Especially in the early stages of cultivation, there was no room for even the slightest error. 

But to Su Yi, none of that posed a problem.

In this life, he’d used the Pine and Crane Body Refining Technique to cultivate the Martial Dao anew.
At step along of the Blood Circulation Realm, he’d forged foundations far sturdier than his past self.

It was no exaggeration to say that should he return to the Nine Provinces, his Martial Dao foundations would surpass all peerless monsters and unparalleled immortal beauties beneath the heavens!

This was why Su Yi planned to begin his soul cultivation earlier than most. 

This wasn’t recklessness; his decision came from his understanding of his current foundations.

The reason I got stuck at the peak of the Profound Unity Realm in my past life, the reason I couldn’t so much as brush against higher levels of the Dao, was partially because I wasn’t fated for it; there was no turning point of fate or stroke of fortune for me to seize.
But it was also partially because the foundations of my soul cultivation were insufficiently powerful. 

Su Yi began sifting through and summarizing the experiences of harsh lessons of his past life.

At the end of the day, it’s because when I began cultivating my soul, I lacked an exquisite, peerless soul cultivation method.
As a result, the foundations I established in my youth were far too ordinary. 

Even though in the tens of thousands of years that followed, I sought out every secret technique, treasure, and divine medicine capable of nourishing and enhancing the soul, it was hard to fix the fundamental inadequacies of my foundations…

Now that I’ve reincarnated, I cannot allow my earlier mistakes to play out once more!

Su Yi’s gaze was calm, but his eyes contained an ancient, unshakeable resolve.

It was only after suffering the consequences that he realized just how important the early stages of cultivation were.
There was no room for even the slightest negligence!

He needed to use steadfast determination, boldness, and breadth of spirit to polish his soul.
No matter what, he couldn’t rush this process. 

Of the secret techniques at my disposal, countless involve the soul in some way.
Each has their own distinctive attributes and profundities, but only a select few can truly be said to stand above all others. 

In this life, I must cultivate a perfect, flawless soul.
I don’t just have to be stronger than I was at the same stage in my past life; I have to be stronger than everyone at my cultivation level.
In that case, I have to choose my soul cultivation technique with the utmost care.

As Su Yi pondered, three different secret soul cultivation techniques floated up into his mental sea.

The Amitabha’s Heaven Reflecting Sutra is the highest inheritance of the top Buddhist cultivation holy land of the Nine Provinces, ‘the Little Western Paradise.’ With it, I can cultivate twenty-four lotus platforms within my soul.
When they bloom, their light will illuminate the heavens.

Unfortunately, this particular sutra requires secret Buddhist techniques as supplements.
You have to be fearless and indomitable, remaining still and seated even while undergoing the six purgatories.
You must undergo life and death meditation for eight thousand years to forge a full set of perfect soul lotus platforms.
Only then can your soul be as a lotus, blooming with light that illuminates the marvelous truths of the heavens. 

It was fair to call this the ultimate Buddhist soul cultivation technique, but after pondering for a while, Su Yi gave up on it. 

The Grotto of Profound Light Mental Courtyard Sutra? It’s one of the Four Great Daoist Canons.
If cultivated to the Imperial Realm, the soul will be like a separate world.
This sutra opens the Mental Courtyard and unlocks the profound light hidden within.
It’s as if the user has infinite Mental Courtyards.
They can live forever, unwithering, and manifest as any of the three thousand Spiritual Gods of Profound Light….

Su Yi pondered in silence for a long time.
In the end, he sighed, then gave up on this peerless technique of the Daoist way.

This was for no other reason than that this secret art was particularly stringent in its requirements.
From day one, users had to cultivate another peerless Daoist inheritance alongside it, “the Supreme Clarity Vital Energy Sutra.” 

But Su Yi had peerless secret cultivation methods of his own that he wanted to use.
There was no way he’d start over as a Daoist.

Don’t tell me I really have to cultivate the Universal Self-Embodiment Sutra? Su Yi hesitated for a while.

This soul cultivation technique was something he’d obtained in his past life, the result of a thread of enlightenment he’d gleaned from the ninth of the Divine Chains sealing the Sword of the Nine Hells!

Afterward, he used his own intelligence to further grasp its profundities.
This, combined with the original thread of enlightenment, combined to form this secret soul cultivation method.

In other words, this technique was the combination of 108,000 years of cultivation experience, 108,000 years of accumulated wisdom, and the power of enlightenment originating from the Divine Chains sealing the Sword of the Nine Hells. 

Seth's Thoughts

The name of the technique here was a bit hard to translate…

If you’ve read Perfect World, the Chinese is almost the same as in Shi Hao’s Embodiment Transformation Method.
The only difference is that Su Yi calls this a “sutra”, not a “method”. 

Even though the characters are the same, the technique itself seems pretty different.
Shi Hao’s is a clone technique.
(Here’s a quote for those who haven’t read it/need a refresher: “One that can change the body of another, borrow the dao fruit of another, create a present embodiment! It is heaven-defying, a great method in the Age of Emperor Collapse!”)

But Su Yi’s method is more like… transforming the “other” and making it into your own power or absorbing energy from all available sources and putting it to use.
No cloning involved. 

The original source of the name appears to be Buddhism.
While I can’t say for sure if the authors of the two novels got it from other novels or directly from religious texts, I can say with certainty that neither novel is the original source.

 When I googled it, I got a bunch of Japanese results for 他化自在天, Takejizai-ten, the “Heaven of Freely Enjoying Things Conjured by Others”, also translated as “The Heaven of Controlling Others’ Emanations.” I saw Chinese, Japanese, and even Sanskrit…. 

It’s the sixth of the heaven of the desire realm, apparently? I’m not entirely sure what that means.
For our intents and purposes, it means “putting almost literally anything to use”.

“Mental courtyard”, otherwise known as “mind courtyard” or “governing vessel”, is an accupoint located in the center of the forehead, right by the hairline.
The term comes from Chinese Traditional Medicine. 

I think I’ve mentioned this before, but the choice to translate titles comes at a cost.
English doesn’t have direct equivalents for many Chinese titles, so I do the best I can.
Some detail is lost, but I still prefer that to having a million “guye’s” and “shibo’s” and “daren’s” in the translated text. 

Anyway, the term I’ve been translating as “master” is a standard form of address for a man in normal conversations…. More like “mister” or “sir”. 

However, it’s written with the same characters for “sensei” in Japanese, and does occasionally have the meaning of “teacher” or “master” in Chinese too, especially in older texts.
So this chapter is saying that this normally polite (but otherwise unremarkable title) means something closer to “sensei” when used by martial artists. 

I had to just pick /something/ so I went with “master”, which seems closest to the intended meaning, but it's a bit of an unfortunate compromise, especially since there are so many other terms that include the word “master” in English translation.

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