ENCYCLOPEDIA OF TAOISM (ONE SHORT AND PRIVATE NOTE ABOUT A LONG AND GENERAL PROCESS): Zàohuà 造化 Creation

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Soon after the time I had been graduated from the philological department of my university the 700 pages novel Creation by the American writer Gore Vidal has impressed me totally; that was a history of the ancient India, Cathay (China), Bactria and Persia seeing by the narrator’s eyes in the evening of the 20th December, 445 B.C. But of course, ‘creation’ goes much further down in the time stairway.

The MDBG Traditional Chinese-English dictionary says only two things, Zàohuà 造化 is (1) ‘good luck’ and (2) ’Nature (as the mother of all thing)’. The second meaning sounds more appropriate for the Encyclopedia of Taoism article, Routledge edition, 2008. However, the opportunity to sit at my favorite desk, drink coffee and write down my favorite topics doesn’t harm anything or anybody, and is definitely ‘good luck’ in my life.

“The term zaohua, which means “to inform (zao) and transform (hua),” derives from the Zhuangzi and is generally used as a synonym for the cosmos.”—Isabelle Robinet. That is a good news (cosmos!) and the time of Zhuāngzĭ 莊子 was—once again—the fourth century B.C. (?-290).

“The zàohuà zhĕ (造化者 “what informs and transforms [the world]”) is neither a person nor an entity, and does everything naturally and spontaneously without working. In this sense, zàohuà is a synonym of zīrán 孜然(natural or spontaneous). Zào is the coming of something out of nothing (wu), and huà is the return to emptiness. Zào is movement, and huà is quiescence (see dong and jing)…. The “great zaohua” (dà zàohuà 大造化), however, neither forms and transforms, nor does it not form and not transform: it is the permanent Dào 道.”–Isabelle Robinet

The idea of pulse, or rhythm—Zào is the coming of something out of nothing, and huà is the return to emptiness—is so great and IS in the total agreement that our universe is pulsing existence too. There is no need to be a scientist, an astronomer, an Asian Study specialist; just the feeling of rhythms of cosmos in the everybody’s own breath and stomach, awakening and sleeping, life and death looks absolutely amazing after one second of concentration. Somehow I can come to this sensation everyday and somehow it brings of fulfilment in my life at all.
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