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Regarding your question about the omission of the "72" language in one of the texts, this came up before in another thread viewtopic.php?f=4&t=1984
I think Brennan omitted the number "72" because it was a common way of saying "many" or "a lot," but not meant to be taken literally for 72 times.
There are at all times in the body seventy-two channels for passive energy as well as seventy-two channels for active energy.
The skill of spirit transmuting the life-force
went down through seventy-two sages to King Wen and King Wu.
Audi wrote:5. 頂匾丢抗
"crash in, collapse, come away, or resist"
I do not like some of the choices here. My understanding is along the lines of: "jutt out, collapse [good word], lose, or resist. I particular wonder about translating 頂者出頭之謂也 as "Crashing in means sticking your head out." I think 出頭 is just "stick out" and has nothing to do with the head.
Audi wrote:Corresponding to these skills are four defects, which are: "顶 [dǐng], 匾 [biǎn], 丢 [diū], and 抗 [kàng]. I understand these to mean: "butting against," "collapsing"/"being flat," "losing," and "resisting." These four are sometimes summarized by explaining that the first and fourth involve doing too much and the second and third involve doing too little.
I really like what you posted.
Do you know of examples where different terms are used for ‘collapsing’ and ‘flat’ since ‘flat’ seems to associate more with being ‘square’ (cube) rather than ‘round’ (circle or sphere) and does not necessarily correlate with being ‘collapsed;’ although I suppose that a circle (sphere) becoming a square (cube) could be thought of as collapsing the flattening sides.
 CORRECTNESS OF SKILL IN TAIJI
Taiji is round, never abandoning its roundness whether going in or out, up or down, left or right. And Taiji is square, never abandoning its squareness whether going in or out, up or down, left or right. As you roundly exit and enter, or squarely advance and retreat, follow squareness with roundness, and vice versa. Squareness has to do with expanding, roundness with contracting. [Squareness means a directional focus along which you can express your power. Roundness means an all-around buoyancy with which you can receive and neutralize the opponent’s power.]
The main rule is that you be squared and rounded. After all, could there be anything beyond these things? By means of this you will become proficient at the skill. But “gazing up, it grows higher, and drilling in, it gets harder…” [i.e. there is always more to it], so magical it is. When you look upon it at last, it hides again, revealing there is yet more subtlety to it, illumination upon illumination. It generates new features infinitely, rendering you “unable to quit even if there were the desire to do so.” [Lun Yu, 9.11]
Speaking of being intrigued, I was also surprised by the equivalencies/translations he offered for the Celestial Stems and the Branches in Chapter 18. Are these now Earthly renderings or just his view?
Good questions. I haven't looked carefully at those sections or terms yet, but I'm looking forward to doing so.
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