• 2008-03-30

    power of serenity 恬静的力量

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     Emperor Xiao Zong of Ming Dynasty

    I was reading Ming Dynasty history recently and was occasionally saddened by the fact that all the "leading roles",likeable or not,heroes or villains,had all faded into oblivion,swept mercilessly into the musty corner of history...

    Now looking back,All the fame and fortune that they all jockeyed,fought,even killed for in their lifetime was rendered so insignificant you start to become exceptionally philosophical.You ask sobering questions like,Was it worthwhile? What's the point of all the infighting,conspiracies,rancors and killings? Or more to the point yet,what's the point of fighting for the fame and forture after all, since you know you could not expect to outlast the glory or comfort they offer?

    But it's still a saddening fact that everything is now GONE,nothing lasts,nobody,absolutely nobody stays...

    I was especially moved by one female figure while reading and contemplating.She was the concubine of Emperor Xian Zong and the mother of Emperor Xiao Zong(see the portrait).We never knew her name, she was only known as Concubine Ji.She was not a Beijing Native,she was not from Northern China,she was not even a Han person.She was the daughter of a leader of Minority clan in Southwestern China(Hezhou,GuangXi to be exact).Her coming to the capital and becoming the concubine of the reigning emperor is nothing short of a legend.

    As the history goes,Her father rebelled and was suppressed by the emperor.Ji,as his daughter, was taken captive and sent to Beijing to serve as court lady(which was rather customary at that time).Things like this happened a lot in the past,but why,you might wonder,would this ever change her fate,promoting her from semi-serfhood to the coveted position of emperor's concubine?

    Fate is a good thing,so is personality.Her radiating SERENITY catapulted her onto the glorified altar, and into history...

    She was a very serene girl,by nature, and her serenity was so very much charming.Always calm and unperturbed,she EMBRACED her abrupt turn of Fortune.Now that I'm a servant,then Let me be a GOOD and COMPETENT servant,goes her thinking.And Become an excellent servant she did.She was also literate(very rare in Ancient China) and very smart,always able to grasp the root concept of situations.But most likeable of her traits is serenity,that graceful,elegant,disarming serenity.Nothing could ever ruffle her,she always held her cool,her grace,that detached air of her.THIS KIND OF SERENITY,I think and BELIEVE,is the most charming,most lovable,most desirable characteristic a woman would want to boast.

    So desirable that  even the Emperor fell for it.What happened next was not ficition,it was real history.One night, as fate would have it,The Emperor happened to visit the workplace of Ji, and of course,he met her there.At first he just casually asked her a few questions related to her job, and the next moment he was stricken.It was not what she said,or failed to say,but the way she answered the questions,the way she carried herself throughout.As you may have expected,ordinary court ladies would be so surprised and exhilarated by the sudden presence of the Emperor that they all trembled and stammered.But not this Girl.She remained cool and detached,as if she was answering a lost person who politedly asked directions.And she answered detailedly,accurately,pointedly,elegantly,gracefully.Upon finishing,she politely retreated sideways and bowed her head.Right on the spot The Emperor was smitten,by the disarming charm of her serenity.In his eyes,she was so special she differentiated herself from other boring servants.They were just servants,objects,instruments,nothing different from a hand rack,but not this girl.Never.She was a real woman,THE real woman,epitomizing feminism to the utmost.In his eyes,one true woman like her could easily beat thousands of beautiful puppets...

    That night he stayed with her.Soon thereafter she found she was pregnant. And typically enough,she remained calm,doing her job efficiently as usual.Actually a smart girl like her had sensed imminent danger.

    (background info: The head concubine,Wan,took care of the reigning Emperor since he was a child and they grew very close over the years.Capitalizing upon the close bond between the Emperor and her,she ruthlessly ruled the concubines.She herself was too old to be mom, so she couldn't bear to see other concubines bear children.Every time a concubine became pregnant,she sent people to abort the baby.Or if she was mad enough,she could just take the lives of the moms.So The Emperor remained heirless for many years and he began to fear sterility.)

    Ji made a bold move - she decided to give birth to her baby,at the risk of her own life.Thanks to a few kind-hearted eunuchs and concubines,she was able to give birth secretly and the secret remained sealed for 6 years.

    But they could not just keep her son(the legit heir to the throne) for ever.So they let the Emperor know,who was so elated he held the child in his arms and cried,"he is my son!He looks like Me!..."Concubine Wan got to know this shattering news and vowed to cut Ji to pieces.

    True to her trait,Ji calmly committed suicide in her house.She foresaw this at the very beginning and she chose to fit into this fate fearlessly and gracefully.She could  be low-profile and safe,but she chose to BE a proud mom,even if she must embrace death.Alas,how gracefully she embraced it...Just the way she lived her life,she died an elegant death.

    Her son,who later became Emperor Xiao Zong,was an exceptionally good ruler.He worked very hard during his reign, and died at the young age of 36 because of overwork.He was remembered as an outstanding emperor and a remarkable person in history.I think his Mom,Ji,would have been very proud of him.

    Ji led a tragic life.She was taken capitive while very young, and taken away from her hometown.Her loved ones were all slaughtered.She worked very hard at her work while in the Palace,and when she was pregnant she wasn't even allowed to have her own baby.But throughout all these mishaps and hardships,she remained unperturbed,held her cool, retained her inbred grace and serenity,living truthfully her life as a true woman,the most charming woman...

    And she was also a great mom.Would anyone ever be able to doubt it that a mom who chose to sacrifice her own life for her son is a GREAT mom?

     

    近日读明史,颇有沧桑之感.数百年,转瞬而逝,多少俊彦,红颜,志士,英雄尽飘零不见,宛若过眼云烟...
     

    一张张生动的面孔,一个个感人的故事,都无情的隐入了历史的深处...
     

    最让我感动的是明宪宗朱见深妃,明孝宗朱祐樘生母纪淑妃.这个来自广西贺县的被诛灭土司的女儿,被当作俘虏带到了北京,做了宫女.她温柔贤静,从富贵小姐沦落为婢仆,她从不怨天尤人,只是默默的尽心的做着她的工作;史传她貌美恬静,还知书达理,聪颖贤淑.一日在宫中与宪宗偶遇(真是注定),皇问其话,她不同于一般的宫女哆嗦,激动,语无伦次,而是镇静,从容,优雅的问答,答完娴静的退到一旁....这是一个太不一般的女子,她的美是那么静静的打动人,与世无争的光彩着...朱见深惊呆了.他第一次见识到温柔恬静的魅力.他"临幸"了她.不久她怀孕.在一般宫女看来,这是件足以令人欣喜若狂的事.可是纪姑娘还是一如既往细心的,有条不紊的做着她的工作.仿佛一切都不曾发生过.聪慧的她甚至还意识到了危机

    ...后宫的万贵妃仗着和皇帝从小相依为命,不离不弃的资本,无情的统治着后宫,不允许任何一个女人对她的权威构成威胁...

    纪姑娘知道自己生下这个孩子,她就必定活不长了,可是她还是毅然生下了他--后来的明孝宗朱祐樘.母爱的力量总是这样的让人感动.在后宫好心太监和妃子的帮助下,这个孩子生下后被隐藏了6年(我再一次被人性的善良感动了,6年在纷繁复杂的后宫这个消息都不曾被万贵妃得知....)毕竟纸包不住火,皇帝最终被告知他有了自己的儿子.宪宗惊喜万分,搂着孩子哭着说"他像我,他像我..."(我想这不仅是懦弱一生的宪宗也是薄命一生的纪姑娘最大的安慰).万贵妃被彻底激怒了,她疯狂的进行了反扑.在小朱祐樘被立为太子一个月后,纪姑娘在寓所死去.死因是谜,但是流传最广的说法是她从容自尽了.
     

    纪姑娘一生历经苦难,但她不卑不亢,不怨天尤人,始终保持她迷人的优雅恬静.在死亡面前仍是那么从容的做出选择,让母爱的光辉万古流芳!
     

    她的儿子,明孝宗朱祐樘是个明朝历史上罕有的明君,他励精图治,鞠躬尽瘁,最终操劳过度于36岁时就英年早逝,在史书上留下了不灭的业绩,他的妈妈纪姑娘一定会感到特别的欣慰!

    请记住这个不一般的女人,史称纪淑妃,我们不知道她的名字,她的家族,甚至她的年龄,但是我们知道她以柔弱恬静的女性魅力让历史折服,让人们铭记...

    向这位来自中国南方(今广西贺州)的优雅而伟大的女性致以最崇高的敬意!

     

     

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