Like a lotus flower that grows out of the mud
A Buddhist philosophy to start you off on a visit to the Jade Emperor Temple (Yu Huang Miao) in Tuaran, Sabah.
A Chinese garden with an artificial flower.
Let us now start on a journey of contemplation about life itself.
A philosophical journey through the mystery of life
Yu Huang is, in Daoist belief, a ruler of Heaven and Earth. In the chronological story of the Jade Emperor, you will come across terms like ‘infinity/boundlessness’ (無極), then leading to the creation of the epitome of life, the ‘supreme ultimate’ (太極), as narrated in the Chinese creation myth. It all sounds too familiar and complicated to me. Any resemblance to the Big Bang theory at all, but told in the folktales manner? It just goes to show that myths and science do collide at some point. And it, as well, gives you some ideas about the Chinese philosophy of life.
Incidentally, the acclaimed Chinese martial art ‘Tai Chi Chuan (太極拳)’ employs the same first two Chinese words, ending off with the word Chuan meaning fist. Therefore, ‘Tai Chi Chuan’ signifies the ‘supreme ultimate fist’, in all senses of the words. However, the martial art is not in any way associated with the Jade Emperor or the myth, as far as I can make out.
If you are interested to know more about Chinese creation myth, just Google it in addition to looking up the phrase Jade Emperor. But do be discerning to notice the intermingle of Buddha with Chinese mythological figures in the legendary account. Buddhism and Taoism are in fact two completely different religions (philosophical entities), but are nevertheless in some ways inter-related as they progress side by side down the years. Add Chinese folk religion to the mixture, what do you get? You have one big fusion of confusion to untangle for the rest of your life. Why can’t life be more straightforward? I absolutely adore and love this complicated theory of life. Pity I still haven’t figured out the philosophy behind it all.
That should keep you, Einstein, busy for a while pondering the philosophy of life while watching the world go by in the lotus garden of the Yu Huang. That’s my contribution to you to keep you always in the straight and narrow. Don’t thank me, thank the Dao/Tao. Watching too much Bruce Lee films can really send you doolally. Signing off now. Till the next time, it’s goodbye from me, and it’s goodbye from you.