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The Coexistence of Yin and Yang

4 October 2007

Early in the morning of October 1, on China’s national day, at the Golden Summit (金顶), the peak of one of the four most sacred Buddhist Mountains in China, Mt. Emei (峨眉山), in Sichuan Province, the sun and the moon made their celestial appearance together before tens and thousands of witnesses.

At 6:30, by then the supreme yin, the moon, was hung in a deep blue heaven alone, 3,000 or so visitors had already gathered at the Viewing Stand 3,000 metres above sea level, waiting to catch the first glimpse of the source of yang, the sun.

Twenty minutes late, above the undulating mountain ranges shrouded in rolling clouds, a ruddy dot broke out of the background of the unblemished indigo. The dot soon grew to an arc, then a semi-sphere, and its colour changed from bright orange to sparkling golden red. A morning sun was majestically rising in the east.

Meanwhile in the western sky, the moon, that celestial lighthouse so dazzlingly bright in colour and enormously huge in size, seemed undisturbed by the heavenly events around, still kept its shape unchanged and its lustre untainted. Despite its failure in eliminating dull patches within, it comfortably remained where it was. In that miraculous moment, the lords of the night and the day greeted each other, and the great yin and yang coexisted peacefully.

And why not? After all, the firmament is such an immense domain, which is able to accommodate all celestial bodies: the sun, the moon, the roaming comets, the adventurous meteors, and the members of other constellation empires, as long as no one letting loose its individual or group ambitions of claiming the sky.

Yet it was just the beginning.

At 8:30, a perfect symbol of unity appeared, that was a multi-coloured aura about 6 metres in diameter commonly referred as Buddha Light, which caused the sea of clouds to sparkle with gold, and the cliff surfaces to beam in blush.

The crowd once again cried out, and was enthralled and enchanted by this phenomenal heavenly show.

According to the monks in the area, the Buddha Light normally only occurs during the hours between 2 and 4 pm, and it was the first time that they ever spotted the holy glare in the morning.

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Buddha Light

A Buddha light appeared in the Golden Summit of Mr Emei, one of the four most sacred Buddhist mountains in China


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