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.
Master Lu: Today, Master Lu is very happy with be with all of you. So, for tonight, do you think that… Just now you have seen those two people, and now we have another one from Singapore with final stage cancer. Do you think we should give her a chance? Ah-ya, we really should thank Guan Yin Bodhisattva. There’s really no other choice. Master Lu wouldn’t lie to you. She’s in the final stage of cancer. You see? Her face is full of sorrow. Really. Now can you tell Master Lu? Don’t cry. Tell me, what kind of illness do you have? You have cancer, I know. But you have to tell me the exact location. Mammary gland or somewhere else?
Enquirer: All of it.
Master Lu: All of the mammary gland. Has it already spread?
Enquirer: It became stiff.
Master Lu: Where did it start?
Enquirer: Back in March I had an operation already. The doctors found that there were many tumours in my abdomen. They said it’s cancer.
Master Lu: Oh, you have many tumours, right? Hm. Let me have a look for you.
Enquirer: At night time, I feel severe pain.
Master Lu: I know. I would like to ask you, have the doctors now confirmed that you have cancer or not?
Enquirer: The doctors say that I only have several months to live.
Master Lu: Ah-yo. You see, poor thing. Think about it, for people living in the world like this, we should have sympathy for them. So to her, this is the end of the world. So each of you should be a good person. Master Lu is telling all of you, please don’t eat any more live creatures. If you eat live creatures, it would be very easy for you to get cancer. Do you understand? Tell me, which year were you born?
Enquirer: 1954, year of the Horse.
Master Lu: 1954, year of the Horse. Oh. On the left side. Ah. The cancer has spread on the left side. Let me tell you, I see a foreign spirit of a little boy. Have you aborted a baby boy?
Enquirer: Yes, I miscarried.
Master Lu: You did. Ah. Let me tell you, it’s quite problematic. The spirit of this child is now occupying your body. Originally, this child came into your life to collect karmic debts from you. You miscarried him. You committed new crimes on top of your existing crimes. Now he has come to claim your life. Do you understand? So now are you able to repent yourself?
Enquirer: How do I repent?
Master Lu: Think about it. What have you done to him? You weren’t careful. Do you have responsibility or not? A mother walking on the street, if she loses her child and her child dies, tell me, is this mother responsible?
Enquirer: Not responsible.
Master Lu: You see? This is a person with cancer. Why does she have cancer? She said the mother is not responsible. All of you tell me, is the mother responsible?
Master Lu: I think you deserve to die. How can such a person exist? You murdered your child, do you understand? You miscarried because you weren’t careful. It doesn’t matter. It was miscarried from your body, so you’re responsible for that. Do you understand?
Enquirer: It’s because I was too young and I didn’t know what’s right or wrong.
Master Lu: Yes. You were too young and you didn’t know what’s right or wrong. Now Master Lu tells you, and now you should understand. Do you see how Master Lu saves people’s lives? To save people like her, it requires the method that I used just now. Now she admits her wrongdoing. Good. Next, step two is that I will help you to cure your illness. You listen to me, now from your Totem, I can see that your condition is not as serious as what the doctors described. Your cancer cells are from here to here. Do you understand? Partially spread. The density of the cancer cells is not very concentrated. Do you understand? It means that it’s not too serious. In fact, the doctors know that your condition is very serious but now I can see it. It’s very simple. Your condition is sometimes stable, sometimes unstable. From the time when you were diagnosed with cancer, your examination report showed that the index for cancer cells was sometimes high, sometimes low. Tell us, is this true?
Enquirer: Yes. So Master Lu please help me.
Master Lu: So now, let me tell you, if the index can be high, then it can be low as well. Right?
Master Lu: So today, you have cancer cells, it’s not good. You want to change it into something good. It’s also achievable. In fact, cancer is not frightening. What’s frightening is yourself. Why? You are continuously committing wrongdoings and the cancer cells are continuously growing. When you often perform good deeds, the index for cancer cells would come down. That’s why a person should perform good deeds and accumulate virtues. For a situation like yours, in fact, cancer cells are like your body temperature. Your body temperature can be high today and low tomorrow. Many people think that diabetes is an illness that cannot be cured for life. In fact, for diabetes, your blood sugar can also be high today and low tomorrow. Therefore, it’s also curable. So you should remember, your situation can be bad today, but you can also be cured. In the past, your condition could be good and could also be bad. It mainly depends on yourself. But Master Lu would like you to change a few areas. In your previous lives, you have committed many wrongdoings and generated many negative karmas. Let’s not talk about that. Then in your present life, you’re mean and unkind. So now, it’s best for you to be honest with me. If you want Master Lu to save this life of yours, now you have to admit, when you were young, were you mean and unkind?
Master Lu: Alright, someone come and take her away for execution! Ha ha. Alright. You see, she’s smiling now. Now that you have acknowledged that you have committed wrongdoings, it means that you can be saved. Just like a small child who does something wrong and then the child corrects the wrongs, the parents would be happy. Right? Today you’re able to come to see Master Lu, and everyone knows that Master Lu is a living Bodhisattva. You also know it in your heart. Today you can be saved. But now the foreign spirit that’s occupying your body is urgently asking you for Little Houses. For the first batch, you need to recite 87 Little Houses.
Enquirer: What’s the deadline?
Master Lu: As soon as possible. Now you should spend some time to appeal to those Dharma cultivators in Malaysia who are already cultivating their mind and reciting Little Houses,. Ask them to help you. You should say, “Guan Yin Bodhisattva, please have mercy and compassion for me, <full name>, please save me. I will definitely perform recitations mindfully and sincerely. Guan Yin Bodhisattva, please extend my life.” In fact, your destined lifespan hasn’t reached an end yet. You lifespan has been shortened. In the past, perhaps you were in the food industry, perhaps you have committed killings, or perhaps you opened a shop. Have you?
Enquirer: I have.
Master Lu: You have. Did you hear that? Therefore, don’t commit this kind of wrongdoings. If you do these things, you will receive your karmic retributions in the end. Do you understand? Therefore, I hope that you will learn from your mistakes. From now on, you should think, “I’m not doing it anymore. I’m not doing it anymore.” “Guan Yin Bodhisattva, please forgive me and the wrongdoings that I have committed in the past. I will definitely use my money to perform Life Liberation.”
Enquirer: My 87 Little Houses… Do I have to perform all the recitations myself?
Master Lu: You perform the recitations yourself. But what I just said was that, you can appeal to the Dharma cultivators in Malaysia and ask them to help you. But you should also make Great Vows. “I promise I will be mindful and respectful, and I will do this and that…” You must understand this. Master Lu really can’t help it. I saw something again. She’s also a person who hides money. She cares about money more than her life. Does everyone know what is called, “Care about money more than one’s life”? Now you know. Now you should remember, take the money out and use it for Life Liberation. Okay? She said, “Okay”. Tell everyone. Speak louder.
Enquirer: I would like to vow to Guan Yin Bodhisattva, I will be a full vegetarian. I will donate 1000 copies of Master Lu’s books and Buddhist sutra booklets.
Master Lu: You see? Be a full vegetarian, donate books. Teach others and let others advance in their Buddhist learning. Right? Okay. If you do this, let me tell you, you can be saved. Alright? You should remember, Bodhisattva is merciful and compassionate.
Enquirer: So how many fish should I release?
Master Lu: For you… Everyone tell her how many?
Audience: 1000 fish!
Master Lu: Yo. You’re all so good. The number that I wanted you to say, you all said it. Alright?
Enquirer: Need to recite 87 Little Houses.
Master Lu: For you, Little Houses.
Enquirer: After 87 Little Houses, I don’t need to recite anymore?
Master Lu: She said that after she finishes the 87 Little Houses, she doesn’t need to recite anymore. You, let me tell you, people like you, your health improves a bit, ah, improves a bit, and you become careless again. And you start committing those wrongdoings again. Do you understand? You have to remember, now you must change and you must recite for the rest of your life. It’s not just 87 Little Houses. So after you finish reciting 87 Little Houses, every week you still need to recite 3 Little Houses.
Enquirer: 3 Little Houses per week.
Master Lu: Ah. Alright?
Enquirer: How many times should I recite for the Great Compassion Mantra (Ta Pei Chou)?
Master Lu: For the Great Compassion Mantra (Ta Pei Chou), 49 times. You absolutely cannot stop reciting this. Okay?
Enquirer: How about the Heart Sutra (Hsin Ching)?
Master Lu: You should recite the Heart Sutra (Hsin Ching) 21 times per day.
Enquirer: The Eighty-eight Buddhas Great Repentance (Li Fo Ta Chan Hui Wen)?
Master Lu: 3 times per day.
Enquirer: Don’t need to recite anything else.
Master Lu: Other than that, you should recite the Mantra to Untie Karmic Knots (Chieh Chieh Chou). This is because you have generated many negative karmic ties with many sentient beings. Okay? After you perform your recitations, you need to perform Life Liberation, and make Great Vows.
Enquirer: How many times should I recite for the Mantra to Untie Karmic Knots (Chieh Chieh Chou)?
Master Lu: For the Mantra to Untie Karmic Knots (Chieh Chieh Chou), let me tell you, you need to recite more. 49 times per day, okay?
Enquirer: If I have to recite all of these then I don’t have time to sleep.
Master Lu: You see? She said that if she has to perform recitations, she doesn’t have time to sleep. You see, let me tell you something, okay? Let me tell you. It doesn’t matter if you don’t sleep. Just go ahead and sleep. You can sleep forever. You can sleep and you don’t have to wake up. Go ahead and sleep. Someone come and take her away for execution! Ha ha ha ha. Do you understand? Now you know. Saving lives is critical.
Enquirer: Recite the Great Compassion Mantra (Ta Pei Chou) 49 times per day.
Master Lu: Yes. It’s all being recorded for you. Okay? Stand up for me. Be happy. And thank Guan Yin Bodhisattva. You see? Happy now? Now do you feel that you can be saved? Tell everyone, can you be saved?
Master Lu: It’s most important that a person has faith. We need to have the mindset. As long as we have faith in Guan Yin Bodhisattva, we won’t have any problems. Everyone tell me, is that right?
Master Lu: Alright, happy now. You instantly have more energy. Let me tell you, for cancer, many people die from fear. It’s true. Originally you’re well. Then as soon as you’re diagnosed with cancer, you cry. Nonsense. Alright.