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Some regard the Tang Feng Shui text Xue Xin Fu, Snow Heart Poem, as the most important Luan Tou document. It is a pity that practitioners do not read or understand this valuable over 1,000 years old ancient Feng Shui text.
I had completed a deep exciting research study of the Tang Feng Shui text Xue Xin Fu, Snow Heart Poem, when a particular passage in the poem creates a nagging thought which kept throbbing in my mind. At this time, I had also studied several other ancient Feng Shui texts, e.g. Han Lung Jing, Yi Lung Jing, Tian Yu Jing, Tu Tien Bao Chou Jing, Rui Di Yen, Qing Nang Jing, Qing Nang Xu, Qing Nang Aow Yi, Tsih King, Zhangshu, Huang Di Nei Ching. Of course, long ago I had already studied the Confucian and Huai Nan Zi classics.
I am aware that many Feng Shui masters had came away from these classics, bewildered at their difficulties at penetrating the meanings of the ancient texts. One well known Feng Shui master rightly said that only a person with good knowledge of Chinese culture and history can hope to unravel the age old secrets.
The thought had taken shape through a few years. It is the recognition that modern Feng Shui practitioners are unaware that it was Confucius who penned down the first Feng Shui texts! The modern Feng Shui practitioners are also unaware that the writers of the scattered ancient Feng Shui texts were actually commenting on what Confucius had written about Feng Shui.
The remarkable thing is that the writer of Xue Xin Fu, Snow Heart Poem, stated that much of what are in Xue Xin Fu, Snow Heart Poem, actually originated from Confucius! The pivotal passage is:
Xue Xin Fu 440-441 (Book 4, Chapter 4).
The passage above is profound and full of significant serious implications for modern Feng Shui.
Phrase 1: "Even though calling water, how to get with water."
The first line shows the subject matter concerns the search for suitable water patterns. All Feng Shui should be emphasising the presence of water flows which converge to a "gathering point" in the front portion of the hsueh or "Dragon Cave". Without this collection of flowing water to a frontal central location there will be no auspiciousness for the site, and there will be no hsueh. Yang Yun Sung termed this frontal central location the resting place of the "Jin Lung", the Golden Dragon.
The ancient Sung and Tang Feng Shui texts are predominantly Luan Tou Landscape Feng Shui texts. They have major passages describing how to examine the physical terrain to evaluate the water flow patterns. The master must physically visit the site, otherwise it is all nonsense!
Phrase 2: "Who know sage Confucius' heart?"
This second phrase raises the question of whether you know what was in the sage Confucius' heart". It means that Confucius knew the secrets of how to examine the physical terrain to evaluate the water flows patterns.
What is especially significant is that the phrase is drawing attention to that Xue Xin Fu , Snow Heart Poem, is based on what Confucius taught. Somewhere in the Confucian texts are the great secrets of Confucius' Feng Shui, which were used by the writer to write Xue Xin Fu.
It would be the Confucians who are more likely to enjoy the benefits of Feng Shui, as one commentator noted:
Phrase 3: "To the greatest extend, double (alternative) book being inferior to no book."
This phrase shows that during the time when Xue Xin Fu was written, there were two "books", i.e. two sets of doctrines. Evidently, one book, that the "double or alternative book" was considered inferior to the other book
In the context of the passage, this other book was one belonging to the traditions of Confucius and has the correct principles of how to evaluate the water flows. In contrast, the "double or alternative book" taught a different contradictory method. The teachings of this "double or alternative book" were so bad that it would have been better if there was no book.
Phrase 4: "Some more, want to leave sharp vision."
The last fourth phrase indicates that those following the "double alternative book" do not have "sharp vision". That is, these practitioners are blind and incorrect.
Confucius had always been regarded as a person with "sharp vision" even during his time. The phrase therefore reinforces that the followers of the "double alternative book" are what Yang Yun Sung would label as "idiot masters":
Yang Yun Sung was also talking of the pattern of the Lung i.e. the water flow. Those who wrongly evaluate the water flow patterns can get the wrong diagnosis of whether a site is auspicious or not.
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