Saturday, December 20, 2008
Why we have to follow destiny?
With the help of a fertility specialist, a 65 year old woman has a baby. All her relatives come to visit and meet the newest member of their family. When they ask to see the baby, the 65 year old mother says, "Not yet."
A little later they ask to see the baby again. Again the mother says, "Not yet."
Finally they say, "When can we see the baby?"
And the mother says, "When the baby cries."
So they ask, "Why do we have to wait until the baby cries?"
The new mother says, "I forgot where I put it."
Now to carry on with the Yi Jing,
An extract from Taoist Hua-Ching Ni ‘s ‘The Book Of Change and The Unchanging Truth’.
‘The I Ching does not give subjective answers to your questions. Nor does it make decisions for you. Rather, it inspires you to view matter differently and make your own decision. Thus it assists your development rather than your dependence upon it.
The I Ching is too big to carry around and use each time we need to make or respond to a change. The most meticulous fortune telling system cannot help a person make good and correct responses to each situation in life, but an experienced driver or mechanic has no need to refer to an instruction booklet to operate or repair his machine. Skill comes from practice and more practice. Thus, one’s ability to respond to situations effectively is a matter of personal growth. The use and study of the I Ching assists that growth.’
Occasionally, the I Ching will respond with an answer that refers to something other than what asked. This indicates a response to your deepest and most urgent problem rather than to your more superficial question. Do not be so rigidly focused on your question that you fail to recognize a warning concerning a much more serous circumstance.’
Courtesy of Master Hua-Ching Ni.
How it was named Plum Blossoms Method or 梅花义数
Shao Kangjie was looking out his window, and noticed two sparrows fighting around a plum tree. He quickly did a calculation and predicted that the next day, a girl would climb the tree to pick flowers. Something would startle her and she would fall. She would be hurt, but not seriously. Sure enough, all this came to pass. How did Master Shao know? He used Plum Flower Yijing Calculation.
Now you will noticed that I mentioned twelve cards at the outer circle for tabulating times and what are the four extra cards doing there? Now look at the outer circle of cards as a pie with eight sectors of directions, namely, starting from east, southeast, south to north. Then take note of the cardinal cards of Northeast, Southeast, Southwest and Northwest. The remainder of the cards in the outer circle then represent the month sequence with the 3rd lunar month starting from East which is the card of the Queen of Spade followed by the card Nine of Hearts which is for 4th Lunar month and then you ignore the card of Ten of Clubs which is for another purpose and then you carry on with the Jack of Hearts as the 5th Lunar month and so forth. Just ignore the cardinal cards I mentioned for fixing the cards that represent the months.
Back soon with next posting for those of you who are a bit slow on using the cards for divination.