by Monk Danxi
Daoist Wang came from a province at the northern
tip of China. When he was five-year old, he suffered a
grave illness, and was saved by a Chinese Herbal Medicine
doctor. The incident left him extremely weak. For helping
him regain his vitality, the doctor taught him to do sitting
meditation and later, when he learned how to read, instructed
him to read The Book of Inner Alchemy. That is
how he was introduced to Daoism. Eventually at the age
of 19, he was ordained as a Daoist.
A Daoist in White Cloud Temple
Here is our conversation on that day:
Danxi: So you became a Daoist
because of that book?
Wang: I wouldn’t say so
– I am not a man who would let a book change his life.
The reason of my becoming a Daoist is much more complicated.
Ever since I was very little, I realised I had a special
ability to know people. Whenever I met a person, someone
I knew or a total stranger, the key events of his or her
life would be displayed in sequence before my eyes, as
if I was offered to watch a documentary about that person.
When people learned that I had such an unusual gift, they
came to me to seek answers to their questions, and rewarded
my work with candy or snacks. Being a small boy from a
poor family that could not afford anything beyond three
rough meals a day, I was only too happy to earn the treat
in such an easy way.
Danxi: But frequent use
of a supernormal ability is harmful to your health.
Wang: Tell me about it!
Look at my hair, in such a sorrowful shape - this is the
result of abusing my gift. Back then, I didn’t know I was
virtually squandering my viral qi away. And how
about you, have you encountered the similar problems?
Danxi: Not really. So far
I’ve only experienced inner visions during deep meditation.
Normally, I use I Ching, Wonder Gate and Feng Shui methods
to address people’s problems. As for higher means such
as Wonder Arts (fashu 法术), I know very little
of them – they are like magic to me.
Wang: Well, I have some
personal experiences with this kind of things. In 1989,
I went to Inner Mongolia to study Five Agents Concealment
(wuxingdunshu 五行遁术) from a high master.
Danxi: What’s the Five Agents
Wang: Simply put, it’s a
way to make you disappear in one location and reappear
at another location within an instant. Let me give you
an example. One day, I went to make a phone call with the
high master, and said to my friend on the other end of
the line that the master was going to meet him in person.
Before my sentence was barely finished, my fried announced
to me that the master had arrived. On hearing that, I turned
about my head to look at him, but saw nobody there. And
I heard the master’s voice coming from the phone.
It wasn’t easy to persuade him to take me
in. I begged him hard and long, and he investigated my
background and personality thoroughly and meticulously
before giving me his final consent. Following his instructions,
I practiced diligently for several years in a secluded
wildness … and … (his voice trailed off)
Danxi: And now you can disappear
from Beijing and reappear in Shanghai in a second, so to
Wang: No! (His voice was
cold like ice and hard like steel) I failed, miserably.
Danxi: Why is that?
Wang: Too many interruptions.
Danxi: But, wait … I remember
you said you were in a secluded wildness …
Wang: Which only means I
was away from people, doesn’t mean I was alone. I had too
many visitors from other worlds.
Many Worlds and Beyond
(Source of original photo: Beijing Laosu