PureInsight | November 14, 2008
[PureInsight.org] The first time I saw the Taiji diagram, I felt that there was something very profound in it. Moreover, each time I saw it, I felt as if I understood something more. After some research, I discovered that the Taiji was a symbol for the Tao School, and represents, in part, the principles of Yin and Yang. Yin and Yang is the foundation on which all things are based. Then I understood that the Tao School is actually a cultivation way, which is a method of “returning to the origin.” However, that’s all I understood. Although I felt that the Taiji diagram must have had more important meaning, I couldn’t tell what it was.
Later, I was most fortunate to be introduced to the book Zhuan Falun. After reading it, I understood the higher principles of the universe. In Lecture 1 of Zhuan Falun it states: “What is the Buddha Fa, then? The most fundamental characteristic of this universe, Zhen-Shan-Ren, is the highest manifestation of the Buddha Fa.”
In Lecture 5 it states:
“The Buddha School and the Tao School are orthodox schools, not because the characteristic of the universe conforms to their practices, but because the practices of both the Buddha School and the Tao School observe the characteristic of the universe. If the Qimen School’s cultivation practice also complies with the characteristic of the universe, it is not an evil practice, but a righteous school as well. This is because the criterion for discerning good or bad and benevolence or evil is the characteristic of the universe.”
After reading Zhuan Falun, I looked back at the Taiji diagram and felt that something which was vague before had now become clear. In my understanding, the Taiji diagram is a manifestation of the nature of the universe—“Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance” (Zhen-Shan-Ren). The S-shaped line between Yin and Yang in the Taiji gives people a feeling of gentleness, slowness, and smoothness. If we look carefully at Yin and Yang in the diagram, we can see that their relationship manifests harmony, assistance, and forbearance. They harmonize each other and thus can help one restrain oneself. Therefore, isn’t this a manifestation of “Compassion” and “Forbearance”? If one can tolerate and have patience for the other from the very bottom of one’s heart, isn’t this a manifestation of “Truthfulness”?
Suddenly, I understood. The Taiji diagram (as well as other prophecies) actually foretold the time when the universe’s Dafa (Great Law), “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance,” would be revealed to the world.
Translated from: http://zhengjian.org/zj/articles/2008/9/15/54868.html