What I Know of Earth's History and Mysteries (8): Divinely-Imparted Culture—The Legend of the Dragons

Dao Ming, a Falun Dafa practitioner in mainland China

PureInsight | October 28, 2020

[PureInsight.org] Preface: As the Fa rectification progresses, so do I continuously upgrade my xinxing in Dafa cultivation, assimilating myself to the universe's principles of Truthfulness-Benevolence-Forbearance, and as such, my wisdom deepens and my capabilities strengthen. Dafa has revealed to me, at my realm of cultivation, the truths of different levels, including Earth's history and mysteries. I have written these down to share with fellow practitioners.

Divinely-Imparted Culture—The Legend of the Dragons

Dragons are a mythological creature in legends from China and southeast Asia. They symbolize auspiciousness. Dragons represent the Chinese and southeast Asian ethnicities. As part of the divinely-imparted culture, the legend of the dragon has been passed down for thousands of years. So are dragons a figment of the imagination, or are they real? In the history books of ancient and modern times, there are indeed records detailing eyewitness accounts of dragons appearing. But there are both true and false claims. Today I will discuss this issue from a cultivator's standpoint.

Of the many dragon cases, one is undoubtable—the fallen dragon in Yingkou. In the summer of 1934, heavy rain fell for more than 40 days straight in the area of Yingkou, China. The Liao River had risen dramatically. The north bank had become a vast body of water. Fish and shrimp floated on the surface, and there was a terribly intense fishy smell. After the heavy rain, people found a huge dragon corpse 10 meters from the Liao River’s estuary. News of a huge dead dragon that had fallen quickly spread nationwide. Curious people from all around northeast China took the train to Yingkou to check it out. At the time, the Shengjing Times sent out reporters to conduct interviews onsite to get firsthand information. Soon after, on August 12, 1934, the Shengjing Times published a special report with photos of the dead dragon. The article stated, “Not only does this animal have two long horns on its head, but it also has four claws extending from its belly. On its side is a 17 to 18-meter-long gouge with distinct claw marks on either side.” Specimens of the dragon were taken for further analysis in Yingkou. At the time, Japan occupied China. When the Japanese heard about the discovery, they quickly moved the dragon corpse to Changchun before shipping it to Japan. Half a century after the case of the fallen dragon, the world of archaeology, culture, and scientists still cannot reach a consensus.

From the standpoint of a cultivator, I can see the true situation of the matter that others cannot. What has been revealed to me at my realm of cultivation is that the case of the fallen dragon in Yingkou is true. The fallen dragon was the Bohai dragon's fifth son. He was ordered to guard the true body of the Tang Dynasty emperor Li Zhi and the imperial tomb of both Li Zhi and Wu Zetian. This dragon is 20 meters long. He is black-gray in color, and his eyes are dark brown. When guarding the imperial tomb, the yin energy in the tomb become overpowering, causing an extreme imbalance of yin and yang. There was disorder in the spacetime field of the imperial tomb that resulted in the dragon becoming agitated and restless, and his demon nature went out of control. The dragon violated the mandate of heaven multiple times by being absent from duty without permission. He stirred up havoc and endangered people's lives in the Wei river region. The sinful dragon used his supernormal abilities to wreck the river channels and embankment, leading to a deluge of both shores. The flood caused many people to fall into the river, where the dragon ate them. About 80 people died because of this dragon. Besides this, the sinning dragon incessantly devastated the spiritual lives in the water and absorbed their energy to replenish his Fa powers. He also controlled cultivators whose minds were not upright to kill lives and sacrifice them to himself.

The sinful dragon's wicked conduct greatly infuriated the heavens. The Celestial Emperor dispatched heavenly generals and heavenly soldiers who captured the evil dragon and locked him up in a jail in heaven. But unexpectedly, the evil dragon escaped with his craft and cunning. The evil dragon soon after arrived at the immortal island of Penglai. He made himself invisible and entered the other dimension corresponding to Penglai Island. He then used his powers to search for a furnace to concoct pills of immortality. He snuck into Tai Baixing's dan house and planned to steal his special golden dan of obstructing water. This dan could allow lives that existed in water to remain on land for long periods of time without their abilities being weakened, allowing them to freely use their supernormal abilities. Just as the evil dragon was about to steal this heavenly dan, Tai Baixing suddenly appeared out of thin air inside the dan house, shocking the dragon, who fell back a few steps. Tai Baixing held his horsetail whisk and said, “This is a prohibited place for cultivating dan. Entry is prohibited, and intruding is illegal. You are to be punished! As a dragon, you know the laws of heaven and earth, yet you acted against heavenly law. Now you shall incur Heaven's wrath, and the karma you have created will have to be borne by the whole dragon race too. I will give you an opportunity.” The evil dragon said, “You are no more than an ordinary cultivator. What kind of virtue do you have that you are able to spare my life? You just wait for me to obtain that celestial dan, and then I will face my fate.” Just as the dragon said these words, Tai Baixing and the evil dragon started fighting, and the sky above Penglai Island immediately became dark with gusts of yin wind. After some combat, Tai Baixing considered the fact that dragons could not be casually executed and instead must be handled by heaven. So he used his ding ability to freeze the evil dragon and returned to heaven to request an imperial decree to finalize the matter. The Celestial Emperor personally bestowed upon him the Dragon Slaying Sword and decreed that the evil dragon be beheaded.

As Tai Baixing grasped the Dragon Slaying Sword, mercy arose within him. He hoped the sinful dragon would repent his past wrongs and reform. So he did not kill him but instead sliced the dragon's side. The dragon was wounded and fled. He originally intended to return to the Dragon Palace at the bottom of the Bohai Sea. But because he had committed evil, violating the dragon's law and the celestial legislation, the Bohai Sea's Dragon King had already struck him off the dragon race's genealogy, severing all relations with him. The sinful dragon had no home to return to and nowhere to hide. Being seriously injured, he did not fly too long before he exhausted himself and dropped into the region of Yingkou. At the embankment ten meters from the Liao River’s estuary, many local residents witnessed the dragon fall. After resting for a few days, the sinful dragon gradually recovered, and his Fa powers had been restored. But as his evil nature had not changed, he not only did not consider repenting, but he also wanted to take revenge on Tai Baixing. The evil dragon returned to the celestial island of Penglai. Tai Baixing knew he would come. The two engaged in combat once again. After one slice of the Dragon Slaying Sword to the evil dragon's neck, Tai Baixing used his divine power to remove the dragon's dan, and the dragon's powers were immediately exhausted. Guardian gods then took the evil dragon's soul to the 18th level of hell to be punished, where he is still imprisoned to this day. His carcass dropped into the Yingkou region. There is a reason why people were allowed to see the dragon's skeleton. Heaven wanted to warn the world's people—dragons and gods truly exist, and humans should respect both heaven and earth, adhere to the Dao, and cultivate virtue. Later, the Japanese army secretly shipped the dragon corpse to Japan. The Japanese royal family hoarded it for themselves and have enshrined it to secretly worship, unbeknownst to others.

What has been revealed to me at my realm of cultivation is that due to the different levels and realms of dragons, they can be categorized as earth dragons, heavenly dragons, and divine dragons. Earth dragons exist in the human world. They live in the rivers and lakes within the scope of the yellow people's system. They are the kings of all bodies of water. Heavenly dragons exist in different levels and dimensions of heaven within the Three Realms. Their purpose is to carry out commands to make it rain, and they serve as Fa guardians. Divine dragons commonly exist in the heavenly worlds of the yellow people beyond the Three Realms. They are at the highest realm of all three dragon categories. Dragons are one of seven colors: black, white, red, yellow, green, blue, or purple. Dragon eyes are basically the same color as their body but just a little darker. Male and female ocean dragons differ in length and appearance. Dragons can become big or small at will. Adult male ocean dragons can grow as long as 70-80 meters. Atop their heads grow three comparatively long antlers, one on each side of their nose and another on their lower jaw. Massive pointed fins stick out of the dragon's back. Their tails are long and elegant. Dragon claws are sharp, thick, and solid. Their eyes are bright and shining. From both front and back, dragons are majestic and possess a powerful energy field.

Female ocean dragons grow to around 40-50 meters in length. They have two antennae on either side of their nose that are comparatively smaller than those of males. The fins on their back are small, smooth, and round. Their tails and claws are also comparatively shorter than those of males. Their gaze is less domineering. They are more sweet-tempered and gentler. There is another kind of dragon called the jiao that appear similar to ocean dragons. Jiao are the rulers of rivers, lakes, and fresh water. Gods created the jiao in fresh water. They have a single horn on their head, and they have smaller scales. Jiao are lighter in color, mostly white, ash-gray, or light green. They are shorter than the ocean dragons, with males growing around 40-50 meters in length and females approximately 30 meters in length. Although ocean dragons and jiao are different kinds of water beings, because they all have supernormal powers, they can freely travel among all rivers, lakes, and oceans.

Dragons of different realms procreate in different ways. Earth dragons give birth by laying eggs and can only lay three to five dragon eggs at a time. Earth dragons remain pregnant for about 13 months, and the eggs require about three months of incubation. Heavenly dragons are viviparous, but they can also lay eggs. It takes them about 300 years to give birth to the next generation. A baby dragon is born with an oval-shaped membrane that wraps its body, which is roughly 150cm long and 80cm wide. The earth dragons of this dimension live for around 1,000 years. As their realms differ, so do their lifespans. Heavenly dragons still within the Three Realms generally live for around 1,500-3,000 years. The higher the realm, the longer they live. Divine dragons are the dragons of heavenly worlds. Aside from being viviparous, they can actually use their divine abilities to directly create a newborn dragon, a special process. Both the male and female divine dragons shoot a beam of energy at each other, which meets halfway to form an energy ball of 150cm in diameter. As the energy is strengthened, the energy ball's center will gradually form the appearance of a young dragon. As they continue to emit their energy, the small dragon is gradually formed into an actual entity. As the energy is strengthened even more, the newborn dragon eventually breaks out of the energy ball, like a cocoon, and a living, breathing dragon is born. It is very lively and cute, somewhat like a cartoon dragon. Interestingly when both male and female dragons shoot out their energy, the baby dragon ends up resembling whoever's energy is strongest. Dragons reproduce according to heaven's natural order and timing. Only by following heaven's will can they reproduce. Many of the mythological animals in gods' worlds follow this way to reproduce. Many low-level cultivators in ancient times failed to obtain spiritual perfection in cultivation because they did not eliminate lust. Some of these cultivators reincarnated into dragons within the Three Realms. On the other hand, cultivators who did not eliminate jealousy reincarnated into snakes or pythons. Because they are born without arms, they are often helplessly stung and bitten by poisonous insects. So a snake's temperament is mostly aggressive. Cultivation practice is extremely serious. Indulging in any human attachment may ultimately result in one's previous efforts being in vain.

Dragons have three duties. The first is to manage the oceans, rivers, and bodies of water in the East that belong to the yellow people. They are responsible for eliminating beings and even demons that cause chaos in the rivers and oceans. Their second duty is to manage the rain and clouds in their area. Their third duty is to guard imperial tombs and act as a Fa guardians for cultivators within the Three Realms. During the spring equinox each year, all dragon kings and jiao kings convene in heaven. Due to their different levels, they go to different levels of heaven within the Three Realms to give their reports. They provide a summary of major events that occurred in the water over the past year and how they resolved them. They also receive new missions and responsibilities from heaven. During the winter solstice each year, dragons conceal themselves to recuperate. They do this every year.

Through China's history and dynasty changes, dragon culture has always been passed down from generation to generation. Due to the influence of different heavenly cultures, the differences in dragons' external appearances and capabilities vary dramatically. The side of a dragon in a given era can determine the fate of that dynasty. Dragons in the Han Dynasty had small limbs. Sometimes their limbs grew closer to their sides and were invisible. This made them appear like giant snakes. These dragons' characteristic was wuwei (non-action) of the Great Way. Tang Dynasty dragons had limbs that were solid, thick, and powerful. Their mouths were slender. They were handsome and mighty. These dragons’ characteristic was to dominate the world. These dragons' bodies exemplify the golden age of the Tang Dynasty and the prosperous economy of this glorious kingdom of nations. On the other hand, the Song Dynasty dragons' appearances and manners were not as good as those of previous dynasties. Although the economy flourished in the Song Dynasty, they suffered bullying and humiliation at the hands of other ethnicities. This is evident when the two emperors Huizong and Qinzong were both captured and taken back to the Jin Dynasty, and the Northern Song was defeated. The Song Dynasty dragons’ characteristic was that they were overbearing like a dark sky. Song Dynasty emperors violated heaven's will, leaving their people in a terrible situation and leading to the nation’s destruction. The characteristic of Ming Dynasty dragons is that they were introverted. When the Ming Dynasty was established, the whole nation's land and riches were divided and shared among the imperial family and their offspring to enjoy. They had a slave system, which brought much suffering and grievance to the common people. Rebellions arose everywhere as a result. The characteristic of Qing Dynasty dragons was to resist and stop enemies from all directions. During the reign spanning from Emperor Kangxi to Emperor Qianlong, the Qing army expanded in all directions and were invincible. During the flourishing age of the Qing Dynasty, the territory was vast, and nobody from outside dared to invade.

Emperors in ancient times were referred to as the son of heaven. They were to follow heaven's will. All the founding monarchs of previous dynasties were selected by heaven. They were protected by immortals and dragons, so many imperial tombs are guarded by immortals and dragons. The well-known tomb of Qin Shihuang is one. Underneath Mt. Li is a huge underground palace. The entire tomb is divided into yin and yang sections. The upper section is yang, consists of five levels, and is built in a pyramidal shape. The lower section is the yin section, consists of four levels, and is in the form of an inverted pyramid. The two sections of the underground palace are separated by many meters of earth and connected by a secret tunnel. The underground palace is 295 meters deep. During Qin Shihuang’s rule, he conscripted 720,000 laborers to work on his tomb, which took them 30 years to complete.

The reason that Qin Shihuang chose to build at Mt. Li is that there is a purple beam of light extending from Mt. Li's center all the way to the heavens. The entirety of Mt. Li is surrounded by this purple light and is the location of an illustrious dragon meridian. The imperial tomb is situated right on the dragon's aperture. (To explain in modern terms, a dragon's aperture is the energy center of the earth's magnetic field.) Hundreds of tons of mercury were poured into Qin Shihuang's tomb, which serves as a corresponding model representing the rivers, lakes, and oceans belonging to the great Qin Dynasty. There are 1,800 terracotta warriors inside the underground palace. These terracotta figures were once living people who served as generals and soldiers of the Qin Dynasty. When they were alive, they took a special dan pill and had mantra written on their bodies pertaining to the great cultivation way of the red-blue taiji. The dan pills and mantra allowed their souls to remain and prevent their bodies from decaying. They live in the world of the underground palace. Their flesh bodies will not rot, and they serve as yin warriors guarding the imperial tomb.

There is a golden dragon in the first level of the main hall guarding the imperial tomb. Immortals and heavenly soldiers guard all areas of Mt. Li. Nobody is allowed to damage the tomb. When Qin Shihuang was alive, he had Daoist alchemists who wielded powers of yin-yang and mutual generation-mutual inhibition construct the imperial tomb and set many tricky mechanisms to keep people out. Everyday people have absolutely no way to get inside. If anyone were to make it inside, they would never make it out alive. In order to prevent tomb raiders, Qin Shihuang had the alchemists predict every possible method of entry and set in place all sorts of traps to guard against theft. There have been seven attempts to rob the tomb of Emperor Qin Shihuang, all of which ended in vain. All the tomb raiders had a very bad ending. Some who died descended straight into hell. Others had their souls removed by the yin warriors, fitted with torture equipment, pierced with swords all over, and then thrown into the mercury river where they endlessly suffer day and night. Not only did the tomb raiders commit a serious crime, but they also brought disaster to their offspring and posterity. In the underworld it is explicitly stated that the posterity and later generations of tomb raiders will be stripped of a corresponding amount of good fortune, salary, and life expectancy. For many generations, they will suffer from unpleasant ailments or die young. The underworld assesses the crimes of so-called archaeologists who unearth graves exactly the same as those of tomb raiders. I previously mentioned Wu Zetian's cenotaph. So where is her actual body buried? Wu Zetian's body is buried in an enormous tomb located in the middle of Beimang Mountain in Luoyang (Henan). When she was alive, she assigned Daoist cultivators of the Wu clan to guard the tomb over the generations. Throughout history, the posterity of the Wu clan changed their surname many times so as to better safeguard the tomb. Although the tomb has gone through numerous calamities, it is still undamaged and in excellent condition. Wu Zetian's corpse has been preserved very well. Her face still looks vivid and lifelike, and her body has yet to decay to this day.

A dragon's other duty is to manage rain over large areas. I often see a rain god cooperating with a dragon to make it rain. Jiao are only responsible for making it rain over areas of land near lakes and rivers. The gods responsible for rain in the West look very different. They are gods with a human body, a bird head, and feathery wings on their back. Different heavenly cultures create lives with different appearances and various modes of existence. Speaking of rainfall, this makes me think of the great drought of Poyang Lake in 2011. The Poyang Lake drought was heaven's will. There is a 400-meter-long hole in the eastern part of the Poyang Lake connecting to a groundwater path. It is normally covered with reef and silt. There was a 30-meter-long sea snake demon covered in black scales with more than ten eyes on its head, which was covered in many sharp barbs. Its mouth was full of fangs. It took advantage of the fact that the jiao queen had neglected the groundwater hole, so it snuck into Poyang Lake that way. It used its powers to control evil people in the local area to harm the human world and persecute and murder cultivators of a righteous way (Dafa disciples). Its sins cannot be pardoned. The blood of Dafa disciples that were killed flowed through the groundwater system of the Poyang Lake.

From another dimension, the entirety of Poyang Lake was dyed red by Dafa disciples’ blood. Ultimately, the water demon was eliminated by local Dafa disciples' righteous thoughts. Heaven dispatched a green dragon to guard the water hole and prevent any more evil spirits from causing chaos in the human world. The incident of Dafa disciples being killed at Poyang Lake infuriated the imperial court in heaven. They reduced the water level in the lake to 1/80 of its highest annual water level. There was a white female jiao queen guarding the Poyang Lake. She knew the drought was a heaven-sent punishment, so she followed heaven's will and did not make it rain. So the Poyang Lake area suffered a severe drought without rain for a long time. There are 3,000 soldiers in the Poyang Lake water palace, which is hidden by the jiao queen's power. Ordinary people cannot see it. Occasionally when someone sees the true situation, their soul is taken away by a soldier because that person saw a heavenly secret. That person would be detained in the water palace’s dungeon or would need to do labor work for several years. Then that person would be transferred to the underworld for punishment.

In this age of so-called scientific and technological development, humans think they understand Earth's history. Actually, what they know is only surface level. Empirical science is unable to comprehend the underlying reason behind many natural phenomena. Many mysterious and legendary phenomena actually exist. I summarized a few things in this article, but I cannot go into too much detail due to our current special historical period. There are dragons guarding China, the oceans, and the coastal border regions around southeast Asia, and there are jiao kings guarding China's rivers and lakes.

Earth's history is long. Lives are complex and many. Gods create all lives, which then in turn govern the world.

Chinese version: http://big5.zhengjian.org/node/242477
CATEGORY: Life and Civilization – Anthropology; Culture


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