Saturday, June 8, 2013

Mook (1): The Tai-ji (1)

There are three themes in the general theory today.

  • The Tai-ji
  • The Tai-ji concept and acupuncture
  • The general principles to evaluate disease symptoms

The most of you would be interested in how the concept of the Tai-ji is related to the treatment, wouldn't you? So, firstly, I would like you to understand the Tai-ji, then the relationship of it with acupuncture, based on the idea of the Tai-ji. Then, I would like you to understand the evaluation of disease symotoms, based on these ideas.

Let us confirm what the word of the Tai-ji means.

  • The Tai-ji consists of the fundamental yang-qi and the fundamental yin-qi. 
  • The existence of the fundamental yang-qi is supported by the fundamental yin-qi.
  • All phenomena are the various facets of the fundamental yang-qi. In addition, phenomena are the states of qi of yin and yang which are in the relative relationships.
Generally speaking, the Tai-ji is used in the meaning of the root or the basis, isn't it?  Here, we use the word "fundamental". It is the foundation of everything. Everything means the universe, in  other words.

What is the universe, then? You can understand that as everything you see. It is not limited only to the universe of the astronomy. The notebook and the pencil in front of you, these are also existing in the universe, aren't they? So you can understand that in this way.

In the Oriental thought, everything including such things can be divided into yin and yang. It is the idea to replace everything into words of yin and yang.

I have been using the word, "absolute" compared with the word, "relative", however, as its meaning, the word "fundamental" would be easier to understand, so I'm using the word "fundamental" now.

Usually, yin and yang is a relative concept, but now I'm talking about the fundamental yin and yang. There is the fundamental yin on the basis of the fundamental yang.

Let me explain the words here. The fundamental yang means everything human being can see, experience and perceive. The idea is that those visible, the fundamental yang is not existing on its own.

How do you perceive then? The universe becomes the universe from the certain point, so it becomes the universe through the process from the state of invisible to the state of the visible. So, it is understandable that on the background of the fundamental yang, "those visible and perceivable", there would be some "power to make and support it". I'm using the word, the "fundamental yin" to express it.

In the I-Ching, the Tai-ji is expressed as the word of yang. The sign , that's it. The trouble is that this is all written in the I-Ching. I have been wondering how I can understand this. If there is yang, there must be yin as well, but in the I-Ching, it is only described that "The Tai-ji is yang".  Yin is not written. This has been my theme for a long time, but I realized suddenly that this yin is undescribable and something should not be described.

Yin of the Ta-ji, the fundamental yin is something support the fundamental yang. "Those invisible" supporting "those visible" called as the fundamental yang, so this is undescribable. I understand that in this way.

This fundamental yin is expressed as those invisible, meaning that those are the basis of the whole visible things. The relative yin and yang divided from the Tai-ji is expressed as two divisions of those visible, so yin of yin-yang dividing from the Tai-ji is visible yin. The relative yin and yang are two facets of those visible, so the relative yin is visible yin.

*This is translated from "Mook Shakuju Therapy" vol.1 (2013), p7-9. This is the summary of Kobayashi sensei's lecture held in Chiba on February, 2012.