I Ching is the oldest Chinese
classic text and it is also called ‘the book of changes ’or ‘classic
of changes’ This text basically speaks about cosmology which is based
upon ancient Chinese traditions or customs. Let us first know the meaning of
the title of I CHING which is also called Yi Jing. ‘Yi’ as an adjective
means ‘easy and simple and as a verb it means ‘to change’
or to substitute one thing for another. ‘Jing’ here means classic
text which says that things are not going to change with passage of time. I
CHING combines three meanings. They are ease, simplicity, variability and persistency.
In modern East Asia and the Western world, the I Ching is regarded as a symbol
of divination. The text of I Ching is represented by a set of 64 abstract
line arrangements called hexagrams.
History of the I Ching
If we consider it from the historical point of view, it has two approaches traditional
view and modernist view. I Ching helps us to make decisions, predicting the
future and it is also a source of wisdom and inspiration for generations. In
the traditional view I Ching was an early Chinese legendary ruler who ruled
China between the traditional dates of 2800 BCE-2737 BCE. It is believed that
he was bestowed with the 8 triagrams (an auspicious symbol of transformation)
supernaturally. The 8 triagrams were supposedly transformed into 64 hexagrams
by the time another legendary ruler started ruling China between 2194 BCE–2149
BCE. The 64 hexagrams were recorded in the scripture Lian Shan. The traditional
history goes on till 722 BCE - 481 BCE when the Great Chinese philosopher Confucius
wrote the Shi Yi, which is a group of ideas on the I Ching.
Modern Society and the I Ching
What started in China many thousand years ago, has reached the doors of modern
society. Like many other ancient traditional cosmic sciences I Ching has also
been adopted in America and the Western world. Modern day practitioners have
learnt the science and put it into practice to heal many problems faced by the
modern society. The modernist history of I Ching has been evolving in the last
50 years. Researchers have tried to find out about this science from the research
into the Shang and Zhou dynasty and the Zhou bronze inscriptions. When the Western
world understood about the benefits of I Ching they started practicing in the
same way as Tarot and other similar sciences are practiced. Jewelry based on
I Ching has also been created and many designers are working with I Ching practitioners.
The modern theory of I Ching has been developed since the discovery of the Han
dynasty tombs in Hunan province of China. These findings have helped researchers
to get a better view of I Ching.
I Ching is a modern science which has been in practice in the modern society.
People have realized the benefits of this ancient Chinese science and have readily
adopted it. If you are interested to know the benefits of I Ching you can also
visit an I Ching practitioner and wear I Ching jewelry.
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