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Universal Post practice. The language of this poem in Chinese is ancient.  It took several months to finish this translation.

 

The Universal Post

 

The Universal Post is a mystical form of martial arts    

We can never fully understand the way it is done

It seems like an embrace with a smiling face

You use your strength from within

You are relaxed and use no force

It is like clouds floating in the wind from all directions

You use forces from the universe to substantiate your strength

Your strength comes from your breathing

You do not hold fast, leaving a lot of room to move

You do not bend to greater strength

So smoothly you move and so naturally

Your breathing and your limb movements should not be impeded

It is like moving in space 

In and out of the highest peaks and clouds

Gliding through air and clouds

Floating along with the winds

Graceful yet composed

Always contain calmness and peace

Head upheld high with pride

You embrace the world below you

As clear and pure as an underground brook

Like lead turning into silver spinning to the moon

Looking into an antique mirror to look deep into your soul

Your cup is filled to the brim

Absolutely free of restraint and free of self

You could fly as though you had wings

Head towards the limitless horizon

Like throwing a pebble into water

The circles get larger and larger

With your hands you push open the limits of the universe

You embreace from within

Heaven and earth and the ten thousand things capture your thoughts

The eyes look outside with determination

Up and down your strength flows

You push and you embrace continuously

Your thoughts should be pure

This should clear your mind

This should curb all illness

You always return to the center

You can attack or defend at will

You must have a will of iron

The principle of this is to strengthen

To go for happiness and health

Your body will benefit from this

This has been handed down from the ancients

this form of exercise can help you without limits