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琴瑟和鳴 is a Chinese title that means, "in perfect harmony" or "in sync."
This can translate as, "two harps in harmony." While this more literally means, "qin [and] se harmonious sound."
The qin and se are both types of string instruments (Chinese zithers) that are known to play in perfect harmony. Thus, the two together are often used as a metaphor for marital harmony or a happy marriage.
These two characters create a word that means, "harmonious" or, "in perfect harmony." The deeper meaning or more natural translation would be something like, "beautiful life."
The first character means peace and harmony.
The second character means beautiful. But in this case, when combined with the first character, beautiful refers to being satisfied with what you have in your life. This can be having good relations, good feelings, comfort, and having enough (with no feeling of wanting).
Note: In Japanese, this is often used as the name "Wami." This title is probably more appropriate if your audience is Chinese.
調和 is one of the several ways to express harmony in Chinese and Japanese.
Note: The first character means harmony, but also suggests a musical meaning. It can also be used to describe warriors marching in perfect cadence (in step) or to regulate something.
The second character carries the meaning of harmony and peace by itself.
Together, these characters create a word that can be defined as harmonious; to mediate; to reconcile; to compromise; mediation; temper; to mix; to blend; blended; to season; seasoning (getting the flavors of the food in balance); to placate; be in harmonious proportion.
The meaning obviously varies depending on context. However, when hanging as a wall scroll, this will refer to the person (you) being balanced and in harmony while rational and under control at the same time.
Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your perfect harmony search...
If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| hé měi / he2 mei3
wami / わみ
harmonious; in perfect harmony
(surname, female given name) Wami
| qín sè hé míng / qin2 se4 he2 ming2
ch`in se ho ming / chin se ho ming
in perfect harmony; in sync; lit. qin and se sing in harmony
| yuán miào / yuan2 miao4
The mystery of the 'perfect' school, i.e. the complete harmony of 空假中 noumenon, phenomenon, and the middle way; perfectly sublime
| yuán jiào / yuan2 jiao4
The complete, perfect, or comprehensive doctrine; the school or sect of Mahāyāna which represents it. The term has had three references. The first was by 光統 Guangtong of the Later Wei, sixth century, who defined three schools, 漸 gradual, 頓 immediate, and 圓 inclusive or complete. The Tiantai called its fourth section the inclusive, complete, or perfect teaching 圓, the other three being 三藏 Hīnayāna, 通 Mahāyāna-cum-Hīnayāna, 別 Mahāyāna. The Huayan so called its fifth section, i.e. 小乘; 大乘始; 大乘終; 頓 and 圓. It is the Tiantai version that is in general acceptance, defined as a perfect whole and as complete in its parts; for the whole is the absolute and its parts are therefore the absolute; the two may be called noumenon and phenomenon, or 空 and 假 (or 俗), but in reality they are one, i.e. the 中 medial condition. To conceive these three as a whole is the Tiantai inclusive or 'perfect' doctrine. The Huayan 'perfect' doctrine also taught that unity and differentiation, or absolute and relative, were one, a similar doctrine to that of the identity of contraries. In Tiantai teaching the harmony is due to its underlying unity; its completeness to the permeation of this unity in all phenomena; these two are united in the medial 中 principle; to comprehend these three principles at one and the same time is the complete, all-containing, or 'perfect' doctrine of Tiantai. There are other definitions of the all-inclusive doctrine, e.g. the eight complete things, complete in teaching, principles, knowledge, etc. 圓教四門 v. 四門; complete teaching
| yuán róng / yuan2 rong2
accommodating; (Buddhism) completely integrated
Complete combination; the absolute in the relative and vice versa; the identity of apparent contraries; perfect harmony among all differences, as in water and waves, passion and enlightenment, transmigration and nirvāṇa, or life and death, etc.; all are of the same fundamental nature, all are bhūtatathatā, and bhūtatathatā is all; waves are one with waves, and water is one with water, and water and wave are one; completely interpenetrated
| qín sè / qin2 se4
ch`in se / chin se
kinshitsu / きんしつ
qin and se, two string instruments that play in perfect harmony; marital harmony
(1) (See 瑟,琴・きん) qin and se (two different kinds of Chinese zither); (2) happy marriage
|itaidoushin / itaidoshin / いたいどうしん||
(yoji) being of one mind; acting in one accord; behaving in perfect harmony
|keieiaitomonau / keeaitomonau / けいえいあいともなう||
(exp,v5u) to be together always (esp. married couple); to be inseparable; to live in perfect harmony
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|qín sè hé míng|
qin2 se4 he2 ming2
qin se he ming
|ch`in se ho ming
chin se ho ming
Life in Perfect Harmony
|和美||wa mi / wami||hé měi / he2 mei3 / he mei / hemei||ho mei / homei|
|chou wa / chouwa / cho wa / chowa||tiáo hé / tiao2 he2 / tiao he / tiaohe||t`iao ho / tiaoho / tiao ho|
|seihitsu||jìng mì / jing4 mi4 / jing mi / jingmi||ching mi / chingmi|
|In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.|
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.
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