Although ancient China was
not the developer of the wheel it was very advanced thousands of
years ago. Most ancient Sages believed in the "five element
theory: metal, wood, water, fire and earth were the substance of
all matter. Over five thousand years ago Confucius referred to this
theory in his book Shang Shu, or Book of History in which he parallels
modern atomic physics. In his Book Of Changes, he said "one
yin and one yang constitute the Tao (the way or a whole). One yin
and one yang between hard and soft matter results in changes."
Lao Zi said "Tao gave birth to one and one gave birth to all
the myriad of things. All the myriads of things carry yin on their
backs, holding yang in their embrace, by which deriving their vital
harmony from proper blending of the two breaths." (Tao Teh
Ching, Classics of Tao and Virtue). This relates to our "modern"
periodic table of elements wherein each element is having the negative
(Yin) electron of an element circle the positive (Yang) atomic nucleus.
He also stated "all things under heaven are born of corporeal
and corporeal born of incorporeal (or material is born of etheric).
Much of China's long course of history was guided by these theories,
ie: the science of acupuncture, herbal medicine, Qi Gong, Fung Shui
architecture, art and culture.
How did the sages know these things without sophisticated instruments?
Some ancient doctors were said to have a type of built in x-ray
vision. This is not something most of us today think of as advances,
for most of us equate "advanced" with technological gadgetry.
The type of x-ray vision some ancients possessed is called an opened
third eye. The third eye is said to be developed through cultivating
a virtuous way of life (Zhan Falun by Li Hongzhi).
What are the parallels between virtues and advancements? If one
is in harmony, the truth is revealed according to each one's ability
to comprehend at any given level. "Although this is seemingly
incorporeal it was often said in ancient philosophy that the Tao
was by nature easy to obtain and the more complicated, the further
away from the truth of the universe," one sage said as he rode
around town on a donkey, backward, expressing his discuss with those
in relentless pursuit of complicated material gain.
Handed down through thousands of years what was said to be the standard
for quality is still applicable today. These characteristics like
Truth, Compassion and Forbearance, and the balance between Yin and
Yang were codes to live by. It would not take a rocket scientist
to figure out that these were good qualities to live by in ancient
China and are also applicable in today's modern global community.
And what would be the results of living such a way in modern life,
a way that was outlined long ago in ancient China and other civilizations.
Does constant balance between the negative (Yin) and positive (Yang)
last throughout time, perhaps even make up the nature of the universe?
Bill Timm facilitates
classes on Falun Gong, an ancient Chinese meditation practice. For
info on Falun Gong, go to www.falundafa.org.
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