Thursday, September 17, 2015

Mystifying Yin House Feng Shui is a Fraud

Feng Shui is just the technique of using beneficial qi in the Universe. It is about how to employ Heaven qi and Earth qi to help Human qi to work. The importance of yin house Feng Shui lies on the fact that Heaven qi and Earth qi intercourse more naturally and easily in the country side to give birth to the most powerful sheng qi. The art of yin house Feng Shui was known as the art of benevolence and filial duty 仁孝之術. It is not magic as marketed by a lot of fraudulent Feng Shui "masters" that if your ancestor is buried in a wonderful dragon's node 龍穴, then you will be rich and famous in no time.

The secret of yin house Feng Shui lies in the requirement of the descendants visiting the grave site every now and then. They must spend some time there to get the benefit of the sheng qi in the long xue. Merely burying the dead there is a waste of good Feng Shui. You have to be there frequently thinking about your ancestors there so that Heaven, Earth and Man qi can mingle well to help you.

Forget about the formulas invented in the past. They work but not to the extent the fraudulent "masters" claim. The most important ingredient is your presence there to get the qi. It is enough if you are present there and your feeling is good. That means the Feng Shui there is good for you.

If you understand this little article, you do not need to take any course and you will be better than those who have bought the title of Feng Shui Master after spending a few days to learn from a so-called Sifu.

Joseph Yu

Friday, January 9, 2015

A Memorable Day in London

Back in 2000, when I gave a seminar in UK, I got a temporary library card to visit the British Library. After the seminar, I went to the library. The librarian in charge of the Chinese reference books section was an old English gentleman. He asked me what particular books I wanted to read. I told him I wanted to do a little research on Shao Yong’s work. He took my business card and asked me to write my name in Chinese on it. I wrote:

He put his thumbs up, “What a good name!” He then wrote with beautiful calligraphy:

and asked, “Which way do you like me to address you?”
I looked into his eyes, which was blinking with wisdom and humor. We burst into silent laughter together.

“You must be a sinologist.” I said.
“No,” he shook his head with his grey hair almost dancing, “I am just a lover of Chinese culture. Sinologists are westerners who do research work on ancient Chinese the western way. I don’t like the flavor and that is why I am not one.”
“I love to enjoy Chinese culture through books, visiting China and communicate with Chinese scholars.” He added.

He then showed me my seat and asked me to visit other places of the library, “Come back in 1 hour, and the books you want will be on your desk. We have the complete Si Ku Quan Shu 四庫全書 and Shao Yong’s work is in the Zi section Shu Shu Category子部 術數類.”

 I was impressed as he did not have to go through any catalogue or computer. It was all in his mind.