Buddhism Your Questions Answered (171 FAQ)

Q&A 4. How do we know if there are foreign spirits occupying our bodies?

Q: The telephone line of Master Lu’s call-in radio programs is very busy, so we are not always able to get through and ask him to perform Totem Readings for us to solve our issues related to foreign spirits. We would like to know when we no longer need to recite Little Houses?
What would be the signs indicating that we can solely focus on our own spiritual development and no longer need to recite sutras to help karmic creditors ascend to a higher spiritual realm?

A:

  • If you experience headaches while performing recitations (and not at any other times), this is a sign that your karmic creditors need you to recite Little Houses. You should recite 7 Little Houses first, addressed to the “Karmic Creditor of <your full name>.”
  • If you dream about deceased family members or friends, you should recite 7 Little Houses for each of them, and address the Little Houses to the <full name of the deceased>. It is best to recite 21 Little Houses for each of your deceased family member/relative.
  • If you are sick, for example, having a fever, it usually means you have karmic creditors. You should recite 7 Little Houses first, addressed to the “Karmic Creditor of <your full name>.”
  • If you constantly lose your temper, or if you have frequent conflicts with people around you for no reason, you should recite 7 Little Houses first, addressed to the “Karmic Creditor of <your full name>.”
  • If you hear strange noises at home, in your kitchen, from your television, or if the lights go on and off on their own (and they are not faulty), you should recite 4 to 7 Little Houses, addressed to the “Karmic Creditor of the house of <full name of the occupant>.”
  • If you have been experiencing a lot of bad luck for a period of time, you can recite 7 Little Houses first, addressed to the “Karmic Creditor of <your full name>.”
  • If you recite the Eighty-Eight Buddhas Great Repentance 3 times a day as part of your daily recitation, then you should recite approximately 3 Little Houses every week, addressed to the “Karmic Creditor of <your full name>.”
  • The number of Little Houses required can be determined instinctively. In any of the above situations, if you find that your problem is not completely resolved after completing the first batch of Little Houses, you will then need to recite more.
  • If everything is going smoothly in your life, you are in good health, and have pleasant dreams every night, it is best not to recite too many Little Houses. You can offer around 3 Little Houses every week, addressed to the “Karmic Creditor of <your full name>,” to help you stay safe and prevent misfortune.
    Do not burn more than 5 Little Houses per day to your karmic creditors when everything is going smoothly.
    In emergency situations, or when experiencing a chronic illness, you can burn more Little Houses, but no more than 21 Little Houses a day.

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