The Classic of the Hidden Talisman
Translated by Akrishi

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Chapter Three
3.1.1 The blind (is) good (at) hearing. The deaf (has) good sight.
Sever benefit (from) one (sensory) source, (one will) master use (of mind's functioning) tenfold.
(If think and act in courses that curved) back three (times through three) days and nights, (one will) master use (of our mind) ten thousand-fold.
3.1.2 Mind (becomes) lively in (sensing) objects, (but also becomes) dead in (becoming) object (sensed). (In this,) the eyes is the triggering mechanism (of mental functioning).

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3.2.1 Heaven's (having) no (special) favour (to anyone), yet great favour is generated (in promoting life to everything).
(But on the contrary, with) sudden thundering (and) strong gale (from the sky), no one is not disturbed.
Extreme happiness (is in the) nature (of the Self being) blissNote 3.2.1 (This can be gained in) extreme silence (in which one is) naturally cleanhanded.
(Thus, though) Heaven's (triggering mechanism is fundamentally) extremely egocentric, (yet) in functioning (it is) extremely just.
3.2.2 The making of (life in) beasts is in breath (or prana).
Life is the root of death; Death is the root of life.
Favour is born from harming [i.e. Heaven killing], (and on the contrary) harm is born from favouring.
3.2.3 The foolish man considers writings and theory of (the functioning of) Heaven-and-earth sacred, (but) I consider the writings and theory of seasons and things philosophical (only). Note 3.2.3a
People consider (the legendary beast) Yu foolish. I consider (it) not foolish (but) sacred. Note 3.2.3b
People with curiosity anticipate sacredness, I anticipate sacredness with no curiosity.
So by sinking into water (or) entering fire, (one) get (his) own destruction.

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3.3.1 The Way of Nature (being) silent [i.e. Yin], so Heaven-and-earth (and) all things (in creation of dynamism) is borned (from it).
The Way of Heaven-and-earth is flooding Note 3.3.1 (bringing balance everywhere), so Yin and Yang win (over each other).
Yin and Yang mutually push (forward their mutual generation), such that transformation (and) manifestation (unfold) sequentially.
3.3.2 (This) is why the sages know that the Way of Nature cannot be violated, thus formulate it (as rules for man's action and behaviour).
(But) the Tao of extreme silence, (is) what meter and calendar cannot mark.
3.3.3 From having the singularity form, is born myriad phenomena.
(This is through changes in qualities of) the Eight trigrams (and transformations through time cycles of) the sexagenary cycles, (in which) the spirits trigger (creative or Yang) mechanism (and) the ghosts (promote the) hiding (or Yin) transformations.

(And with this) magical formula of Yin and Yang winning over each other, (these transformations) illustriously (manifest and) advance (into the world of) phenomena.

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