觀天之道,執天之行,盡矣。

Observe Heaven’s Dao, grasp Heaven’s phases, that’s all.

天有五賊,見之者昌。五賊在心,施行於天,宇宙在乎手,萬物生乎身。

Heaven has Five Thieves, one who sees them is prosperous. The Five Thieves are in the mind, put in place by Heaven, the Universe lies in the palm of the hand, all things are born from the self.

天性,人也;人心,機也;立天之道以定人也。

Humans have Heavenly Nature; the Human Mind is the trigger; establish the Dao of Heaven in order to settle Humanity.

天發殺機,斗轉星移;地發殺機,龍蛇起陸;人發殺機,天地反覆;天人合發,萬化定基。

When Heaven emits its killing intent, the Dipper moves & the stars shift; when Earth emits its killing intent, dragons & serpents appear in the land; when Humanity emits its killing intent, Heaven & Earth are upended; when Heaven & Humanity emit together, then all things will have a fixed foundation.

性有巧拙,可以伏藏。九竅之邪,在乎三要。可以動靜。火生於木,禍發必克,奸生於國,時動必潰;知之修練,謂之聖人。

Human Nature has both cleverness & stupidity, it’s possible for both to be hidden. The perversity of the Nine Openings rest in the three most important. Both movement & stillness are thereby possible. When Fire is born from Wood, calamity develops & will overcome the Wood, when traitors arise in a country, their activity will cause its break down; one who cultivates awareness of this is called a Sage.

天地萬物之盜;萬物人之盜;人萬物之盜也。三盜既宜,三才既安。故曰:食其時,百骸理;動其機,萬化安。

Heaven & Earth rob all things; all things rob Humanity; Humanity robs all things, too. When the Three Robbers are in their proper places, then the Three Powers are peaceful. Therefore it is said: Eat when it’s time & the whole body will be ordered; move at the crucial moment & innumerable transformations secure.

人知其神而神,不知其不神之所以神。日月有數,大小有定,聖功生焉,神明出焉。其盜機也,天下莫不能見,莫不能知。君子得之固躬,小人得之輕命。

Humans know the spiritual as spirit, but they don’t know the reason why the non-spiritual is spirit. The Sun & Moon have their periods, the Large & Small are fixed, the Sage’s merit is born then, & the Spiritual Light emerges then. That theft is surely the trigger, in the whole world there is no one unable to see this, there is no one unable to comprehend this. When the Superior Person obtains it they solidifies them self, & when the Inferior Person obtains it they take life lightly.

瞽者善聽,聾者善視。絕利一源,用師十倍;三反晝夜,用師萬倍。心生於物,死於物,機在目。天之無恩而恩生,迅雷烈風,莫不蠢然。

Those who are blind are good listeners, those who are deaf are good observers. Reduce profit to a single source & the usefulness of the multitude will be ten fold; by reverting three times in a day & night the usefulness will be a thousand fold. The Xin is born from things, it dies from things, & the mechanism is in the eyes. Heaven is not kind & so kindness is born, the sudden thunder & violent wind make everyone disordered.

至樂性餘,至靜則廉。天之至私,用之至公。禽之制在炁。死者生之根,生者死之根。恩生於害,害於恩。愚人以天地文理聖,我以時物文理哲。人以愚虞聖,我以不愚虞聖。人以奇期聖,我以不奇期聖。

The nature of Perfect Happiness is abundance, the principle of Perfect Stillness is honesty. Heaven is extremely selfish, but operates with extreme fairness. Control of beasts lies in the Qi. Death is the root of life, life is the root of death. Kindness is born from harm, & harm from kindness. By means of the principles of Heaven & Earth stupid people become holy, by means of the principles of Seasons & Things I become wise. People worry the Sage because of their stupidity, & I worry the Sage because I am not stupid. People consider sagacity strange, I do not consider sagacity strange.

自然之道靜,故天地萬物生。天地之道浸,故陰陽勝。陰陽相推,而變化順矣。

Nature’s Dao is still, therefore Heaven, Earth, & all things are born. The Dao of Heaven & Earth is gradual, therefore Yin & Yang are victorious. Yin & Yang mutually push, & so variations follow.

是故聖人知自然之道不可違,因而制之。至靜之道,律曆所不能契。爰有奇器,是生萬象。八卦甲子,神機鬼藏。陰陽相勝之術,昭昭乎進乎象矣。

Therefore, the Sage knows that Nature’s Dao cannot be defied, & as a result regulate it. The Dao of Perfect Stillness cannot be bound to written words. Thus, possessing this wonderful tool gives birth to innumerable images. The Eight Signs & Sexagenarian Cycle, Spiritual moments & Ghostly hoards. The technique of Yin & Yang Mutually Succeeding clearly manifests & is put forth in form.

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