An Immortal in the Grotto simply referred to as Old Master, his spirit clear, demeanor cheerful- in solitary surpassing the multitudes. Gazing down from on high arriving at the cerulean sea, abiding at ease in tranquility and peace- like White Clouds.
The character "xiān 仙", trans. as Immortal, is a combination of the radical "rén 人" for "person" and "shān 山" for mountain". It was those who lived in remote mountains that could devote their lives to self cultivation in many forms. This character is also used in Daoism as a term for their accomplished masters.
The character "xián 閒", trans. as "at ease", it also means leisure, and is made by using the radical "mén 門" for "gate" and "yuè 月" for "moon." Imagine taking the time to watch the moon rise over the horizon into the night sky as you gaze from your window.
*Picture at heading was taken personally atop sacred Daoist site Mount Hua. Near Tong Guan, Shanxi Province, China. Summer 2011
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