With a hearty laugh, the statue of the Buddha immediately turned into countless clouds and flew in all directions.
In the blink of an eye, the Spirit Space began to buzz and vibrate as if it might collapse at any time, and a swirl began to slowly form in the sky. The clouds and everything else in the world started flying toward this swirl.
With his hands clasped behind his back, Li Yundong smiled at Zi Yuan and said, "This Spirit Space is about to collapse. Zi Yuan, you may leave."
Zi Yuan was aware that the area was about to collapse. If she couldn't escape before it did, her Yang Spirit would be completely stuck in the burning thumb pot. If that happened, she wouldn't be able to leave even if she wanted to.
She glanced at Li Yundong and couldn't help but say, "What about you? Won't you leave?"
He wiped his face with his hand, and in the blink of an eye, he transformed from an old man with long hair and a wispy beard to his previous state of being a handsome young man. He laughed and said, "Don't worry, I have to get out and fulfill my promise to Su Chan!"
Zi Yuan finally felt a burst of relief. Her figure rapidly flew toward the swirl above her head, but just before she entered, she couldn't help stopping and looking back at Li Yundong.
She could see that the man was calm and composed even as he stood in a world that was about to collapse. His eyes seemed to see through everything, he seemed to master everything, and control everything. Even if this world was to be destroyed in a moment's time, he might as well have the ability to turn the tide!
At this moment, Zi Yuan couldn't help comparing the Wang Yuanshan in the depths of her memory to the man in front of her who had finally lost his innocence and childishness and was beginning to show the temperament of a true cultivator. In front of Zi Yuan, the figures of the two people gradually overlapped and she could no longer distinguish between them, unable to find any difference between them.
At this moment, Zi Yuan's heartbeat quickened. She didn't dare to look at him anymore, for fear that if she took one more look, she would be just as reluctant to leave as Li Yundong had been before.
"Li Yundong, remember, Su Chan... is waiting for you!" Zi Yuan finally shouted. She closed her eyes, turned around, and flew into the swirl.
Li Yundong smiled as he watched Zi Yuan leave. His gaze was gentle as he watched Su Chan and the other version of himself hug each other tightly within the Spirit Space. They snuggled up to each other, and like the countless clouds in this Spirit Space, the two of them also flew into the swirl and disappeared.
Li Yundong sighed softly and said, "It's time for me to wake up from this dream. My Chan'er is waiting for me to return! These illusions will disappear, but I and Chan'er are eternal. We will be together forever..."
After Zi Yuan had just returned from the burning thumb pot of the Spirit Space, thousands upon thousands of Yang Spirits apparitions also finally escaped from Li Yundong's Lingtai, Baihui, and Shenting acupoints, and they instantly gathered together and returned to her own body.
As soon as she opened her eyes, she heard Su Chan and the little foxes cheering. One of the little foxes shouted excitedly, "Fourteen minutes and fifty-nine seconds! It's so close! She was almost a goner!"
Although Zhou Qin had experienced countless risks along the way as she built the Zhuji phase, she couldn't help but be shocked at this moment. She clutched at her chest with her hands and shook her head with a smile. "Zi Yuan, you scared us to death! Just now, when I saw that you'd been in there for fourteen minutes and fifty-nine seconds, I was in despair!"
Ruan Hongling hugged Zi Yuan tightly, crying and laughing, and said, "Shijie Zi Yuan, you scared me to death just now! I thought you wouldn't be able to come back! If you'd gone, what would have been the point in me continuing to live?"
With a gentle smile on her face, Zi Yuan gently stroked Ruan Hongling's back and said softly, "Don't be silly. I'm back now, okay?"
Zhou Qin saw that although Zi Yuan had regained consciousness, Li Yundong was still sitting cross-legged and motionless. She could not help but ask in confusion, "Zi Yuan, what about Li Yundong?"
Zi Yuan looked at Li Yundong with a complicated expression and said, "He should wake up in a while..."
Su Chan shot a nervous glance at Zi Yuan. "Is he all right?"
Zi Yuan also looked at Su Chan and sighed internally. "Don't you know that Li Yundong almost got stuck there because of you?"
But in the end, Zi Yuan didn't voice this thought. She smiled and comforted her, saying, "He's fine. Not only is he fine, but he has also even mastered the Buddhist doctrine. He's now a master of both Buddhism and Taoism. He has the bearing and demeanor of a great cultivator. He's truly incomparable to his former self!"
Su Chan blinked her eyes confusedly. "Is it possible to master the Great Buddhist doctrine by subduing the burning thumb pot?"
As soon as she finished her words, she suddenly saw Ling Yue pointing at Li Yundong and heard her exclaim, "Look!"
Everyone turned to look at Li Yundong and couldn't help but be stunned.
The three golden needles on his body were constantly trembling. They were being pushed out little by an invisible force, and eventually, this force completely pushed them out and they all fell to the ground gently with dinging sounds.
Soon, the burning thumb pot being held by Li Yundong jumped into the air, and its body burst into colorful light. It was incandescent as if there were countless colorful ribbons fluttering around it, each one of them decorated with countless Vajras and Arhats chanting scriptures.
These ribbons quickly shot into Li Yundong's body, and then the Baihui acupoint on the top of his head suddenly opened up. A white gas rose from the top of his head, echoing with the colorful ribbons released from the burning thumb pot and tightly twining together.
Everyone in the room was dumbfounded. They all held their breaths and didn't dare to move a muscle.
These lights intertwined with one another like countless wild vines. They quickly formed Vajras one after another in different postures. These Vajras then quickly rushed into Li Yundong's body, and every time one of them jumped into him, the lights outside would quickly form another.
After this had been going on for a while, Su Chan and the others saw that there were a total of eighteen Vajras in total. Before long, the lights formed another 108 statues of Arhats which also rushed into Li Yundong's body.
After the 108 Arhat statues had all jumped into him, the lights finally gathered together and quickly shot into the space between Li Yundong's eyebrows.
After this, a seven-colored light gathered between Li Yundong's brows. The lights kept squirming and twisting and slowly turned into a vertical pupil shape.
Before Li Yundong had even opened his eyes, the vertical pupil slowly opened itself, emitting a divine white light. Wherever his eyes turned, the sharp gaze coming from them would make people's hearts beat faster, filling them with awe!
Su Chan, Zhou Qin, and the little foxes were all dumbfounded. Ruan Hongling was also struck dumb. Only Zi Yuan was slightly startled and managed to say in a low voice, "Just as I expected!"
Su Chan's ears were very sensitive, and when she heard this, she immediately asked in a low voice, "Sister Zi Yuan, what did you say?
Zi Yuan looked at Li Yundong and said in a tone of pure awe, "In the Spirit Space of the burning thumb pot, the apparitions left by past generations of eminent monks said that Li Yundong was the reincarnation of the Immovable Wisdom King. It seems that their claims were true!"
Zhou Qin looked at Li Yundong with a shocked expression. She thought in her heart, "Master Erdeni said that I am the reincarnation of the Lakşmī, and that Li Yundong is the incarnation of the Immovable Wisdom King... If we are both reincarnations of gods, might someone else be too? What are so many gods supposed to do? Could we be destined to deal with the legendary catastrophe?"
Just then, Su Chan exclaimed in a low voice, "No wonder when he was meditating, he could see that his own Gods’ soul was the Immovable Wisdom King of Buddhism. I was wondering how it was possible that he could cultivate magic when his Gods’ soul was the Buddha! It turns out that he is the reincarnation of the Immovable Wisdom King!"
The little foxes were also amazed. They whispered to each other, "It turns out that the leader of our sect is the reincarnation of the Immovable Wisdom King? That's amazing. We have such a good sect leader!"
"Haha, let's see who'll dare to bully us now! Our sect leader is the reincarnation of the Immovable Wisdom King!"
"That's right, the Immovable Wisdom King is the top of all Wisdom Kings, and he's the head of the five Wisdom Kings. He's so powerful that he's able to subdue all demons! Apart from the Buddha himself, he is the most powerful being in the world!"
The little foxes chattered excitedly in low voices. Suddenly, Ling Yue craned her neck and said, "But... aren't we fox spirits and demons? Don't tell me that the leader of our sect, Immovable Wisdom King, has actually subdued us all?"
Her words made the little foxes all shrink back and look at Li Yundong with fear brimming in their eyes.
Su Chan's heart could not help but skip a beat. She thought to herself, "That's right. Li Yundong really could be the reincarnation of the Immovable Wisdom King, but I'm still a fox spirit and a demon. Humans and demons are already enemies, and there's even an absolutely irreconcilable hatred between Buddha and demons! What should I do in the future?
”Yun Dong must know that he is the reincarnation of the Immovable Wisdom King. He... is he going to stop liking me, a demon?“
She thought about it and couldn't help but feel a tendril of sadness curl around her heart. Her eyes turned red and tears sprang to them, unbidden. She wanted to rush into Li Yundong's arms and ask him what was going on.
While she was thinking about this, the vertical pupil on Li Yundong's forehead finally closed, and then the dazzling light slowly stretched into a straight line and disappeared in an instant.
When the vertical pupil disappeared, the burning thumb pot in Li Yundong's hand also slowly began falling. As soon as it fell to his palm, his body trembled slightly. He hissed and took a deep breath, which was intense enough to make everyone feel as if a dragon had suddenly sucked up all the air in the room. Everything around him seemed to be being hoovered up.
Then, after this deep inhalation, he let out a long breath. At this moment, everyone felt that there was a strong wind in the room and thought they might be blown away in the next second.
Zhou Qin stared at Li Yundong. She had originally thought that the speed at which she had built the Zhuji phase was extremely amazing, especially considering that the time Li Yundong had spent building the Zhuji phase was almost twice as long, so she should be able to catch up with him.
However, it now seemed that Li Yundong had reached a cultivation level beyond her reach. She didn't even know how high his level was!
After Li Yundong breathed in and out, he slowly opened his eyes. At this time, everyone felt like Li Yundong's eyes were like a deep, vast and bottomless sea. With one more look, it seemed that they would be sucked into his eyes.
After he opened his eyes, he looked around at the crowd and said with a serene smile, "How long have I been sitting in meditation?"
At this time, none of the women in the room dared to speak. Only Zhou Qin boldly answered, "Master, you have been in meditation for eighteen days."
He took a look at Zhou Qin with a look of admiration in his eyes. "You succeeded in building the Zhuji phase. Ah, the powerful magical weapons have also been subdued! Congratulations are in order! And welcome to the world of cultivators!"
He saw that Zhou Qin was dressed like a servant. It was obvious that she had been nervously staying by his side after coming back and that she hadn't had the time to take a bath. He smiled and said, "Hurry up and get washed. Don't stay here. I'm fine."
Zhou Qin's face reddened. She felt that if she lingered for another second longer, he would dislike her for being sloppy. She quickly turned tail and headed out of the room.
Li Yundong's eyes then shifted to Ruan Hongling again. He nodded to her and said with a grateful smile, "Hongling, thank you for escorting Zhou Qin on her journey. I will remember your kindness and repay it in the future!"
Ruan Hongling put her hands on her hips and said angrily, "I don't want you to repay me for it! If I'm willing to help, it's none of your business. If you really want to pay me back, pay me more. I've been busy all this time. I've worn all of the few clothes I have and they're all dirty!" After that, she sniffed at herself and said with a frown, "Eugh, I reek!"
Li Yundong laughed and said, "It still smells better than the stench of a man."
Ruan Hongling pulled a face at him. "Glad to see your tongue's still sharp! I'm going to take a shower!"
Li Yundong smiled and watched Ruan Hongling leave, and then his eyes fell on Zi Yuan. "Zi Yuan, you're the one most worthy of thanks..."
Zi Yuan was looking at the man in front of her with a complicated expression. Although she felt that his appearance had not changed, there was something within him that had changed dramatically. It seemed that the great master had begun to grasp things.
When Zi Yuan heard his words, she didn't know why but she suddenly blushed, saying in a panic, "You have to thank Su Chan. She has been chanting Buddhist scriptures for you day and night, begging Buddha to bless you. She hasn't stopped for eighteen consecutive days! You should thank her!"
After saying that, she turned her head and fled the room in a panic.
Li Yundong watched the departing figure of Zi Yuan in confusion. He shook his head exasperatedly, then looked at Su Chan. When he saw her looking at him with eager eyes, his own gaze suddenly became incomparably gentle.
At this time, seeing Li Yundong looking at her, Su Chan, who was worried about her situation, couldn't help but think nervously, "Ah, he's looking at me. He is the reincarnation of the Immovable Wisdom King, and I am a fox spirit, a demon. Buddha and demons don't coexist. Will he dislike me? Will he... kill me because I am a demon?"