Excerpt from Master Lu’s Q&A (271), 8 December 2018
28 November 2018
On 26 November 2018, after praying to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, Guan Ping Bodhisattva conveyed a thought message to me. I was to deliver a scroll to the Underworld for further action that night. When I closed my eyes in the evening, my soul was whisked off by a Bodhisattva to the Hall of the King of Hell. I handed over the scroll and, as usual when I visited the King of Hell, I stood to the side to watch the trial.
Two male offenders were kneeling before the King of Hell. Their bodies were covered in charred scars that suggested they had been burnt. They were trembling all over as they awaited their trial.
After reading the scroll, the King of Hell stamped it with an official seal and declared: “Today, I will show you what happens when a rebirth takes place and a soul enters the womb of its mother-to-be.”
As the King pointed at the display, the image of a soul appeared. This soul’s rebirth as a human being had been approved by the Underworld, and so he had been escorted by an enforcement officer to the location of his rebirth. I saw the soul become gradually diffused into the fertilised egg of the mother. In ten months, the foetus will be fully developed and ready to be born.
“Whether intentional or not, an abortion is considered and recorded as an act of killing in the Underworld,” the King of Hell said.
“There are also animal spirits which, having served their sentence in the Animal Realm, can be reborn in the Human Realm. Generally, it takes many rebirths in the Animal Realm before a rebirth into the Human Realm occurs. It also depends on the karmic conditions of each animal spirit. Some will remain in the Animal Realm for a long time, while others spend a relatively short amount of time there.”
The length of time spent in the Animal Realm is determined by the severity of the negative karma created when they were humans.
The King continued: “Typically, large animals such as cows, dogs, lions, tigers and monkeys have a higher chance of being reborn as humans after their death. That’s why people who kill these types of animals often create serious karma. When an animal spirit which has been allowed to be reborn in the Human Realm enters the body of a mother, it is then restless and anxious inside the womb, causing a great deal of discomfort and pain. As for the mother, she is predestined to receive this spirit as her child because of insufficient blessings and positive karma. If the mother recites Buddhist scriptures to the baby inside her womb, it helps to calm the baby thanks to the power of blessing from the Buddha. The mother benefits too, suffering less.”
The King of Hell pointed at the display showing a scene of a female practitioner who was seven months pregnant. After paying respect to Guan Yin Bodhisattva, she was reciting the Great Compassion Mantra and the Heart Sutra for her baby in her womb. The Buddhist scriptures recited by the mother morphed into rays of golden light which entered her womb and diffused into the baby’s soul. Originally grey-coloured, the baby slowly turned a lighter shade. The energy from the sutras of the Buddha and Bodhisattvas can most certainly purify souls.
After the King of Hell explained the process, his face became grim as he pointed at the male offender to his right. Reprimanding him furiously, he exclaimed: “When you were alive, you were a high-ranking law enforcement officer, yet you committed many offences, causing your descent into Hell. When alive, you expressed not the slightest sense of righteousness. For the sake of pursuing status and riches, you resorted to bribery, dishonestly amassing wealth and helping criminals to cover up their own crimes. You abused your power in order to live a promiscuous life. You often went to nightclubs; you were married yet you kept a mistress. You even convinced your mistress to seek an abortion. Yet you had the audacity to call yourself a Buddhist! What you did was a disgrace to Buddhism!”
Suddenly, the display began to depict scenes of the offender’s unwholesome deeds. It showed him secretly signing illegal documents. It showed him taking other high-ranking government officials to nightclubs for entertainment. Then, when intoxicated, he would have casual sex with women in hotels. The display showed him betraying his wife with his mistress, forcing her to agree to an abortion, and eventually he was being killed in a car accident. He hurt both his wife and his mistress. The offender was then sent to the Hell of Burning Flame to be punished due to embezzlement through signing of illegal documents, corruption, as well as slandering of virtuous personalities for his own interests.
The King of Hell declared: “Your punishment in the Hell of Burning Flame is over – now you are sentenced to the Hell of Copper Beds for your acts of promiscuity, the Hell of Excrement for your sexual misconduct and keeping a mistress, and the Hell of Iron Mountains for instigating your mistress’s abortion. But in your previous life, you were a kind-hearted and virtuous person. That’s why you were blessed with fortune and power in this lifetime. It’s a pity you were intoxicated with fame and wealth. Not only did you fail to show a shred of compassion, you broke the law and committed crimes. Enforcement officer, take him immediately to the Hell of Excrement.”
The offender resisted and struggled, but he was nowhere near as strong as the enforcement officer. Overpowered, he was dragged out of the Hall of the King of Hell.
The King then pointed at the other male offender to his left and said: “You – confess yourself.”
The offender responded: “I’m not an offender from [Country X]. It was only when the enforcement officers brought me here that I realised that this was [Country X]’s Underworld. When alive, I practised Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door with my wife, but I didn’t properly adhere to the Buddhist precepts. Behind my wife’s back, I was promiscuous, using prostitutes behind my wife’s back. I also collected money from other Buddhist practitioners. To everyone else, I appeared very keen to promote Buddhism and share it with others. But when I collected money from other Buddhists to perform life liberations for them, I would pocket some of it.
“I knew that this constituted ‘shedding the Buddha’s blood’ by soliciting ill-gotten gains in the name of Buddhism. But as I only took a little money, I thought that it was alright, not to mention that I had been giving away Buddhist books and promoting Buddhism. I thought I was accumulating a lot of merits. Also, my family was facing financial hardship, so I thought the Bodhisattvas and Dharma Protectors wouldn’t blame me. That’s why I never gave it much thought. I amassed wealth in this way for two years without my wife knowing. I died suddenly, and afterwards, the King of Hell told me that everything I had done had been clearly recorded, such as the amount of money that I collected from fellow Buddhists every time we performed life liberation. I was taken to the Hell of Burning Flame, where my internal organs – my lungs, my intestines, my liver, even my heart – were burned so terribly that it created large holes in them. It was so excruciatingly painful – I couldn’t help howling! Guan Yin Bodhisattva, I was very wrong – I know that now!”
While the offender wept, the King of Hell glared at him and said: “Despite your practice of Buddhism, you knowingly broke the law. So it’s too late for regrets now! Guan Yin Bodhisattva has mercy on those who have descended to the Hell Realm, and she hopes that Buddhists in the human world won’t repeat the same mistakes. That’s why she allows the Heavenly Child to visit the Underworld and share what she observes with people in the Human Realm – so they can take a lesson from these accounts.”
“Alright, you can go back now,” the King of Hell told the offender. “After this article has been shared, I will write a formal letter to the Underworld courts of [Country Y] so that the merit accrued from this shared account can be used to reduce your punishment in the Hell Realm.”
Master Jun Hong Lu’s reply:
So you see, never take small misdeeds lightly, thinking they can do you no harm. It all piles up. These small misdeeds, when accumulated, can bring about your fall into Hell. Normally, retribution comes in the form of something like a fatal car accident. It’s the quickest form of retribution when the person dies on the spot.
Everything she said is true; this is no joking matter. It will be too late to realise this after you die and the punishment is decided. Never collect money by illegitimate means or for personal use. Don’t act rashly. Since Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door has been propagating Buddhism so well, do you know how many people are amassing wealth in the name of Guan Yin Citta? When you pay respect to your ancestors at the graveyards way up in the mountains during festivals like Tomb Sweeping Day, Winter Solstice, or the Zhong Yuan Festival, somebody may come over and ask: “Do you want Little Houses? I can sell you one for a few dollars.” If they see you wearing the pendants of Guan Yin Bodhisattva on their necklaces, then they know you are followers of Guan Yin Citta. They will approach you and ask. But those people are making gains in the name of Buddhism and will end up in Hell. I hope that you will cultivate well.