Going far means returning

I had always heard the words Yin and Yang knowing that they had something do with the Chinese philosophy and they represented the opposites.But today while reading the Tao of Physics I understood the meaning in depth and was overwhelmed by the profoundness of thought and its representation in our everyday life.The principle characterstic of the Tao is the cyclic nature of its ceaseless motion and change.”returning is the motion of Tao”says LaoTzu,and “Going far means returning”.

The idea is that all developments in nature,those in physical world as well as those of human situations,show cyclic patterns of coming and going,of expansion and contraction.It is deduced from the movement of sun and moon,change in seasons to be ultimately taken as a rule of life.Whenever a situation develops to its extreme ,it is bound to turn around and become its opposite.Thus it is better to have too little than to have too much,and better to leave things undone than to overdo them.Just as the man who travels farther in the east will end up in the west,those who accumulate more and more money will end up being poor – not necessarily in the same dimension.Modern industrial society which has continously aimed at improving the standard of life for all its members has finally ended up in leaving us all at the brink of an environmental disaster.

The idea of cyclic patterns in the motion of Tao( the energy flow)was given a definite structure by the introduction of polar opposites yin and yang.The original meaning of the words yin and yang was that of the shady and sunny side of a mountain.Thus :

That which lets now the dark,now the light appear is Tao.

In the realm of thought yin is the complex,female,intuitive mind,yang the clear and rational male intellect.Yin is the quite,contemplative stillness of a sage,yang the strong,creative action of the king.

Linking it with my personal experience I found the premise to be true in almost all that one experiences during a lifetime.There is joy and sorrow,success and failure,love and hate,agony and ecstasy,ignorance and knowledge,hope and despair…………Life and death.

And if you examine it carefully it is one that lets us appreciate the other.If there was no sorrow in failure we would not know the joy of success.If we did not go through the agony of hate we would not know the ecstasy of love.If we did not feel the despair of death we would not hope for a life well lived.

2 comments on “Going far means returning

  1. shilpa says:

    रचनाकार: मुनव्वर राना

    संग्रह का मुखपृष्ठ: माँ / मुनव्वर राना


    गले मिलने को आपस में दुआयें रोज़ आती हैं

    अभी मस्जिद के दरवाज़े पे माएँ रोज़ आती हैं

    कभी —कभी मुझे यूँ भी अज़ाँ बुलाती है

    शरीर बच्चे को जिस तरह माँ बुलाती है

    किसी को घर मिला हिस्से में या कोई दुकाँ आई

    मैं घर में सब से छोटा था मेरे हिस्से में माँ आई

    ऐ अँधेरे! देख ले मुँह तेरा काला हो गया

    माँ ने आँखें खोल दीं घर में उजाला हो गया

    इस तरह मेरे गुनाहों को वो धो देती है

    माँ बहुत ग़ुस्से में होती है तो रो देती है

    मेरी ख़्वाहिश है कि मैं फिर से फ़रिश्ता हो जाऊँ

    माँ से इस तरह लिपट जाऊँ कि बच्चा हो जाऊँ

    मेरा खुलूस तो पूरब के गाँव जैसा है

    सुलूक दुनिया का सौतेली माओं जैसा है

    रौशनी देती हुई सब लालटेनें बुझ गईं

    ख़त नहीं आया जो बेटों का तो माएँ बुझ गईं

    वो मैला—सा बोसीदा—सा आँचल नहीं देखा

    बरसों हुए हमने कोई पीपल नहीं देखा

    कई बातें मुहब्बत सबको बुनियादी बताती है

    जो परदादी बताती थी वही दादी बताती है

    • aahang says:

      Beautiful.Reminds me of a couplet by Nida Fazli :
      Main roya pardes mein Bheega maa ka pyaar
      Dil ne dil se baat ki Bin Chitthi bin taar.

      Also read Maa by Nida Fazli.I think I recited it to you once …..
      Besan ki sondhi roti par,khatti chatni jaisi maa
      Yaad aati hai Chauka baasan,Chimta Phukni Jaisi maa
      Biwi Beti Behen Padosan,thodi thodi si sab mein
      Din bhar ek rassi ke upar natni jaisi chalti maa
      baant ke apna chehra maatha,aankhen jane kahan gayi
      Phate purane ek album mein ,chanchal ladki jaisi maa.
      Love you Mamma !!!!

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