ENCYCLOPEDIA OF TAOISM (PRIVATE NOTES): Huŏhòu 火候 fire times, fire phasing

Diagram of the ‘fire phases’ huohou by Yu Yan (1258-1314)

Diagram of the ‘fire phases’ huohou by Yu Yan (1258-1314)

This entry in the Encyclopedia of Taoism (Routledge 2008) is quite a big, has two parts, and the first part titled Waidan (by Kim Daeyeol) I am going to skip totally and my reason is that waidan (external alchemy) teachings were never important to me: I have enough gold in my pockets to switch myself to neidan (internal alchemy) schools forever :))

A couple of quotes from the entry can help us to understand some ideas and details (Monica Esposito):

“In neidan, fire phasing constitutes the rhythm of the inner alchemical work: the Art of Measure. Through it, the alchemist knows how to measure the ingredients (yàowù 藥物), when to increase or decrease the Fire, and so on. The term huŏ 火(fire) refers to the circulation of vital breath (qi), or simply the power of the effort in practice, while hòu 候 (phase) denotes the sequence in which the practice is performed. Fire phasing therefor represents the most secret part of neidan, the inner rhythm that one must find and experience for oneself”.

I like it, ‘simply the power of the effort in practice’; ‘sequence’ for me almost always means ‘algorithm’, and ‘inner rhythm’ sounds like no one is fooling around. 

Seriously, (M.E.): “Fire phasing in neidan means that in every instant the practitioner should find the balance between Martial Fire (action, movement, temporal expansion) and Civil Fire (inactivity, immobility, temporal reduction). Alchemical texts repeatedly state that this is the innermost secret of the alchemical work, which cannot be transmitted in words”. Yes, secret, but if we open some medical tractates, famous, classical, and widely spread, and stick to ‘balance’, guess what? No secrets anymore, just a highway smart people can go everywhere.

So, we have been told (twice) that alchemical texts and ‘alchemical people’ will keep the algorithms of their works in secret and what kind of ideas can be helpful for us now? I guess, only one. Considering the fact that philosophy inside waidan/ neidan teachings is almost the same (ba gua, seasonal changes, Yijing hexagrams, lunar month, days, and hours, wuxing theory, and our favorite yin-yang compounds) we can rely on themselves and just figure out how it can be applied to our everyday life. 

By the way, if all this work will be done by you, the all results will be only yours, innermost and undeniably straight and strong, right? And this is my story. And this is the story I am keeping to tell people around me. Just 100% unsuccessfully :))

 

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Sri Yantra and Encylopaedia Britannica Rough Comment (Roughness is Mine)

I am not a subscriber of Encylopaedia Britannica and I played a role just like a lazy cruiser of online sources. Probably that is why I got nothing in this case.

First, I have been corrected don’t type out Sri Yantra–only shriyantra, or shrichakra, without any result at all, the result I’ve got putting the simple word ‘yantra’ in the search box. It gave me the right to read 100 words of the entire 137 free of charge. I did it. After reading all materials I could find in my life, after collecting the more difficult star polygons (people don’t have any idea what it is), after posting the three tens notes on topic on this site, yes, I’ve read 100 words of the entire 137.

Second, they asked me to pay £14.99 / year to read other 37 words of the entire 137. Impressive site, right? In design, yes, in content, guess.

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Probably, I AM the lazy cruiser searching online information. How about lazy authors of Encylopaedia Britannica?

But let’s not to be harsh on them, do you know that you can move ‘yantra’ and ‘mandala’ pictures in the diffrent directions on this picture by your fingers using iPad sensitive screen?

The Second Series, The Last Sri Yantra #18 (Third Series is Next)

SRI YANTRA #18, 1994

6 points of touch in kernel

14+10+10+8=42 colour triangles in kernel

Diameter of kernel 10.9 cm; 4 1/4’’

Diameter of mandala min 15.5 cm; 6 1/16’’; max  19.7 cm; 7 3/4’’

Diagonal of defence square 27.7 cm; 10 7/8’’

Side of defence square max 23.4 cm; 9 3/16’’

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The whole collection 1994-95 Sri Yantra and More Difficult Star Polygons consists of 32 items. Some of them are in the private collections, some of them aren’t for sale at all.  Every item is covered by half-transparent protective paper fixed back right side by small drops of glue, it flips easily and/or can be promptly removed.

Both Sri Yantra #17 and #18 are the last pair open for public eye and for sale, and I have to underline the fact that in timeline they are closer than others to the time when the algorithm was just discovered (5 January 1994) but it took several months more before I really could enjoy a process of creating my own collection.  The basic colours of Sri Yantra #18 are red, blue, and yellow.  Mekhala and Bhupura (mandala and square of defence) have three black lines of different width, increasing in inside out direction.

 I cannot help myself to say something about cult of simplicity in eastern countries widely spread among educated people in the past.  I know that I can sit at my favourite desk and make up any kind of complexity (if you have seen more difficult star polygons you would understand what I’m talking about), but these two stars ARE closer to the first experience and greatest joy of discovery of the algorithm.  It was enlightenment.  I was speechless three days, I am still  happy 15 years after that, I am just happy like a person who can see the world by the same eyes as a person three millenniums ago in another point of globe.  No boundaries in time and space.

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The idea of Sri Chakra was a source for many people during long time, and these two stars #17 and #18 were the most powerful source for the whole collection and for the entire life of author.  Y’know, 15 years have passed, and I have a reason to think about their beauty to the end of the days.

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 The full story of glory and coolness of discovery of the ancient mathematical algorithm, its perfection in two variations (easy 6-points of touch and more complex 10-points of touch) of Sri Yantra and NINE, NINE/!!!!!!!/ variations of more difficult star polygons, Sri Sarvabhava Yantra (part of them) can be seen here, I hope.

 

The Second Series: Penultimate Sri Yantra #17

SRI YANTRA #17, 1994

 6 points of touch in kernel

14+10+10+8=42 colour triangles in kernel

Diameter of kernel 10.9 cm; 4 5/16’’

Diameter of mandala min 15.4 cm; 6 1/16’’; max  19.7 cm; 7 3/4’’

Diagonal of defence square 27.2 cm; 10 3/4’’

Side of defence square max 23.6 cm; 9 1/4’’

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The whole collection 1994-95 Sri Yantra and More Difficult Star Polygons consists of 32 items. Some of them are in the private collections, some of them aren’t for sale at all.  Every item is covered by half-transparent protective paper fixed back right side by small drops of glue, it flips easily and/or can be promptly removed.

 Sri Yantra #17 and #18 are the last pair open for public eye and for sale, and I have to underline the fact that in timeline they are closer than others to event when the algorithm was just discovered (5 January 1994) but it took several months more before I really could enjoy a process of creation my own collection.  

 The basic colours of Sri Yantra #17 are red, green, and yellow. Mekhala and Bhupura (mandala and square of defence) has three black lines of different width, increasing in inside out direction.

 I cannot help myself to say something about cult of simplicity in eastern countries widely spread among educated people in the past.  I know that I can sit at my favourite desk and make up any kind of complexity (if you have seen more difficult star polygons you would understand what I’m talking about), but these two stars ARE closer to the first experience and greatest joy of discovery of the algorithm.  It was enlightenment.  I was speechless three days, I am still  happy 15 years after that, I am just happy like a person who can see the world by the same eyes as a person three millenniums ago in another point of globe.  No boundaries in time and space.

 Frankly I have said almost all I had to say to levitate our conversation long enough. If you liked anything don’t hesitate to contact me any time online.  

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The whole story of glory of discovery of the ancient mathematical algorithm, its perfection in two variations (easy 6-points of touch and more complex 10-points of touch) of Sri Yantra and NINE /!!!!!!!/ variations of more difficult star polygons, Sri Sarvabhava Yantra (part of them) can be seen here soon, I guess.

 

 

 

Four Posts Under Slogan: Transparent and Half-transparent? Sounds Naked Enough…

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SRI YANTRA #16, 1994

 

6 points of touch in kernel

14+10+10+8=42 colour triangles in kernel

Diameter of kernel 10.9 cm; 4 1/4’’

Diameter of mandala min 15.5 cm; 6 1/8’’; max  19.9 cm; 7 13/16’’

Diagonal of defence square 28 cm; 11’’

Side of defence square max 23.1 cm; 9 1/16’’

 

The whole collection 1994-95 Sri Yantra and More Difficult Star Polygons consists of 32 items. Some of them are in the private collections, some of them aren’t for sale at all.  Every item is covered by half-transparent protective paper fixed back right side by small drops of glue, it flips easily and/or can be promptly removed.

Sri Yantra #16 is a blue twin sister of previously described item.  It has a bit greater diameter, 4 1/4’’, and with mathematically exact straight lines it adds beauty to this kind of art.  The outermost 14-pointed star polygon is drawn inside of thin and contrast thick circles.  The outside diameter of Mekhala has four lines and they form two green strip and one white (in centre).  Defence square contains four gates, three black lines contour and full green edge.

 

The mathematical exactness of the whole collection (including this one) gives a tool for those who practice such kind of meditation.  It is highly organised piece of paper and lines, it’s a symbol of very, sometimes extremely difficult laws of nature human can never understand, and simple beauty surrounding us in a drop of rain, leaves on the trees or anything else — in the same time. All kind of imagination is inside the chakras.  That is.  The problem is how to get it out.

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The smart and cool story of discovery of ancient mathematical algorithm, its perfection in two variations (easy 6-points of touch and more complex 10-points of touch) of Sri Yantra and nine, NINE /!!!!!!!!/ variations of more difficult star polygons, Sri Sarvabhava Yantra (part of them at least) can be uploaded here sooner or later, I suppose.

 

Never Enough Transparent and Half Naked (Sorry– Half-transparent)…

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SRI YANTRA #15, 1994

 

6 points of touch in kernel

14+10+10+8=42 colour triangles in kernel

Diameter of kernel 10.9 cm; 4 1/4’’

Diameter of mandala min 15.4 cm; 6 1/16’’; max  19.6 cm; 7 3/4’’

Diagonal of defence square 27 cm; 10 5/8’’

Side of defence square max 23.5 cm; 9 1/4’’

 

The whole collection 1994-95 Sri Yantra and More Difficult Star Polygons consists of 32 items. Some of them are in the private collections, some of them aren’t for sale at all.  Every item is covered by half-transparent protective paper fixed back right side by small drops of glue, it flips easily and/or can be promptly removed.

 Sri Yantra #15 has a bit greater diameter, 4 1/4’’, and with mathematically exact straight lines it adds beauty to this kind of art.  The outermost 14-pointed star polygon is drawn inside of thin and contrast thick circles.  The outside diameter of Mekhala has four lines and they form two green strips and one white (in centre).  Defence square contains four gates, three black line contour and full green edge.

 When you keep a sheet of paper horizontally and turn it a little, polygons seem to become like the mirrors and begin to reflect each other in strange organised order, it looks like a precious diamond game.  Eighteen years of beauty.  Nothing changed in this picture.  Nothing changed in this world.  It’s still beautiful for people to live and love in.

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The smart story of discovery of the ancient mathematical algorithm (with or without my bragging), its perfection in two variations (easy 6-points of touch and more complex 10-points of touch) of Sri Yantra and nine /!!!!!!/ variations of more difficult star polygons, Sri Sarvabhava Yantra (part of them) can be uploaded here soon, I guess.