Excerpt from Master Lu’s Q&A (263), 4 November 2018
7 October 2018 was like any ordinary day. After paying respect to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and reciting sutras in the Guan Yin Citta Centre, a whirl of mist appeared, encircling the room. Soon after, my consciousness entered a deep slumber, and through the haziness, I arrived at the top of another Hell.
The Hell of Great Cauldron of Boiling Oil: For those who commit acts of extreme evil and atrocities, they will be punished in other Hells before being sent to this Hell and thrown into the cauldron. Their souls will then be dispersed without a trace.
There were approximately seven or eight rows of enormous cauldrons filled with boiling oil. In each row were dozens of evenly distributed black cauldrons, each one being able to accommodate several souls. A label hanging at the side of each cauldron contained the names of various countries, indicating the origin of the souls.
Anybody committing acts of extreme evil and atrocity when they are alive will be transferred here after serving their time in other Hells. Their souls will be thrown into these boiling cauldrons and fried until completely dispersed. The cauldrons are gigantic, and so are the enforcement officers, who are bigger and more powerful than the ones in the Unintermittent Hell.
One of them said to me: “I am the enforcement officer of this Hell. In the past, there were not so many cauldrons, and they were a lot smaller. With the development and progress of human society, the rate at which people create negative karma has also increased significantly.
“In the past, people didn’t dare commit such evil deeds. But today, for the sake of pursuing more wealth, fame and power, they do whatever it takes, even if that means stealing, making unethical profits, hurting others and so on. As such, the number of cauldrons steadily increases. When we receive notice of all the offences committed by a soul, they will be dropped into the frying oil and be completely dispersed. To be clear, the soul disappears completely, ceasing to exist.
“Nowadays, many people appear good only on the surface. They may be rich, powerful and reputable, but behind the scenes they have committed a bevy of evil deeds. Most had cultivated to a very high level in their previous lives, but upon return to the Human Realm they became deluded and defiled and began to commit atrocious acts. Right now, the Underworld is compiling a list of every offence committed in the Human Realm. When these people’s worldly blessings are completely depleted and their lives come to an end, enforcement officers will be dispatched to drag their souls to the court of the Underworld for trial. They will then be sent to different Hells for punishment before being sent here and thrown into the cauldron. In the Human Realm, even if you’re rich, famous and powerful, so what? You can’t take any of it with you when you die – only karma follows you. It is so pitiful and sad.”
An enforcement officer was escorting a male offender. The officer read from a scroll: “Offender [Name] of [Name of the country]. As a person in a position of leadership, you engaged in acts of corruption and abuse of law. You hired a person to murder those who threatened your political ambition and framed those who were upright and just. You committed a countless number of deeds of sexual misconduct and even abused your power to threaten and coerce women. Although in the Human Realm nobody knew about your wicked deeds, Heaven and the Underworld cannot tolerate them. After your death, you served your time in other Hells before being sent here and thrown into the oil cauldron.”
Having read this, the officer threw the offender into the cauldron and he sank to the bottom amid terrible sounds of deep-frying. His body and bones vanished instantly, leaving only a black slag-like residue floating inside the cauldron. A trail of black smoke emerged from the bottom of the cauldron, sticking to the residue. The enforcement officer used a sieve to remove the black residue from the oil and poured it into the drains at the front of the cauldron.
Another offender was subject to the same process. From a scroll, the enforcement officer read out: “Offender [Name] of [Name of the country]. Your influence in your country cannot be underestimated. Despite your high social status, you colluded with other unscrupulous business people, oppressed ordinary people, embezzled a huge amount of national funds, and were involved in numerous deaths. Although in the Human Realm nobody knew what you were doing, after death you will be transferred to other great Hells to receive punishment before being sent here and thrown into the oil cauldron.”
In another case: “Offender [Name] of [Name of the country]. You helped both gangsters and people in the public sector conduct money laundering; you colluded with government officials and businessmen; you engaged in the country’s arms deals; you provided prostitutes to upper echelons for profits; and you committed sexual misconduct. After death, you will be transferred to other great Hells to receive punishment before being sent here and thrown into the oil cauldron.”
And another: “Offender [Name] of [Name of the country]. You were an influential gangster involved in smuggling and drug trafficking. You killed people; you caused numerous women to become depraved in the sex industry; and you colluded with high-ranking government officials, assisting them in perpetrating crime. Like the others, after death, you will be transferred to other great Hells to receive punishment before being sent here and thrown into the oil cauldron.”
After witnessing all this, my consciousness began to return, and I was back in the Human Realm.
Master Jun Hong Lu’s reply:
It is all real. When the black residue created by the souls’ deep-frying in the cauldron is poured into the drains, it is carried to the Human Realm’s cesspit and gradually reborn into various small insects and bugs. In the process, their spirits are lost and cease to exist. I’ve said it before, and this is why you should never, ever commit such unwholesome deeds. You cannot deceive the Bodhisattvas, gods or spirits. Those who commit evil will surely undergo retribution. It’s utterly pitiful.