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. I was born in 1954, sign of the Horse.
Master Lu: “Sign of the Horse” means “year of the Horse”. So when you see the Horse, you would be like, “ha ha ha ha ha ha”. [In Chinese, “sign of the Horse” sounds like “laughing at a horse”.] This is called “laughing at a horse”. Alright, you’re now a laughing at a horse. What do you want to ask?
Enquirer: I want to have a look at the fortune throughout the life journey. It’s full of bumps and obstacles.
Master Lu: 1954, year of the Horse, male or female?
Enquirer: I’m talking about myself.
Master Lu: Oh, it’s you. When you were young, you were too tough. Do you understand?
Enquirer: How tough?
Master Lu: My goodness. She’s so care-free. She’s asking me how tough. She made it sound like it’s Master Lu who is tough, not her who is tough. In other words, this word “tough” doesn’t mean you are capable. It means that sometimes when you’re with people, you are difficult to deal with. Do you understand? You’re not very tolerant of others.
Enquirer: Oh. It’s like that.
Master Lu: “It’s like that.” It seems like I’m not talking about her. Ah. Let me tell you, you were born into a relatively wealthy family. Do you understand? And ever since you were little, you have been very good at thinking and you’re very smart. But, you always say that others don’t treat you well. You can never forgive others. Even now I can see that in your mind, there are still certain things that you can’t forgive others for.
Enquirer: But Master Lu, let me tell you, since I was little, my family was very poor. Also, since I was little, I was given to another family to be taken care of.
Master Lu: Was the family that took you in wealthy?
Enquirer: Also not wealthy.
Master Lu: What did the family do?
Enquirer: Ordinary tradesman.
Master Lu: Let me tell you, from your Totem, this family should be quite wealthy but they didn’t give you the money to spend. Do you understand? Just let me tell you something. This family had a house. It’s their own house. When you were given to this family, the family had their own house.
Master Lu: But would you call someone poor if they have their own house? Whether they give you the money to spend, that’s another concept. Do you understand?
Enquirer: But in my entire life, I’ve had many twists and turns.
Master Lu: Yes. This is because according to your fate, you were born to repay karmic debts. You owe your life to your biological mother and father as the karmic debts. So they… Soon after you were born, they left you. Gradually over time, after they gave you away, they didn’t live long. It should be like this, right?
Enquirer: Oh. Should be like this.
Master Lu: I can’t perform Totem Enquiry anymore. It would be out of control if I continue to perform Totem Enquiry. I can see events from very, very far away. This is the first point. Secondly, listen to me, you and your foster parents, the relationship is based on negative karmic ties. Even though they raised you, their relationship with you would not be very good.
Enquirer: But my foster parents have also passed away.
Master Lu: You don’t have to tell me this. But, because you have negative karmic ties with them, before they passed away, their relationship with you was always not very good. Do you understand?
Master Lu: Alright. Madam, I am not going to do story-telling with you.
Enquirer: No, Master Lu, I would like to ask you a question. My husband was born in 1947, year of the Pig, but his personality is the type that is very belligerent.
Master Lu: Yes, he came into your life to collect karmic debts.
Enquirer: You mean to me?
Master Lu: Yes, so he always bullies you. I can teach you a method, do you want to learn? So that from now on whenever he sees you, he would nod his head and bow to you. But I don’t want to teach people like you.
Enquirer: Then what about me?
Master Lu: What about you? You are too tough. I apologise to all the gentlemen.
Enquirer: No, it’s not like that.
Master Lu: From now on, you should recite more Heart Sutra (Hsin Ching). Okay?
Master Lu: Also, you should recite the Great Compassion Mantra (Ta Pei Chou). Then you should say, “Guan Yin Bodhisattva… Guan Yin Bodhisattva please have mercy and compassion for me, help my husband, <full name>, so that he can gain wisdom and realisation, and treat me better.” Then you can recite the Mantra to Untie Karmic Knots (Chieh Chieh Chou). Gradually, you will see that, he will treat you better and better. He won’t criticise you that much. Okay?
Enquirer: Oh, is that so? Then do I need to recite Little Houses?
Master Lu: You need to recite 49 Little Houses.
Enquirer: You mean after the 49 Little Houses…
Master Lu: You can recite 1 Little House per week. You can see if you will improve or not. I have helped people like you, I can tell you that I don’t even remember exactly how many.
Enquirer: Ah. Okay.
Master Lu: Alright?
Enquirer: Thank you.