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06-30-2011, 08:59 AM
Could someone give me a full explanation of this picture?...I gather that the seven people represent the seven Chakras, but I am more interested in the symbolism around them.




06-30-2011, 10:32 AM

Yes, this is a nice picture. Glad you posted it.

From this selection,


download this document,


and begin reading from page 8, or so [your picture is shown on page 12].

[Note: submission of this post does not imply an endorsement of the writings of Mantak Chia - or of his particular interpretation of this picture]

06-30-2011, 02:45 PM
This microcosmic map is called 'Neijing Tu', I find a translation of the text (which is elided from this version) linked from the wikipedia page:

Thanks for this high-quality color image!

solomon levi
06-30-2011, 08:00 PM
Ha! Synchronystic. I was just looking at this picture in one of Chia's books two days ago.
Wyrd too - I just had a wonderful realization today on waterwheels.

09-12-2012, 08:13 PM
Thanks Ghislain for posting such a beautiful version of this ancient path! As I said I asked for a black and white version from a 76 year old good friend who's son currently studying literature, specifically from the Orient; speaks fluent Mandarin even though - and I think you'll appreciate this - he is British.

Neijing Tu has all of the elements Westerners refer to as 'alchemy'. I particularly love the two eyes, one referring to the sun, the other, to the moon. In the middle of the two celestial bodies sits the great master.

To put this into perspective, one can (and does) study such path for an entire lifetime, for the images, archetypes reveal themselves as one 'travels'. I've dedicated many years during my 'childhood' years to Vedanta, Confucianism, etc., and later during Undergraduate degree. This is all very precious.

09-14-2012, 11:43 AM
Below is a breakdown of the Neijing tu.

The Neijing tu laterally depicts a human body (resembling either meditator or fetus) as a
microcosm of nature – an "inner landscape" with mountains, rivers, paths, forests, and stars.

The Neijing image of a mountain with crags on the skull and spinal column elaborates upon
the "body-as-mountain" metaphor, first recorded in 1227 CE (Despeux and Kohn 2003:185).

The head shows Kunlun Mountains (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kunlun_Mountain_(mythology)), upper dantian (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dantian) "cinnabar field", Laozi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laozi), Bodhidharma (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodhidharma), and
two circles for the eyes (labelled "sun" and "moon").

The flanking poem explains.

The white-headed old man's eyebrows hang down to earth;
The blue-eyed foreign monk's arms support heaven.
If you aspire to this mysticism;
You will acquire its secret. (tr. Wang 1992:145)

Chinese constellations (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_constellation) figure prominently. The heart depicts Niulang 牛郎 "the cowherd"
"Altair (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altair)" holding the Beidou 北斗 "Northern Dipper" "Big Dipper (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Dipper)". Together with his
archetypal lover Zhinü 織女 "the weaver girl" "Vega (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vega)" (see Qi Xi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qi_Xi)), they propel qi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qi) up to the
tracheal Twelve-Storied Pagoda. The liver and gall bladder are a forest, the stomach is a
granary, and the intestines caption reads "the iron ox ploughs the field where coins of gold
are sown" (tr. Needham 1983:116) referring to the Elixir of life (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elixir_of_life). At base of the spine are
treadmill waterwheels (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waterwheel#Ancient_China) (an early Chinese invention) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Chinese_inventions) being run by two children representing
yin and yang.

Source: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neijing_Tu)