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Heaven, Man and Earth

Harmony among Heaven, Earth and Man by Master Ou Wen Wei

 

Master Ou Wen WeiThe "Harmony among Heaven, Earth and Man" is the philosophical thinking with the most practical significance in the brilliant tradition of Chinese civilization and culture. It talks about three objects: The Heaven, the Earth and the Man. The relationships described between the heaven and the earth, between man and man, between the heaven and the man, and among the heaven, the earth and the man or between nature and man. In today's language, it is the relationship between man and environment. In addition, the relationship between man and man also include the relationship between man's own spirit and flesh. It pointed out that the most important standard in these relationship is harmony.

Harmony means being in step and harmonious.

If the heaven, the earth and the man in all the relationship explained above were able to get along in step and harmonious, everything would have been able to co-exist, and has steady and healthy development.

In order for the human race to survive and develop, I think we should have an extensive, complete understanding of the teaching of "Harmony among Heaven, Earth and Man", which is a brilliant philosophical thinking.

How should we understand it?

I believe that we should not only understand the nature and characteristics of things of the heaven, the earth and man, but also the relationship among them, and furthermore the correct handling of the connections between man and nature, which should be based on harmonious relationship. To solve the problem of harmonious relationship, we must solve the problem of the harmony within man's own spirit and flesh. For this, I have specially written this short essay:

Harmony among Heaven, Earth and Man

The Heaven rests with invisible but active spirits. The Earth rests with its thick solidness. When the Heaven and the Earth are combined together, there is spirit and its carriers. Man is created and materials are made.

Man's spirit is like the Heaven and Man's physical body (flesh) is like the Earth. The spirit has the thinking characteristic and the body has the materialistic characteristic. When the harmony between the spirit and the body are achieved, a perfect man is made. Man can not live without materialistic characteristic or without thinking characteristic. Man is in his perfect condition only when his "Qi" and "Yi" (mind) are highly spirited and vigorous.

"Qi" is material while "Yi" is spirit. "Qi" is both material and spirit, primary is material and secondary is spirit. "Yi" is both spirit and material, primary is spirit and secondary is material. "Qi" comes with "Yi", and it generates from the heart. When a man's "Yi" and "Qi" are combined into one, can he be a genuine man.

Cultivating Yi is to lay a firm foundation. Gathering Qi is to keep the body fit. Free the mind from evil thoughts and Qi will be good. To live longer, one has to take in everything good, reinforce the root, trace back to the source to eliminate diseases so to keep fit and good health. Retribution for good or evil can surely be found in how one is tempering.

As the sun homologizes the moon, "Yin" achieves balance with "Yang", it has created a new path for all things to live, multiply and prosper. Be kind and friendly, accumulate virtues and do good deeds, and the human race is on its way to the bright future.

The universe will never be extinct, neither will the materialistic elements. Why is man mortal? It is because man is unable to achieve harmony with the everlasting universe and the materialistic elements.

Harmony means combination and coexistence without any separation. Therefore, if one tempers oneself both spiritually and physically, one should be able to live forever. This is not false.

"The Heaven rests with invisible but active spirits; the earth rests with its thick solidness." These two sentences tell mainly about their respective characteristics.

Heaven, Man and EarthThe Heaven is the the sky, the cosmos and the universe. The Earth is the land, the globe, and may be referred to in a general sense as a celestial body. The striking characteristic of the heaven is its vastness, boundlessness and all inclusiveness. It not only contain innumerable materialistic elements, but also has an infinite reservoir of dynamic force. Therefore everything can evolve, develop or change only in their infinite time and space. The earth's (or other heavenly bodies') coming into being has been the due result of these features of the Heaven. This has been the outcome of the immense dynamic force of the heaven acting on the materialistic corpuscles, making them create objects in a certain shape, size and relatively stable. And the emergence of these relatively huge solid bodies (the earth and other heavenly bodies, for example) has in turn laid the solid material foundation for all things to evolve and develop in them. (The fact that living things have been evolved and changed on earth is the best proof.) Therefore the spiritual emptiness of the heaven and the thick solidness of the earth are the basis for the production of all things.

Here, I would like to point out the meaning of the spirit. It is mainly the dynamic initiative beyond the materialistic characteristic. This dynamic initiative differs from the energy possessed by the ordinary objects and matters, it has distinct rational characteristics. For example, as man's capacity of thinking.

The universal starry sky known to man today has extremely rational characteristics. For example, the earth's movement has a fixed orbit within the solar system. The galaxy and metagalaxy have their own fixed orbits as well. These perfect orbits have complex, proper and good order in arrangement. These rational characteristics exhibiting the orderly arrangements of the galaxies are even more closely knit and more great than those of our mankind.

Looking at the materials from the perspective of their nature.
I believed that the rational characteristic of man comes from the rational characteristic of the heaven; the spiritual characteristic of man comes from the spiritual characteristic of the heaven. Hence, the saying goes: "Man's spirit is just like the Heaven. Man's body is just like the Earth."

Man's spirit refers to man's "Jing Shen" in Chinese, or the human soul. I do not think that the soul is empty or abstract. It has very specific contents, which include life force (vitality) and thinking ability, both of which are beyond the materialistic dynamic capacity of the human flesh. "Jing Shen" is in fact a pronoun for soul. When one attempted to comprehend from Chinese language, "Jing" refers to man's vigour and vitality. "Shen" refers to man's thinking ability, which is unrestricted and limitless. See Three Treasures

"Man's spirit is like the heaven". We mean that man's soul has the empty and vast spiritual characteristic of the heaven. "Man's body is like the earth," we mean that man's body of flesh consists of materialistic elements as the earth does. This explains specifically an important viewpoint in traditional Chinese culture. Man is a small universe. It also expounds clearly that Man is made up of spirit and flesh. Spirit is manifested as dynamic energy beyond materialistic elements, while flesh is referred to as various kinds of materialistic elements.

Now, we should have known the characteristics and the inner relationship among the Heaven, Earth and Man. Based on my many years of repeated observations, practices, testing and verifying, I have formed such a philosophical theory: In the world as well as in the universe, the relationship among anything (including that between man and man, man and materials, materials and materials) are: "Being opposing while existing, being tolerant then stable, being harmonious then resonant." This philosophical theory runs through all things and their phenomenon such as the heaven and the earth, yin and yang, Big and small, long and short, male and female, old and young, spirit and flesh, spiritual and material, etc.

Intrinsically speaking, antithesis and antagonism manifested by being "opposing while existing" is by no means the ultimate goal of things. Through tolerance and harmony man can make things develop smoothly in balance and stability. This problem can be well elucidated through the relationship between man and man, between man and nature, which is familiar to us.

There is always antithesis between man and man, family and family, country and country, nation and nation. If we emphasize using the antagonistic method in solving conflicts, there will be certainly more and more disputes and wars, and will do more harm to the cause of human coexistence. Therefore, more and more people in the world have put forward peaceful ways of negotiation, which conform to reason and humanity, to solve contradictions and disputes. Regarding the relationship between man and nature, tolerance is also needed to maintain stability. In the world today, industry and commerce are becoming more and more developed. However, people neglect to protect natural environment, begin to pollute the water and all natural resources. This is a token of man being not tolerant of the heaven and the earth. As a result, the heaven and the earth are in turn not tolerant of man. The result is that the polluted environment have counteracted upon man and brought man with many new and strange diseases. Consequently, man has to put environmental protection on the important agenda. As a matter of fact, this is a problem of achieving tolerance between man and things or man and nature.

I have put forward the viewpoint: "The sun homologizes the moon as Yin achieves balance with Yang." It has created a new path for all things to live, multiply and prosper; be kind and friendly, accumulate virtues and do good deeds, and the human race is on its way to the bright future. The purpose is pointing out all the methods and significances of being tolerant and harmony.

To achieve tolerance and harmony between man and material, we must first or at the same time solve the health problem of man's own harmony within his spirit and flesh (the physical body and the mind). This is a matter of primary importance to everyone.

How can man achieve true health? It requires understanding the above mentioned information, extensive and complete understanding of man's own characteristics and physiological composition, the relationship between man and nature, to come up with a simple, plain and highly effective qigong exercise method. Is there such a good way?

Yes, there is. Reasonably, the method derives from the relationship among Heaven, Earth and Man, and it embodies their characteristics. Practically, ancient Chinese put forward various methods of improving man's health by practicing breathing exercises, cultivating one's moral character, tempering both physical and spiritual bodies, etc., to help many people keep fit and live longer. The present medical technology can help man to get rid of numerous diseases. Of course, the curing of diseases is necessary but prevention is the key to maintain good health.

How can diseases be prevented effectively? Objectively, we should handle properly the relationship between man and things. Subjectively, we should try hard to promote and strengthen the vitality and immunity of the human body. As for the former, material characteristic is primary, and spiritual characteristic is secondary; while spiritual characteristic is primary and material characteristic is secondary as to the latter.

That leads to the issue of cultivating both the spirit and the flesh. "Cultivating Yi is to lay a firm foundation. Gathering Qi is to keep the body fit. Free the mind from evil thoughts and Qi will be good. To live longer, one has to take in everything good, reinforce the root, trace back to the source to eliminate diseases so to keep fit and good health. Retribution for good or evil can surely be found in how one is tempering."

In modern medicine, the problem of the relationship between mental condition and diseases has aroused man's attention. When one is in a disturbed state of mind, tend to get irascible and depressed, one is liable to get sick. With a peaceful mind and a strong will, one is often healthier and promised to have a longer life. Therefore, in western medical science or traditional Chinese medicine, a patient's positive psychological condition is often mobilized to co-operate in the treatment.

Both a man's state of mind and his psychological condition belong to the category of spirit. If a disease originate from this cause, treatment with medicines will hardly have an effect. Hence the Chinese saying: "Mental illness can only be treated through mental therapy." In modern medical science, doctors have also admitted that diseases that have occured in the nature of immunity and physiological functions' obstruction can hardly be cured, for this is also a typical "spiritual" disease.

How can this kind of disease be cured and prevented?

It needs a type of qigong conforming to the spiritual characteristic of the universe and man. The qigong should stick to the principle of exercising "Yi" to lay solid body foundation and gathering "Qi" to keep the body fit. One should exercise Yi first and gather Qi second, making Yi to acquire Qi and recuperate one's health automatically. Only by so doing, can man achieve the result of "freeing the mind from evil thoughts and perfecting Qi itself, and taking in everything good to reinforce the foundation." With this type of qigong practice, it is possible to cure any kind of disease. The Pan Gu Mystical Qigong which I founded, the theories and principles are based wholly on the above mentioned characteristics. It can provide many cases and results where patients by practicing this qigong are recovering from different types of diseases with scientific proof.

Sun Moon QigongPan Gu Mystical Qigong is also named the Universe, Sun and Moon Qigong. Its aim is absorbing vital energy from Heaven and Earth, and the essence from the Sun and Moon, that is to say, one is gathering the universal or original Qi. It is widely applied in curing disease. The secret and the aim of conducting oneself in Pan Gu Mystical Qigong is to take "Kindness and Benevolence as basis. Frankness and Friendliness to heart. Speak with Reason. Treat with Courtesy. Act with Emotion. Accomplish Result."

The purpose here is to give prominence to "Exercising Yi and laying a solid body foundation," to achieve harmony between spirit and flesh, harmony between man and things, one will truly become spiritually and physically healthy.

Since this Pan Gu Mystical Qigong stresses benevolence and love, its curative and social effect has three striking characteristics. First, it has special curative effect on heart disease. No patient with heart disease who learned and persisted in practicing this Pan Gu Mystical Qigong did not obtain good results, and none so far died from a heart attack. (Today, the rate of sudden death caused by heart attack is the highest). Second, for a man with true love, confidence and perseverance, one who learned this qigong can immediately emit qi to cure people of disease without being infected. Third, all the practitioners who learned this qigong on their free will will develop the quality of being benevolent and friendly to others, develop the tolerant and peaceful human relationship skill, thus, society will become more stable and prosperous.

The first and second characteristics show that this qigong has the benevolent spiritual effect. It is the effect of automatic recuperation, which is extraordinary. The third characteristic is that by practice of this qigong, the practitioners willing to get along well with people following the principles of this qigong have realized that good deeds will be rewarded.

The author believed that if people are willing to accept this theory and utilize this effective qigong method, people are hopeful to achieve physical, spiritual health, harmony between man and man, man and things.

Through the study of the ancient Chinese philosophical thoughts, the observation of man's physiologic characteristics and the relations between man and the universe, I have obtained the following profound understanding:

  1. The universe consists of four key factors, namely time, space, materialistic element and spirit. To be exact, the universe is made up of four essential factors of time, space, materialistic elements and the dynamic energy beyond materialistic elements.
  2. The four key factors are all characterized by immortalization. Modern science has also confirmed that time and space are immortal and so are the materialistic elements. Accordingly, I have put forward the theory: "The heaven is immortal and so are the materialistic elements."
  3. Time, space and materialistic elements are passive. Spirit is active. The combination of the active dynamic energy with the passive materialistic elements can manifest a rich, wonderful and strange materialistic world on the boundless stage of time and space.
  4. The combination of spirit with time, space and materialistic elements make it possible for a great experiment for the purpose of creating an immortal world conforming to the immortal nature. The present world, the universe and the celestial bodies are existing in such a great experiment. Therefore, mankind should realize its importance and conform to this "will of the heaven" (the original idea of the universe or the expression and demand of time, space, materials and spirit).

Based upon the above explanation, I put forward the following: "The universe will never be extinct, neither will the materialistic elements. But why is man mortal? It is because man is unable to achieve the harmony among the everlasting universe and the materialistic elements." Harmony is in fact cooperation, and coexistence. Therefore, if one tempers oneself both spiritually and physically, one should be able to live forever. This is truth.

What I mean:

Why is the human race considered the highest class of living beings? Althought human race was created from the immortal materialistics of the universe and brought up in the environment of time and space which have the immortal characteristics, yet why does this class of living being easily get sick and die? Intrinsically speaking, it is because man's behaviors are not consistent with the immortal nature of the universe. If man understand these reasons and temper themselves hard both spiritually and physically to make themselves conform to the immortal characteristics of the universe, it is possible for man to enjoy good health, attain longevity and exist in the universe eternally.

As a matter of fact, the development of man's history has proved repeatedly that the more civilized and the more harmonious coexistence between man and materialistic elements, the body condition will become healthier, happier and more meaningful in life.

Facing such facts and conclusions, why shouldn't we hold aloft the banner of "Harmony among Heaven, Earth and Man" and jointly make great contribution to the above great cause?

For all the above, I sincerely present Pan Gu Mystical Qigong to you, a type of qigong which embodies the "Harmony among Heaven, Earth and Man."

Wishing everyone good health!
A harmonious and happy life!
May Man have Harmony with Heaven and Earth!1

See Return to Oneness with Spirit through Pan Gu Shengong

 

FOOTNOTE:

1 Harmony among the Heaven, Earth and Man by Master Ou Wen Wei.

 

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