The following case is extracted from “International Buddhist Conference with Master Lu” Grand Dharma Function in Malaysia on 28 August 2011. Master Lu performed Totem Enquiries live on stage and answered questions from the audience to help them overcome difficulties in their health, career, and everyday issues.
When a person is asking Master Lu to perform Totem Enquiry, if a living person is being enquired, then the year of birth and the Chinese zodiac sign of that person should be stated. If a deceased person is being enquired, then the full name of the deceased and the exact written characters of the name should be stated.
Enquirer: Hi, Master Lu.
Master Lu: Hm.
Enquirer: I’m asking on behalf of my younger brother. He was born in 1979, year of the Ram.
Master Lu: Your younger brother, born in 1979, year of the Ram. What would you like to ask?
Enquirer: He has schizophrenia. My mother is also here. I’m asking this question on his behalf.
Master Lu: Hm.
Enquirer: He has been like this for over ten years. Even though for over ten years, we all knew that there are foreign spirits occupying his body, we haven’t been able to find any solutions to resolve the problem.
Master Lu: You don’t have to say any more. You couldn’t find a solution so you’re here to seek help from me. Ah. Let me tell you, the solution is… Because there is a foreign spirit occupying his body, and it has been occupying and controlling his souls and spirits, that’s why he has been psychologically abnormal for a long time. Do you understand? Sometimes he talks to himself. Sometimes he looks around here and there, as if his souls and spirits are incomplete.
Enquirer: That’s correct.
Master Lu: Do you understand? This is because the foreign spirit is occupying his body. Do you understand? Therefore, let me tell you, if you want to resolve this problem of his, what method do you use? Easy. The solution is to use Little Houses. Little Houses are indeed very good. But you need a large number. If you don’t recite enough, then it wouldn’t be effective. You need many Little Houses to have effects. Do you understand? Wait until you have burnt 100 Little Houses, he will show obvious improvements and you will be very excited and very happy. Do you understand? Illnesses due to spiritual reasons in fact require the treatment for spirits. You need to rely on Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to treat it. Do you understand?
Enquirer: What should I recite?
Master Lu: I just told her that she should recite Little Houses, and now she’s still asking me what to recite.
Enquirer: Because this is my first time, I’m sorry. How many Little Houses should I recite?
Master Lu: I just told you, recite 100 Little Houses first, and it will gradually improve. Okay? Also, this younger brother of yours… At night time, you should leave the lights on. Don’t turn off the lights when he sleeps. Do you understand? Other than that, you should patiently recite the Great Compassion Mantra (Ta Pei Chou) for him. Also, you need to recite the Eighty-eight Buddhas Great Repentance (Li Fo Ta Chan Hui Wen). When he starts getting better, you should also add the recitation of the Aryavalokiteshvara Bodhisattva Vikurvana Dharani (Kuan Yin Ling Kan Chen Yan) for him. His recovery will speed up over time. Also, you should make more fruit offerings to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.
Do you know what’s the meaning behind making fruit offerings? So many people cultivate and pay respects to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas for their entire lives, but they’re unaware of many rules and customs. In fact, making fruit offerings is so that you can experience your karmic fruits quicker. For example, when you sincerely pray to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas for a specific issue, if you make a lot of fruit offerings… Fruit, fruit, fruit. In fact the term “fruit” is referring to “effect” in the phrase “cause and effect”. To allow the karmic fruit to ripen earlier, in fact, the results you are wishing for would come true quicker. You know, when you make flower offerings to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, you would become more and more beautiful. You know, when you make oil offerings to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, your eyesight would get better and better. You haven’t heard of these in the past, right? All you know is making prostrations and bows. But you don’t know the proper method. So today I have taught all of you. It’s best if you have the knowledge from now on.
Then, regarding your younger brother, you should ask him to make more fruit offerings to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas at temples. Okay?
Enquirer: Thank you, Master Lu.