Nèiyè 內業 Inner Cultivation: part 8 of 26

Nèiyè 內業 Inner Cultivation: part 8 of 26

088   01   能正能靜                    néng zhēng néng jìng

089   02   然後能定                    rán hòu néng dìng

090   03   定心在中                    dìng xīn zài zhōng

091   04   耳目聰明                    ĕr mù cōng míng

092   05   四枝堅固                    sì zhī jiān gù

093   06   可以為精舍                kĕ yĭ wéi jīng shĕ

094   07   精也者氣之精者也    jīng yĕ zhĕ qì zhī jīng zhĕ yĕ

095   08   氣道乃生                    qì dào năi shēng

096   09   生乃思                        shēng năi sī

097   10   思乃知                        sī năi zhī

098   11   知乃止矣                    zhī năi zhĭ yĭ

099   12   凡心之形                    fán xīn zhī xīng

100   13   過知失生                    guò zhī shī shēng

VIII

TRANSLATIONS

Eight

If you can be aligned and be tranquil,

Only then can you be stable.

With a stable mind at your core,

With the eyes and ears acute and clear,

And with the four limbs firm and fixed,

You can thereby make a lodging place for the vital essence.

The vital essence: it is the essence of the vital energy.

When the vital energy is guided, it [the vital essence] is generated,

But when it is generated, there is thought,

When there is thought, there is knowledge,

But when there is knowledge, then you must stop.

Whenever the forms of the mind have excessive knowledge,

You loose your vitality.

(Translated by Harold D. Roth, 1999)

He is able to be balanced and tranquil and so he is settled.

With a settled heart within,

the eyes and ears are keen and clear,

the four limbs are strong and firm.

He is fit to be the dwelling of the essence.

By essence is meant the essence of qi.

When qi follows the Dao there is birth.

With birth there is awareness.

From awareness comes knowing.

With knowing the limit is reached.

If the form of the heart acquires excessive knowledge,

life is lost.

(Translated by Robert Eno, 2005)

When you can be properly aligned and can be still–

Then, you can be settled.
With a settled heart/mind in your center,
Your ears and eyes are acute and clear,

Your four limbs are hard and strong,
You are able to become a dwelling for essence.

This essence–
Is essence of Qi!

With Qi and Dao, then there is life;
With life, then there is contemplation;
With contemplation, then there is understanding;

When you reach understanding, then stop!

Always: if the form of the heart/mind
Has too much understanding, life is lost.

(Translated by Bruce R. Linnell, 2011)

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