Forum of Old People Culture of the Seventh International Old People Cultural Festival
Natural Wisdom Life Preserving Culture
Ladies and Gentlemen:
Nice to meet you! I am Liu Li, hostess of the radio programs for old people on People’s Broadcasting Station of Yantai City, and also a disseminator of advanced thought of culture and a researcher of Natural Wisdom Life Preserving Science. It is so delightful to enjoy this opportunity and explore with you, scholars and friends from all over the world, the meaning and value of human life.
The school of thought represented by the book Natural Wisdom Life Preserving Science is founded by Mr. Shanlinzi. Rooted in Chinese culture and the culture of mankind at large, and having incorporated experience attained by other scholars on human life science, and his own achievements in theoretical pursuit and experimentation for over 30 years, he has put forward his thought on an all-round lifting of health of human body and mind, and formulated his unique theory of Natural Wisdom Life Preserving Science and his method of keeping healthy balance of mind and body. His important views include “return to nature, and the cosmos is infinite; return to oneself, and life is infinite; return to soul, and wisdom is infinite”.
Shanlinzi Natural Wisdom Life Preserving Science represents the author’s complete and systematic research achievement in exploration of the natural laws of cosmos, of society and of life. It can play a role of landmark for the road of life, leading our contemporaries to think, in terms of natural wisdom, about the cosmos, life and wisdom. His views disseminate the advanced thought on culture and mankind, and transmit the essence and true meaning of natural wisdom life and living, so as to have our wisdom at the bottom of our mind inspired, and enlighten us to obtain a new concept of natural life, with the ultimate aim at helping everyone of us make conscious efforts and turn oneself a person of nature.
What is the loftiest realm of a natural life? It is nature. The natural life of a person is the most valuable. The natural life of a person is the fundamental of a person. If we compare the human life to a tree, then the human soul is its root, and the life of a soul begins at its root. What is the best state of human life and living? How should we do to enhance our life and improve our living? Everyone is the architect of his own life. The body may grow old, but the heart and the mind may not. We should create natural and harmonious life and living and manage our natural life by virtue of natural soul.
The Natural Wisdom Life Preserving Culture is a present to those who love life and living and are devoted to keeping balance of body and mind! With it as the seed, we will reap our rich harvest of longevity from balancing body and mind, and harvest of new concepts on the laws of natural life from the harmony among life, society and nature.
Part One Return to Nature, to Self, and to Soul
Everywhere in the flower garden of the natural cosmos, there is the psalm of natural life. Natural harmony is beauty, life harmony is eternity, social harmony is peace, and national harmony is everlasting. The fundamental view and idea of Natural Wisdom Life Preserving are “return to nature, and the cosmos is infinite; return to oneself, and life is infinite; return to soul, and wisdom is infinite”. Here, “return to oneself, and life is infinite” is concerned with health preserving. According to Mr. Shanlinzi, modern people have forgotten the issue of returning to self, and instead they trust life to the external world. When one is ill, and does not feel balanced, one would attribute that unbalance to bad diet, polluted air, failure to getting along well with others, or bad luck. None of these are the cause of one’s illness, and it is oneself that causes one’s illness.
Life preserving is to take care of life and health. Being natural is life preserving, and vice versa. As life goes, life preserving continues. Any form of human life is aimed at acquiring the natural and harmonious state of life. There is nothing abstruse and complicated in Natural Wisdom Life Preserving, and it involves what we all are doing in our daily life: sleeping, eating, drinking, and so on. Everyone does those things. But we should know all those are life preserving: natural way of sleeping, of eating, of drinking---natural way of living, which is the basic way of living of mankind. The natural light, air, and water are the indispensable elements to life. The fact is in modern times, people, under the great tension and competition in their life, forget many things. Those things, which used to be naturally taken, now turn unnatural. One has forgotten what one knew and understood. The natural wisdom life preserving tells us that people must realize their return to nature, to oneself, and to soul---return to a state where everything is the natural flow in a natural way. Therefore, my friends, we, who are middle-edged or advanced-aged, should learn to reflect on ourselves in our daily life.
Life is natural in essence. Why people nowadays have become unnatural in their eating, sleeping, and drinking, which seem very simple? Are we living in a natural state? For one, life preserving is one’s experience and understanding of one’s own life, an understanding of the laws of human life, rather than inculcation by others. True life preserving is one preserving one’s own life, using ways suitable to oneself to achieve life preserving. Actually, there is no prescription or criterion on whether a way of living is natural or not.
What is advocated here is adaptation to nature. The nuclear idea of natural wisdom life preserving is self-reliance. The password of the box of life laws is in everyone’s own hand, and only by finding one’s self can one unlock one’s password box.
Human life subjects to no change, since the life state at the age of eighty years and that at the age of eight months are the same. What matters is the quality of living of human life. A person who lives for fifty years but with each day happy is better than one who lives so long as one hundred years yet with no happiness to speak of, and the truth here, we all know.
Natural Wisdom Life Preserving Science helps one to return to one’s natural self, and to one’s natural way.
Part Two Enhance One’s Realm to Enjoy Harmonious life, society and nature
The reason why life is life is because life has mind. A person, if he had no mind and thought, would be corpse, not life. The natural wisdom life preserving science tells us that our heart and our thought must reach a realm, which is what we call the heart in the real sense. A person with a high realm will live a long life. The wit, who are endowed with natural wisdom, are not only the favorite sons of longevity of natural life, but also constitute the major driving force in the course of natural development of the society of mankind, and the true backbone of a nation. While they bring to other people pleasure, happiness, and longevity, they win for themselves the same. They devote their value of life to the world of mankind and do what they should do.
The realm is the fundamental at the minimum. According to Mr. Shanlinzi, at present, few people in their life pay attention to their realm and some even forget it at all. What most people pursue are some trifles, something of no importance. A high realm implies many aspects. Mr. Shanlinzi proposes a new aspect, or a new concept, though it has not been mentioned by other scholars, that your physical body should reach a realm. Usually researchers in the field are concerned overwhelmingly with the realm of the mind and the thought. The realm for the body involves that realm you should reach physically in your daily life and work and in your journey of life. This is a realm concerned with the way by which you get along with the world with your life, which is in an overall relationship with your thought.
Whoever wants to enjoy an infinite life and balance of mind and body must lift the realm of themselves so that they can return to a natural state of life, which does not mean a state where they do nothing and think about nothing. The natural state here is one reflecting the laws of the nature, of the world, of the society and of the whole natural cosmos. That is what is meant by return to nature.
Nature is harmony, and harmony is nature. Harmony, the serene harmony in particular, with all the lives under the blue sky enjoying harmonious co-existence, will make a paradise on earth. The construction of harmonious socialist society is based on the harmony between the mind and the nature, between the mind and the society, between the mind and the man, and more importantly between the mind and the self. Ignorance, selfishness, and avarice constitute the origin of all the disasters human beings suffer on the earth. When there comes a day with mankind free from fights and agony, from envy and rivalry, from selfishness and greed, the world of ours will be bound to be one of peace, harmony, and naturalness.
The human body is inherently illness-free, and whoever is suffering illness, he incurs it himself. Unbounded desire causes suffering and agony, which lead to loss of balance of the natural state, and again to loss of balance of body and mind. The most important to existence of life is having a living mind, which is the core of life, of a state, and of a realm. So long as the mind is in balance, the body will be in balance.
Naturalness is harmony, and harmony is beauty. Only when all reach natural harmony can mankind reach and go really on the track under the laws of the nature, of the world, and of the society, and develop, readjust, and balance itself naturally, and only with this can mankind enjoy harmonious life, society, and naturalness.
Part Three Balance of Mind and Body Is the Basis of Life
Natural Wisdom Life Preserving Science is composed of two parts: Natural Wisdom Mind Preserving Science and Natural Wisdom Body Preserving Science, for mind and body constitute life. This unique complete theory of mind and body preserving science tells us that there is no one of health in the world but one of balanced mind and body. Momentary achieving of balance and momentary loss of balance characterize a modern person basically. One should keep balance of body and mind, and only if one has mental balance can one realize physical balance. When one is tranquil and placid, one can obtain balance of life.
All other illness comes from mental illness, and one should turn to one’s mind for longevity of body. Balancing mind and body is the medicine, while losing balance of body and mind causes illness. The balance of mind and body should be always kept. Balance of mind and body is a state, which is the basis of life, and is the starting number 1, without which anything else would be impossible to realize, or 0. Balance of mind and body is the basis of life, only on which can anything else become possible for one to do.
Mr. Shanlinzi says, everyone should have three doctors: one is the doctor for balance of mind and body, a second is for balance of mind and body, and a third one is also for balance of mind and body. One’s best doctor is oneself, and the best medical treatment is occurrence of recovery with no treatment. If the mind is likened to the root of a tree, then when the root is ill and the green leaves turn yellow, the tree will be ill. The illness is impossible to be cured only by trimming the branches and the leaves of the tree, since the origin of the illness is the root.
We must pay attention to the root. All round the year, the leaves turn green, yellow, and brown with the seasons. The tree will be bare of leaves after they fall. However, with all these, the tree is alive, for its root is alive. Therefore, when next spring comes, the tree would shoot again. When you pay attention to nothing but the leaves and branches, you concern yourself only with something external and trivial. In fact, if one is ill, there is nothing serious. What matters is your realm, which is comparable to the tree root. When your root is rotten, then everything would be over. Preserving life begins with preserving the mind. Natural wisdom life preserving stresses overall preserving of life rather than local preserving. When one thinks over life preserving, one should begin with considering mind preserving, with the ultimate goal of achieving balance of mind and body, so that one will be a person of value and who will make contribution to the society.
The body is an instrument, and one must regard one’s body as an instrument, by means of which one can do something meaningful to the society, to one’s family, and to mankind. If one’s instrument does not work, what one can do is only empty talk.
To keep balance of one’s body, one should pay close attention to one’s internal balance of mind. If one loses balance of body and mind, the best way to return to balance is to get rid of one’s desire and purify oneself. If animosity, envy, disappointment, and depression pester one long, one’s body will be surely hurt, and one’s happiness will be taken away. Only unselfishness marks the beginning of resumption of balance of one’s mind and body, and of that of balance of human mind and body.
We can safely say that those who are high in mental realm will enjoy longevity. Every one of us should go all out and be a person of integrity and a person with balance of mind and body. Only with balance of the mind is it possible to attain balance of body, and only with mental placidity and tranquility is it possible to attain balance of life.
Shanlinzi Health Care Methods of Balancing Mind and Body is an epitome of Mr. Shanlinzi’s thirty years of research. His practical application for several decades has witnessed miraculous effect on so many life-preserving practitioners and those suffering loss of balance of mind and body. No matter what symptoms occur on one, they reflect to various extent one’s loss of mind and body. So long as one follows strictly the procedures according to Shanlinzi Natural Wisdom Life Preserving Science and Shanlinzi Health Care Methods of Balancing Mind and Body and practices self-readjustment, one will resume momentarily balance in the tissues and cells which suffer loss of balance, so that one’s human body can recover the state of balance of the mind and body.
Part Four If Mind Does Not Grow Old, Life Will Never, Either.
Time turns young to old and also old to young. If one is always killing time in recalling and regretting, one will be nothing but a fool. That is to no avail. Only those who count their life by the second will live a long life. Only those who survive terrifying waves cherish the quietude of the vast land. The state of one’s mind determines whether one is old or not. We should keep for ever our mind natural, lively and radiant with childlike innocence.
A natural mind will never grow old. Age is what people impose on themselves and restrict themselves with. Are foolishness and ignorance related with age? Are integrity and credit related with age? Is the power of solving problems related with age? Are loneliness and fear related with age? Are agony and worries related with age? Is a person at the age of seventy years old? Is one at the age of one hundred years rare? Is one at the age of thirty years young? If we could extend infinitely the age of the soul, only the world of soul would be our land of treasure. And our life would be forever the favorite son of nature.
Please look at the life of the sea, of the sky, of the mountain and of the forest. Do they fear restrictions of time and space? They are where they belong to, and they prove that the natural life is so powerful, never given to consideration of aging, nor to fear of the flow of time and space. To them, there is only one thing: living a free life. And living a natural life free from selfish desire is the essence of natural life.
If someday human mind should break free from restrictions of time and space and from confines of prejudices, it would certainly be able to understand the true meaning of time and space, and life and soul. At such time, you would be filled with vigor and vitality and boundless creativity, and you would keep always young.
We are the very nature, and nature is us. Let’s join hands and make efforts to lift the realm of human mind and body so as to create a natural wisdom oasis of soul, and help the dream of human harmony come true, and have our voices of natural wisdom heard throughout the universe.