Kuan Ti – Heavenly 1st Discipline Teacher of Tao
KUAN TI was born in 162 A.D. during the period of the warring states of the Three Kingdoms. Born as Kuan Yu he led a simple life and made his living by selling bean curds. He also devoted much of his time to serious study and on one occasion displayed his talent by reciting the entire volume of the classic word for word after only reading it once.
Kuan Yu was a righteous man who loved justice and was more than eight feet tall. His love for fair-play put him into trouble when he slayed the licentious and corrupt magistrate who forced a poor girl to be his concubine. This made him into a criminal and had to flee for his life into the mountain. He came upon a stream while crossing to the neighbouring province and stopped for a wash. Immediately after that he noticed a transformation to his appearance. His facial complexion had changed from white to reddish tint which saved him from easy passage through the sentries who were guarding the mountain pass.
Upon reaching Chu-Chou of the Szechuan Province he befriended two men who shared his noble ideals and virtues that they ended up as ‘sworn blood brothers’ which had been recorded in history as the ‘Brotherhood at the Peach Orchard’. Chang Fei, a butcher, became the youngest brother and was a man of fiery temper. He had a black face which was full of whiskers and was seven feet tall. His great respect and loyalty to Kuan Yu won him a place of honour and was always seen standing behind Kuan Yu in all depictions. Liu Pei, the elder brother came from a distinguish family with imperial linkage, was known to be a man of honour.
Together the three sworn blood brothers set out and became involved in military and served under the crafty and famous Ts’ao Ts’ao. They displayed great military might and prowess and fought many battles recorded in the novel of "The Romance of the Three Kingdom". Kuan Yu proved himself to be worthy of honour because of his nobility, uprightness, integrity, loyalty, bravery and generosity and never known to turn aside from danger. He also proved his fidelity by not taking advantage of ladies and preserved his reputation and trustworthiness.
He lived at a time of great distress and chaos of the Han Dynasty, set up in 202 B.C; began to decline and uprising, warring, dissatisfactions and rebellions were rampant. In the year 219 A.D. he was captured by Sun Chuan and put to death. The honour and tributes that the succeeding emperors of the various dynasties conferred upon him marked him as the greatest military hero ever lived. Kuan Yu earned the rank of ‘TI’ meaning ‘God’ or ‘Emperor’ and since then became KUAN TI.
In the temple of Tao, God conferred him the title of First Heavenly Discipline Teacher of Tao, in charge of disciplining Tao devotees to attain great discipline. Lao Mu said, "Man should have the character of ‘Kuan Ti’ and lady the character of ‘Kuan Yin’, the Goddess of Mercy.   




The manifestation of Kuan Ti

Kuan Ti in the Temple of Tao.