Landscape and Sentiment in Accord-part two
Springs: Vigor of Pines and Beauty of Springs, Purifying Heart and Mind High, Milky Way Falling Down upon Earth, Mountains and Flowing Streams.
In the words of the contemporary aesthetician Zong Baihua: "Chinese people cherish all creatures and share the same life rhythm. We are as quiet and still as yin when at rest, as vibrant as yang when in motion. Our Universe too has a life rhythm combining yin and yang, emptiness and substance. Therefore, it is essentially a unity of spirit and soul in space and time and a flowing energy of vibrant tone and flavor."
That Chinese literati, emperors and princes, generals and ministers of every age should chose the grand and permanent expressive medium of Cliffside inscription was obviously related to their grand sense of space and time, as evident in "Heaven and earth coexist with me, and all creatures and I are but one." They seemed to stand at the source of history, overlooking mountains and rivers, above eternal mountains and clouds, their minds thronged with thoughts spanning millennia, able to roam through past and present. People in such a transcendent state seem to hear the gentle voice of the Universe and feel the tolerance of the Creator. It is as if their whole life and spirit were surging out from the confines of oneself, following the soughing wind in the pines, rising high with the clouds and mist, flowing with the streams. By carving out just a few characters into a lifeless stone, they shape it into a kind of spirit. Active thinking extends to infinity as "Everything is there for me, I melt among all everything."
Heaven, earth, mountains, rivers, pines, rocks, clouds, springs ... is not each and every one of these the echo of a great mind and spirit?