Excerpt from Master Lu’s Q&A (265), 17 November 2018
On 29 September 2018, as I was performing the recitation after paying respect to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, I received a thought message from Guan Yin Bodhisattva. “Child, don’t be afraid. Your soul has been repeatedly led to Hell because of the heinously evil deeds committed by people in the Human Realm. In future, more layers of Hell will be built. It is also because of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva’s mercy and compassion for those evil-doers and the disciples of Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door. He truly hopes that they will not fall into Hell. My heart aches when I see disciples amassing wealth in the name of Buddhism on social media platforms such as WeChat, Facebook, WhatsApp, QQ, Weibo and so on. I have instructed a Dharma Protector to lead you to the Hell where beings who have amassed wealth illicitly and committed the karma of killing are punished. On your return to the Human Realm, remember to write an account of your trip to caution people against creating evil karma! You have no time to lose, because time now passes more quickly than ever before.”
Guan Di Bodhisattva said: “I’ll instruct Dharma Protectors to punish those who are recalcitrant and fail to repent sincerely. Beware! Beware!”
The Hell of Great Burning Flame: Those who amass wealth illicitly and commit heinous karma of killing, especially those who profit from killing lives, will be punished here.
I came to a city wall, where even before proceeding further, I could feel the stifling heat in the air. The old and dark city gate was shut tight, with the sky above in ember red. Cries of distress, from both male and female, could be heard from the inside. I would guess that the city could accommodate more than 10,000 beings from all over the world, but that day, no one stood guard at the gate. I waited for quite some time before an enforcement officer came rushing to me, saying: “I didn’t receive any instruction that someone from the Human Realm would be visiting the Underworld! Where are you from?”
I replied: “I’m a disciple of Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door, and I’ve been instructed by Guan Yin Bodhisattva to write an account of the scenes in Hell.”
The enforcement officer looked up to the sky and asked a few questions. He remained silent for a few seconds before nodding and letting me in.
The city gate opened. I stood on the platform, where stairs on both sides led down to the city. From above, I saw a vast expanse of land devoid of all other buildings. Many cauldrons, scattered so far and wide that I couldn’t begin to count them, billowed smoke. A number of enforcement officers were holding whips. I walked cautiously down the stairs and saw a female soul kneeling down naked, with scabs covering many wounds on her body.
Ignoring her resistance completely, an enforcement officer whipped the female soul. Just then, I received a thought message: “This female offender was engaged in profiteering in the name of Buddhism in places of worship. Moreover, she did not abide by the Buddhist precepts and was involved in sexual misconduct. Hence, she was sent to Hell upon death.”
After whipping her, the enforcement officer pulled her up brutally, shoving her over to a platform where she was ordered to lie down. With a huge axe in his hands, another enforcement officer lifted it above his head and chopped off the offender’s limbs – bones and all – which were then tossed to the ground. I saw more bodies with severed limbs, as well as pieces of human flesh everywhere. The female soul remained conscious. What a hell of an ordeal she was enduring.
The sky is gloomy without the sun in the Underworld. On the following day, the bodies of the offenders suddenly become whole once again only to go through the same ordeal again. These souls are all about to undergo the very same punishment for yet another day, and then another day again until their sentence is fully served.
People who have earned money by committing the karma of killing will also undergo these punishments.
Every two hours, the whole place is set ablaze. The enforcement officers all retreat while the souls inside are burned to death. As their crimes are created by their minds, it is the greed inside of them that has delivered these flames of negative karma. Having illicitly amassed wealth, it is their greed for ill-gotten gains that invite this punishment by fire. It’s so pitiful! Just so pitiful!
To the disciples of Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door, here is a piece of advice: what the Master has said is absolutely true. We must not make use of fellow Buddhists to make money as the punishment in Hell is too unbearable.
After witnessing every pitiful scene in this Hell, the enforcement officer nodded, signalling that I could return to the Human Realm. I made a quick detour past the countless mutilated bodies and headed for the city gate. No sooner had I walked out did I hear an enforcement officer shouting out: “Set the city on fire!” Promptly, the entire city was engulfed by a sea of raging flames.
As always, I found my way to the elevator and, soon, I was awake again.