Exploring the "Journey to the West"* (26)

Chuan Jiang

PureInsight | October 28, 2007

Cultivation of Body and Mind

[PureInsight.org] In Lion-Camel
Cliff and Lion-Camel Kingdom, there were demons from above. Immortals
from above are also divided into good and bad. Some do not follow the
principles of the universe and act according to their own will, and
then they are demons. They can also create interference for cultivators.


Any righteous religion emphasizes cultivation of the mind. Cultivators
have to let go of all of their attachments, otherwise they will be used
by demons. The imposter Wukong disguised himself as Tang Xuanzan and
had all his various human hearts cut out: greedy heart, fame and gain
heart, jealous heart, competitive heart, arrogant heart, fearful heart,
lustful heart, and many other unkind hearts.

Tang Xuanzang' Flesh

All demons thought that eating Tang Xuanzang's flesh would bring them longevity. Nothing could be more erroneous than that.

Demons can eat ordinary people, like animals. The demons thought that
if they ate the Tang Monk's flesh it could bring them longevity because
the Tang Monk had been a good person and a cultivator for ten
lifetimes. If they really had eaten his flesh, the consequence would
have been very serious. Since Tang Monk came down to this world with a
major mission, he was about to obtain the right fruit. When demons
disturb the gods' arrangements, they are committing suicide for sure.
They will not even be able to protect themselves, let alone live a long

* Journey to the West is a
classic novel of Chinese mythology. The Buddhist monk Tang Xuanzang and
his three disciples went to India to obtain the Buddhist Scriptures. On
the surface, it is a novel about the adventures of a monkey with
unsurpassed supernormal capabilities battling demons of all sorts.
Underneath, it is a story about cultivation and tells the attachments
that cultivators have to overcome one by one.

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