Excerpt from Master Lu’s Q&A (265), 17 November 2018
On the night of 29 October 2018, I was in a daze before slowly entering a deep slumber. Guan Ping Bodhisattva instructed me to bring along the communication device that was given to me and deliver some documents to the high-ranking official of the Underworld—the King of Hell. I took the scroll and my soul was whisked off to the office of the Underworld by a ray of golden light.
The King of Hell was sitting at his desk. Having paid my respect and told him the purpose of my visit, I handed over the scroll. He opened it up and told me to stand aside. After he finished reading, the King told me that Heaven had given him an order to convey a few matters regarding the Underworld to the human world.
“As different religious practices exist between Heaven, managed by Bodhisattvas and gods, and Earth, managed by the Underworld, there are corresponding places of practice and worship that appear in the Human Realm. The purpose is to spiritually awaken sentient beings. However, the details cannot be fathomed without an in-depth and advanced level of cultivation. I can tell you now that, for practitioners of Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door, you must not violate the precepts, break your vows, cheat the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, show disrespect to your Master or commit serious deeds of verbal misconduct. If you do, the great Dharma Protector of your Dharma Door— Guan Di Bodhisattva – will order the other Dharma Protectors under his banner to punish you severely, especially the disciples.
“As for those who have initiated great repentance to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas while still alive, their cases will be reviewed at the discretion of the related authorities, and be judged by the severity of their unwholesome deeds. For those who have a lot of negative karma, a formal letter will be written and delivered from Heaven to the Underworld to enforce the law.
“To prevent Buddhists from committing all kinds of offences due to ignorance of the corresponding punishment in Hell, the Bodhisattvas of your Dharma Door have led your soul to the Hell Realm several times so that you can share what you witness with the people of the human world.
“Next, let me tell you how Little Houses (the energy of the Buddhist scriptures) cleanse souls of their negative karma and help them ascend to higher realms. The Little House is formed from the energy of a combination of four different Buddhist scriptures. When mortals commit evil deeds, the negative karma forms into dark energy that enshrouds their spiritual bodies (the dark energy and karmic obstacles that the Master mentions in his Totem readings). According to the degree of negative karma created by the person, the energy of their spiritual body typically has the following colours: light grey, dark grey, or black. Black is only found on people who have committed very grave offences, and the majority of them will fall into the Hell Realm.”
During my last visit to the Underworld, the King of Hell explained the weighing of souls.
The King then told me to watch a display. It depicted a spirit that was receiving a Little House offered by their living relatives. With the blessings of the Bodhisattva, the Little House constantly glistened. And as the energy of the four Buddhist scriptures from the Little House turned into golden light that entered the spirit’s body, the dark grey coloured energy surrounding the spirit became a shade lighter.
“This spirit did not commit many evil deeds when he was alive – that’s why he doesn’t need too many Little Houses. Some beings perform no wholesome deeds for all of their life, and they all descend to the Hungry Ghost Realm after death. If their living relatives practise Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door and offer Little Houses to help them ascend to a higher realm, they can then exchange the Little Houses for the Underworld currency and improve their living conditions. Those who do not wish to be reborn in the Human Realm, or if their time simply hasn’t come yet, they can continue to live in the Underworld. The Underworld and the Human Realm look exactly the same – it’s just that one is for the dead, and the other is for the living.
“By the way, I have a few words for you practitioners. If you’re reciting Buddhist scriptures but still eating meat, the energy of your recitation will emit only weak golden light. For practitioners who eat meat and continue to commit deeds of killing, I can tell you now – their recitation has absolutely no energy.
“Some practitioners have a low level of spirituality and cannot abstain from eating meat. In these cases, they must recite a large number of Amitabha Pure Land Rebirth Mantra to help the animal spirits occupying their body ascend to a higher realm.
“For those who have committed deeds of killing, they need to cease those activities and become permanent vegetarians. And even if they have helped animal spirits occupying their bodies to ascend to a higher realm, the negative karma already created will still form dark energy and envelop their spiritual bodies. Atoning for the deeds of killing requires an abundance of meritorious deeds and a lot of hard work in Buddhist practice.”
The King of Hell pressed the communication device. I took the device and returned to the human world, under the protection of a ray of golden light.