Tsong Yeong's Complete Reality Collection
(13 Volumes Totally)
A short excerpt from the prologue
There was a person who questioned the Perfected Man, saying, 'People are born between Heaven and Earth. Even though they can be called the most worthy they are but one of the myriad [living] things. Who could [possibly] be able to escape the numbers of yin and yang ? Who could be able to escape from the mechanisms of creation? What has a beginning always has an end. What has birth always has death. This is the constant principle of nature. If one is not endowed with extraordinary Energy, Immortalhood cannot be sought. It you do not meet with predetermined fate, the Tao cannot be studied. Must you make your body suffer and impoverish yourself? [Longing for Immortalhood] is like binding your shadow, catching wind, notching ice, or carving rotten wood. By [trying to] do things that definitely cannot be done, you seek results that are difficult to accomplish.'
The Perfected Man sighingly lamented saying, 'The marvelous principle of long life, people share. The woods of the Immortals; who is not able to seek [them]? There are those who are lazy and do not accomplish [Immortalhood]. They are visible and they are very numerous. There are those who are diligent and have results. They hide [themselves] and are very few in number. People regard what they see much of as believable, and regard what they do not see as doubtful. Eventually, because matters of Immortalhood are not clearly visible, they regard them as something which cannot be hoped for. Let us try to examine this with the principles of things. Metal ore which is refined can be made into iron. Bronze which undergoes projection can be made into gold. A fish jumps over [Mt.]Leoy-Leong and becomes a dragon. A pheasant enters the water and becomes a shen bivalve. Ice which melts easily can survive the summer if you store it. Grass which withers easily can survive the winter if it is covered. If people are able to cut off what they cherish and get rid of their covetousness, preserve the female and embrace the One, make their minds travel to serenity and combine their Energy with empty nothingness, they will also be able to rise high, reach far, climb the scenery, ascend to vacuity, wander freely, ride and control enemy winds, go about flying, respond to the staffs of the Perfected [Men], mount a whale and travel to Ts'ang-hai, mount a phoenix and ascend the blue darkness, transform after 1000 years like the cranes of Liao-tung (southern part of Liao-ning Province), and gaze at the sunrise like the wild ducks of She District (in Honan). With those like Ngorn-Khake and Hseen-Moon and those like Hung Ya who penetratingly perceive the profound, [they will] line up with the ranks of the Immortals. It is not difficult. Those who have acquired the Tao and lightly risen [to Immortalhood] in past and present cannot be sufficiently counted. Your saying that there is no sign [of Immortalhood and its attainability] is like a deaf person's inability to hear the sound of bamboo chimes or a blind person's not knowing that there are colors such as bright red or blue. With such shallow insight and slight hearing, how can one speak of the Tao?