Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Continue guessing


This is a piece of land for growing grass. President Hu visited the place in September 1986. The said company that invited him there erected the monument in August 2004. It looks like a tombstone. Some Feng Shui masters also use this to "plant the life base" for a living person. The details involves putting something like finger nails and hair together with some other things in a miniature coffin to be buried underneath the monument. It is said that in this way if the location is a "dragon qi node 龍穴", then the living person will capture the dragon qi to bring him good health and fortune.

However, the location does not qualify to be a "dragon qi node" from a Feng Shui point of view. It is unlikely the work of a Feng Shui master. Then what is it?

JY

15 comments:

Howard Choy said...

Hi Joseph,

We have the famous "Kilroy was here" graffiti in America, "Chad was here" in Britain and "Foo was here" in Australia and now, not to be outdone by the Westerners, the Chinese have "Hu was here"!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kilroy_was_here

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!

Howard Choy

Joseph Yu said...

Hi Howard,

Following your link, I found someone said, "There is a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore like an idiot."

Can I say, "There is a fine line between doing something for the people and standing on top like a monument stone."?

JY

Annie Pecheva said...

Ha ha!
The inscription is quite flattering.
It could become a local tourist attraction. Imagine how the people will take pictures, standing next to the stone...

Joseph Yu said...

It is indeed a flattery since it was not placed there right after Hu visited the place but rather when he reached the top position in the country.

As I pointed out, you can say that it is a piece of sarcasm to laugh at Hu standing like a dumb stone doing nothing for the people of his country.

JY

Jodi Brunner said...

The left column of the tablet reads that on 1 August 2004 the Hun Chun Co. was established/formed.

The middle column, Hu Jin Tao stood at this spot.

The right column, September 1986 he visited here.

My staff suggest he may be getting some benefits from this company, or it is his own company set up just after he became President or he has some relationship with this company.

Joseph Yu said...

Jodi,

The third column )reading from right to left) says that (the monument) was established/erected by the Heng Cheng Co.恒晟公司 on 1 Ausust 2004. It is not that the company was established on that day.

The site is called Li Yuan Cao Chang 栗園草場 which is the largest prairie in South Western China for raising cattle.

The rest is speculation. Heaven knows.

JY

Luis Perenna said...

Dear Master Yu,

You write: "However, the location does not qualify to be a "dragon qi node" from a Feng Shui point of view."

For you, what are the criterias for a place to be a "dragon qi node"?

Thank you for your answer,

Luis Perenna

Joseph Yu said...

Dear Luis,

It takes years of onsite experience to be able to tell what a "dragon's qi node" is. It cannot be taught on paper, on photos, diagrams and words or writing. One has to go through the stage of being the lower class of Feng Shui practitioner before knowing how to identify a dragon's qi node. What is the lower class of Feng Shui practitioners? Those who run follwing the mountains:

下等地師随山跑

JY

Howard Choy said...

Hi Luis,

My two cents: This is a place where they raise cattle and animals have an intuitive sense to gather around an area with good qi, so you will find a lot of cattle and their left-overs in a Dragon Qi node, but we cannot see this in the photo, with many sharp pieces of outcrops next to the monument, which doesn't look like a comfortable spot to be. But like Joseph said, you have to be there in person to feel the quality of a place, it cannot be taught, and for this reason I have been running around the mountains all my life and still do!

HC

Mary Catherine Bax said...

Dear Joseph,

As a young boy, didn't you run in the mountains of China with no shoes?

Mary

Joseph Yu said...

Dear Mary,

The feeling of being ONE with the mountains is sensational. It cannot be described in words.

JY

Howard Choy said...

Hi Joseph,

It would be interesting to hear your explanation as to the meanings of this popular saying, “The upper class Feng Shui practitioners observe the Xingdou; the middle class Feng Shui practitioners seek the Shuikou and the lower class Feng Shui practitioners run following the mountains”.

「上等先生觀星斗,中等先生尋水口,下等先生隨山走。」

HC

Joseph Yu said...

Hi Howard,

I think it is better to rephrase the saying or at least to provide a more reasonable annotation to this saying.

In my opinion, the three classes/categories of Feng shui Masters (Xian Sheng) actually refer to the three stages of a Feng Shui Master has to go through.

The first stage and the second stage are to feel and interact with (感應) mountains and rivers. The third stage is to understand Heaven Qi coming from the stars.
In other words, a full practitioner of Feng Shui must have full understanding of Xing Shi 形勢 and Li Qi 理氣 in theory and through practice.

JY

Howard Choy said...

Hi Joseph,

Very wise of you not to interpret this popular saying as the heavenly stars are more important than the earthly form and configuration of the landscape.

Thanks,

HC

Joseph Yu said...

Hi Howard,

The relationship between Xing Shi and Li Qi is similar to that between Tian Gan 天干 and Di Zhi 地支. The former is Heavenly Action while the latter Earthy Support.

It is interesting to find some people who only use the 72 dragons through mountains 穿山七十二龍 to practice Feng Shui and say that all other theories are Jiang Hu 江湖 Feng Shui.

JY