May 20, 2009



Got this from a site describing methodologies used for gathering historical data:-

Oral tradition may be accepted if it satisfies two “broad conditions”

¨       The tradition should be supported by an unbroken series of witnesses, reaching from the immediate and first reporter of the fact to the living mediate witness from whom we take it up, or to the one who was the first to commit it to writing.

¨       There should be several parallel and independent series of witnesses testifying to the fact in question.

Many classical texts dating back hundred of years fulfill these categorically.

The same could be said for many oral transmissions within family lines; most of which are kept intact and pass down from generation to generation, without outside manipulation, and serve primarily to remember roots and ancestries which feature highly with the Chinese.

This trait extents to almost every aspect of the Chinese psyche even if it’s declining in recent times as witnessed by experiences shared by many Asian races.

So there is no question of tuning to meet market’s need or to stay in trend. Honoring your ancestors takes premium position, period.

To “disgrace teacher and family” is cardinal sin; no effort is to be spared to maintain the integrity of the system; for those of you who have been through the “Ba Shi” ceremony will know exactly what I am trying to say here.

Kneeling before your teachers and ancestors, your first pledge is to honor the founder and his percepts to the best of your capacity; this is the archetypal requirement.

For most of us, it is as straightforward as “you simply don’t change who you are”.

You can’t really; most CKF teachers will tell you – with just one move, they can tell if it’s genuine.

We say without your roots, you will be just floating in the sea of humanity.

Or “to touch ground and not grow roots”……..

I guess you got to be “in the family” to appreciate what I am saying here.

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