Tai Chi and Meditation
Tai Chi is an ancient meditation practice from China. It aims at finding a balance between opposite forces, which are called Yin and Yang, active and passive. It also aims at building up the energy body, so the physical body learns to contain more, and a higher level of energy.
It has proven so powerful that now TaiChi is mostly known as a martial art. It became known as Tai Chi Chuan, Tai Chi Boxing. Originally and essentially Tai Chi has nothing to do with "boxing". It is rather a melting into the natural flow of existence, of life itself. It is pure meditation, moving in stillness, relaxing with the Cosmic energies of Heaven and Earth. In martial arts Tai Chi proved to be very effective against the hard styles of Kung Fu. The understanding and practice is that softness overcomes hardness; we learn to be as soft as flowing water.
China has a very ancient and rich history of mysticism. They called their path, the path of Dao. Dao simply means "the path, the way". It is a deep understanding that life has nowhere to reach, their is no goal, the only goal is the journey itself. In the Vision of Dao, life becomes the art of relaxing into our innate nature, in tune with the forces of Nature. The path of Dao is the most natural, the most simple, the most easy. The practice of Tai Chi is inspired by the vision of Dao. In fact, Tai Chi is the manifestation of Dao in physical movement. Tai Chi is ultimate reunion with the Universe itself. Awakening into Balance and Harmony, within and without...
Health and Power
Nowadays Tai Chi is practiced mainly for health reasons, and of course for martial power. It has become even a sport on the Olympic Games.The students mostly learn to perfect their movements as a kind of gymnastics. Of course it is important to have good health and strong body.
Unfortunately the mystical depth of the practice is completely forgotten; Tai Chi is first of all a practice of the Soul and for the Soul, and the benefits for the body are just a very positive side effect. In a world where almost everybody has lost contact with their soul, it is understandable that Tai Chi has become a mere physical exercise.
Hariprem, through his experience of meditation, looks for bringing back the Soul into Tai Chi. It simply means the space of Love, the space of Meditation, which our Nature.