Journey to Heaven

Journey to Heaven and the Underworld: Watch a Trial Regarding a Deceased Disciple Who Broke His vows and Spoke Maliciously

Excerpt from Master Lu’s Q&A (266), 20 November 2018

Question:

On 1 November 2018, after I finished paying respect to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, the image of Guan Ping Bodhisattva emitted a golden glow. The solemn-looking Guan Di Bodhisattva told me to deliver a scroll to the Underworld.  It was a case involving a disciple of Guan Yin Citta who was currently being punished in the Hell Realm.

While having a rest upon returning home, my soul was brought to the Underworld to meet the King of Hell. A male offender was kneeling before the Hall, with scars all over his body. After I paid my respect, I handed the scroll to the King of Hell and stood to the side. The King opened the scroll and read its contents. After a short while, he looked solemn and said, “Currently, Heaven views with great concern Guan Yin Citta practitioners, especially disciples, who break their vows of practising vegetarianism; commit sexual misconduct or defame Buddhism. Should they fail to repent for their acts of breaking vows and defaming the religious practice, Guan Di Bodhisattva, the chief Dharma-protecting Bodhisattva of Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door, will order his subordinate Dharma Protectors to mete out harsh punishment. The Underworld will then act in accordance with the instruction of Heaven to arrest practitioners who have violated Buddhist precepts.

Pointing at the offender who was kneeling on the ground, the King of Hell said, “When this offender was alive, he was a disciple of your Master Jun Hong Lu. He vowed in front of Guan Yin Bodhisattva to be a vegetarian for life and to practise celibacy together with his wife. However, barely a few years after practising Buddhism, he no longer took the precepts seriously. He broke his vow and resumed eating meat. He even went to the extent of forcing his wife, who had pledged abstinence, to have sexual relations with him. Soon he stopped practising Buddhism and even made malicious slander about Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door. All these are severe offences. He was suddenly taken ill and at the time of dying, he didn’t show any shred of remorse for his misdeeds. When he was brought here, he even blamed his wife for bringing him into Buddhism and causing him to break many Buddhist precepts. He even said that the Heavens treated him unfairly.”

“Do you know how merciful Guan Yin Bodhisattva is towards you ignorant people who are plagued by negative karma? Your Master is merciful, trying to help you become spiritually awakened, yet you go on badmouthing Buddhism!  Before you practised Buddhism, you were lustful and you had committed the karma of killing, eating meat, drinking and verbally abusing others. You were supposed to suffer from the retribution of your evil karma. Your body was completely enshrouded in dark energy and you had accumulated insufficient positive karma. Had your wife not brought you into Buddhism to do chanting, recite Buddhist scriptures and practise vegetarianism, you would have perished long ago.

Guan Yin Bodhisattva showed mercy towards you and sent a formal letter to the Underworld to plead for leniency for you. After you have served the term of your punishment in the Hell Realm, you will still be reborn into a poor family in the Human Realm. This is all attributed to the meritorious deeds you had done in your lifetime by reciting Buddhist scriptures and sharing Buddhism with others. Otherwise, those who betray their teachers and are devoid of gratitude are sent to the Animal Realm after their punishment in hell is over, with no chance of hearing the Buddha-Dharma.

The offender cried loudly on his knees and pleaded to the king of hell, “I was wrong, I’m constantly repenting while in hell. The punishments are excruciatingly painful. I was first transferred to the Tongue-Ripping Hell, then to the Hell of Excrement and to the Hell of Burning Flame to be punished. It was unbearable, and I pleaded to Guan Yin Bodhisattva and the Dharma protectors for their mercy. I hope the King of Hell can show leniency towards me. And in light of the meritorious deeds I had done when I was alive, I hope that this experience of mine can be shared online to caution all Guan Yin Citta disciples and fellow Buddhists not to repeat the same mistakes I did. I beg for the Dharma-protecting Bodhisattvas’ mercy and let me out of hell sooner! It’s too painful! I am begging Guan Yin Bodhisattva for your mercy! Have compassion on me!” The offender was wailing incessantly.

The King of Hell sighed and allowed me to return to the Human Realm. A wave of golden light enveloped my whole body, and I was sent back.

May the Master verify the above scenes and if I can share it online to warn the public against breaking vows and verbal misdeed?

Master Jun Hong Lu’s reply:

When she first mentioned the offender, I already knew who he was. Don’t play the fool, practising Buddhism is no joking matter. You must respect the Master.