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The Book of Divine Incantations of the Supreme Pervasive Abyss ( 太上洞淵神咒經 Taishang Dongyuan Shenzhou Jing ), whose author is unknown, is also called the Book of Divine Incantations in short and has twenty volumes. In its preface by Du Guangting, it is said that in the last years of the Western Jin dynasty, the Supreme Sovereign of Dao ( 太上道君 Taishang Daojun ) conferred the scripture upon Daoist Wang Zuan of Mt. Maji, Jintan. Some say that the book was not written by a single author at one time, because the first and last ten volumes are different from the other volumes in style. The book elaborates on the idea that the birth of the Perfect Sovereign ( 真君 Zhenjun ) results in universal peace. It holds that after the disturbance of the kalpa in the final age, Perfect Sovereign Li Hong is born and is assisted by sages, virtuous people, Immortals and Daoists. He brings great joy to the world, the prosperity of Daoist Skills, and the prolonging of the human life. The book is an important reference for the study of the Daoist political ideas of the Wei and Jin dynasties. It is collected in the Original Texts subsection ( 本文 Benwen ) of the Pervasive Mystery Section ( 洞玄部 Dongxuan Bu ) in the Daoist Canon of the Zhengtong Era ( 正統道藏 Zhengtong Daozang ).