"It is indeed ridiculous，" interposed the Taoist. "Never before have I heard even the very mention of restitution by means of tears！ Why should not you and I avail ourselves of this opportunity to likewise go down into the world？ and if successful in effecting the salvation of a few of them， will it not be a work meritorious and virtuous？"
"This proposal，" remarked the Buddhist， "is quite in harmony with my own views. Come along then with me to the palace of the Monitory Vision Fairy， and let us deliver up this good-for-nothing object， and have done with it！ And when the company of pleasure-bound spirits of wrath descend into human existence， you and I can then enter the world. Half of them have already fallen into the dusty universe， but the whole number of them have not， as yet， come together." 14 inch strap on
"Such being the case，" the Taoist acquiesced， "I am ready to follow you， whenever you please to go." reverse strap on
But to return to Chen Shih-yin. Having heard every one of these words distinctly， he could not refrain from forthwith stepping forward and paying homage. "My spiritual lords，" he said， as he smiled， "accept my obeisance." The Buddhist and Taoist priests lost no time in responding to the compliment， and they exchanged the usual salutations. "My spiritual lords，" Shih-yin continued； "I have just heard the conversation that passed between you， on causes and effects， a conversation the like of which few mortals have forsooth listened to； but your younger brother is sluggish of intellect， and cannot lucidly fathom the import！ Yet could this dulness and simplicity be graciously dispelled， your younger brother may， by listening minutely， with undefiled ear and careful attention， to a certain deGREe be aroused to a sense of understanding； and what is more， possibly find the means of escaping the anguish of sinking down into Hades."
the two spirits smiled， "The conversation，" they added， "refers to the primordial scheme and cannot be divulged before the proper season； but， when the time comes， mind do not forget us two， and you will readily be able to escape from the fiery furnace."
Shih-yin， after this reply， felt it difficult to make any further inquiries. "The primordial scheme，" he however remarked smiling， "cannot， of course， be divulged； but what manner of thing， I wonder， is the good-for-nothing object you alluded to a short while back？ May I not be allowed to judge for myself？"
"This object about which you ask，" the Buddhist Bonze responded， "is intended， I may tell you， by fate to be just glanced at by you." With these words he produced it， and handed it over to Shih-yin.
Shih-yin received it. On scrutiny he found it， in fact， to be a beautiful gem， so lustrous and so clear that the traces of characters on the surface were distinctly visible. The characters inscribed consisted of the four "T'ung Ling Pao Yue，" "Precious Gem of Spiritual Perception." On the obverse， were also several columns of minute words， which he was just in the act of looking at intently， when the Buddhist at once expostulated.