Peach Blossom Girl Magic Duel – Preface


Copyright © 2010 – Jeff Loh. All rights reserved

24 November 2010

The body does not deviate from its shadow; the shadow must follow its shape.  If the Yang does not rise against the Ying1, then Ying must follow the Yang.  When the shape deviates then its shadow will perish.  Thus when the Yang betrays the Ying, would not then the Ying descend into perverseness?

The name of this book, the ‘Ying Yang Duel’ is because Yang has betrayed the Ying.  Thus in such a perverse state how could Yin and Yang not be in conflict with each other?  The adage states that ‘in the end, form does not deviate from its shadow, Yang will not betray Ying.  Even though when there is conflict in the beginning, the end result is that they must resettle into equilibrium.  When equilibrium returns, harmony shall rise.  When Ying and Yang becomes one in harmony, enlightenment is ensured.  Once enlightenment is ensured, all traces of mortality are washed away. When worldly adulterations are gone, fantasies will disappear.  Hence, such is the result after ‘Ying Yang Duel’ is complete.  This is the order of things.

The year of Dao Guang2  of the 5th Heavenly Stem

NOTES: 

1. I prefer this alternate spelling than the more standard spelling, ‘Yin’ because the number of letters in the word balances the number of letters of Yang, reflecting closely with the philosophy of Ying and Yang – the balance of everything. 

2. The 7th emperor of the Ch’ing Dynasty 16 September 1782 – 25 February 1850

Original Text

桃花女陰陽鬥傳/序

形不離乎影,影必依乎形,陽不背乎陰,陰必隨乎陽。然形離乎影必至消亡,陽背乎陰必至乖戾。是此書名之曰《陰陽鬥》,是陽背乎陰矣。陰陽背戾,陰陽安得不鬥耶?雖然,所云形終不離影,陽終不背陰,是故陰陽始雖相鬥,終必不背不戾也。不背不戾,是陰陽已無鬥矣。陰陽無鬥,是則陰陽和合矣。陰陽和合為一,又為超凡入聖之域者。陰陽既然超凡入聖,又無紅塵之染,無紅塵之染,一無幻境之作矣。此為《陰陽鬥》之一大結也。是為序云。  

 時道光歲次戊

申孟冬月新鐫。

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