DongBin was the most popular of ‘The
Eight Immortals’. He is regarded
as the healer of the poor and a slayer of evil spirits. His symbols were
a devil slayer sword and a bushy whisk.
- Lu DongBin attained
immortality through perseverance. He was born in the Tang dynasty
and his father and grandfather were court officials. When his mother
was pregnant it was known that an exotic fragrance filled the room
and there was music from Heaven. A white crane descended from
Heaven, flew into her mother’s room and vanished into her womb.
After that Lu DongBin was born. As a child he was exceptionally
smart and could easily memorize and recite the Confucius classic.
- Then he went to the mountain
Lushan and there he met the Fire Dragon Immortal and was taught the
advanced swordplay. Later he went to Chang’an, the capital twice
to sit for the imperial examinations. He failed both the
examinations and by then he was 42 years old. One day while having a
drink in an inn, immortal Zhongli Quan came and pretended to join
him in the drink. He poured out his great disappointment to the
immortal and finally got drunk and the immortal took him to his hut
- While resting in the
immortal’s hut, he had a dream. He dreamt that he became the top
scholar and rose steadily in his office career. He also got married
and had an enjoyable and blissful family life. Eventually he became
the Prime Minister and held the post for many years. He offended the
new emperor one day and his whole family was executed. He was sent
into exile and was in deep desperate state. Then he woke up from the
dream and was gripped with fear.
- The immortal Zhongli Quan
gesture with him about his dream and he was amazed at how the
immortal knew about his dream. He realized that Zhongli Quan must be
an immortal and offered him respect. The immortal then advised him
that the greatest happiness in life is to associate with the good
spirit and the greatest misery is to know too much and yet unable to
be detached. Lu DongBin pleaded with the immortal to accept him as
his disciple and he accepted with conditions.
- His spiritual tests took him
to the limit until he was prepared to die for it. He passed all the
tests with perseverance, honesty, generosity, bravery in protecting
the weak, fidelity and many others including during dreams until the
immortal appeared before him and declared that he had passed all the
tests at the final moment when he was prepared to kill himself to
maintain his word and deed. Eventually after learning much from the
immortal he became an immortal.
- In the
temple of Tao of Heaven, God conferred him as "Heavenly 2nd
Discipline Teacher of Tao" like Kuan Ti in guiding and
disciplining Tao devotees to attain great discipline.
- In Tao of
Heaven, there are four Heavenly Discipline Teachers and the other
two are ‘Yeh Fei’
and ‘Chang Fei’, both were righteous people of the
Manifestation of Lu DongBin