Why is it inappropriate to recite too many Little Houses at the same time?
Caller: Master Lu, you have mentioned that it is fine to recite several Little Houses at the same time, but if it’s too many it would be ineffective. In general, may I ask, Master Lu, why it is that shouldn’t we recite more than seven Little Houses at the same time?
Master Lu: If you haven’t completed the recitation for each Little House……Let me give you a simple example. You make 20 people queue up and make them wait for you to give them food. But you only give a small piece to each of them. So, would they not revolt against you? Could they all be full?
Caller: No. I understand now.
Master Lu: With the example, now that you understand it.
Caller: How long should it take to complete the recitations for one Little House? Would it become ineffective if a certain period of time has been exceeded?
Master Lu: A few days would not be good. Generally, it would not be good to have exceeded a week.
Caller: Does the time start to count down from the moment when the recipient’s name is written down? Does the time start counting once ‘Karmic Creditor of <someone’s name> ’ has been written in? Is that right?
Master Lu: In general, once the name of the karmic creditor is written down, then the Little House would be activated, and the karmic creditors would then come and get it.
Caller: Once we have filled in both fields of ‘offer to’ and ‘offered by’, right?
Master Lu: No, once you have filled in only the field of ‘offer to’, your karmic creditors would then come.
Caller: Oh, I understand.
Master Lu: Once you have sent out an invitation card, would people not come over?