My teachings are easy to understand
and easy to put into practice.
Yet your intellect will never grasp them,
and if you try to practice them, you’ll fail.
My teachings are older than the world.
How can you grasp their meaning?
If you want to know me,
look inside your heart.(translation by Stephen Mitchell, 1995)
My words are easy to understand, easy to practice
The world cannot understand, cannot practice
My words have basis
My actions have principle
People do not understand this
Therefore they do not understand me
Those who understand me are few
Thus I am highly valued
Therefore the sage wears plain clothes but holds jade
(translation by Derek Lin, 2006)
The words have no meaning,
Outside Nothingness. . . .
I must leave soon.
(translation by Jeremy M. Miller, 2013)
from I Ching Online