Yin Yang

 

Yin Yang is probably the most popular, recorded notion that is employed in Taoism. Yin-Yang primarily refers to two distinct halves that unite perfectly to give completeness. It also marks the commencement of something new.

When a thing is complete, by implication, it is stable and entire. However, when you divide a thing into two clear halves, this disturbs the balance and stability of completeness. The two halves are running together as they look forward to striking a new counterbalance with themselves.

 

Conceptual Basis of Yin-Yang

Yin arose from an idea of ‘shaded area’ while Yang interprets ‘sunny part.’ Yin Yang attempts to conceptualize two things merging to form one. There are everyday instances of Yin and Yang in our daily lives. For example, the night can be seen as Yin and the day as Yang, the female, Yin, and the male, Yang. Over the years, some things have been analyzed and classed using different Yin Yang grouping mechanism.

 

 Symbolism

The best way to comprehend the Yin and Yang is to look at the symbolic representations. When light rays fall on a hill in the middle of the day, a part of it receives light and shadow is cast on the other half. Yin is the symbol for the shadowed side and its qualifications, while Yang stands as the emblem for the illuminated and bright side and its features.

The primary symbolism was widened to encompass a wide variety of other contracts. Yin is the feminine while Yang, the masculine. Yin stands at a lesser point, while Yang at the top point. Any condition in the physical or celestial realms can be interpreted using this mechanism.

 

Significance 

The notion of Yin and Yang are fundamental to Chinese belief and underpinning philosophy in totality. Besides, they are quite essential because the symbol is very well known across all races irrespective of their understanding and perceptions of the Chinese practices.

The duo principles of Yin and Yang stands for the original interplay of the extremes of life and generally in the whole universe, recognized and known to be Tao on earth here. The living is based on the outcome of the relationship between these two extremes, up and down, hot and cold, masculine and feminine, open and close, happiness and sadness, turbulence and tranquility and such ilks.

Yin and Yang denote this relationship which is the cornerstone of life’s driving force. The dual concept of Yin and Yang helps in forming the energy that drives life.

 

Mythology 

The ancient Chinese myth is premised on the notion that the world is controlled and sustained by two essential powers, termed the Yin and Yang. Albeit, they are contrasting, Yin and Yang do not negate each other. Instead, they complement and consolidate each other to produce a careful balance.

Natural forces and humans rely on this leveling for consonance. If there is too much an imbalance between Ying and Yang, there may be consequences like drought and other natural disasters.

 

Conclusion

The Yin-Yang is an attempt at describing the forces that sustain the earth. It is an ancient myth that employs the concept of duality nature to explain life instances and situation, using the dark to characterize Yin and the light to portray the Yuan.

Although it is an age-long Chinese belief, how acceptable the notion remains in doubt, partly because it lacks objectivity and again because it is somewhat a religious view sponsored by the proponents of the religion.

 

Sources:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yin_and_yang