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  1. what does the transcendent desire?

    Maybe joy instead of desire?
  2. what does the transcendent desire?

    What can that, which is complete and free desire? Veiling and unveiling only appear to be.
  3. On the nature of creation - Ramana Maharshi

    Yes I am in agreement with you. It was meant to be "your point is very valid".
  4. Chen Tai Chi : How To Learn

    If I wanted to go down that route (Chen style), then Practical Method would be it for me. I too like him and his pragmatic approach a lot.
  5. Chen Tai Chi : How To Learn

    Standing is the way to develop power. Imho, if someone doesn't have a standing practice, they cannot develop internal power. I have a three-volume series on Yiquan titled "Warriors of Stillness trilogy". The author Jan Diepersloot has done an excellent job outlining the practice of Yiquan as well as adapting it to Taijiquan. I find their standing drills are there in all good taijiquan systems. I've seen some of what Mizner teaches viz. Huang Sheng Shyan/Yang Ban Hou styles - and his introductory work is standing meditations. In Temple style (which is what I'm a student of since since 2002), there is extensive standing. https://www.amazon.com/Tao-Yiquan-Awareness-Warriors-Stillness/dp/0964997649/ref=pd_cp_14_3?pd_rd_w=sZ7ka&pf_rd_p=ef4dc990-a9ca-4945-ae0b-f8d549198ed6&pf_rd_r=GGFZRMJWKSZ4Q49GNRBA&pd_rd_r=85e3d3ad-ff05-11e8-8b23-7f522031bab0&pd_rd_wg=YSLmn&pd_rd_i=0964997649&psc=1&refRID=GGFZRMJWKSZ4Q49GNRBA
  6. On the nature of creation - Ramana Maharshi

    Why not? Ramana Maharshi was a case in point. His presence and silence awoke some seekers and for others he did commentaries and expounded on various texts. Ramana said that a few seekers are like gun powder, just the spark of presence is enough to light them up. Some more are like wood and you have to light a kindling and wait for them to “catch fire”, and most are like wet wood, so they first have to dry in the heat of a blazing fire (or under the sun) until they are dry enough to burn. (The above is from my memory, so not a direct quote). Imho, the student would have eventually awakened simply by sitting in Master A's presence, but he didn't have patience, didn't have a mentor who could guide him in that way. That said, we must remember that stories like these are meant to make us think and ponder, and aren't necessarily providing any authoritative standards wrt. students or masters.
  7. Neidan ( all experiences and opinions wanted)

    Cheshire cat’s point is very good too. However, If you want to develop singlepointedness of your mind, purify the body-mind, id recommend learning taijiquan from a good teacher. A good taijiquan system will include qigong, standing meditation, seated meditations, etc. Once you develop enough maturity in taijiquan, it will naturally unfold Self discovery, etc.
  8. On the nature of creation - Ramana Maharshi

    Illusion is an incorrect translation based on its intended meaning. Unreal in this context means something that is impermanent and not independently existent. A more "user-friendly" option to consider is "transactional reality" - that which is always dependent on something "else" for existence. That which it is dependent on "awareness" is called "absolute reality".
  9. The one I do is doing a full squat (like squatting to go potty eastern style) with my elbows pushing my knees outward - inhale and push apart, exhale and relax the kua. I find it helps my hip flexors too.
  10. Three drills seem to help and are preparatory in terms of taijiquan (jibengong) -- Look at this playlist and do the hip, waist, kua rotation drills (from the playlist below). Integrate your breathing with them and you will find that soon your hips will open up nicely.
  11. Chen Tai Chi : How To Learn

    Alignment IS for the purpose of feeling (and therefore learning) imho. When a good teacher adjusts the student's alignments, just a half-degree change can make a day and night difference between feeling some minute trickles and essentially opening the flood gates. But the student needs to work on becoming natural with the alignment (hence practice), such that the structure and alignment becomes so internalized that they don't have to think about it ever again. This is necessary until there is sufficient full-body integration and jin developed that the internal conditions are maintained without effort just with a regular practice (could even be a few minutes a day). However, there is a fallacy, imho, when one becomes "anal" about alignment. Because just mechanical adjustment of structure is pointless if it interferes with the qi flow. What is good for peter, may not work for paul, given that they may have different body types etc. Meaning, it is not a "one size fits all" proposition. I've known plenty of such "anal" taiji people, who will measure with a protractor and a divider exact angles to step (back foot HAS to be 45 degrees), exact distribution of weight, etc. Such people tend to "miss the forest for the trees", so to speak. The Internal arts are about a completely different level of perception and proprioception than can be afforded of by our senses and even rational mind. For instance, in Taijiquan, there's a saying that "we go from beginner (no form), to form (intermediate) to no form (advanced)". The idea is to leave the form, leave the structure behind and flow with and follow the energy. Of course, I'm sure there are many who might vehemently disagree. To that I say -- the proof is in the pudding.
  12. On the nature of creation - Ramana Maharshi

    In my case, it was the touch of my master's index finger to my forehead. He literally kicked my butt through the (gateless) gate, so to speak. That being said, there are valuable nuances to what Jeff is writing too. It is always about both the teacher and the student. For instance, Jeff asked (and I roughly paraphrase) "why was Master A not able to help the student? Indeed, if he really was a powerful master, he should have had the ability to influence even beginners/less advanced students!" I think the answer might lie in whether the student was able to grasp what was being transmitted by Master A in silence. In Jeff's tradition, the teacher can "feed" the student, but still the student needs to be prepared...open at the heart level first - I'm sure I'll be corrected if I'm wrong here. This is what I call purification of the mind (which will progressively open the chakras - which happens whether one is using raja yoga, bhakti yoga, jnana yoga or karma yoga). Typically in order for jnana yoga to work, some preliminary work needs to happen, which will result in what is called antahkaranashuddhi (or purification of the mind - ego - intellect - memory store complex) . Those could be in the form of (one or various combinations of) raja, karma, bhakti yoga. When the work is sufficiently done, the heart opens up, and is able to receive the transmission. Thanks and likewise - I'm only discovering your posts now but I do like what i read.
  13. Chen Tai Chi : How To Learn

  14. On the nature of creation - Ramana Maharshi

    Some sages have an uncanny ability to transmit the truth (even in words). I think/IME it is because the written/studied word works at the subtle level (madhyama), where as words verbalized without presence mainly work at the gross level (vaikhari). Reminds me of an old story I had heard. Once a sincere student goes to an old master reputed to the best, who has only 3-4 students sitting around him in silence. Not a word is spoken. The student sits for a few days but gets frustrated and leaves to go the master who is reputed to be second best, who has 10-15 students sitting around him and they all are doing some yogic practices with minimal words being uttered. The student spends a few more days here and finally, sufficiently frustrated in his ability to get the answers he was seeking, he goes to the third best master. Upon reaching there he sees hundreds of students and the master is preaching the truths, expounding on the sutras for hours on end. Student finds himself being very happy. After a few days he approaches the master and says “master, it looks like you are not getting the credit you deserve. When I was asking for references to great masters, I was told you are only third best in the land, the other two masters A & B are considered best and second best respectively! How unfair...I visited them both before coming to you, and i found your teachings to be most meaningful. Please master, tell me how I can help you remedy this gross injustice!” To that the master C replied .. “what did you see when you went to master A?” student replied “he wasn’t teaching anything, just sitting quietly and smiling!” master C asked “what about master B?” student replied “he was just teaching some meditation and yogic techniques and using very few words!” To that master C replied “ my dear student, how I wish I was able to teach like masters A and B. They are both at a higher level than me, and so, master B is able to teach what I can convey with hours of lectures with his presence along with just simple statements and meditative techniques, while master A doesn’t even need to say anything, his mere presence is all it takes for the teachings to be transmitted! You my dear student were not prepared for masters A or B, and that’s why you couldn’t benefit from their teachings.” student retorted “ so why where there only a handful of students with each of these masters, while you have hundreds?” master C replied “that’s because most of the students are not qualified for the other masters’ teachings yet. They have to attain a degree of purification of the mind to comprehend what they teach. So they come to me, as I give them material in a way that will help their minds grasp. It is a longer path.”