Nèiyè 內業 Inner Cultivation: part 26 of 26
336 01 靈氣在心 líng qì zài xīn
337 02 一來一逝 yī lái yī shì
338 03 其細無內 qí xì wú nèi
339 04 其大無外 qí dà wú wài
340 05 所以失之 suŏ yĭ shī zhī
341 06 以躁為害 yĭ zào wéi hài
342 07 心能執靜 xīn néng zhí jìng
343 08 道將自定 dào jiàng zì dìng
344 09 得道之人 de dào zhī rén
345 10 理丞而毛泄 lĭ chéng ér máo xiè
346 11 匈中無敗 xiōng zhōng wú bài
347 12 節慾之道 jié yù zhī dào
348 13 萬物不害 wàn wù bù hài
That mysterious vital energy within the mind:
One moment it arrives, the next it departs.
So fine, there is nothing within it;
So vast, there is nothing outside it.
We lose it
Because of the harm caused by mental agitation.
When the mind can hold on to tranquility,
The Way will become naturally stabilized.
For people who have attained the Way
It permeates their pores and saturates their hair.
Within their chest, they remain unvanquished.
[Follow] this Way of restricting sense-desires
And the myriad things will not cause you harm.
(Translated by Harold D. Roth, 1999)
The magical qi within the heart,
now it comes, now departs.
It is so small that there can be nothing within it.
It is so great that there can be nothing outside it.
It is lost through the harm of agitation.
If the heart can grip tranquility,
the Dao will spontaneously fix itself therein.
In he who grasps the Dao
it steams through the lines of his face and seeps from his hair.
There is no failing within his breast.
With the Dao of moderating desires,
the things of the world cannot harm him.
(Translated by Robert Eno, 2005)
This potent Qi in your heart/mind:
One moment it arrives, one moment it departs.
It is so tiny there is nothing inside it,
It is so great there is nothing outside it.
The reason that you lose it
Is because impatience causes harm.
When the heart/mind can maintain stillness,
Dao will naturally settle there.
For people who attain Dao:
Regulation supports it and it will not dissipate easily,
So that the center in their breast does not fail them.
When following the Dao of restraining desire,
The ten thousand creatures do not cause harm.
(Translated by Bruce R. Linnell, 2011)