.
Leaves return to the roots of the tree,
Which stands long in heaven and earth,
Clear water from the source turns little by little into a river into an ocean,
A person who achieves the pill of immortality has a longlasting life in the abyss at the world's edge.
A different translation of 2nd line: Heaven and earth will exist forever (for a long time)).
296 Flowers and rain
Riding on horseback to Cháng'ān,
Beholding the flowers coming into bloom all over,
One day rain will come and drench them,
Their fragrance and color will exhaust and wither.
A different translation of 2nd line: Looking tearfully showing one's feelings
Cháng'ān (litt. longlasting peace): capital of China in the Han/Tang dynasties
297 The invisible roots
In spring the roots and trunk of the ancient tree are old,
Strong seed but in late autumn the branches and leaves wither,
It doesn't wither at all,
You don't see the firm roots.
298 Wild grass
What a road, what a road!
Heaven will be bright,
Why not hold your head raised with pleasure,
It is opposed to becoming wild grass after all.
with pleasure: litt. relaxing brows
The medicine is real, taking the pills gives peace,
Three doses later, it is clear enough;
Spirit is inner spirit, purity is inner purity,
You certainly achieve tightness, you may live long.
300 The power to make a name
Three days ago you formed an association,
Loyal to your friends to the utmost fame;
A long ride on an excellent steed,
Going right into heaven's hall.
301 Inner laughter
You come by free time and you spend it with a master,
Casual meetings with a person,
Who is healthy in old age.
Inner laughter causes vitality (litt spring).
夫子 Fuzi, confucian master or title of respect for the elders.
302 Idle clouds and wild cranes
Free and unrestrained impatient the journey east,
Only a fellow villager is a good friend for certain,
Engage for two or three springs to set up a business.
United under the streetlamp lights,
Towards a brilliant future.
303 Everything has its traits
The Han River is merciless,
The water of Sichuan is clear,
The Yellow River is billowy,
Everywhere is mist and dust.
304 Submerged dragon
A submerged dragon enduring hard times,
Still doesn't see clouds rising,
Hesitatingly he looks at the clouds enclosing on all sides,
Flutters up to Heaven's hall.
Submerged dragon: unrecognized sage
Hard times, kùn: hex.47.
Heaven's hall also means middle of forehead.
This place has a strong flavor,
Rich and gaudy, one cannot endure it for long,
How about talking and laughing and making trouble,
Booing and running about.
running about: litt. run east rush west.
306 Get on your way
Here live small people,
By no means stay or stop a bit,
Hurry preparations, it improves when you set out,
It is good to travel like sun and moon,
Do not linger for a long time!
日月 life; livelihood, sun and moon, saints and sages, emperor and empress (they rise early and travel steadily).
307 The horns of the dragon
The horns on the head of the dragon grow,
There will be plenty and timely rainfall,
June, July and August in the morning,
A good help for the common people.
頭角 head horn, clue; lead, talent.
308 Dragon and snake
The big white one appears in the southwest,
Dragon and snake compete with each other,
The dragon himself flies up skyhigh,
The snake however is covered in punishment.
太白現 〈astr.〉 Venus; Vesper. 太白Great bright(ness. 白etymol: sun rising.
309 Waiting for spring
In the past you planted trees and plants,
And you want spring to come,
A light and delicate Eastern breeze,
And flowers blooming in all streets.
310 Enjoy this time
Forty bitter years you have experienced,
Enjoy now the time you still have;
Do not plan or theorize love,
Treasure the many events of joy and happiness,
Cherish highly your youth,
Don't devalue your youth.
311 You got your masters
Three winters are enough,
To master literature and art,
You managed it up to the end,
Besides ice arrived;
In a hurry turn around,
Do not miss your future career.
312 Strange events
Strange and amazing!
Last time something happened,
This time it happens again,
Be cautious and on guard,
Do not break down.