posted on Jun, 6 2011 @ 02:28 PM
Genghis Khan, nothwithstanding his well-deserved reputation for heavy-handedness, was keenly interested in different spiritual paths, and after he
conquered China he ordered that the famed Taost sage Ch'ang Ch'un be brought before him. This elderly recluse wanted nothing to do with Genghis,
wishing only to wander in nature, but in the end he wanted to be tortured even less, so he showed up at the Mongol court.
Genghis actually was quite impressed by the Taoist hermit. He made him a high minister, and there are a number of interesting stories of their
conversations. Nevertheless, Ch'ang Ch'un repeatedly begged to be allowed to return to his wilderness shack. Genghis could not comprehend this, and
attempted to shower wealth, titles, all the trappings on the old man.
Ch'ang Ch'un refused humbly and Genghis grew angry at him. "I could torture you and make you do my bidding," he said. "Do you think you could hold
"Of course not," said the sage. "I'd fold immediately."
"Then of what value are you as a man?"
"It's easy for a man to shatter a mirror but that doesn't mean a mirror is valueless."
To that Genghis had nothing to say and let the old man go without torturing him. Ch'ang Ch'un never got to return to his beloved countryside --
Genghis wanted him around as an advisor in a pinch -- but Genghis sectoned off one of the largest and most sumptuous parks in the capital city and
allowed the hermit to live there alone, undisturbed, for the rest of his life.
edit on 6/6/11 by silent thunder because: (no reason given)