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Excerpt of Baopuzi

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Excerpt of Baopuzi

Post  Admin on Mon Oct 10, 2011 11:37 pm

Inner Chapters
Gold and Cinnabar
...The first cinnabar is known as the Flowers of cinnabar. It is begun by preparing some "tin oxide". From several dozen pounds each of realgar solution, kalinite solution, Turkestan salt, lake salt, arsenolite, oyster shells, red bole, soapstone, and white lead, prepare Six-One cement, with which to cover both caly crucibles inside and out. The crucibles are then dried slowly in the sun for ten days. The cinnabar will be ready after being fired for thirty-six days, and if you take it for seven days you will become a genie...

The Ultimate System
...They (the immortals) chew and inhale breath to bathe their inner gods in Paradise.
They disregard astrology (the five celestial bodies) and concentrate on preserving within themselves the nine essentials.
They affix a lock to the sperm in the lower abdomen; keep their eyes on the pole of the universe.
Drawing the light of sun, moon, and dipper to within their foreheads, they enter trances in order to confine their bodies.
Gathering their life-giving exudate from the golden beams of Paradise, they slow down the race toward old age and retain their youth.
They maintain immutable the transparency natural to the centers within their heads, chests, and abdomens, and conduct their salive to the lungs, heart, spleen, liver, and kidneys.
As they tend the fire below the bubbling crucible, multicolored birds are inspired to liik up toward them and chirp.
When they pluck the best products from the brew, a unicorn sounds its note.
Then, cherishing both sun and moon in their hearts, they conceal the gathered light within their own heads.
After their stomachs have been filled, the effects show in their faces; the nose becoming drenched, the effects pass to the blood vessels.
Imbued with heavenly contentment, they summon the Six-Ting gods to sit or lie in their hearts and chew upon the juices there.
Flourishing become their inner working parts: showing flowerings of vermilion and shoots of blue. Clear white becomes their fat: oozing and dripping.
Thus, hunger controlled and thirst ended, no illnesses burgeon in them.
Spleens completely at ease, they enjoy tranquility and peace.
Their inner spirits under firm control, their bones become filled, but their whole frames remain light...

... 道書之出於黃老者,蓋少許耳,率多後世之好事者,各以所知見而滋長,遂令篇卷至於山積...雖欲博涉,然宜詳擇其善者,而後留意,至於不要之道書,不足尋繹也...
Resolving Hesitations
...It is said that one word can be so good that it is worth more than a thousand in gold. What this signifies is probably only success in military matters, or the quality of personal conduct. But when a person is given the oral directions for enjoying Fullness of Life or a prescriptions for immortality, it is worth far more than the right word of the ordinary man. Why is it values at only a thousand in golg? If a man lies at death's door with illness and a person is able to cure him. everyone says that he has a mighty favor or an enormous gift. TIday, if the Nine-crucible cinnabars are sublimed and ogld or jade liquified, the whole world can be made immortal - a fovor involving not the life or just one individual. The excellence of the Yellow Emperor and Lao Dan is certainly immeasurable; it is a pity that one can understand it and is therefore considered madness...
...When first learning to circulate the breaths, one inhales through the nose ans dloses up that breath. After holding it quietly fo 120 heartbeats it is expelled in tiny quantities through the mouth. During the exhalations and inhalations one should not hear the sound of one's own breathing, and one should always exhale less than one inhales. A goose feather held before the nose and mouth during the exhalations should not move. After some practice the number of heartbeats may be increased very gradually to one thousand before the breath is released. Once this is achieved, the ages will become one day younger each day...
On the methods of correct sexual intercourse at least ten authors have written. Some claim they show how to replenish losses, cure illnesses, gather more yin or increase the yang, or increase the years and protract longevity. The essential here lies solely in reverting the sperm to repair the brain. God's Men have transmitted this method orally without any writing. Through one were to take all the famous medicines, without a knowledge of this essential it would be impossible to attain fullness of life. Man may not, however, give up sexual intercourse entirely, for otherwise he would contact melancholia through inactivity, and die prematurely through the many illnesses resulting from depression and celibacy. On the other hand, overindulgence diminishes one's life, and it is only by harmonizing the two extremes that damage will be avoided...
Only a few Daoist writings come from the Yellow Emperor and Lao Dan themselves; most are enlargmenets upon the personal knowledge and experience of later curiosity-seekers, and their bundles and scrolls have accumulated like a mountain... No matter how extensively one may with to study this material, it is adviable to choose carefully the best and concentrate one's attention on them. It is not worthwile to unravel the less important Daoist writings...

The Genie's Pharmakopoeia
...At the top of the genie's pharmakopoeia stands cinnabar. Second comes gold; third, silver; fourth, excrescences; fifth, the jades; sixth, mica; seventh, pearls; eighth, realgar; ninth, brown hematite; tenth, congolmerated brown hematite; eleventh, quartz; twelfth, rock crystal; thirteenth, geodes; fourteenth, sulphur; fifteenth, wild honey; and sixteenth, laminar malachite. After these come resins, truffles, yellow dock, Liriope graminifolia, "tree sesame", Salomonia, goldthread, fern, mulberries, and xiangchai...

Translated by James R. Ware.

Outer Chapters
In Praise of Eremitism
Baopuzi said, "Once there was a recluse embracing ice (to still desiring wealth and status) who thought lightly of busy scurrying. He felt sorry for the suffering involved in spitting out one's food and twisting up one's hair. He did not want fertile land. This he tilled salty land. He kept a secret of the six marvelous methods and kept his mouth closed. He concealed his literary talent, refusing to expose it. He treasured his pure sound and would not utter it. People heard that he had hidden his brilliance and elegance, and the world had not opportunity to see it. He turned back on the lively world of the red doors for officials and men of substance and preserved a tranquil state behind a door of grass. He left not cart-ruts or foot-prints before the houses of men like Jin Midi and Zhang Tang (mighty politicians of the Han Dynasty), but cultivated his natural vigor in the company of recluses."...

...君人者,必修諸己以先四海,去偏黨以平王道,遣私以標至公,擬宇宙以籠萬殊.真偽既明於物外矣,而兼之以自見,聽受既聰於接來矣, 而加之以自聞.儀決水以進善,鈎絕絃以黜惡,昭德塞違,庸親昵賢...
# 則明罰勑法,哀敬折獄...
The Way of the Ruler
...He who governs men must cultivate within himself and lead those within the four seas, casting away narrow factions and harmonizing the princely way. He should abandon selfish feelings and set the public welfare as his standard. He should be on a par with the universe and set the myriad distinctions so that true and false can be understood from the appearance of things. He hears and understands what comes to him from without and adds to it the hearing of an inner perception. He releases the water and promotes goodness. The string is broken, and wickedness cast out. He manifests virtue and obstructs improper conduct. Those with whom he is on good terms are worthy men"...
The ruler studies the name of a man's position and compares it to reality and the duties involved. He frequently ponders and earnestly pities. He sets up rulers to instruct the masses and makes them a standard for the people. He investigates the praise for the good and the blame cast upon the bad to encourage goodness and persuade people to be good and discourage them from being bad. He makes standards clear in order to discourage infringements. He distinguishes carefully the straight and the crooked to guard against regrets and hatreds. When men are elevated, there is no going against sensible principles. When there is plundering, it is like the case of Master Bo (who never complained about being plundered by Guan Zhong)."...
"Thus he makes clear the punishments and perfects the laws. He employs sympathy and carefulness in deciding official cases..."
"Even an iron city with a boiling moat is not so good as one's people being at peace. The most impregnable part of the country lies beyond the seas; it is not mountains and rivers, but rather a worthy ruler who embraces virtue and fears it is not sufficient..."

The Faults of Han
Baopuzi said, "Having looked upon the record of the past, right up to the present day, the Way has become increasingly narrower and custums increasingly vulgar. There is no greater example than the situation at the end of the Han Dynasty. People like high officials and palace eunuchs gained control of the realm - the power of ruling the country. They abolished the upright and elevated the wicked; benevolence was destroyed and harm done to right principle. Though appearing respectful, people harbored hatred behind men's backs."
"It was a case of heeding the deaf and following the blind. Men of similar wickedness formed into groups. There was mutual drawing up among evil factions and the annexation of others' property and its accumulation in great lots. This went on to an unknown extent, yet such men would not dispense even a trifle in meager provisions to come to the aid of the pure and honest in their poverty."
"One could not become an official without expending much wealth. In litigations, one could not succeed without a generous sum. Officials were high and their power great. Their power was sufficiant to promote talented men, but they would not come forth with the slightest word to elevate such men to high office - men who could be of benefit to the age. Men who were employed did not go beyond friends of wives and concubines. Those who were generously treated never came from outside those worthless members of the immediate group."...

Translated by Jay Sailey.


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