“Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult.
On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because
to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.”
1 Peter 3:9
Is it against our natural instinct? If I were being bullied or insulted, my spontaneous reaction was to resort to ‘an eye for an eye’. To repay evil with blessing? No way.
However, repaying evil with blessing is the exact quality of spiritual life which will not be contaminated by hatred.
When you are combating in a ring, seeing the fist of your opponent throwing to your eyes, can you relax and Song? No, you will tense up and fight back normally. At that time, you are using energy of Li.
However, according to Kung Fu of Qi, you are required to act against your natural response. Instead of tensing up your muscles to fight, you should Song more to release stronger Qi energy.
To make this happen, a lot of hard work and perseverance are needed. You must practice so hard that the Song requirement becomes your natural reaction in any combats.
“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”
For Kung Fu adventurers, they must deny themselves in using energy of Li in their daily Kung Fu practice. This is ‘their cross’.