There are many versions available on how the I Tjing found its way into the world, but one most popular tells us about the Chinese mythological philosopher Foe Si, an intelligent visionary with many other paranormal gifts. He lived during dawn of humanity and created an unwavering mathematical model incorporating all of the universe’s changing elements. Either the 64 symbols or hexagrams, each consisting of six lines. For many people in China but also in the West, the I Tjing is the most important and magical book ever written. A jewel of world literature and invaluable value for the world.
I Tjing – Book of changes
The Chinese word I means shortly ‘change’. In fact, it has many meanings. And Tjing means book. The book of changes is considered as one of the most important books ever written in world literature. It is a comprehensive collection of wisdom and oracle spells. Diep fried texts passed from generation to generation. The I Tjing consists of the base text and comments, with the basics of the 64 hexagrams included, in addition to their names, the explanation and interpretation of the horizontal lines with which each hexagram is designed.
The comments would be from Confucius’s hand, but the historians are highly divided. The I Tjing is regarded as an oracle book that balances the contradictions (Yin and Yang), that sees the course of events as a continuous development, and certain things in life are therefore inevitable.
Over the centuries, lots of poets, sinologists, but also Chinese great thinkers and rulers, including Confucius and Lao Tzu, have been intensely involved with the I Tjing and always considered it as a gift for those searching. It doesn’t matter that in the West, the understanding of symbols and texts often gets dismissed as unclear. Thanks to excellent translation of the I Tjing this wisdom and Oracle book has become way more accessible and, as many of the thought and behavior patterns, are very useful to modern humans, anywhere in the world.
We could say the Chinese philosophy is entirely based on the I Tjing. As in taoism, tao (tau) -either eternally unchanging- forms the basis of eternal change, or life in all its aspects, as reflected in the I Tjing. Tao is also fascinating in tai chi, Chinese movement and self-defense art which is partly based on the I Tjing and also very popular in the west.
Modern days – About magic and the Human Genome Project (HGP)
The symbolism of the I Tjing has always kept people wondering. The Swiss psychiatrist and psychologist Carl Jung (1875 – 1961) saw parallels in the I Tjing and his teachings about archetypes. He called it a magic book. And when the Human Genome Project was initiated, scientists discovered similarities between the genetic codes of Human DNA and the hexagrams contained in the I Tjing.
The coding of genetic information (protein synthesis) in 64 triplets corresponds to the hexagrams that represent that laws of life in ancient Chinese philosophy. Some scholars consider the relationships between DNA and I Tjing as the expression of one and the same universal formula, with only different codes being used while the pattern is exactly the same.