- Do not take the song of thirteen postures lightly.
The source of life is in the waist area.
- Attention must be paid to the changes of substantial and insubstantial.
Let the qì flow freely throughout the body.
- Calmness precedes the motion and while in motion, calmness remains. Effectiveness is
demonstrated by adapting to the opponent’s changes.
- Using awareness throughout every movement,
progress comes naturally.
- Be aware of the waist at all times.
Relax the abdomen and the qì will come alive.
- Tuck under the tailbone and be conscious of [raise the shén to] the crown of the head.
If the head is held as though suspended by the crown,
the body will be agile.
- Pay careful attention in your practice of pushing-hands.
Let the movement of expanding and contracting, opening and closing be natural.
- To be shown the route to the [tàijí] door you need oral transmission.
Through continuous practice and self analysis comes the [tàijí] method.
- If asked the principle of the understanding and its application, answer; the yì (mind
intention) and the qì are the kings, while the flesh and bones are their subjects.
- What is the goal of understanding and its application?
To keep healthy, and have a long life.
- This song, this song of one hundred and forty words.
Every word contains the truth and whole meaning.
- If you do not adhere to the above,
your effort will be in vain and only a sigh will result.