The Abysmal (Water)


The Abysmal repeated.

If you are sincere, you have success in your heart,

And whatever you do succeeds.


Water flows on uninterruptedly and reaches its goal:

The image of the Abysmal repeated.

Thus the superior man walks in lasting virtue

And carries on the business of teaching.

6. Bound with cords and ropes, Shut in between thorn-hedged prison walls: For three years one does not find the way. Misfortune.

5. The abyss is not filled to overflowing, It is filled only to the rim. No blame.

4. A jug of wine, a bowl of rice with it; Earthen vessels Simply handed in through the window. There is certainly no blame in this.

3. Forward and backward, abyss on abyss. In danger like this, pause at first and wait, Otherwise you will fall into a pit in the abyss. Do not act in this way.

2. The abyss is dangerous. One should strive to attain small things only.

1. Repetition of the Abysmal. In the abyss one falls into a pit. Misfortune.