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THE GRAND TERMINUS
Grand Terminus, or better, the Grand Ultimate,
is another name for the T'ai Chi, expressed in the
Yin and Yang symbol which describes duality
within the boundary of completeness...
It creates the expression of TAO.
Yet, Lao Tze expresses so well, that the
attempts at humans to apply our language
to Spirit, tao, god, goddess...even nature;
is futile, for human language is not creator's
language, which comes to us in symbols and
sacred geometry. Lao Tze says:
"The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao.
The name that can be named is not the eternal name.
The nameless is the beginning of heaven and earth.
The named is the mother of ten thousand things.
Ever desireless, one can see the mystery.
Ever desiring, one can see the manifestations.
These two spring from the same source but differ in name;
this appears as darkness.
Darkness within darkness.
...The gate to all mystery."
Lao Tze, Tao Te Ching
What is TAO?
TAO is Emptiness~
How can it be Emptiness?
Because it is Perfect!
"This is Perfect, that is Perfect...
"Take the Perfect from the Perfect;
"What remains is the Perfect."
THE GRAND ULTIMATE
"Who takes Heaven as his ancestor, Virtue as his home,
the Tao as his door, and who becomes change -- is a
Sage." -- Chuang Tzu, Inner Chapters
THE T'AI CHI
In the practice of T'ai Ch'i Chuan, we make circles
and think Circularity...in order to move our bilateral
limbs from one completion to another, they cross
over and around each other, and the waves of
yin and yang are evident. I have experienced a flow
of energy when practicing "T'ai Ch'i Walking"
that criss-crossed in the form of an Infinity sign.
This i now understand as the kundalini energy that
traverses the human central nervous system.
We learn to feel the totality of a "ball" of
energy in our hands, and the emptying and
filling of its duality.
Posture changes...attitudes change...health
improves. Some of us find our "Bottom" voice!
So Yin/Yang describes the degrees of and
non-existences of all elements and their
"The Tao is very close, but everyone looks far away.
Life is very simple, but everyone seeks difficulty."
-- Taoist Sage, 200 B.C
Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on the
Yin Yang symbol. The seasons bring about different
aspects in our physiology. The Earth in various
parts of the world are experiencing more yin energy
when across the world more yang energy is occurring.
In spring certain foods are better for us
than others; more digestible by the body.
For instance, in summer, eat all the cold foods
and raw foods you want to, according to TCM. In
summer heat they are easily digested. If your
system is imbalanced, you may still not do well with
that until you honor and correct your body's needs.
If you want to become a raw foodist, you may notice
that easy does it on the changeover. You may
experience nausea or other unpleasant cleansing
if you dive in with both feet.
SUMMER is Yang...full heat, hot sun, light
WINTER is Yin...cold, dark...many people withdraw.
SPRING and AUTUMN are Transitional; each has
degrees of Summer and Autumn, and is pouring into
the ensuing season. People may feel uneasy, sad,
irritable. TCM identifies many reasons and
takes the responsibility away from a person
being a grouch! But not for long; for finding an
imbalance, Ammatherapy, acupuncture, Herbal tea
will soon put you right, and in the driver's
seat of your life once again!
Feeling and being responsible is a glorious freedom!
T'ai Chi Chuan
Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu's Book of Life
a common explanation about Lao tze, Lao Tzu, is that
he became tired of people coming to him for help
and then disregarding his advice. He headed for the
hills! He was going into retirement, to spend the
rest of his life meditating on the mountain.
The gatekeeper begged lao tze to write down
the core of his teachings that it may not be lost
to the people, and he complied.
Look, it cannot be seen~it is beyond form.
Listen, it cannot be heard~it is beyond sound.
Grasp, it cannot be held~it is intangible.
These three are indefinable;
Therefore they are joined in one.
From above it is not bright;
From below it is not dark:
An unbroken thread beyond description.
It returns to nothingness.
The form of the formless,
The image of the imageless,
It is called indefinable and beyond
Stand before it and there is no beginning.
Follow it and there is no end.
Stay with the ancient Tao,
Move with the present.
KNOWING THE ANCIENT BEGINNING
IS THE ESSENCE OF THE TAO.
~Tao Te Ching, Chapter Fourteen
The highest good is like water.
For water benefits the ten thousand things
It settles in places that people avoid
and so is like the Tao.
In choosing your home look to the land.
In preparing your heart go deep.
In associating with others value gentleness.
In speaking...exhibit good faith.
In governing provide good order.
In the conduct of business be competent.
In action be timely.
Then there is no strife, nothing goes amiss.
Empty your mind of all thoughts.
Let your heart be at peace.
Watch the turmoil of beings,
but contemplate their return.
Each separate being in the universe
returns to the common source.
Returning to the source is serenity.
If you don't realize the source,
you stumble in confusion and sorrow.
When you realize where you come from,
you naturally become tolerant,
kindhearted as a grandmother,
dignified as a king.
Immersed in the wonder of the Tao,
you can deal with whatever life brings you,
and when death comes, you are ready.
- Tao Te Ching, Lao Tze Tsu (~551 - 479 BCE)
I Ching, the Book of Changes
The Book of Changes elucidates the Polarities of
Life and guides us toward the Middle Way.
It speaks of the beneficial way and predicts
the results of self-righteous choices.
The Tao that can be named is not the true tao
May all sentient beings achieve Enlightenment
What is the Tao?
How do we see Unity and Diverstity in the Tao?
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Revised September 14, 2009
latest revision December 19, 2009
at long last, march 9, 2011, i feel a long-awaited
completion of this page. Knowing that change is the only
true reality...i expect it will change or be added to also.
With gratitude and Appreciation of/for Mataj i
Grandmaster Tina Sohn, bringer of Ammatherapy
to the USA...and her beloved husband,
Guru Dev Robert C. Sohn, Shivamokshananda; a great man
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