Excerpt from Master Lu’s Q&A (269), 30 November 2018

Question:

On 24 November 2018, I dreamed that a ray of golden light whisked me off to Heaven. As I passed by layers of white clouds, I soon met with Zhou Tsang Bodhisattva. I was then escorted by Dharma-protecting Bodhisattvas towards the Hall of Guan Di Bodhisattva. When I arrived, I paid respect to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and stood to the side. That day, the Master’s Dharma body was also present. In turn, the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas gave Dharma talks.

The Buddha declared: “All evil stems from the mind. A single evil thought can give rise to countless kinds of evil. Dark clouds within the mind obstruct the inherent Buddha nature, causing sentient beings to become lost in the cycle of rebirth and the sea of suffering. They are unable to see the light as they descend onto evil paths.”

Guan Yin Bodhisattva said: “I wish all Buddhists could preserve and sustain wholeheartedly the compassionate vows of the Buddha, constantly showing compassion and reaching out to sentient beings to help keep them free of suffering. Spread Buddhism far and wide and help more people to become spiritually awakened! The Buddha has sympathy for the plight of sentient beings, and cannot bear to see them end up on a descent to evil paths due to ignorance and delusion. It is for this reason that you are permitted to watch the trials in the Underworld. All disciples should bear their Master’s teachings in mind at all times, as those who abide by the Buddhist precepts are true Buddhists.”

Samantabhadra Bodhisattva continued: “Buddhists of Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door should resolve to be compassionate, practising the giving of Dharma to benefit sentient beings and spreading Buddhism far and wide to help predestined people become spiritually awakened. Then, the Buddha and Dharma Protectors will constantly bless them, keeping them safe and well.”

Zhou Tsang Bodhisattva declared: “Dharma Protectors are joyful in safeguarding those who are diligent in observing the Buddhist precepts at Guan Yin Citta Centre. I dislike those who are boastful, rude and arrogant. I hope that all Buddhists cultivate themselves sincerely and respect their Master. Don’t be a hypocrite!”

Guan Di Bodhisattva said: “If those who speak maliciously or defame the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha, and contravene the Buddhist precepts, are able to repent sincerely and reform, the Buddha will reduce their punishment based on the severity of their offences. For those who are ungrateful, disloyal and show disrespect for their Master, I advise them to repent to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas sooner rather than later. Their punishment in Hell can then be spared, and they can still be reborn as humans in their next life. Remember: never take the Buddhist precepts lightly.”

Nanjing Bodhisattva, who was the next to speak, declared: “Those Buddhists who sincerely repent of their slander and deeds of verbal misconduct must recite the Eighty-Eight Buddhas Great Repentance in two batches, each of which contains 108 times.”

Then, Master Lu’s Dharma body told me: “When you serve as a volunteer alongside fellow practitioners at the local practice centre, do not show off or brag about yourself. Using the language of the Human Realm, you are nothing but a messenger or a typist who helps to deliver messages to the Underworld and share its facts. That is all. So you’d better get your act together and spend more time deepening your understanding of Buddhism in Plain Terms. Buck up, and make me proud!”

It is true, and I feel ashamed. I am still far from being a good practitioner.

The Master continued: “Zhou Tsang Bodhisattva will escort you to the Underworld. You should go now and come back soon, and write up your observations properly before sending them to the Secretariat of Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door.”

Zhou Tsang Bodhisattva took me to the Hall of the King of Hell in the Underworld. A female offender was kneeling on the ground, her body charred black as though she had been badly burned. As she wailed and cried, the King of Hell glared at her and said sternly: “Do you want to explain yourself or should I?”

The female offender responded: “I died in a car crash. The car exploded, and I was burned to death inside while fully conscious. I didn’t come from [Country X] – I’m an overseas disciple of Master Lu from [Country Y].”

It was explained to me that I must not disclose their country of origin due to the confidentiality of the Underworld information.

The female offender continued: “After encountering Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door, I did nothing more than reciting Buddhist scriptures. I followed the Buddhist practice only superficially, not abiding by the Buddhist precepts. I had very heavy negative karma, as my family had committed deeds of killing.”

The offender confessed that her ancestors raised pigs and sold fish for a living. She also lied to her fellow practitioners. After she died, the King of Hell showed this on the display.

She continued: “After my husband passed away, I didn’t follow what the Master taught on his radio program. I didn’t realise that my family’s hardship was due to the force of my negative karma. I didn’t understand how my ancestor’s deeds of killing would pass down through three generations, and how it would affect the descendants, and how I couldn’t avoid the impending calamities.

“After I died, the King of Hell showed me on the display all of the karmic causes and consequences from my previous life. Everything that happens in this world is rooted in its karma in previous lifetimes, but I was ignorant when I was alive. I became sceptical about the religious practice; I started thinking that Guan Yin Bodhisattva wasn’t answering my prayer. I grew doubtful about Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door and the Master, so I quit practising it. Not just that; I went around committing verbal misdeeds, talking people out of practising Guan Yin Citta. I went even further by trying to influence those in the law enforcement department in the city where I lived. I fabricated evidence and covered up my true situation, making law enforcement officers believe what I said so they would take action. Now, I want to repent to the law enforcement department and to the King of Hell. I hope that the Bodhisattvas will show mercy and forgive me and the law enforcement department. I misled them.

“Some fellow Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door’s practitioners originally knew about my situation and had very kindly supported me. But when I kept slandering Guan Yin Citta, everybody cut off their communication with me. And after my husband died, one of his best friends saw the pitiful state and the poor financial situation I was in, so he regularly visited and helped me.

“As a widow who had lost the support of her husband, it was hard to sustain a family and raise my daughter. He saw the state that I was in, and after seeing each other for a long time I felt some affection for him even though he was already married and had his own family. It was a moment of foolishness – I wasn’t aware that men were lustful, but I also forgot the Master’s teachings as my feelings overwhelmed me and I committed deeds of sexual misconduct. I became his mistress – I was so foolish. I had already vowed to be a permanent vegetarian, to practise Buddhism and recite scriptures for the rest of my life, and also to properly help my husband to ascend to a higher spiritual realm. But after I stopped practising Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door, I broke all of my vows. I cared only about indulging myself in the sea of desires and enjoying the company of this man.

“To please him, I pretended that I was being treated unfairly. He was very influential in the city where I lived, and he knew the people in the law enforcement department. Then, while hiding the truth, I bad-mouthed Guan Yin Citta to him. He took everything I said to heart and even told his buddy in the law enforcement department. His friend then believed what he said, filing the statement for record and taking action, with me serving as the witness. I’m sorry, fellow practitioners, it was me who harmed you, and in turn I have harmed the Master! I’m sorry, Guan Yin Bodhisattva!

“I did too many evil things, so the day of my retribution had come. I gave all my love to this man, and even had abortions – twice – for him. At first, I thought he would divorce his wife, so I wanted to have a child with him. But – and I’m so sorry to my unborn children, please forgive your mother! – he didn’t want them. After the abortions, our relationship changed. He became increasingly irritated with me, and his tone became disdainful. I hated it and wondered why fate would treat me this way. One day, he invited me out to discuss our relationship. While he was driving, I was crying in the passenger seat, and he became impatient. That made me mad and I started shouting at him. Before I knew it, I was grabbing at the steering wheel in a total rage. The car lost control and smashed into the guardrail before bursting into flames and exploding. Both of us were burned to death inside. After I died, the King of Hell told me that my deceased husband and aborted children were very angry with me, so they possessed my body and desired to claim my life. That’s why we started to argue.”

Crying ceaselessly, the offender continued: “The King of Hell sentenced me to punishment in the Unintermittent Hell. I wailed and cried day and night, but it was too late. Fortunately, I saw the Heavenly Child visit the Underworld. Guan Yin Bodhisattva was merciful and transferred me to [Country X]’s Underworld so that I could share my story to the public.”

As the King of Hell heard the offender’s confession, he stamped a seal on an official document. He ordered the enforcement officers to escort the offender back to the Hell Realm to continue her punishment. I saw her cry and howl – it was so loud. Kneeling, she begged the King of Hell to not let the enforcement officer take her away. Nonetheless, she was dragged out with force.

Sighing, the King of Hell said: “Guan Yin Bodhisattva is so greatly merciful and compassionate that she sends an official letter. When this account of the trial has been shared with the human world, the merit and virtue accumulated from the deed will be used to reduce her sentence in the Unintermittent Hell. However, she must still be punished to bear the suffering of the Hell of Excrement for the deed of sexual misconduct, and the other Hells. While the Bodhisattva shows mercy to the sentient beings who commit negative karma due to ignorance, the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas do not interfere with karma. One must be responsible for their own unwholesome deeds.”

As the King of Hell finished speaking, I returned to the human world.

Master Jun Hong Lu’s reply:

I seem to recall a person who was burned to death in a car crash. It has been verified. Do not treat your wisdom-life as a joking matter by spreading rumours and speaking irresponsibly. You must practise Buddhism diligently, kids.

Journey to Heaven v1.C17: Advice from Buddhas and Bodhisattvas at the Hall of Guan Di Bodhisattva; Watching the Trial of an Offender Who Committed Verbal Misdeeds and Sexual Misconduct
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