JHH V 1-19 Journey to the Palace of Guandi Bodhisattva; Attendance to a hearing at the Court of Yama
Updated: Aug 29, 2019
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On the 7th of November 2018, I had a dream where my spirit and consciousness was summoned through a golden light stream to the palace of Guandi Bodhisattva. I passed an enormous gate of heaven that was radiating brilliant golden light, and then I arrived at a resplendent and magnificent palace, where the clouds above were iridescent and changing to different colours of the rainbow. It looked very beautiful. Outside the palace, two giant Dharma protectors were guarding the entrance, they were about 3 or 4 storeys high, wearing shiny golden armour. In front of the palace, I paid my respects towards the Dharma protectors by putting my hands together (I didn’t know the rules and etiquette in Heaven, so I only put my hands together and bowed towards the Dharma protectors). The Dharma protector told me to wait a moment and wait for the order. Not long after, the Dharma protector gave me a signal that I could enter inside the palace to meet with Guandi Bodhisattva.
Inside the palace of Guandi Bodhisattva (heaven is really what Master described, the citizens of the heaven realm do float around). Guandi Bodhisattva, Zhoucang Bodhisattva and Guanping Bodhisattva were waiting for me inside the palace. They were huge, in front of them, I was as small as a grain of rice. The three Dharma Protectors looked exactly like the statues we worshipped at the Guan Yin Temple, except that their armour and their whole body was radiating a brilliant golden light. I stood in front of Guandi Bodhisattva, waiting for what he had to say. “When you disciples in the human realm are sharing thought messages of teachings that you received from the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, it’s best that you first send it to the Guan Yin Tang Culture Centre secretariat to confirm. You disciples do not possess your master’s wisdom-eye and are still ordinary people. Also, some of you have other spiritual beings and demons occupying your body. You must understand that sometimes, the thought messages didn’t come from the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. If you recklessly share with others and misguide other sentient beings, you’ll create negative karma. Regarding the thought messages and mental scenes of hell and heaven, it’s also best that you share it with the Guan Yin Tang Culture Centre secretariat to confirm. Some people made up the hell scenes they imagined they saw. You must know that if you continue your cultivation like this, you would eventually deviate. If the Buddha is not within you, then it’s the demon that’s interfering with you. You have only cultivated for a few years, is it not? Your selfishness and distracting thoughts have not completely ceased yet. You couldn’t use your right mindfulness to confront your troubles, so how could the Buddha and Bodhisattvas regularly be within you and share their words of wisdom?”
I have taken everything to heart; it’s because I understand that Guandi Bodhisattva is reminding me to be careful about the thought messages I receive.
After he finished, Guandi Bodhisattva instructed the Dharma protectors to escort my spirit to the court of the underworld. Today, Yama will give his sentence to the spirit of a disciple, who is still alive, but has committed deeds of sexual misconduct and violated the disciplinary rules and instructed to me go down to be there for the court hearing.
When I arrived at the court of Yama, as normal, I stood at the side and listened. Today, for this case, there was a female spirit kneeling in front of Yama. Yama’s visage was serious. He sighed and said, “You disciples who cultivate Guan Yin Citta, why aren’t you regularly mindful of your induced thoughts and intentions? When you generate a lustful thought, that’s already considered a sin, yet you had also put it into action and had an affair. Do you think you can still face your Master Jun Hong Lu?”
Yama told me, “This female spirit isn’t a deceased one, her lifespan isn’t over yet. It’s that she had violated the disciplinary rules of the Buddha and had a deviant relationship with a married guy. The Dharma protectors of Guan Yin Citta had written and sent a command to our court to summon her spirit down here to receive judgement.”
Afterwards, Yama faced the female spirit and said, “I will now sentence you to be punished in the hell of excrement. When dawn breaks in the human realm, your spirit will return to your body. If you don’t repent and reform, and continue to commit wrongdoings, then the court will record everything that you’ve done day and night. It will be too late for regrets if you return here when you die. The man who you’re in a relationship with isn’t a good person; the court will also record him on file. Although there is some karmic affinity between you passed down from the previous life, you aren’t able to restrain your feelings of desire. You know what you did was wrong, yet you continue to do it. When the time comes, who goes to hell? When you return to your body, in the morning your mouth will give off a pungent and nasty breath (that’s because the pool of excrement is incredibly foul) and you’ll be very depressed and dispirited. That’s the feeling of coming out of hell. If you return and continue to commit wrongdoings, then you will reap what you sow.”
Afterwards, Yama ordered the executioner to take the female spirit to the hell of excrement. “If a person cultivating Guan Yin Citta in the human realm dares to commit deeds of sexual misconduct, that’s considered violating the disciplinary rules knowingly. The Dharma protectors of Guan Yin Citta are extremely strict towards this disciplinary rule. Whoever has committed any wrongdoings or broken their vows in regards to sexual misconduct, not to mention one must recite the ‘Eighty-eight Buddhas Great Repentance’ for this misconduct, one must also write a letter of repentance to share among others in the human realm so other sentient beings will be wary about this disciplinary rule. One’s pride is beside the point; if you see me again after you die, then all is too late for regrets.”
Yama then allowed me to return to the human realm, and my spirit was surrounded by a stream of golden light, which then sent me back.
Please, may I ask Master to confirm whether the scenes I observed were true?
That is truly shocking. When you’re having nightmares, and you were pursued, hit or dropped from the sky, these are all indications that you had been dragged into hell. She went to the hell of excrement, so after she wakes up, her morning breath would smell really bad, and her body odour would also stink. Also, she would feel very dispirited. Many people are like that; after they wake up, they would feel unnaturally scared. In reality, they’ve been dragged down. Children, please don’t commit deeds of sexual misconduct; you must heed Master’s words. Don’t wait until you’ve descended and then realise and cry about it; it will be too late, Master wouldn’t be able to save you. That’s why Master has constantly told you guys that you must be upright. Don’t ignore it, when you’re learning Guan Yin Citta, doesn’t Master bless you? As one’s Master, I will definitely bless you, that’s why I’m shouldering too much karma. Don’t fool around; you can’t afford to bear with the consequences.