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  • #31
    (Continued form Part 2)

    One who has attained the Small Universe must have developed internal force and practiced combat efficiency. If he has not developed internal force, or has not practiced combat efficiency, even when he has attained the Small Universe, he will not have internal force or combat efficient. Another person who has not attained the Small Universe but has developed internal force and has practiced combat efficiency will be better than him in these two areas.

    Internal force is a function of the smoothness and the amount of energy flow. One who has attained the Small Universe will have smoother and more amount of energy flow than another person who has not attained the Small Universe.

    Combat efficiency is a function of form, force, speed, experience and an element of threat. Presuming that form, experience and an element of threat are the same, a person who has more force and greater speed will be more combat efficient than another person who has less force and slower speed. Attaining the Small Universe increases both force and speed.

    There are different interpretations for the meaning of the Big Universe.

    The Big Universe can mean that there is no differentiation. It is just energy or consciousness. It is the Supreme Reality, which may be called differently by different cultures, such as God the Holy Spirit, Tao, the Spiritual Body of the Buddha, Suchness, Tathagata, the Great Void, or Emptiness. It is everything there is, the infinite and the eternal.

    The Big Universe can mean when the personal energy of a practitioner merges with Cosmic energy. This is the meaning we use in the Small and Big Universe Course. When a practitioner attains the Big Universe in this meaning, he is nowhere and everywhere. This is what we call the Spiritual Big Universe, or the Transcendental Big Universe. If the practitioner does not come back to the phenomenal realm, he will just merge into the Void. Hence it is very important that he must perform the Big Universe in the presence of a master who can bring him back to the phenomenal.

    But those who experience the Big Universe in this sense may also be in the phenomenal realm. They are in the transition between leaving the phenomenal to enter the transcendental.

    The third meaning of the Big Universe is what we call the Medical Big Universe or the Phenomenal Big Universe. Here energy flows in all his twelve primary meridians, namely the Lung Meridian, the Colon Meridian, the Spleen Meridian, the Stomach Meridian, the Heart Meridian, the Small Intestine Meridian, the Urinary Meridian, the Kidney Meridian, the Pericardium Meridian, the Triple Warmer Meridian, the Gall Bladder Meridian and the Liver Meridian.

    In our school, in Bone Marrow Cleansing at the Meridian Level energy also flows along these twelve meridians. But the Medical Big Universe is deeper and more advanced.

    There are five levels of energy flow in Bone Marrow Cleansing, namely at the Skin Level, at the Muscle Level, at the Meridian Level, at the Organ Level, and at the Bone-Marrow Level. So long as energy flows at any one of the meridian level, a practitioner can say that he has attained energy flow at the meridian level. But we are elite, we attempt all the level of the twelve meridians.

    In the Small and Big Universe Course, we shall attain the Small Universe where energy flows along the Ren Meridian and the Du Meridian, and attain the Spiritual Big Universe where participants merge with Cosmic Reality.

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    With Shaolin Salute
    Karol

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    • #32
      Thank you Sifu, that was wonderful. Looking forward to this month so much!

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      • #33
        Dear Shaolin Wahnam Family,

        Another wonderful and amazing Q & A series.

        Thank you Sifu for taking the time to answer my question, for sharing always with us your tremendous wisdom and for doing it with so much love and patience.

        Thank you Andrew Siheng and Karol Sijat for facilitating this Q & A series.

        With Love, Care and Shaolin Salute,

        Santi

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        • #34
          Thank You Sigung for this amazing Q and A!

          Question 5

          During the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan you told us that practicing Small Universe is excellent against radiation hazards.
          Could you tell us why some skills like Small Universe are better suited then other chi kung exercises for such purpose?

          Sifu Omar Iversen


          The Small Universe is excellent against radiation hazards because it is not only excellent for cleansing but also excellent for building. The Small Universe cleanses and builds at the same time. It cleanses away radiation hazards, and builds cells that are damaged by radiation. The process goes on indefinitely. It means that as soon as there is harm from radiation, it cleanses away the harm, and immediately builds the body to be strong again.

          In the Small Universe, chi flows along the Ren Meridian and the Du Meridian. As the Ren Meridian and the Du Meridian are the seas of chi, chi will flow throughout the whole body. Hence when a person practices the Small Universe, he sets both the cleansing process and the building process to go on continuously.

          Besides the Small Universe, another excellent chi kung exercise against radiation hazards is Cosmic Shower. Like the Small Universe, Cosmic Shower cleanses and builds the body constantly. The difference is that the Small Universe flows along the Ren Meridian and the Du Meridian, and subsequently the whole body, Cosmic Shower flows from the head down to the feet.

          Hypothetically, if a chi kung exercise just cleanses or just builds, it will not be as effective. If it just cleanses, the practitioner’s body is already weakened by radiation. If the exercise just builds, the harmful cells may not be drained away. But chi kung, especially in our school, cleanses and builds at the same time, though there may be more emphasis on cleansing or on building. Self-Manifested Chi Movement, for example, emphasizes on cleansing. Sinew Metamorphosis emphasizes on building.

          Hence, any genuine chi kung exercises are good against radiation hazards, but the Small Universe and Cosmic Shower are particularly excellent. Performing gentle physical exercise using chi kung techniques, which most people are doing, does not have beneficial effects.

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          • #35
            Considering that today is a very special day we will have some more fun - 2 parts at the same time! Enjoy reading!

            Thank You Sigung for Your generosity.
            Question 6

            When a practitioner has a real breakthrough in the first two of the eight wondrous meridians the practitioner has attained the Small Universe.
            When a practitioner has attained a real breakthrough in the third wondrous meridian, every day will be a joy. What are the results and benefits of a real
            breakthrough in the other five of the eight wondrous meridians?

            When a practitioner attains the Big Universe before he attains the Small Universe it does not automatically mean that the practitioner will be healthy all the time. I am curious why this is the case. Do the meridians of the Big Universe build one circle of energy like the Small Universe does with the two meridians?

            Bernhard


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            The term “Eight Wondrous Meridians” was coined by me when I wrote “The Complete Book of Chinese Medicine. The eight Wondrous Meridians are:

            1. Ren Meridian, or the Conceptual Meridian.
            2. Du Meridian, or the Governing Meridian.
            3. Chong Meridian, or the Rushing Meridian.
            4. Dai Meridian, or Belt Meridian.
            5. Yin Qiao Meridian, or the In-Tall Meridian.
            6. Yang Qiao Meridian, or the Out-Tall Meridian.
            7. Yin Wei Meridian, or the In-Protective Meridian.
            8. Yang Wei Meridian, or the Out-Protective Meridian.

            In Chinese the Eight Wondrous Meridians are called “qi jing ba mai”. Please note that the Romanized Chinese “q” is pronounced in English like “ch”, and “b” like “p”.

            “Qi” means “wondrous”, “marvelous”, “miraculous”, “odd” or “strange”. Please note that the Romanized Chinese word for chi or energy is also “qi”, but pronounced in a different tone. “Jing” means the meridians or pathways where chi flows. “Ba” means “eight”. “Mai” also means meridians.

            Chinese physicians use two terms for meridians, -- “jing” and “mai”. “Jing” refers to main meridians, like the 16 Primary Meridians leading to or from various internal organs, such as the Lung Meridians, the Heart Meridian, and the Stomach Meridian. “Mai” refers to secondary meridians that branch out from the main meridians.

            This division is not strictly followed. The Eight Wondrous Meridians, or “qi jing ba mai”, are actually main meridians, but they are usually referred to as “mai”. In Cantonese, “dim mark” means “dotting energy pathways”. In Mandarin, “dim mark” is “dian xue”, which is “dotting energy points”.

            Unlike the 16 Primary Meridians which are well studied in Chinese medicine, the 8 Wondrous Meridians are not. Nevertheless, it is well known that the chi or energy in the 8 Wondrous Meridians act as reserve in energy reservoirs and will flow to fill the primary meridians when necessary. They also act like structures that enable a person to stand and walk, and they contribute to longevity.

            When chi or energy flows constantly along the Ren Meridian and the Du Meridian, which are two of the Eight Wondrous Meridians, a practitioner attains the Small Universe.

            I am not sure which one of the third of the Eight Wondrous Meridians you refer to. I presume it is the Chong Meridian, or the Rushing Meridian. I am not sure whether it will particularly make every day a joy for the practitioner, but it is similar to the kundalini effect in yoga.

            In our school everyone finds every day a joy because everyone, including those who practice only kungfu, practices chi kung. Those who only practice gentle physical exercise using chi kung techniques may not enjoy this wonderful benefit.

            (Part 2 follows)
            Last edited by Anton S.; 4th December 2017, 02:05 PM.

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            • #36
              (Continued from Part 1)
              If a practitioner has a real breakthrough of the other five meridians of the Eight Wondrous Meridians, presuming that he does not have a real breakthrough of the Ren Meridian, the Du Meridian, and the Rushing Meridian, he will:

              1. Be able to stand, walk and run because of the real breakthrough of the In-Tall Meridians and the Out-Tall Meridians.
              2. Be always healthy because of the real breakthrough of the Yin-Protective Meridians and the Yang-Protective Meridians.
              3. Be very agile in his waist rotation because of the real breakthrough of the Belt Meridian.

              But this is only an academic question. In the coming Small and Big Universe Course, we shall first attain the Small Universe. Depending on time factor, we may or may not attempt the Medical Big Universe, but we shall attempt the Spiritual Big Universe, which will indirectly include the Medical Big Universe as energy will permeates throughout the body.

              In our school we have the Medical or Phenomenal Big Universe and the Spiritual or Transcendental Big Universe. Although it is possible, it is unlikely that someone attains the Big Universe, irrespective of whether it is the Medical or the Spiritual, before he has attained the Small Universe.

              Even in theory, when a practitioner has attained the Big Universe but not the Small Universe, he will also be automatically healthy all the time. Of course, if he only knows the techniques of the Big Universe without enjoying its essence and benefits, he may not be healthy.

              When a practitioner has attained the Medical Big Universe, presuming that he has not attained the Small Universe, his chi or energy in all his 16 primary meridians will flowing continuously. He just cannot be sick because his energy is flowing very well. In English, it means that all his cells, his tissues, his organs and his systems are working the ways they are meant to work.

              When a practitioner has attained the Spiritual Big Universe, he will also have attained the Small Universe because his energy has permeated every part of his body, and has merged with Cosmic energy. He is nowhere and everywhere. The Spiritual Big Universe is life-changing. Certainly he will happy when he comes back to the phenomenal world.

              In the Medical Big Universe, presuming that he has not attained the Small Universe, his 16 primary meridians build one circle of energy, but the energy may not be continuously flowing in the Ren Meridian and the Du Meridian, which belong to the Eight Wondrous Meridians, and not the Primary Meridians.

              In the Spiritual Big Universe, his energy permeates all throughout his body, which means that he will also have attained the Small Universe.

              It is indeed ridiculous that the Small and Big Universe Course takes only 3 days. But course participants must have a lot of energy in his dan tian, and be able to generate an energy flow, which actually every student in Shaolin Wahnam knows.

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              Last edited by Anton S.; 4th December 2017, 02:05 PM.

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              • #37
                Thank you very very much Sigung for that interesting answer and happy birthday to you.

                Thank you Karol and everyone involved for this thread and for choosing my question.

                with kind regards
                Bernhard
                "No matter what you do, you must be clear in your conscience." - Sitaigung Ho
                "Goodness begets goodness." - Sigung

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                • #38
                  Question 7

                  When practicing the Small Universe you have mentioned that the Wuji Stance is best for beginner/intermediate students and that the Cosmos Stance is best for advanced students as it enhances results when they are ready.

                  What of practicing the Small and the Big Universe in the seated (lotus/half lotus) position? Is it more or less advanced, and how do the purpose and effects of the Small and the Big Universe differ in the seated position versus standing? Are there other traditional postures in which the Small and the Big Universe were trained?

                  Dom Z


                  Answer

                  Yes, the Wuji Stance, or standing upright and relaxed, is the best position for beginners and intermediate practitioners when practicing the Small Universe. It is also the best position for practicing the Big Universe.

                  When the practitioners are advanced, and know the skills and the techniques of the Small Universe and the Big Universe well, they can use the Cosmos Stance. The Cosmos Stance is better than the Wuji Stance because it is more stable and focuses chi, or vital energy, at the dan tian, or abdominal energy field.

                  For both the Small Universe and the Big Universe, being more stable and with chi better focused at the dan tian is more favorable. When a practitioner is more stable, he is in a better position to circulate energy flow continuously round the Ren Meridian and the Du Meridian in the Small Universe. In the Big Universe, when a practitioner better focuses his chi at his dan tian, he is in a better position to circulate his chi in the 16 primary meridians in the Medical Big Universe, and to merge with Cosmic chi in the Spiritual Big Universe.

                  Then, why is the Cosmos Stance not suitable for beginning and intermediate students of the Small Universe and the Big Universe. It is because the Cosmos Stance needs more effort than the Wuji Stance. The extra effort may distract practitioners in acquiring the skills of the Small Universe and the Big Universe.

                  In the Cosmos Stance, a practitioner has to bend his knees slightly to sit at the Stance, whereas in the Wuji Stance he merely stands upright. The practitioner will be more easily tired in the Cosmos Stance than in the Wuji Stance. He may have to concentrate on performing the stance correctly instead of focusing on developing the skills of the Small Universe or the Big Universe.

                  Moreover, by standing upright and be relaxed in the Wuji Stance, it is easier for a practitioner to circulate his energy round his Ren Meridian and Du Meridian in the practice of the Small Universe, or the 16 primary meridians in the Medical Big Universe. In the Spiritual Big Universe, it is easier in the Wuji Stance than in the Cosmos Stance to perform Cosmic Breathing, which will develop a lot of chi for him to expand into the Cosmos.

                  When a practitioner has developed into an advanced level, when he can circulate his chi flow, or develop a lot of chi, he can then adopt the Cosmos Stance.

                  (Part 2 follows)
                  Last edited by Anton S.; 4th December 2017, 02:07 PM.

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                  • #39
                    Insights

                    Thank you guys for the questions and of course thank you to Sifu for sharing his wisdom

                    Peace

                    Mark
                    Sifu Mark Appleford

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                    • #40
                      (Continued from Part 2)
                      There are four main modes of position a practitioner can adopt when practicing the Small Universe and the Big Universe, and they include all possible positions. These four modes of position are standing, sitting, lying down and moving. These are also the four modes for practicing meditation, or training of mind or spirit.

                      A practitioner may adopt any mode he likes. He may, for example, stand with his hands on his hip, his toes pointing outward like a letter “V”, leaning slightly backward, and tensing his muscles. Or he may sit on a sofa lazily, lie in bed like a worm, or move about haphazardly.

                      But throughout centuries, it has been discovered that standing at the Wuji Stance for beginning and intermediate practitioners, and standing at the Cosmos Stance for advanced practitioners are the best in practicing the Small Universe and the Big Universe. Some advanced practitioners may not know that the Cosmos Stance instead of the Wuji Stance will produce better result, or they are so used to the Wuji Stance that they do not want to change to the Cosmos Stance, or because of other factors the Wuji Stance is preferred, or the difference in result may be negligible.

                      Hence, a practitioner may sit in a lotus or a half-lotus position when practicing the Small Universe. But if all other things were equal, his result will not be as good as the Wuji Stance when he is a beginning or intermediated practitioner, or the Cosmos Stance when he is advanced.

                      The lotus or the half-lotus seated position are not as effective as the Wuji Stance or the Cosmos Stance because being seated the chi will be focused at the base instead of being circulated or expanded. The lotus and the half-lotus seated position are excellent in stilling chi so that the practitioner can focus on the mind or spirit.

                      Indeed, due to their years of dedication, some masters have attained the Small Universe, but usually they are not aware of it. A very, very few, the greatest of them all, may have expanded into the Cosmos.

                      It is indeed ridiculous, because other things are not equal, participants in the coming Small and Big Universe Course will have an opportunity to experience the Small Universe and even the Big Universe, not after many years but in just 3 days. From past experience, at least 60% of the course participants may expand into the Cosmos.

                      In theory practitioners can adopt any position when practicing the Small Universe or the Big Universe, but in practice most practitioners stand upright, i.e. in the Wuji Stance, when practicing the Small Universe and the Medical Big Universe, and sit in a full lotus or a half-lotus position when practicing the Spiritual Big Universe. They do so not because they understand the philosophy behind, but because that is the standard way to practice the Small Universe and the Big Universe. In the coming Small and Big Universe Course, we use the Wuji Stance when practicing the Big Universe.

                      It may have become trite by now, but most people practice the techniques of the Small Universe and the Big Universe without attaining the results. Only very, very few people, due to their long years of dedication, may have acquired the skills and eventually attain the Small Universe and the Big Universe.

                      Irrespective of whether practitioners are standing or sitting or adopting any other positions, the results of the Small Universe and the Big Universe are the same. In the Small Universe, chi flows continuously along the Ren Meridian and the Du Meridian. In the Medical Big Universe, chi flows continuously in the 16 Primary Meridians. In the Spiritual Big Universe, the personal chi of a practitioner merges with the Universal Chi of Transcendental Realty.

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                      Last edited by Anton S.; 4th December 2017, 02:06 PM.

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                      • #41
                        Thank you Sifu for sharing your knowledge with us and for answering my question. I am berry excited for the upcoming course 🙂

                        Dom

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                        • #42
                          Question 8

                          I have been practicing the Small and Big Universe for several years now.

                          Right at the moment I practice the Small Universe in the Wuji Stance just because it feels nice. The Big Universe though I practice rather in the Cosmos stance, again just because it feels good.

                          Could you please give your opinion about this development as it‘s a spontaneous happening rather than an intuitive one?

                          Another question came to my mind concerning the Big Universe. The Big Universe is also been activated with the 12 Sinew Metamorphosis exercises. Though it seems I feel a difference when I activate the Big Universe with the orthodox traditional way in the Cosmos stance, than using one of the 12 Sinew Metamorphosis exercises. The former even though standing in the Cosmos stance feels more flowing than using for instance Flicking Fingers which is performed in the Wuji stance.

                          Could please elaborate on that further?

                          Sifu Roland Mastel


                          Answer

                          The Small Universe and the Big Universe are very advanced, wonderful exercises. They can be practiced separately, or together.

                          If they are practiced together, it is usual to practice the Small Universe first, then the Big Universe. But there is no harm if the order is reverse. Or, I believe many of our Shaolin Wahnam members may do this, the Small Universe and the Big Universe can be practiced in any way practitioners like, such as a small part of the Big Universe, then a small part of the Small Universe, another part of the Small Universe, and then a part or whole of the Big Universe.

                          What you have been doing, i.e. practicing the Small Universe in the Wuji Stance and the Big Universe in the Cosmos Stance because it feels good, is excellent. This in fact is what masters normally do – because it feels nice, not because they understand the underlying philosophy.

                          I would say that your use of the Wuji Stance for the Small Universe and the Cosmos Stance for the Big Universe because it feels nice, is an intuitive action. You do so intuitively, without thinking about the reasons. Hence, I would modify your question as my opinion about this development in your intuitive (and also spontaneous) happening rather than an intellectualized one.

                          I would also take this opportunity to say that intellectualization is not necessarily bad. Our three golden rules of practice are not to worry, not to intellectualize, and to enjoy our practice. It is bad only during practice because it brings us out of a chi kung state of mind.

                          At other times, intellectualization can be good. If we want to prevent or overcome over-training, we purposely intellectualize. Here, intellectualization is good. When students ask me questions, I have to intellectualize. Again, here intellectualization is good.

                          That is how things happen in Eastern culture – not just in the Small Universe and the Big Universe, but in all things. We use the False Leg Stance when threading an opponent’s attack with “Golden Dragon Plays with Water”, or raise our stance instead of lifting our hands when we lift a heavy weight, because it feels nice.

                          These actions, and other similar actions, happen intuitively and spontaneously. Later, masters may think about the actions and come out with relevant philosophies. Using another stance to thread would have missed avoiding an opponent’s force. Not raising the stance when lifting a heavy weight, would be less effective. Of course, the actors must have learnt the proper methods first, otherwise they would not know the methods.
                          (Part 2 continues)
                          Last edited by Anton S.; 6th December 2017, 10:46 AM.

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                          • #43
                            (Continued from Part 1)
                            In Eastern culture, and kungfu and chi kung originated from the East, experience comes before philosophy. This is different from modern Western culture where philosophy comes before experience. For example, a research scientist first comes out with a philosophy, then he looks for justification in experience. Here, philosophy refers to a philosophy of a hypothesis, often mistaken to be a theory.

                            In our school, we differentiate between Medical Big Universe which is also called Phenomenal Big Universe, and Spiritual Big Universe, which is also called Transcendental Big Universe. It is pertinent to mention that the terms “Phenomenal Big Universe” and “Transcendental Big Universe” were coined by Piti, and “Medical Big Universe” and “Spiritual Big Universe” were coined by me.

                            In traditional Chinese medicine, when chi, or vital energy, flows continuously in all the 16 primary meridians, a practitioner attains the Big Universe, as compared to the Small Universe where chi flows continuously in the Ren Meridian and the Du Meridian. In spiritual cultivation, especially in Taoism, when the personal chi of a practitioner merges with Cosmic chi, he attains the Big Universe. He emerges from his physical body as an immortal, or he merges with the Tao, which is everything there is.

                            When a practitioner attains the Medical Big Universe, he is still in the phenomenal realm. He is different from the floor he is standing on, and different from all other entities on earth. When a practitioner attains the Spiritual Big Universe and becomes an immortal, he is in the transcendental realm. He may not see various entities on earth, though he can if he wants to. When he merges with the Tao, he is totally transcendental. There is nothing else, but only Universal Consciousness.

                            The Big Universe -- whether it is the Medical or the Spiritual Big Universe, or the Phenomenal or the Transcendental Big Universe – needs a lot of chi. The Sinew Metamorphosis exercises, especially as they are practiced in our school, produce a lot of chi.

                            You have been practicing the Big Universe regularly. So when you have a lot of chi, the chi automatically flows along all your 16 primary meridians to accomplish the Medical Big Universe, or merges your personal chi with Universal Chi to accomplish the Spiritual Big Universe. Other people who have not attended our Small and Big Universe Course will not have this wonderful effect and benefits.

                            Because of the method you used in generating a lot of chi, you feel more consolidated than flowing, which is a characteristic of Sinew Metamorphosis. Although you feel more consolidated, your chi is still flowing, or else the chi will stagnate and you developed big muscles instead.

                            If you use the Cosmos Stance to accomplish the Big Universe, your chi will be more flowing. Although your chi if flowing, you can consolidate it whenever you want because you have learnt the methods. Whether your chi if flowing or consolidated, or both, you will feel and actually are very powerful. More significantly, you are healthy, full of vitality, have longevity, mental clarity and spiritual joys.
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                            Last edited by Anton S.; 6th December 2017, 10:47 AM.

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                            • #44
                              Dear family,

                              I am happy to present the answer to question nr 9. Enjoy!

                              Question 9

                              Can the Small Universe and Big Universe be activated spontaneously without previous chi kung practice, if a person's spiritual attainment is "advanced" enough? For example, can a living saint, who has never done chi kung or other energetic specific practices but is quite spiritually developed, have the Small and/or Big Universe activated, or is it necessary to practice an energy specific art?

                              Does the practice of Small and Big Universe help us to attain Enlightenment, and if yes, how?

                              Andrew R and Karol


                              Answer

                              A highly spiritual person, like a living saint, can attain the Small Universe and the Big Universe without having to practice any chi kung exercises.

                              I would take this opportunity to explain the meaning of spirituality and of chi kung, because their meaning is often misunderstood. The meaning is what the two terms originally meant, and also what we interpret them to be. The general public often takes their meaning differently.

                              Most people take the meaning as the terms are generally understood, or misunderstood, and the terms are generally far off from what they originally meant. We in Shaolin Wahnam are most familiar with “kungfu” and “chi kung”. By “kungfu”, the public generally means kungfu forms for demonstration and fighting using techniques of other martial sports or fighting like children. By “chi kung”, the public generally means gentle physical exercise using chi kung techniques.

                              The term “spirituality” is self-explanatory, but it is often confused with morality and religious education. Spirituality concerns the spirit as opposed to material things. Usually a highly spiritual person is highly moral, and knows much about religions, but it is not necessarily so.

                              A highly spiritual person, like a black magician who has spent much time cultivation his spirit though he may call it by other names like psychic training, may not be morally upright. Another highly spiritual person, like a genuine kungfu master who has spent much time in triple-cultivation, including his spirit, may not believe in religion.

                              Chi kung, written as “qigong” in Romanized Chinese, is the art of energy. The methods to cultivate energy are usually formal, but they can also be informal. A highly spiritual person who has spent much time in meditation, but who has not performed any formal chi kung exercises, may have attained the Small Universe and the Big Universe. His vital energy may continuously flow along his Ren Meridian and his Du Meridian, and he may have experienced transcendental reality, including merging with the Cosmos.

                              His attainment of the Small Universe and the Big Universe is not in-born, but an art. Actually all people have the Small Universe when they are babies, but all of them lose it as they grow up. The highly spiritual person acquires, or re-acquires, his Small Universe and the Big Universe though long years of meditation and informal energy practice, though he may not call it the Small Universe or the Big Universe.

                              Hence, it is possible that a highly spiritual person, who may not have practiced formal chi kung exercises, to attain the Small Universe and the Big Universe. But this happens rarely. The person must be highly spiritual and have practiced meditation or similar exercise for a long time, though he may not call his practice chi kung.

                              It is unlikely that a highly spiritual person would have his Small Universe and his Big Universe activated spontaneously, i.e. without any practice at all, irrespective of whether he consciously know the practice. To have the Small Universe and the Big Universe activated, one must have a lot of energy. It takes time to develop a lot of energy. If the energy is generated too fast, the physical body of the person may not cope with the energy; he would have over-trained.

                              (Part 2 follows)

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                              • #45
                                Part 2 of Question 9:



                                The Small Universe and the Big Universe certainly helps us to attain Enlightenment. A main aim of the Big Universe is to attain Enlightenment, and a main aim of the Small Universe is to attain the Big Universe.

                                Enlightenment means an experiential awareness that one is the Cosmos or the Great Void. There is no differentiation at all, no object and no subject, no knower and no the known. It is returning to God the Holy Spirit, or attaining the Tao. Enlightenment, here, with a small letter “e” unless it starts a sentence like in this case, is not just understanding the underlying reasons, like the age of enlightenment.

                                On the other hand, attaining Enlightenment may not be the reason for practicing the Small Universe or even the Big Universe. As an analogy, in our school combat efficiency may not be the reason for practicing kungfu.

                                Combat efficiency is actually the fundamental reason for practicing kungfu. In other words, the fundamental reason why anyone practices kungfu is to be combat efficient, so that he can defend himself or his loved ones when needed. However, in our school people practice kungfu because of the benefits genuine kungfu can give them, like good health, vitality, longevity, peak performance and spiritual joys.

                                The fundamental reason for practicing the Spiritual Big Universe is to attain Enlightenment. The fundamental reason for practicing the Medical Big Universe is to have good health. The fundamental reason for practicing the Small Universe is to attain the Big Universe.

                                While these are fundamental reasons, the actual reason, or reasons, why members of our school practice the Small Universe and the Big Universe may be different. Understandably, their actual reasons vary from persons to persons.

                                Many practice the Small Universe because of the tremendous internal force that the practice will bring. Many practice the Big Universe to have a glimpse of the Cosmos, to experience a satori or spiritual awakening, to have a life-changing experience.

                                Some practice the Small Universe and the Big Universe because of the rare opportunity our school provides. The Small Universe and the Big Universe normally take years to accomplish if practitioners have the rare opportunity in the first place, but in our school the course takes only 3 days!

                                How do the Small Universe and the Big Universe help us to attain Enlightenment. Enlightenment is omnipresence and infinite, where there is totally no differentiation. This is exactly what the Big Universe will provide.

                                But we are not ready to leave our phenomenal world to be totally Enlightened. So we have a glimpse of Cosmic Reality and come back to our phenomenal world. This glimpse is life-changing. It will, amongst other benefits, make everyday a joy.

                                The Small Universe is an ideal preparation for the Big Universe, which will ultimately bring Enlightenment. Hence, we practice the Small Universe to attain the Big Universe to attain Enlightenment.

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