361 A wooden fish
Holding in one's hand a wooden fish,
Going along the street begging for alms,
Not seeing the official who comes gently,
However meeting one bird, which flies away.
(Wooden fish: a Buddhist percussion instrument)
362 Water and fire
Water and fire already assisting,
Yin and yang are in accord,
Giving birth to creatures and people of a new time,
Reaching to the sky and assisting the earth.
363 Riding the Jade Hare
Riding the Jade Hare,
Towards the cold expanse,
I will climb the laurel tree,
Now my entire body has the strong fragrance,
Both sleeves pervaded with the perfume.
Jade Hare: the moon. 嫦娥 Cháng'é Goddess of the moon. 桂 laurel or osmanthus
364 A Shendao priest
A Shendao priest,
Follow him, leave and walk,
You will come upon people who are searching for solutions,
Everywhere it makes its presence felt.
神道 shéndào, beliefs regarding ghostly influences, gods; spirits, tomb passage, 〈Jp.〉 Shinto.
365 The alchemist
Fire in the stove,
Gold in the sand,
Effort and skill will achieve,
The furnace of the alchemist succeeds.
丹 Pill or the mercuric sulfide.
丹鼎 Furnace of alchemists for concoction of immortality pills.
366 A friend who shares your goals
This goes a long way,
But if you come across a friend who shares your goals,
And you are of one heart and help each other,
You can reach big merit and fame.
367 The flowers open
Enjoying the beautiful scenery on a spring day,
Watching the flowers open at the right time,
Many flowers can be picked,
Many branches can be planted.
368 A dragon cries
A dragon cries once,
And the clouds we need gather,
Rising up, towering into the sky.
He contemplates sharply the peace and tranquility,
The culture, the military,
The sovereign ruling, the minister going about his duties.
369 The emerging tiger
The emerging tiger is wounded by metal,
Why should his courage be his fate?
How similar to the old man on the mountain,
Not rich but yet interesting.
370 Narrow and wide roads
After passing narrow winding roads
You enter a broad and open one
Wuling and furs and horses
It makes you think of your native place.
羊腸 Narrow winding road: litt. intestines of a sheep.
康莊 Broad and open road (idiom) brilliant future prospects.
This story is about Wuling and furs and horses.
371 Fire and water
The Dao of fire is restrained by water,
Water extinguishes its light;
The flow of water is torrential,
From a distant source flowing on and on.
源遠流長 lit. source is distant and flow is long. Long-lasting and well-established. Fig: sth goes back to the dim and distant past - a lot of water has flowed under the bridge since then.
372 The mind at rest
A banquet is held at the eastern pavillion.
Honored guests from the beginning
Are singing lustily joining in the chorus,
They open up and set the mind at rest.
373 Be aware of the small cracks in peace
The world appears peaceful,
You are not aware that poetry already ceased;
If you intend to construct a building you must be careful,
You must guard against big fires.
374 The dragon door
When jumping the Dragon Door,
There will be waves,
Crashing thunder and lightning,
A gigantic leap.
跳龍門 Jump dragon door: pass the civil-service examinations.
萬丈 bottomless: litt.10.000 x 3,3 meter.
波 wave or unexpected turn of events.
375 The ancient pine tree
High in the mountains stands an ancient pine tree,
Gracefully erect on a plane at Handou,
The trunk is old, the branches long,
Heaven and earth give birth to longlasting glory.
沖 〈topo.〉 n. (used in place names) flat stretch in hilly area.
376 Fate is already settled
Do not consider them,
In the end fate is already settled,
A mediocre commonplace life,
Is inferior to being law-abiding.
377 To sacrifice a pig
A pig can be used for a sacrifice to Heaven,
Even though it loses its life,
It also counts as a benefit.
378 Thinking at night
Rather than running hither and thither in the day,
Wouldn't it be better to think carefully in the night;
The daytime is physically fatiguing,
At night however you are at ease and sedate.
379 The eastwind
The eastwind is coming,
The flowers open up,
The family drink with happy faces.
And drink their fill with three cups.
喝采 drink with happy faces: cheer, acclaim.
380 Simple food
Simple and plain food
One takes delight in,
The smell and taste of rich food,
on the other hand, obscure the heart.
381 From plowing to harvesting
Oxen open up the earth,
Vigorously expand the boundaries;
At the harvest time
A surplus of millet and rice in the warehouse.
382 The dragon-snake
A snake can change into a dragon,
On the head horns will emerge;
With a thunderous spectacular sound on the earth,
A powerful dragon-snake appears.
A thunderous spectacular sound on the earth: have a great spectacular succes.
龍蛇 dragon snake; flourish in calligraphy; eminent person.
383 The nine peaks of Huashan
On the nine Huashan mountain tops,
An auspicious atmosphere is soaring.
Embark in a boat,
Take off and move forward,
Soaring; seething with activity.
Embark: lit. different to the fullest??
384 All about the results
People are not like Confucius, few can avoid faults,
Making faults and yet being able to change,
One remains again not at fault,
The blossoms are not enough evidence,
It is the actual result which is the criterion,
Let go and be happy.