Sunday, September 16, 2007

The Mandate of Heaven

My favourite book is the Book of Changes, the I-Ching.

Perhaps you have heard of it. It is one of the oldest books ever written. It is also unlike any other book on the planet.

Further links:

Yi Jing, Book of Sun and Moon
Calling Crane In The Shade
The Great Vessel
I-Ching on the net


Hilary said...

Excellent article, thank you. I just linked back to it from my I Ching blog.

You might be interested in the original versions of Stephen Karcher's ideogram pictures and descriptions. They're from LiSe Heyboer's beautiful site, Yijing, Book of Sun and Moon.

best wishes,

Luis Andrade said...

Karcher also uses the “fields of meaning” method employed by Ritsema and Sabbadini, only where they use it for every word of the text (giving you every possible translation of every word) Karcher saves it for the name of the hexagram, in this case Khien, Qien, or Ch’ien, translated variously as Humbling, Humble or Modesty, which Karcher tells us can mean any one of the following:

You may be interested to know that the original Eranos Foundation sponsored translation of the I Ching was made by Ritsema and Karcher. It is gossiped that when Karcher started publishing on his own, in Element Books, the friendship between the two scholars was bitterly over. You can still find many of those books for very good prices:

It is a nice exercise to compare the two.

Nice blog.



Fausto Intilla (fisico teorico) said...

a)The Jungian Theory of Syncronicity, is a clear demonstration that
everything in this Universe is predeterminated.The Heisenberg's
Indetermination Principle comes from the human ignorance
(we cannot see the reality in its totality) only an ignorant,can believe in Free Will.

b)Matter is a complex form of energy; Energy
is a complex form of Information; God's Thought.

The Universe is we are parts of God.

c) Every kind of "human desire",is followed by a Chain of "Electron wave
functions collapses" (in agreement with Schrödinger's Theory) which will not
follow ours expectations! ...So the paradox is: if we want to get hold of
something,we shouldn’t have to search for it. (Men stay still,and the mountains move...).
A curiosity: The connection between the electron
wave-function and the human intent has to do with the fact that
experiments have proved that the intentions of the operator of a radio
transmission facility, directly and instrumentably alter the
"footprint", the radiation pattern of the antenna. It has also been
shown that the intent of the human being causes a divergence in
the quantum field (which is the information field).
Any divergence in the information field results in
alterations of "probability", which directly influences
the outcome of any system which contains any element
of chance, directly influencing the resulting observable
events. (See the work of Princeton Engineering Anomalies
Research at


"In agreement with Henri Bergson's thought (see the last pages of "Entre
le temps et l'éternité" of Ilya Prigogine ,Librairie Arthème Fayard,Paris),
we can accept the idea of a "Space-time absolute value", where
all the "Space-time relativ values" are incorporated (in agreement with Einstein’s
theory of relativity); the conclusion is that there is only one Real
Matrix of the every other possible /potential parallel
"event/dimension/future" it's only a human illusion.

All the other parallel Universes (or Multi-Universes,as Phd. Everett said)
can only exist in our minds...perhaps whilst dreaming.

Unfortunately several physicists are conditioned by Heisenberg's Principle of
Indetermination...which, as you will know, is enough explain the
existence of Free Will.

Well, the Principle of Indetermination is hardly bound by the limits of
observations made by the human brain.

(We cannot see the reality in its totality...Bohm taught).

If we accept the idea that our Universe really is God,well,in a infinite
Caos of Energy too, there must to be a logical (but not for human
brain),exact,specific,and perfectly organized ...Plan.

How many significant (important) coincidences can happen to a person in his
life,living in a unorganizated and stupid Universe?...I think no-one.
Every synchronism in our life, is like an open-eyes-dream (Jung
taught)...and we can thank the fine intelligence of our Universe...if
they happen."

Fausto Intilla
(Inventor-scientific divulger)