Golden Light Shooting into the Azure

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This story was first recorded in the Secret Guidelines of the Alchemical Scripture of Golden Light Shooting into the Azure ( 《金華沖碧丹經秘旨》 Jinhua Congbi Danjing Mizhi ). Originally, 'golden light' referred to Mt. Jinghua in Zhejiang, the spot where Huang Chuping, an immortal, achieved his cultivation. According to some documents, immortal Huang became a shepherd at the age of fifteen. Then, a Daoist took him to Mt. Jinghua, teaching him the knowledge of cultivation and Daoist dietetics. It was said that since then, he could make himself invisible, or transform stone into sheep. Just because of him, the term 'golden light' entered the lexicon of inner alchemy, referring to one of the elixirs. In later periods, on the basis of materials from Bai Yuchan and Nan Yuanbai, Meng Xu, a patriarch of the Southern Lineage of the Golden Elixir Sect ( 金丹派南宗 Jindanpai Nanzong ), compiled the Secret Guidelines of the Alchemical Scripture of Golden Light Shooting into the Azure, which included documents about external alchemy and poetry about its magic power, which, in this case, were represented respectively by 'golden light' and 'shooting into the azure'.