Tuesday, March 03, 2009

The Way (yin and yang = tao)

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The Blue Elephant said...

Received this comment:
If we want an appropriate symbol to describe the union there is one, and only one, available in the Chinese language: it is called yin and yang. Chinese is a pictorial language with a picture for every thing and every word. It has a picture representing yin and yang, the Chinese symbol for the universe. This symbol is in the form of a circle whose circumference is made up of two fish, one white and the other dark. The tail of each fish is in the mouth of the other, and thus they make a complete circle, representing the universe. One half of the circle, made up of the white fish, is exhibited in darkness, and the other half made up of the dark fish, is exhibited in light. The white fish represents yang, the masculine active principle in nature, and the dark fish represents yin, the feminine passive principle in nature -- and yang and yin combine with each other to produce all that comes to be. Buddha stands for gradual enlightenment, for gradual growth towards enlightenment. And we understand the language of gradualism. But that a poor person can become rich at once is something we don't understand. What Taoism stands for is sudden enlightenment. It says, why go through a long and needless process? What Taoism means to say is that it is not a matter of becoming a king, it is just a matter of remembering that you are a king. You are already a king, but you have forgotten. Therefore, while sadhana is the way of Buddha, remembering, just remembering is the way of Taoism. Just remember, recall who you are, and the journey is complete in a single sweep. Just remembering is enough.

In friendship


Bryce Digdug said...

Jim - how did you draw this...PHotoshop? I love the essay about male and female reminds me of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Also, in The Celluloid Closet, Tony Curtis talks about being in drag.."after we are all born from one male cell and one female cell, blending the soft and the hard"