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selected stories from taiping guangji - jian xi  

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Jian Xi

Shu Zheng from Yingyang, a learned and able youngerbrother of Chronicler Qian Zheng, had a disposition to know miracles and to bechivalrous.

 

At an occasion when he was hosting visitors, he spokeof miracles. ‘Have you ever read The Historyof Jin Dynasty? Do you know the life of Jian Xi? It was recorded in theHistory that he was dead. However, he is still alive.’ His visitors were allshocked. ‘Please tell us the whole story.’

 

So Shu said, “My good friend, Yang Duan from Wuwei, isthe governor of Dingxiang County. One of Yang’ssons, who’s name is Lüe, has obsessed with Taoism since he was a child. Lüe eats no meat, and drinksno wine. When he was sixteen, he asked his father, ‘I’d love to find out some Taoiststo learn the lore by visiting famous mountains.’ Yang agreed, and gave him ahundred dollars to fulfill his ambition.

 

“In the fifth year of Tianbao Era, the son of Duantraveled to Weishire, and checked in a hotel. In the hotel, there was aresident who had a donkey. The man had bought several stones of medicines andherbs, which were all stuffs for fast and regimen. Everyday the man wentmarkets to ask foreign merchants whether they had more to sell, as if he hadnot purchased all the medicines and herbs he needs.

 

“From the eye of Lüe, the man was more than seventy,with snow-white eyebrows and beard. His face was as rubicund as peach flower,and he never ate corn or rice. Having known the old man must be a Taoist, Lüe was very glad. He purposelybought some fresh fruits, delicious foods, precious herbs and vintage wines,and presented them as gifts to the old man when he was at one point resting inthe hotel.

 

“The resident was surprised, and he asked Lüe, ‘I’m an old man from amountain. Though I come here to purchase some medicines and herbs, I have triedto make my buying inconspicuous. How did you know my dealing and how come doyou give me all these things?’

 

“‘Young as I am, I love Taoism. Judged on your behaviors,I think you must be a Taoist, and would be very glad if you allow me to drinkwith you.’ Lüe said. The resident waspleased, and drank with Lüe into night. That night, they slept in one room.

 

“Some days later, when the resident had bought all hewanted and was about to leave, he said to Lüe, ‘My name is Qisi Meng. I live inMount Eternity, where is thirty miles northwest from Xingtang County. I toldyou in case you want to know what my name is and where I live.’

 

“Lüe held a banquet to see him off. On the banquet, Lüe knelt down and bowed hishead to the ground, said that he would like to live with the old man in theMount and learn Taoism.

 

“‘Really? I think you are so determined that you canlive in the Mount. Mind you, it’s hard to live in the Mount. One has to bearcold and hunger. That is the reason why so many people give up on their way toTaoism. However, there is a presbyter in Mount Eternity.If you want to live in the Mount, you should get his admission first. Please reconsideryour decision.’ The old man said.

 

“Lüe demonstrated his determination again. The old man knew he had resolved,and said, ‘Please go to Xingtang County on 20thAugust. There is a Widow Manor ten miles northwest the County, in which an oldwidow lives. She is not an ordinary people. You’d call on her and tell her thatyou will stay in her manor waiting for me.’ Lüe bowed his head to the ground againand promised that he would be there.

 

“Lüe went to Xingtang County on the date. As expected, the Widow Manormaterialized. An old woman answered the door and asked Lüe why he presented himselfthere. Lüe told her the reason.

 

“‘Given the fact that you are so young a man, Iappreciate your obsession with Taoism’, the old woman said as she petting on Lüe’s back. She took Lüe’s baggage, put it into achest, and settled him in the front cabinet of the Manor. Lüe’s needs were openhandedlymet in this rich Manor.

 

“After twenty days, Mr. Meng came to the Manor andsaid to Lüe, ‘I had taken yourpromise as something blurted out, and the fact that you actually came heresurprised me! However, I have a piece to do in Hengshire. Please stay here, Iwill be back in days.’

 

“And so did Mr. Meng. He said to Lüe again, ‘I have to askthe presbyter whether he would allow you live in the Mount Eternity or not.When I get his admission, I will take you there.’ This time Mr. Meng came backa few days later. He told the old woman to pack away Lüe’s money and luxuries,and asked Lüe take nothing but onlysome clothes to go with him.

 

“So did Lüe follow Mr. Meng. The first tenmiles of the road was steep and dangerous, but one can still walk safely on it.In order to pass the thrilling second ten miles, one must sweat out on seizingvines and stepping into cracks of rock. Eventually they arrived at theresidence square of Taoists like Mr. Meng.

 

“To the east and south of the square, there weremountains and boulders. To the west was evenin comparison with the other threedirectioninclines and slopes. Tothe north was a precipitous cliff. A thousand fathoms down the cliff there werea creek and some fields that cultivated by villagers in the Mount.

 

“Six tile rooms lined on the north of the square. Theywere dwellings of Mr. Meng and his Taoist fellows. The east end of this linewas a room with kitchen and stove. Water flowed from the eaves of the kitchenroom, so there was no well. The six tile rooms could be divided into two parts:the west and the east.

 

“The west part was a house, consisted by two rooms,with its door closed. The east part consisted by four rooms, in which lived sixTaoists. There were several thousand volumes on shelves in the gallery of theeast part, some hundred tons of paddies, abundant herbs and a few barrels ofvintage wine.

 

“Lüe was introduced to those Taoists. They said, ‘To live in the Mount isdifferent to live in mundane world. It is very hard. One must bear hunger andeat herbs. If you want to stay here, you should find comforts from such alifestyle. Can you do that?’ ‘Yes, I can.’ Lüe said. So they accommodated him.

 

“Five days later, Mr. Meng said, ‘Why don’t we see thepresbyter today?’ Then he opened the door of the west part. Inside the partthere was a stone courtyard. The north of the courtyard was open to the valleyfar bellow. The presbyter, face toward the north, sitting in a string bed, was practicingTaoism.

 

“Lüe knelt down and bowed his head to the ground in front of the presbyter. Aftera long while, the presbyter opened his eyes, and said to the old Meng, ‘Is hethe one you’ve told me? This boy is good. Let him learn Taoism with you.’ Lüe and Mr. Meng thanked himand went out the part, then closed its door again.

 

“There were dozens of pines on the north of theresidence square. Under the several-feet tall pines were a huge boulder couldseat one hundred people. A chess board was carved into the boulder. When the Taoistswere not practicing, they would drink wine and play chess on it, with Lüe as a waiter.

 

“Lüe had found out that they were not good chess-player. So he tried toteach them how to play it better. They said, ‘Do you know how to play? Then sitand play with us.’ So did Lüe. And all Taoists were beat by him.

 

“At that time, the presbyter asked them to open thedoor for him and then came out. Eyeing west, he had stood on the cliff with hiscrutch for a while. Then he asked the Taoists to play chess with him. Qisi Mengsaid, ‘We are all beat by the boy.’ The presbyter laughed, then he sat down andcalled for Lüe, ‘I will play chess withyou.’ Painfully did Lüe beat him too.

 

“The presbyter smiled and said to Lüe, ‘Which Taoist sorcerywould you like to learn?’ Lüe was too young to know there were some Taoist wizardries that couldbring him treasures and health. Instead, he said that he wanted the magic offortunetelling by studying Zhou Yi.

 

“The presbyter asked Mr. Meng to be Lüe’s instructor, thenreturned to his rooms and closed the door behind him. The more Lüe learned from Zhou Yi,the more he knew the sorcery of fortunetelling. And after a year he could foreseethings that were forthcoming as precisely as God could.

 

“Lüe had been living in the Mount for four years, but at only five or six occasionsdid he see the presbyter came out the west part. Sitting on the string bed inthe part all day long, the presbyter had been practicing Taoism for eight toten months at a time, and seldom did he open his eyes. When he was practicing Taoism,he ate nothing, but he was fat and had a boyish face. When he came out, he’ddrink a little herb juice. Lüe didn’t know the name of the juice he drink.

 

“One day, the presbyter said, ‘I have a date with SageZhuge in South Mount. It will be due in days. I am going to visit him.’

 

“Lüe had been in the Mount for so long that he fell homesick. He said to Mr.Meng that he would like to return upon home and promised that he would comeback for Taoism. Mr. Meng was very angry. He said, ‘If you’ve gone home, thenyou cannot live with us anymore!’

 

“Mr. Meng told the presbyter that Lüe was leaving. Thepresbyter scowled Meng, ‘You should know he could not forget his home. How comeyou brought him to here?’ Then he urged Lüe to leave at once.

 

“Had been living at home for a year, Lüe went back to the MountEternity and hoped he could hang on with those Taoists again. When he arrivedat the residence square, there were still the same rooms, but with all doorsclosed and empty.

 

“He came down the Mount to Widow Manor, and asked theold woman where those Taoists were. The old woman said, ‘It’s almost one yearlong since they visited here the last time.’ Her words made Lüe extremely regretful.

 

“When Lüe was living in the Mount Eternity,at a point he asked Mr. Meng, ‘what’s the name of the presbyter?’ Meng hadshown him a copy of The History of Jin,and told him to read The Biography ofJian Xi in it. He had said, ‘The presbyter is General Xi. If you want toknow his life, you can read his Biography.’”

原文为《太平广记》卷二十八“神仙·郗鉴”。

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