Disclaimer: My translations are not official nor endorsed by 2OR, so please just treat it as a ‘fan-based’ translation. Please enjoy, and I hope it serves as a good filler until the official English version comes out.
On the 16th of March 2019, when I was paying respects to the Buddha in the Guan Yin Temple, the whole Buddhist altar suddenly radiated a golden light. Guan Yin Bodhisattva, Gautama Buddha and Dashizhi Bodhisattva manifested a golden Dharma form that appeared above the statue of Guan Yin Bodhisattva a few times.
After I finished reciting sutras and returned home, my spirit was taken by the Dharma protectors and sent to the underworld to attend a hearing.
The judge said, “Honoured guest, these are the spirits of a snakehead fish that the Buddhists of Guan Yin Citta had liberated. Because the Buddha takes pity on sentient beings for their suffering, at the location where the life liberation is performed, blessings of the Buddha would radiate over the area. This snakehead fish spirit was specially selected to be here and share its experience of why it suffered the karmic retribution of descending into hell and then reincarnated as an animal. This rather large snakehead fish spirit is the master of all the other snakehead fish spirits here. These snakehead fish spirits (around 8 of them) were all monastic monks in a temple of the southeast area of [Country X].
The large snakehead fish said, “When I was a child, I was initiated and became a monk. I followed my master X and cultivated. He taught me the supranormal powers of divine eyes and divine ears and also the profound teachings of many Buddhist scriptures. When my master was alive, he frequently told me that supranormal powers were used for observing the truth of the universe and space and for helping me understand the teachings of the Buddha. Although supranormal powers can help people, it can also harm then; it is like a double-edged blade.
After master X passed away in nirvana, I inherited the responsibilities of the temple. Although my master possessed supranormal powers, he kept a very low profile. But I was enthralled by the offerings of fame and fortune. When any nearby residents of people from outer provinces with strange illnesses that couldn’t be cured approached me for treatment, I would manifest my supranormal powers to help them. Because of that, the temple prospered. Many people followed me to learn the supranormal powers of the Buddha-Dharma. One time, a person was possessed by an evil spirit. I exchanged dialogue with it but was unable to persuade it to leave the karmic debtor, and it was unwilling to ascend. I had forgotten about master X’s words that if I ever encounter a sentient being who was unwilling to ascend, then don’t force it. And that it was all part of the sentient being’s karma and caused by their past sins. So I used my supranormal powers to force the evil spirit to leave, and it became furious. I didn’t know how it conjured so much power, but it used its power to make me unconscious and occupied my body and influenced my consciousness. It made me break the disciplinary rules of Buddhism by becoming lustful to the woman in front of me, and we conducted sex. (Whenever the sinned spirit would conduct an ascension ritual, he would frequently be with the believer in private and communicate).
After that incident, the supranormal powers I had all disappeared in a single night, I could no longer sense anything. My fellow monks and disciples didn’t know about the incident, and the number of people who visited the temple dropped significantly. One day, the daughter of a wealthy businessman sought me to help her become pregnant with a son. So I used my supranormal powers to check her karma (the sinned spirit had recovered his supranormal powers are focusing on his cultivation and repented). The evil spirit that caused me to break the disciplinary rules and commit the deed of sexual misconduct was still hiding inside the temple, waiting for a chance to take revenge. When my spirit left the body to go down to the underworld to check, the evil spirit occupied my body and used my power to make the woman unconsciousness and engaged in sex with her. (If one breaks the disciplinary rules, then supranormal powers will disappear). After my consciousness returned, I regretted deeply, and I hurried to clean and tidy up the scene. When the woman woke up, she didn’t know what happened. Afterwards, she was pregnant, and she mistook me for using supranormal powers to help her, and she went spreading the word everywhere.
For the sake of fame and the offerings of money and wealth, I convinced my fellow monks in the temple to pretend using supranormal powers to bless the holy water and let any woman who wanted a child to drink it. Then I allowed them to commit deeds of sexual misconduct with them. Fellow monks who were unwilling to take part and thought that I was scary left the temple and went to other places to cultivate. Because they were scared that I would conduct rituals to take revenge on them, they didn’t dare tell anybody about the shameful acts of the temple. One night, the temple was set ablaze, and all the monks in the temple did not survive this calamity. Everybody died in the sea of flames. After death, all the monks were sent to the hell of Avici to be punished, where we were forced to drink and swallow molten lava as punishment. It was me who ruined them.
After we were released from hell, we were to be reincarnated as a snakehead fish and forever suffer from the punishment of being cut into pieces, and for uncountable lifetimes, we will not attain a human body. At the site where the life liberation was performed, I saw the sky emitting colours of the rainbow and Buddha’s universal light bathed us and made us remember our past sins. Buddha, please forgive my fellow monks. I am responsible for all their sins, let them reincarnate into the human realm. I’m not qualified to be a master. Master X, I am wrong!”
The judge, “Honoured guest, you may leave now.”
When my spirit returned to the living, all sorts of feelings welled up in my mind. A thought message from the Bodhisattvas was transmitted to me and said, “If one’s thought is wrong, everything they do is wrong. To reside within the place of Buddhism and do not properly observe the precepts and cultivate, and instead pursue fame and fortune will lead one to suffer the karmic retribution of becoming a snakehead fish. I hope that Buddhists in the living realm don’t pursue supranormal powers, and properly comprehend the truths and meanings of the Buddha-Dharma. Supranormal powers are just accessories that may manifest itself in the path of learning Buddhism. It’s not necessary.”
I’m grateful Master; I’m grateful Guan Yin Bodhisattva.
17th of March 2019.
Do you see? I have already said it clearly to you that you shouldn’t pursue supranormal powers. Whether it’s a man or woman, if they have lustful thoughts, your power will quickly disappear. That’s why you shouldn’t do unwholesome deeds. When you do, then you lose all powers. You must be extremely pure to possess those powers. Many people slander and defame the Buddha; if you check what happens to them later, you know that they will all suffer. When you use supranormal powers to commit unwholesome deeds in the human realm, do you know are the consequences? The entire temple gets burned to the ground. You can check the history and see whether any Buddhist temples in [Country X] were burnt to the ground where many people died? You should be able to check it out, everything she said is true. Don’t fool around with your wisdom-life. If you have been initiated into Buddhism, then properly cultivate, don’t do any unwholesome deeds for the sake of peace in your later years. Otherwise, when you start suffering the consequences, then, it would be unbearable. If you caught bone cancer, then even morphine will not relieve your pain as the ache and pain in the bones would be excruciating.