Why is “wisdom” - the True Self and life of a person?
When we speak of wisdom, it refers to True Self and life. Wisdom has
two attributes. One is to enlighten to the Truth. The other is to manifest
the enlightenment as all knowing. Responding to any event in accordance
with the Truth, knowing and acting as Oneness, and merging foundation
and practices are the underlying meanings of wisdom.
Why is wisdom the True Self and life? Before one is born, his True Self
is qian and kun . Once he is born, qian loses its middle yang
and becomes li , and kun receives the middle yang from qian and
becomes kan. So when one is born, his True Self is li and life is
kan. Kan symbolizes water and wisdom. Thus Confucian Analects states
“The wise enjoys waters”. Now using the Gong-fu15 of restoring the True
Selves and returning to the Origin, the water kan rises and the fire li
descends. As the water and the fire constantly interact, the two
attributes of wisdom merges as one. Then, how can one not attain Tao?
Tao belongs to the Xian-tien10. But to attain Tao, one must practice in
the Hou- tien10. Hou-tien is the changes of yang and yin. Thus I Ching
states “The confrontation of yin and yang is Tao”. The Volume of Fen-tien
states “The eight trigrams flow in the body with each inhaling and exhaling,
how many persons in ancient and contemporary times know this? The
fool searches for Tao through scriptures, but how would they know Tao
is in kan and li?”