Excerpt from Master Lu’s Q&A (271), 8 December 2018
28 November 2018
On 27 November 2018, Guan Ping Bodhisattva instructed me to go to the Underworld to watch the trials of two disciples of Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door.
On that day in the Underworld, there were three Kings of Hell presiding over the trials. As the realm of the Underworld is vast, my description is brief.
One of the Kings is specifically responsible for dealing with Guan Yin Citta’s matters. He is in charge of the great Hells and has delivered judgements over the life and death of beings from the Human Realm for nearly 1,000 years. He deals with any cases relating to the disciples of Guan Yin Citta, and any beings who are due to descend to one of the great Hells.
The second King of Hell manages the Underworld of [Country X], so any cases involving offenders from [Country X], or beings to be reborn in the Human Realm or to be transferred to the lesser Hells are tried by him. I am told that the great Hells mete out punishments to offenders from all over the world, whereas the lesser Hells are country-specific, with trials heard by the Kings of Hell of their respective countries.
The third King of Hell is from [Country Y]. The Underworld of each country has its own telecommunication system, and so if there are cases involving offenders from other jurisdictions, the Underworlds will liaise with each other. Then, the offenders will be transferred to the Underworld of their respective country of residence. It is quite similar to the system practised by law enforcement departments in the Human Realm.
[Country Y]’s King of Hell pointed at one of the offenders, signalling for him to confess honestly.
Offender A said: “My name is [XXX] of [Country Name]. I am an overseas disciple of Master Jun Hong Lu, and served as an assistant in charge of one of the local practice centres when alive. I confess I was wrong! Guan Yin Bodhisattva, please save me – I know that I was wrong! With the constant swallowing of molten lava in the Unintermittent Hell, I had to bear the excruciating pain and had my entire body burnt to the core. I didn’t listen to the Master, nor to my fellow practitioners’ advice. I was wrong for amassing wealth by illegitimate means.”
The offender, crying incessantly, added: “Not only did I sell Little Houses, but also A3 and A4 portraits of the Bodhisattvas, Guan Yin Bodhisattva pendants, blessed prayer beads and Buddhist books. I collected travel money from fellow Buddhists on the pretext of supporting the Master’s Dharma conventions, and I turned a deaf ear to the Master’s advice that one must never conceive of any selfish thoughts and work for their own ends while performing meritorious deeds. As all the prayer materials are meant for free distribution at the Dharma conventions, I took the opportunity to collect them in large quantities.”
On a display, the King of Hell began to show scenes of the offender queuing up to collect large quantities of free Dharma items. He packed them into large suitcases and brought them back to his home country, where he illicitly sold them to fellow Buddhists. He lied to each and every one of them that the proceeds would be donated to the Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door Headquarters for charitable purposes. The offender also used a computer to forge receipts from the Headquarters, cheating others by inflating the true amount of several thousands to hundreds of thousands.
Offender A continued: “On the surface, I appeared to be diligent as I constantly helped others, encouraging them to practise Buddhism and recite sutras. But in secret, I had a separate online account so that I could do business without others’ knowledge. I remember a fellow practitioner once telling me that I was in one of his dreams – I was walking downwards to a very dark place. He got through to the Master’s radio program, prompting the Master to accuse me of illicitly amassing wealth. My fellow practitioner asked if that was the case, but I lied and denied it. I was even unhappy with the practitioner for notifying the person in charge of the practice centre. After I was reprimanded, I became angry and stopped practising Buddhism and reciting sutras. I didn’t let my wife know because she was so devoted, so I pretended that nothing had happened. But in secret, I began to slander the Master and defame Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door. Subsequently, I died of a heart attack. I once had a heart problem, but after practising Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door, I was cured.”
The King of Hell began to show more scenes on the display. One showed the offender being protected by Bodhisattvas and Dharma Protectors while reciting scriptures. The foreign spirits occupying his body temporarily left him after receiving the Little Houses he offered. But after he quit practising the Dharma Door and reciting sutras, the disgruntled foreign spirits formed a patch of dark energy and entered his chest. I could even see a small black foreign spirit kicking at his heart constantly, which triggered a relapse of his heart disease that ultimately took his life. With its revenge taken successfully, the spirit left the dead body.
The King of Hell said: “Every injustice has its perpetrator, and every debt has its debtor. After taking their revenge, the karmic creditors will be brought back to the Underworld by the Black and White Enforcement Officers to wait for a review of their respective cases. The rules and regulations of the Underworld are very strict, and so the spirits will be punished if they fail to adhere and cause trouble in the human world. Every spirit is required to obtain approval before returning to the human world for revenge.”
Offender A, still crying, said: “My wife was in the dark about what I had done. When I died, the King of Hell ordered the enforcement officers to cast me into the Unintermittent Hell for punishment. I howled and screamed in pain every day. My death caused my wife to think that Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door was not effective as it failed to save my life, so she quit the practice and stopped reciting sutras as well. Now I have nobody to help me ascend to a higher realm.”
The King of Hell then pointed at the other offender, angrily demanding: “[XXX], confess yourself!”
Offender B, wailing in agony, replied: “My name is [XXX] of [Country Y]. I am also an overseas disciple of Master Jun Hong Lu. Master, I was wrong!
“I was one of the people most directly in charge of the practice centre in [Country Y]. I became arrogant and only have myself to blame for my ruin! Originally, I had ample worldly blessings, including my own business. As I had influence in my hometown, I helped many people to become spiritually awakened when I started practising Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door. I even established a practice centre to propagate Guan Yin Citta with some local fellow practitioners. I hoped that everyone in my hometown would be saved by the Buddha-Dharma.
“But because so many people were spiritually awakened with my help, I gradually became arrogant and started to disagree with my fellow practitioners over the promotion of Buddhism. I know it was my fault – I didn’t properly follow the Master’s teachings. I was wrong! When it came to cultivation, I focused only on my conduct – not on my mind. It was because of my worldly blessings that I didn’t listen to my fellow practitioners’ advice, and the gulf between us grew wider. One time, when attending a Dharma convention overseas, the Master pointed out my shortcomings straight away. I appeared to heed his advice but, in my heart, I remained defiant.
“Instead of doing an honest self-examination, I bore a grudge against my fellow practitioners over the incident. I left the practice centre and gradually abandoned my cultivation and sutra recitation altogether. It was then that my inner demons began to create mental obstructions and delusions. With other disillusioned practitioners, we ganged up and established a website called ‘Anti-Guan Yin Citta – A heretic Buddhist cult’. I distributed leaflets and successfully convinced so many people to abandon their cultivation. Ultimately, I died in a car accident.”
The King of Hell started showing those scenes on the display, and I saw the offender speeding in his car on a rainy day. Suddenly, the car skidded, and he lost control, smashing into a pedestrian island. The offender was unconscious, but no other cars passed through on that night. It was not until the next morning that someone reported the crash to the police, and he was rushed by ambulance to the hospital. But as he was unconscious for so long while losing blood, all rescue efforts proved futile – he was dead.
Crying, Offender B said: “When I died, the King of Hell sent me straight to the Unintermittent Hell to be punished. I know that I was wrong! I was very wrong!”
[Country Y]’s King of Hell said scathingly: “Pathetic! Because of a ridiculous reason, you quit your cultivation? That was your choice. But you went further, discouraging others from practising, and causing them to also commit grave offences. Guan Yin Citta is Right Dharma in Heaven and the Underworld. Ordinary people may not know it, but you were Buddhists who were already blessed by the Buddha and knew of the teachings of the Buddha. Can you seriously claim that you don’t know about the Five Great Misdeeds and the Four Great Prohibitions? Defaming Buddhism and Right Dharma is considered one of the Five Great Misdeeds and the Four Great Prohibitions. It’s no use weeping and crying before me now. The Underworld always metes out punishment according to the law. This Heavenly Child holds a decree from Guan Yin Bodhisattva, allowing her to watch the trials in the Underworld and to share her accounts with the human world. You will not be released from Hell until there are formal announcements from Heaven.”
[Country Y]’s King of Hell ordered the enforcement officers to escort the offender back to his country’s own Underworld courts. I then received the King of Hell’s permission to return to the human world.
Master Jun Hong Lu’s reply:
Do you all see it now? I know all too well these two deceased disciples from the cases mentioned above, because I’m constantly in Heaven. I always receive the news about who’s going to die, and it’s my role to give blessings to save their lives. When I look into it, though, I know it’s no use. Do you see yet? Time and time again, I have repeated that you must learn and practise well. And yet there are still people out there who continue to defame Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door! I’ve said repeatedly that Guan Yin Citta belongs to Right Dharma – it’s passed down by Guan Yin Bodhisattva. If you don’t want to learn then that’s your choice, but why defame it? Those who do that clearly have issues!
Everything she said is true. Spirits must obtain the King of Hell’s permission before they are allowed to return to the Human Realm. That’s why people are in a vegetative state when they enter into a coma – because their spirit is in the Underworld. Without the King of Hell’s permission, they cannot return. Even if they are given oxygen to keep them alive, they will remain in that vegetative state, but they won’t know anything about it. Do you all understand?
What’s the point in making up stories? I’ve told you constantly to be very careful – but you don’t listen. And once you die, it will be too late to realise it then. Do you think everything written down here is fake? You think somebody could fabricate such detailed depictions? It’s no joking matter. All of these cases must be compiled into a book so that more and more people can become aware of what goes on in the Underworld. There are still so many people who don’t realise what happens when they die.