Chapter 1056: Master of This Generation
Translator: Sparrow Translations Editor: Sparrow Translations
As the streak of purple gas descended, the Virtuous Zen Master focused.
At his current level, it was rarely the case that his powers would be depleted as he absorbed spiritual energy from the Heavens and Earth.
But there were always exceptions. Although spiritual energy from the Heavens and Earth was usually limitless, according to the powers of a cultivator, there would be differences in the efficacy and frequency in the absorption of it between cultivators.
During a set period of time, if the depletion of one’s mana was greater than the rate of absorption of spiritual energy, even an Immortal Soul Stage cultivator would not be able to hold on.
When a cultivator wanted to reach the next level, he would need sufficient mana accumulation.
Cultivating different types of mantras would require different levels of mana accumulation. And the Virtuous Zen Master’s current situation was that his powers had depleted much faster than they were replenished.
But as this streak of purple gas descended, the Virtuous Zen Master sensed that there was something very different. It was not Lin Feng injecting mana into him. Rather, under the engulfment of the purple gas, the efficacy and frequency in which the Virtuous Zen Master turned spiritual energy into his mana was greatly increased.
To be able to do so, not only must Lin Feng’s powers be sufficiently strong, his understanding of Buddhism must also be deep enough.
As they witnessed this scene, Yan Nanlai, Yun Yuanzhen and the others could confirm that Lin Feng must have played a big part in the Virtuous Zen Master’s comeback. He was likely the one who advised the Virtuous Zen Master.
As expected, the Virtuous Zen Master clasped his palms when the purple gas landed on him, “Previously, I relied on Master Lin to understand karma, which allowed me to overcome all my sufferings. Now, I am relying on you again. I am very guilty.”
In void space, Lin Feng’s voice rang, “Zen Master, you are too kind. This is only right of me.”
“For you to achieve nirvana today, it will be a joyous thing. I am only providing you with a little help, as a way of congratulating you.”
Lin Feng’s voice was very soft, such that only the Virtuous Zen Master could hear him. And while the Virtuous Zen Master’s voice did not seem loud, it actually travelled very far.
The Buddhist disciples on Yun Peak were stunned at this moment. They looked dazedly above the Virtuous Zen Master, where the concept of nirvana was become clearer and clearer. They were all speechless at this point.
They could only feel that their minds were in a mess. Yuan Xin and Yuan Cheng looked very lost, “Did Elder Virtuous Zen betray Buddhism, or are we really wrong?”
“If he has really betrayed Buddhism, then how was he able to reform the spell body and cultivate nirvana?”
“Are we really wrong?”
The bunch of Buddhist disciples were all silent and there were those who seemed to be enlightened. But there were those who became more and more doubtful.
Beside Yun Peak and the Mirror Lake, amidst the mountains of Mount Kunlun, the Nirvana Land started to take shape. It unleashed a forever-bright light, which shone on the Heavens and Earth.
On Mount Baiyun, the Tai Yi Holy Man shut his eyes and “looked” at the light projection quietly. As he saw till here, he lifted his hands and pointed, causing the projection to disappear.
The Zheng Yi Holy Man, Yan Nanlai and the others did not object to what he did. That’s because the result was unpredictable, thus there was no need for them to watch on anymore.
To them, their concern over whether the Celestial Sect of Wonders would lose an Immortal Soul Second Level cultivator had become a concern over whether the Celestial Sect of Wonders had gained another Immortal Soul Third Level cultivator.
Of course, the presence of an Immortal Soul Third Level cultivator was not something that could be ignored. But to the Tai Yi Holy Man and the rest, there was something else that was more deserving of their attention.
After learning about the detailed situation and understanding the doubts the Celestial Sect of Wonders had about the way of karma, the Great Void Sect started to agree with the Celestial Sect of Wonders. After all, they had their own disagreements with the Great Thunderclap Temple over the way of karma before.
But a critical point to note was that being able to find the problem was something that was commendable. But the person who found the flaw would never be welcomed.
One would only be welcomed if he could solve the problem after pointing out the problem. After finding the flaw, he should have a way of mending it.
While giving advice to the other party after recognizing that he made a mistake was a good thing, this wasn’t useful for the other party to improve. This might even lead the other party into a state of confusion and he might even regress.
But to be able to guide someone on the wrong path back to the correct path and allow him to progress on this correct path, this would be helping that person to rectify the foundation of his problem.
In the past, the Celestial Sect of Wonders acted like the former. But now, the Celestial Sect of Wonders acted like the latter.
The difference between the former and latter was very huge. And the impacts that they brought were naturally different.
The former would invite wild guesses and fear from other powers, which would lead to enmities and isolation. Once unwary, it might even be a situation of one against the world.
On the other hand, the latter was very attractive to other powers and would push others to commit towards itself. The latter was likely to become a leader, commander and a guide with a supreme position.
Of course, the latter might invite ill-intentions from others. But in the case of the Celestial Sect of Wonders, they were extremely powerful now and shouldn’t be worried about this point.
As compared to the Virtuous Zen Master reforming his spell body and cultivating the Nirvana Land, this possible impact of the entire matter was what caught the attention of the Great Void Sect.
Posing the problem and solving the problem were two different concepts to be understood.
If the Celestial Sect of Wonders could solve the problem, it made them more powerful than the side of themselves which could only pose the problem.
The previous situation was that the Virtuous Zen Master’s zen mind was crushed by his own sect, which led to the destruction of his Amitabha Spell Body. This would have driven the honorary elders and sect guardians of the Celestial Sect of Wonders to feel terrified, and also discourage other powers from committing to the Celestial Sect of Wonders in lieu of various concerns.
But now, the situation now was that the Virtuous Zen Master had managed to improve more than what he could possibly achieve on his own with the help of Lin Feng. Not long after reaching the Golden Form Second Level, he was now preparing to push for the Golden Form Third Level.
Even if Lin Feng did not help him today, the Virtuous Zen Master would have gained a lot even if he had failed to reach the next level. In the future, when his accumulation was sufficient, he would still have great hope of reaching the Golden Form Third Level.
The influence of a role model was far-reaching, regardless whether if the role model was positive or negative.
After this matter, the attractiveness of the Celestial Sect of Wonders to independent cultivators and other powers in the Divine Lands would have increased.
While the cohesion within the Celestial Sect of Wonders would also have strengthened.
When the entire matter developed from the start, the potential losses or gains would have outweighed the actual losses or gains in front of everyone.
With regards to the current opinions of the other powers, the Tai Yi Holy Man and the others did not have to guess either. They could expect it.
Even with Lin Feng’s help, the Virtuous Zen Master would still take some time to cultivate the Nirvana Land now. And the elders of the various sects who received news all rushed towards Mount Kunlun. They stopped outside the boundaries of Mount Kunlun, as they looked at the formation of the Nirvana Land.
At this point, whoever attacked would cause the efforts of the Virtuous Zen Master to be wasted. He might even be hurt
Whoever was along the boundaries of Mount Kunlun did not dare to entertain this thought, as they knew that they were only seeking trouble for themselves if they went along with the thought.
Prince Gunyang stood quietly in void space and looked at the Virtuous Zen Master expressionlessly. But his gaze flashed with flowing lights and radiances.
He was analyzing the Nirvana Land and Forever-Bright Light of the Virtuous Zen Master, trying to figure out how different it was from that of the monk in the Golden Form Third Level that he had met.
The more he sensed, the more shocked he was, “Disregarding the difference in their powers, the key lies in that the Virtuous Zen Master’s grasp of the concept seems to be more complete.”
Even if two people from the same cultivation level cultivated the same manual, there would still be a difference in the result.
But differentiating the understanding of concept between two cultivators, it represented the difference in foundation of the two cultivators.
At this stage, Shi Zongmao was clearly aware that the Virtuous Zen Master had made a comeback after understanding the true concept behind and recognizing himself. He improved even further and did not only stabilize his zen mind, but even restored his past cultivation.
“I heard that he said that he managed to understand the way of karma because of the guidance of Lin Feng, which allowed him to transcend all suffering.” Shi Zongmao took in a deep breath, “Maybe he can successfully comprehend the true meaning of the Forever-Bright Tathagata Mantra and overcome his original bottleneck. The path was mainly carved by his own Buddhist cultivation and essence, but Lin Feng did point out the way for him…”
Shi Zongmao felt perplexed at this point. Lin Feng and the Celestial Sect of Wonders did not just help the Virtuous Zen Master by guiding him, allowing him to break his bottleneck and overcome the barriers he faced.
Rather, they corrected the wayward path that he was on and changed any pre-existing notions that he had. This removed the bottleneck that was supposed to be around and remove all obstacles he faced.
Of course, the great Dao was miraculous and unpredictable. It didn’t mean that changing things up would ensure that the cultivator would be relieved of any sufferings.
But at least, it was more probable than before.
Perhaps it might not be much greater. But the way of karma was already a very high level concept to be grasped. To even improve a little on that, it was very difficult and was practically unachievable by many cultivators.
Besides Shi Zongmao, the Lord of the Royal House, Thunderclouds Holy Man, Lightning Swordmaster, Heavenly Master Swordmaster, Vast Sea Swordmaster, Mo Xiuluo and other powerful cultivators all wore complex expressions on their faces as they stood in void space.
The suppression of this bunch of Immortal Soul Stage cultivators were enough to cause the Heavens and Earth to change shape. But right now, in Mount Kunlun, everyone retracted their auras. They watched quietly as the purple gas engulfed the Virtuous Zen Master. They were also looking at where the purple gas came from – somewhere unknown in void space.
Although they could not see it, they knew that Lin Feng was there.
The same thought arose in the mind of everyone, “The way of karma is already the deepest level of Dao in the world. But he can make it even better. Then, what about the others…”