SMALL UNIVERSE AND KUNGFU, BONE MARROW CLEANSING AND BIG UNIVERSE
How can the Small Universe enhance our Kung Fu? For example, how can it enhance our combat efficiency?
What is the difference between Bone Marrow Cleansing at the Meridian Level and the Big Universe?
Attaining the Small Universe enhances kungfu in many ways. What are the many ways that kungfu is useful?
We may, for convenience, classify the many ways kungfu is useful into the following categories:
- For performance.
- For combat.
- For health, vitality and longevity.
- For peak performance in daily life.
- For being peaceful and happy.
- For expanding into the Cosmos.
Kungfu in its modern form as wushu is now mainly for performance. A who has attained the Small Universe will certainly perform better than B who hasn’t attained the Small Universe. A has more energy, more stamina and more force in his performance.
When A performs kungfu instead of wushu, he will be better than B. Even when A is not involved in wushu or kungfu performance, he will be better in any performance, including performing his daily work, because he has more energy, more stamina and is more forceful.
A will be better than B in combat, which was actually the reason why anyone practiced kungfu in the past. A is better because he has more energy, more stamina and is more forceful as a result of having attained the Small Universe.
Today, we live in law-abiding societies where combat seldom happens. People practice kungfu or other martial arts as hobbies. Most of these people merely exchange blows or fight like children in free sparring, without using their kungfu or other martial art technques. When a Karate or Taekwondo practitioner is engaged in free sparring, he also exchanges blows without using the Karate or Taekwondo techniques he has practiced.
Still, if A and B exchange blows, A will be better than B. A has more energy, more stamina and is more forceful. His blows will hurt an opponent more seriously, he can last longer, and be able to take blows better.
Surprisingly, not many people realize that the purpose of practicing kungfu today is to have good health, vitality and longevity, even though the basic function of kungfu is combat. Even if they realize the purpose, their practice is not conducive to good health, vitality and longevity, particularly when they copy other martial arts in training and free sparring. Our school is one of the very few that transfers what we learn in kungfu training for health, vitality and longevity.
Unlike in enriching our daily life where we may need to know the philosophy and techniques in the transfer, the contribution of our kungfu training to our health, vitality and longevity is intrinsic. In other words, we do not have to do anything extra to be better in good health, vitality and longevity. Because of the way we train our kungfu, we will naturally be better in health, vitality and longevity.
As an analogy, when a person is healthy, he will be able to do anything better than when he is sick. The better performance is intrinsic. He does not have to do anything extra to have better performance.
When we compare A and B, i.e. a person who has attained the Small Universe with another person who has not, A will have better health, better vitality and better longevity than B. The betterment in good health, vitality and longevity is intrinsic.
A will attain better peak performance than B in daily life. Again the better peak performance is intrinsic. For example, if B can produce his best result in an hour, A can produce the same best result in less than an hour. If B can earn 10,0000 euros in one month, which is the most he can earn in the month, A can earn more than 10,000 euros in one month.
In being peaceful and happy, A will be better than B, because A has attained the Small Universe and B hasn’t. Before attaining the Small Universe was A also peaceful and happy? Is there a difference in A after he has attained the Small Universe? Yes, there is a difference. After attaining the Small Universe, A will be more peaceful and happier than before.
Because A has attained the Small Universe and B hasn’t, A will be able to expand into the Cosmos easier and faster than B.
An excellent way to expand into the Cosmos is to have attained the Big Universe. To attain the Big Universe, it is easier and faster if the practitioner already has attained the Small Universe.
Internal force and combat efficiency are the two pillars of kungfu training. A practitioner can develop internal force and attain combat efficiency without attaining the Small Universe. But attaining the Small Universe will enhance both internal force and combat efficiency.
If all other things were equal, but A has attained the Small Universe and B hasn’t, A’s attainment in internal force and in combat application will be better than B’s. The reason is that having attained the Small Universe, A’s energy flow and amount of energy are more than those of B.
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.
The questions and answers are reproduced from the thread 10 Questions on Small and Big Universe in the Shaolin Wahnam Discussion Forum.