On August 17 of the seventh year of the Yuanhe Period, a scholar visited Zhang at his villa. When the scholar arrived, he was told by a servant, My master and his wife have been suffering from illness, and have stopped receiving visitors. The scholar said, It is true that Im a scholar, but I also study medicine. I heard that governor Zhang is ill, and this is why I come here today. The servant relayed his message to Shiping, who gladly replied, I have not received any guests because I have been sick for so long. If he does have the right prescription, I hope that he will be merciful to me. The servant passed on Shipings words to the scholar, who replied, As long as I can meet Governor Zhang, I will certainly come up with the right prescription.
After Zhang heard the scholars words, he immediately rose to meet the scholar. The scholar said, The cure of your illness does not lie in medical herbs. Tomorrow you will hire ten laborers to build a well for you. The well will be your cure. The next day Zhang Shiping fulfilled the scholars request and had ten laborers ready for the scholars command. After the scholar picked a spot for the well, the laborers began to dig until morning arrived. While the laborers were building the well, Zhang Shipings eyes felt better immediately. After Zhang Shiping doused his eyes with the water from the new well, he regained his vision. In just one day both Zhang Shiping and his wife finally purged the illnesses that had plagued them for ten years. They were both immensely thankful for the help of the scholar and offered him gold, silver and cloth as tokens of their appreciation.
The scholar said to them, I am not a mortal. I govern the Tai Bai Star. For the past 10 years when you were infected with the disease, you remained dedicated to cultivating in the Tao and prayed at the altar every night. Your utmost dedication has touched the stars above. Therefore, the governor of the Five Stars asked me to descend to the human world and teach you a way to treat your illness. It is our way of repaying you for your dedication to cultivation of the Tao. I need neither gold nor cloth, but I would like you to pass this treatment method to the world and help your fellow mortals in need. By doing so you will increase your virtue. You will determine the date, time, and location for a healing well by doing such and such. The water from such healing wells will have miraculous healing effects. After hearing these words, Zhang Shiping bowed repeatedly to thank the scholar for teaching him the divine skill. Then the governor of Tai Bai Star soared into the sky and disappeared into thin air.
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