[From the Editor] The following is an extract from “The Art of Applying Comprehensive Metaphysics” radio program on 27th November 2012. The caller enquired about his fortunes. In the Totem, the Dog’s legs are stuck in the mud. The caller said that he had a lot of misfortune for over a decade. Master Lu revealed that it was due to the wrongdoings that he had committed. In dismay, the caller asked what he had done. Master Lu told him that he performed killings, which the caller initially denied. Master Lu asked him whether he has killed ants with hot water before. The caller suddenly realised and admitted this. Master Lu further pointed out that the caller has skin problems including itchiness and eczema. These are all due to the negative karmas generated from scalding a large number of ants. Although ants are small, they are still living beings. Changes of significant quantity transform the nature of the resulting impact. Killing a large number of ants generates severe negative karmas. It is important for us to have mercy, compassion, and respect for all living beings.

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Caller: I’m so lucky, Master Lu! I was born in 1982, Year of the Dog. I want to ask about my fortunes. It hasn’t been very good.

Master Lu: In your Totem, the Dog’s legs are stuck in the mud, and can’t get out.

Caller: Oh, I have been unlucky for over a decade now.

Master Lu: This is not about fortunes. You have done something wrong.

Caller: What did I do wrong?

Master Lu: You have performed killings.

Caller: I haven’t killed anything in my life!

Master Lu: Ants, have you poured hot water on them? A whole bunch of them!

Caller: Oh, I have done this before.

Master Lu: Isn’t this a wrongdoing? You have killed so many ants. This generates severe negative karmas. Do you understand?

Caller: Oh, I know now! What should I do?

Master Lu: You have just started practising Buddhism. You need to perform recitations to resolve this. Recite the Amitabha Pure Land Mantra (Wang Sheng Chou) 49 times per day for 3 to 6 months. This would eliminate some of the negative karmas.

Caller: Oh.

Master Lu: The condition of your skin is not good, and you often have itchiness.

Caller: Hm, yes, a bit.

Master Lu: You have eczema.

Caller: Yes, yes, yes, yes. Is it because of this?

Master Lu: This is all related to the ants! That’s why I explicitly mention about the ants.

Caller: Oh…