(continued from last issue)
The fourth verse refers to President Jiang. How does it go?
Shields and spears are drawn, to busily catch the deer.
A hero in the bushes is about to descend the mountain.
Multitudes of valiant warriors, awaiting ever-ready,
Assemble south of the river like clouds gathered by the wind.
At Jin Ling the sun and moon again send forth their light.
Shields and spears are drawn, to busily catch the deer. A hero in the bushes is about to descend the mountain. The top part of the character that is President Jiang's (蔣) surname has a grass radical (草), so the word bushes(草莽) is used in this line. The bottom part of the character Jiang (蔣) is the character general (將) which also appears in this line. This refers to President Jiang coming out to make his appearance.
Multitudes of valiant warriors, awaiting ever-ready, assemble south of the river like clouds gathered by the wind. At Jin Ling the sun and moon again send forth their light. At that time in China, warlords had staked out territories all over the land. This line predicts what eventually occurred: President Jiang succeeded in his northward expedition and quelled the warlords. So it says
A hero in the bushes is about to descend the mountain. At that time a multitude
assembled south of the river like clouds gathered by the wind, and that's why this line says
At Jin Ling the sun and moon again sent forth their light. At that time in Nan Jing (Jin Ling) the sun came out and Nan Jing saw the light once more.
The sixth verse refers to the Sian (Syi An) Crisis. The three who played the main roles in this crisis are President Jiang, Jiang Shwe-lyang, and Madame Jiang—Sung Mei-ling.
Within the barracks of Syi Lyou, the heroes drink uproariously.
The moon is close to its mid-autumn phase.
Before they awake from their drunken stupor,
Two lions fight for the ball.
One falls into a well.
A beautiful woman in red rouge: a dimpled face like a cherry blossom. Within the barracks of
Syi Lyou, refers to Syi An where the crisis took place.
The heroes drink uproariously. Which day was this? It was very close to the Autumn Festival. That's why the next line says
The moon is close to its mid-autumn phase. Before they awake from their drunken stupor. The heroes drank themselves drunk.
Two lions fight for the ball. What is the ball? It is the land of China. But
One falls into a well. One of the lions was not cautious enough and so he fell into a well. This time the one who fell into the well was President Jiang.
A beautiful woman in red rouge: a dimpled face like a cherry blossom. Madame Jiang, Sung Dz-wen, along with other people, went to bargain. Jiang Shwe-lyang did not truly want to capture President Jiang. He was only using this method to sway President Jiang. And so when Madame Jiang went there to make the request, Jiang Shwe-lyang, a extremely righteous individual, said, "Fine, I will escort Chairman Jiang back." And so Jiang Shwe-lyang personally escorted President Jiang back to Nanjing. After they returned to Nanjing, who would have expected that, once this lion climbed out of the well the other lion fell into the well and was kept under watch for over fifty years. These stanzas refer to the Sian crisis.
A tiger from Japan,
A wolf once it crosses the sea.
The red sun that fills the heavens makes things even more turbid and dark.
The extensive spiritual continent is maimed and devastated.
With the rumble of spring thunder,sunshine and clear skies are seen.
These stanzas indicate those Japanese over there in Japan are like tigers:
A tiger from Japan. A wolf once it crosses the sea. During the invasion of China they were even worse than tigers: they turned into wolves. There were no ways in which they did not go to the extreme. One knows not how many Chinese were killed. Thus
the red sun that fills the heavens makes things even more turbid and dark. There was a sun, but the sun was obscured and everything was gloomy. At this time they turned China into
the extensive spiritual continent, maimed and devastated. The
spiritual continent refers to China. Everywhere the people are crying for their fathers and mothers. There was a mass exodus-flocks of peopletrying to escape the calamities of war.
With the rumble of spring thunder, sunshine and clear skies are seen. "Spring thunder" refers to the atomic bomb. As soon as the atomic bomb exploded the sun could be seen again. It began to clear.
With the spring thunderclap,
A white flag unfurls.
Thousands of myriads of living ghosts sob in anguish.
In Rock City a rapid command arrives.
The rites and rituals of the Han Palace are restored.
But in the mountains to the east, fire-light is flaring.
With the spring thunderclap refers to the dropping of the atomic bomb. Japan panicked and unconditionally surrendered--a white flag unfurls. Thousands of myriads of living ghosts sob in anguish. At that time the Japanese were like living ghosts. Once they surrendered, the Chinese began to bully them, because they killed uncountable Chinese when they invaded China. The Chinese wanted to take revenge. At that time I said to people, "Don't underestimate Japan. Don't look down on Japan. Twenty years from now Japan will be a superpower in the international community." Why did I say that? Because the Japanese stick together and are nationalistic. They are always looking for a way to be strong again. Twenty years from the time I said that, Japan surprised the world with their economic strategy and became a superpower again.
In Rock City a rapid command arrives. The "Rock City" refers to Nanjing, also known as Jin Ling.
A rapid command arrives. The command came from Nanjing. What was the command? Everyone must celebrate the victory after eight years of war.
The rites and rituals of the Han Palace are restored. At that time because everyone wanted to celebrate, all the ceremonial garb and adornments were brought out. The three hundred rituals and three thousand deportments were employed. But everyone should be aware:
In the mountains to the east, fire-light is flaring. This refers to Mao Tse-dung, who was in Manchuria then, building up his ace army; and to Lin Byau, the wolf, leading apack of wolves--like flares of fire. The fire-light flaring refers to the Communist Party. You probably all know who the next stanzas are referring to.
The sun and moon are eclipsed,
The five stars were rare.
Two and seven join together, wearing colorful clothes.
The rustic people lift their feet, and stamp on gold tigers.
Throughout the land are red flowers and pervasive hunger.
The noble and wealthy, the poor and lowly,are without high or low.
The sun and moon are eclipsed means at that time night was drawing. Although there was a sun, it was eclipsed. Although there was a moon, it was eclipsed. Neither the sun nor the moon shone.
The five stars were rare. There were very few stars. This line refers to the Communist party's flag. They call it a five-star flag. But at that time the five-star flag was not yet pervasive.
Two and seven join together, wearing colorful clothes. Start with the character "two" (二) and add the character "seven" （七) and that forms the Mao (毛) of Mao Tse-dung's name.
Wearing colorful clothes. The second character of his name "Tse" (澤) is hidden in the character "colorful" （彩衣).
The rustic people lift their feet and stamp on gold tigers. What does "rustic people" refer to? It means those who were laborers, peasants, and soldiers.
Stamp on gold tigers means these people went about putting the landlords on trial. Thus the rustic people lift up their feet and bring them down on the gold tigers--the landlords.
Throughout the land are red flowers, and pervasive hunger. At that time all of China turned red--red Communist. And so this line says it is as if red flowers were blooming all over the land.
Pervasive hunger. But all over the land the citizens were hungry.
The noble and wealthy, the poor and lowly, are without high or low. At that time the Communist slogan was "No wealthy and no poor. Everyone has things to eat, everyone has work to do." There was no high or low. But as soon as they successed they began to pass out special privledges. Thus, the difference between the wealthy and the poor, the noble and the lowly, became even greater than before. These stanzas discuss Mao Tse-dung.
The next section discusses Taiwan.
Two and seven are both vertical and horizontal.
The ox has two tails.
There were no longer human forms.
The sun moves hvits constant track.
In the sea is a golden tortoise:
Formal attire and music.
Iron birds soar in the sky;
The southeast is totally destroyed.
Two and seven are both vertical and horizontal means that when Mao first attained China he had unprecedented power - he could roam everywhere (vertical and horizontal) without opposition. At Tyan-An Gate he said, "The Chinese people must stand up!" There had never been anyone like him before and there never would be again. He was so haughty and so this line describes him:
two and seven are both vertical and horizontal. The ox has two tails. There really wasn't an ox with two tails. This is referring to the character for "ox"(牛) when it has the character for "person" (人) under it. This makes the character Ju (朱) and refers to Ju De, his top military official. And so at that time the two were referred to as Ju-Mao, Ju-Mao (which is a pun on their names and means "Hog Bristles.")
There were no longer human forms. They were no longer like human beings.
The sun moves in its constant track. At that time the sun amd moon kept rotating and revolving just the same.
In the sea is a golden tortoise. This refers to Taiwan. The land of that island is like a huge golden tortoise. And that's why Buddhism flourished there—it was just like Gwan Yin Bodhisattva had placed her feet on that golden tortoise in the sea. And so there were many left-home people who left Mainland China and went to Taiwan. That's why it's described as
in the sea is a golden tortoise.
Formal attire and music. "Formal attire" refers to black dress.
"Music" means they passed their days in peace and prosperity. But when the iron birds soar in the sky, the southeast is totally destroyed. "Iron birds" refers to airplanes flying in the sky. I still remember in the 1950's when China sent airplanes to try to find out the military situation. But Taiwan had Rattlesnake missiles which shot down the planes. After that the Communists never dared to come back to raid.
The southeast is totally destroyed." This means that communications were cut between the Mainland and Taiwan. For several decades they have lived this way and Taiwan has enjoyed prosperity and peace. These few lines probably are talking about the present time. The color red originally epresented the Communists, now they are probably going to be died blue. The verse reads:
Magnificent luminous clouds with rosy linings;
Falling petals and flowing water--
Both sides are devoid of feeling.
The water in the four seas all turns red,
And white bones pile up, filling in mountains.
Worthy ministers and generals will appear,
Like the sun and the jade rabbit gradually rising in the east.
Because things will get so chaotic, people will decide they want peace. And so, once again, the true sun will be seen. It won't be a false sun. The next stanzas say:
The coffin is nailed shut,
And the merit and offenses can be distinguished.
Expansive seas and lands will again know peace and harmony.
The events in this hundred-year span are hazy--as if a dream.
Properity and peace prevail like springtime in the Southern dynasty.
For tens of thousands of miles everything is green once more.
At this time the sun will rise again in China. The country will prosper and people will live in peace. The rain and wind will come in season. In the future the army that replaces the Communists will take green as their color. The verse says:
For tens of thousands of miles,
everything is green once more.
The world is divided into three parts;
A sage will appear.
Black will be his hat, and a dragon will adorn his robes.
The light of heaven and earth will be restored.
The myriad matters will all be in order.
Within the four seas odes and praises will be sung.
All will receive protection and enjoy blessings.
In the twenty-first century China will lead the world. That is, if everyone works towards the good, then they will lead the world. But if they don't work toward the good, then China may not even be able to survive. Because foreign countries are lurking, watchful of China. As soon as she shows any signs of weakness, or scattering or splitting, it will be just like the snipe's beak locked in the shell of the clam--the only one who will benefit will be the fisherman. If they go toward the good, then the Chinese will lead the world in the future. If they don't go toward the good, there were be no bright path for them to walk on--they will be lead by others.
This is a general discussion of the influential figures in China over a hundred-year period. I hope that we will all not neglect our country; not neglect our family; and not neglect our own physical well-being. Not only should we care about our own physical well-being, we should care about our family and about our country. This is my hope for all good and wise advisors in Taiwan.