If the heart of a person reflects his Li-xing, 14 it displays his True Nature.
If his heart reflects his Qi-xing, 14 it displays his Human Nature.
If his heart reflects his Zhi-xing, 14 it displays his Animal Nature.
The True Nature is in the domain of Li-tien 9, 11 and it is all good.
The Human Nature is in the domain of Qi-tien, 9, 12 and it can be either good or evil.
The Animal Nature is in the domain of Xiang-tien, 9, 13 and it is all evil. Continue reading “16. What are the Animal Nature, Human Nature, and True Nature?”
Human beings come from Heaven. (Heaven is used by Confucianism to represent Tao.) Since Heaven consists of Li-tien9, 11, Qi-tien 9, 12, and Xiang-tien9, 13, so human beings possess the Li-xing, Qi-xing, and Zhi-xing 14 too.
Yin and yang evolve from Tai-ji. Yin and yang then evolve the four seasons, eight Solar Periods,* twenty-four Seasonal Periods, seventy-two Proper Periods, and three-hundred sixty degrees.
Every five degrees constitute a Proper Period, and the fate in each Proper Period is different, just like the celestial latitude varies with every degree. Continue reading “13. Why is there the distinction of Saints, Sages, and the ordinary among humans?”
A human is born by comprising the essence of the three Heavens (Li-tien, 9, 11Qi-tien, 9, 12 and Xiang-tien 9, 13) and the complete Qi of the five fundamental elements. The eternal and perfect True Self is nurtured by the Qi of the five fundamental elements in Xian-tien. 10
When combined with a fertilized egg, the True Self becomes the soul and develops inside the mother’s womb to give life. Therefore, the soul possesses the complete benevolence, justice, propriety, wisdom, and faith of Tao. The soul is not born nor does it vanish. Continue reading “12. How to distinguish the Li-xing (True Character), Qi-xing (Spiritual Character), and Zhi-xing (Material Character) of a human being?”
In Qi-tien, 9, 12 there are yin and yang. The interactions between yin and yang result in changes. Since there are changes, there must be births and deaths. Since there are births and deaths, there must be beginnings and ends.
“All objects have roots and branches;
all events have beginnings and ends.”
Continue reading “7. Why is that Qi-tien and Xiang-tien will have ends?”
There are many ways to classify Heaven.
Buddhism partitions Heaven into three major regions:
- Heaven of Desire,
- Heaven of Image, and
- Heaven of Non-image.
It further subdivides these three regions into twenty-eight sub-regions, depending on their pureness. Heaven of Desire has six sub-regions, Heaven of Image has eighteen, and Heaven of Non-image has four. Continue reading “6. What are Li-tien (Heaven of Truth), Qi-tien (Heaven of Spirit), and Xiang-tien (Heaven of Matter)?”