The Classic of the Hidden Talisman
Translated by Akrishi

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Introduction
Chapter One
1.1.1 Observe the Way of Heaven, (and) hold to Heaven's action. That's all (we should do).
1.1.2 In (the functioning of) Heaven, there are five plundersNote 1.1.2 He who sees (how) it (works will) flourish.
The five plunders (' action) is in the heart, (and subsequently got) executed in Heaven.
(This is because) the universe is in the hand, myriad manifestation is generated from the body.
1.1.3 The nature of Heaven ('s functioning) is (determined by the will of) man. (And) man's mind (is determined by) the mechanics (of functioning of Natural Law and opportunities arising).
(So, the sage) founded the Way of Heaven, to decide on man ('s action and behaviour). Note 1.1.3

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1.2.1

(When) Heaven shoots a triggering mechanism for killing (i.e. silence got enlivened), dragons (and) snakes rise from the land.

(When) man shoots a triggering mechanism for killing (in collective consciousness), Heaven and earth (got) overturned.
(When) Heaven and man shoot together, myriad transformation (got the) base (of their sequential development) set.
1.2.2 The nature (of our mind can at times) be dexterous (or) clumsy, Note 1.2.2a (so sometimes it) can be subdued (or) hiding (to become clumsy).
(This is through) the improper (outward projection) of (our awareness through) the nine apertures Note 1.2.2b , which is determined by the three essential (ones), (that) can (either) be dynamic (or) silent.
(When) fire is generated from wood, (this) calamity happening will surely be subduing.
(And when) the treacherous (is) born in a country, (the social) movement (at that) time is certainly routed.
1.2.3 (He who) knows this (principle) and cultivates (oneself accordingly), is called as a sage.
(Because the functioning of) Heaven (promoting) growth (and) Heaven killing, is the principle of Tao.

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