It was not until the team of Guardian Dancers had gone far that the street became lively again. However, many Tibetans were still looking at Li Yundong with strange eyes, whispering and gesticulating secretly.
Liu Xia, who was beside Li Yundong, finally couldn't stand it anymore. She pulled him to a corner and almost went crazy, saying, "What were you doing just now? Are you crazy? Do you know who that is? That's Banda Lam, the Lakşmī, the reincarnated True God recognized by Living Buddha! How dare you offend her like that! Aren't you afraid that these believers will tear you into pieces?"
Li Yundong had stayed in the Spirit Space for more than ten thousand years. He thought that he had been through all joys, sorrows, and vicissitudes of life in that world. Unexpectedly, when it came down to it, he still felt melancholy and his face was bleak.
He sighed softly and said, "I only know that she is Meiduo... or Banda Lam... I don't care."
Liu Xia freaked out and said, "What? You don't care? Do you know how scary the Tibetans are when they go crazy? Do you know how fanatical the Tibetan believers are? If you made the public angry now, I'm afraid you will be crushed into dregs in the blink of an eye! Yes, I know you are definitely not an ordinary person. You can run away. But what about me?"
Li Yundong acted as if he hadn't heard what she had said. He just sighed softly and said, "That's Meiduo... How could she become Banda Lam?"
Liu Xia said angrily, "Hey, I'm talking to you! Don't always talk about Meiduo! Hey, I... Eh? Meiduo? Why does that name sound so familiar? Hey, which Meiduo are you talking about? There are many Tibetan girls named Meiduo."
Li Yundong smiled bitterly. He shook his head and said to Liu Xia, "What do you mean, which one? It's the girl that we met before."
Liu Xia was stunned. She asked tentatively, "Is it the one that loves singing very much?"
Li Yundong sighed and said, "Yes, but I think... I will have no chance to hear her singing anymore."
Liu Xia suddenly opened her mouth wide and said, "What? Meimei is Banda Lam? Are you kidding me? I, I talked to her? Oh my god... I heard that those who have seen her true body will all die. I, I won't die, will I?"
Li Yundong shook his head and said, "It won't happen. Only when Tsing Lam decides to perish together with others will she show her true body and take the enemy to hell with her. She wouldn't have done that to you when you saw her."
Only then did Liu Xia feel relieved. She patted her chest and breathed a sigh of relief. "That's good!" But soon, she asked curiously, "But how do you know this?"
Li Yundong had a gloomy look on his face. After a moment of silence, he said, "Let's go. Let's go to Potala Palace. I'm going to look for Master Erdeni."
Liu Xia muttered in a low voice, "It's a question of whether we can find him..." When she saw Li Yundong looking at her, she immediately smiled and said, "Okay, I'll take you there. Anyway, don't blame me if you can't find him."
Li Yundong smiled and said nothing more. He took the lead and walked out of the end of the alley and onto the crowded street.
Liu Xia shook his head, sighed helplessly, and chased after him.
In order to get along with Li Yundong for a little more time, Liu Xia deliberately took him on a big detour from Bakuo Street. Along the way, they passed by the gate of the Great Zhao Temple, then went to Yaowang Mountain and the Ramoche Temple. After wandering around for a while, they finally arrived at Potala Palace.
Li Yundong observed and knew Liu Xia's intentions very clearly, but he didn't speak of it. He just listened to Liu Xia's vivid and lively introduction of these famous Buddhist scenic spots while enjoying the surrounding scenery.
Along the way, Li Yundong passed by the princess willows in front of the Great Zhao Temple, and then passed through the prayer wheel street. Under the low eaves, there was a long row of golden prayer wheels. Countless Tibetan believers were holding small prayer wheels in one hand, while the other hand was making the large prayer wheels on the wall rotate with incomparable piety.
When the two arrived at the foot of Potala Palace, it was already after noon. Li Yundong looked up and saw that Potala Palace was sitting steadily between heaven and earth. It was built on a mountain and overlapped with many buildings. The palace was lofty and majestic, with a kind of momentum that could penetrate the sky.
In particular, Li Yundong looked at it from a distance, only to see a solid white granite wall, a loose, flat white grass wall collar, a magnificent golden rooftop, a giant gold bottle, a stone Buddhist pillar and a streamer with lavish decoration. The sharp contrast between red, white, and yellow made people feel awe at first sight.
Liu Xia looked at the majestic Potala Palace with awe in her eyes. She could not help but put her palms together and say, "Every time I come here, I feel that this place is very sacred. There seems to be an incredible power around me."
Li Yundong looked around, only to see countless believers falling to the ground everywhere. They knelt down slowly along the mountain road and bowed to Potala Palace, like they were part of a gray river slowly flowing up the mountain.
Li Yundong sighed and said, "The power that has been gathered here for hundreds of years, of course, it's sacred! However, it's a pity that Srongtsen Gampo didn't respect the God of Heaven and built a thousand palaces and houses in Potala Palace. In the end, he incurred divine punishment... If it weren't for the fact that the Divine Tribulation had once dispelled the faith power that Potala Palace had gathered, the power would have grown and would have been much stronger now."
Liu Xia could not help but ask curiously, "Hey, what are you talking about? What are you praising? What do you mean by saying Songtsen Gampo incurred divine punishment? Why don't I know that?"
Li Yundong looked at the magnificent and majestic Potala Palace. Suddenly, he felt a sense of ancientness in his heart. He sighed and said, "In the past, in order to celebrate his marriage to the princess of Chi Zun in Nepal, Srongtsen Gampo was praised for his future life. He built Potala Palace, here which consists of as many as 999 palaces..."
Liu Xia said curiously, "I know that, but what does it have to do with divine punishment?"
Li Yundong smiled and said, "Do you know why there are only around 900 palaces and houses in the Forbidden City of the Forbidden City?"
Liu Xia exclaimed as realization dawned on her, "Ah, I understand! It's only for the sake of not exceeding a thousand palaces and houses of the Jade Emperor's Palace, so as not to anger the God of heaven, right?"
Li Yundong nodded and said with a smile, "Yes, that's right."
Liu Xia asked in confusion again, "But didn't you just say that Srongtsen Gampo only built 999 palaces? It means that he was still in awe of the God of heaven."
Li Yundong shook his head and said, "Unfortunately, he also built an extra cultivation palace, which made it one thousand in total!"
Liu Xia said in surprise, "Ah! Why did he build that cultivation palace? There are so many houses, any one of them could be used for cultivation."
Li Yundong sighed and said, "He had eyes bigger than his stomach! Srongtsen Gampo praised himself for thinking that he was the reincarnation of Guanyin Bodhisattva, so he specially built a cultivation room for him to watch the world from... As a result, Potala Palace, which contains a thousand palaces, incurred the Heavenly Thunder. The palaces were destroyed and burned by lightning. The Tubo Empire, established by Srongtsen Gampo, was also destroyed. That was the result of not respecting the Gods..."
Liu Xia laughed as she listened. "You're talking quite descriptively, but this is just a legend. It's a superstition. You can't trust it."
Li Yundong shook his head and said to Liu Xia seriously, "Then why does the Forbidden City only have more than 900 but no less than 1,000 palaces and houses and have not been destroyed yet?"
Liu Xia said, "This has something to do with the Qing Dynasty choosing Beijing as its capital city and the following war, right?"
Li Yundong pointed to the sky and said, "The heavens have eyes, and people should be afraid of them! When the world doesn't know how to respect the heavens, all living things will be punished!"
Liu Xia was stunned by what Li Yundong had said. She subconsciously looked up at the sky and saw that there seemed to be a pair of eyes staring at her from above with serious pressure.
She shivered. She quickly put her palms together and said, "Amitabha, I'm very respectful. Don't punish me!"
Li Yundong smiled and was about to speak when he suddenly heard a sneer from the side. "Superstition!"
Li Yundong and Liu Xia turned their heads and saw a boy dressed in fashionable clothes with a smart, beautiful girl in his arms looking at them with distaste.
Liu Xia said somewhat unhappily, "Hey, comrade, who are you talking about?"
The boy laughed and said, "Comrade? Don't tease me. How can you call me that in this century?"
Liu Xia said with a strange look, "Aren't you a Comrade?" [TL: Comrade is slang for gay in Chinese]
Only then did the boy realize that there was something wrong with Liu Xia's tone. He said angrily, "You are gay. Your whole family is gay. Don't you see that I am a man?"
Liu Xia covered her mouth in surprise and said, "Ah? You are a man? I didn't see it. I'm sorry! Ah, I made a mistake. If you were really gay, I should have called you lesbian just now!"
Since Liu Xia was a tour guide, she was naturally sharp-tongued. With just a few words, she made the boy speechless.
Li Yundong just glanced at him lightly, as if he didn't want to argue with such a little boy. He smiled and said to Liu Xia, "Forget it, the concepts are different. There's nothing to say. Is Master Erdeni here?"
Liu Xia had taken advantage of the guy verbally and turned back as if she had returned to court. She smiled at Li Yundong and said, "Yes, but I don't know which palace he lives in."
Li Yundong smiled and said, "Thank you for bringing me here. I'll go in and find him by myself."
Liu Xia was very disappointed. "Ah? You don't need me to take you in? Aren't you afraid of getting lost inside? It's very big in there!"
Li Yundong said with a smile, "It's okay. I can ask someone for help."
As soon as he finished speaking, the boy next to him couldn't help but laugh out loud. His laughter was full of sarcasm and ridicule. "You're killing me here. Ask someone? Hey, country bumpkin, do you know who the master is? Do you think you can meet him as you wish? People like me can't even meet him. Who do you think you are..."
Before Li Yundong could respond, he saw a Lama wearing a yellow robe and a high hat coming over. He walked over to Li Yundong with a smile, put his palms together, and said, "Zhenren Li, we meet again!"