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|Numinous Treasure Without Measure Salvation Highest Grade Wonderful-Scripture
||Plate 6 Scroll 21
Gè Èr Shí Sì Rén
twenty-four human beings
Yíng Wèi Shén Wén Bǎo Hù Shòu Jīng Zhĕ Shēn Dào Yán Zhèng Yuè Zhǎng Zhāi
Sòng Yŏng Shì Jīng Shàng Bù Jiŭ Guān Gōng
in a garrison who guard the gods.
The charcters that give protection are received from the
Scripture that is used for the body.
Daoist doctrine states that the whole of the first month of the lunar new year
is to be spent fasting and reciting these Scriptures.
In the upper part of the body is the Nine Dragons Palace (Jiu Guan Gong)
Qīng Dì Luó Wén Yīng Zhí Qīng Gōng Zhī
where resides the God of Spring (Qing Di) also known as the Cerulean Emperor.
Collected together are characters like a beautiful flower grasped [in the hand].
for at the Cerulean Palace (Qing Gong)
Fú Kāi Zhào Bǎi Guān Jié Sàn Jiē Jiĕ Dì Yī Nèi Guàn Zǐ Yān Guàn
Shēn Shén Guāng Dòng Zhào Yŭ Huī Yìng Xuán Wéi
there is the charm symbol that opens up the Hundred Barriers (Bai Guan),
and unties the knots and joints.
Through Emperor One (Di Yi), ruler of the upper cinnabar field,
this brings internal joy.
Purple smoke pours into the body and with the Divine Light (Shen Guang)
in the Cavity thoroughly shining like a mirror held in a plume of feathers,
brilliantly reflecting the sunlight.
Dark-Mystery (Xuan) is for
Shàng Shì Wáng Hún Duàn Dì Dài Yì Dù Shàng Nán Gōng Tiān Jī Shĕng Yĕ Qī
the rising up from the generations of the world.
With it disembodied souls break away from the Earth to carry out service
[as petty officials] for a time, going up to the Southern Palace (Nan Gong)
to use Nature's Mysterey (Tian Ji) to examine themselves critically.
The whole of the seventh month of the lunar year
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