JHH V 2-48 The Spirit of a Snakehead Fish, a Catfish, a Cat and a Perch share their Experiences
Updated: Aug 29, 2019
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On the 27th of March 2019, my spirit was enveloped in a golden light and was taken to Guandi Bodhisattva’s palace. I paid my respects to Guan Yin Bodhisattva, Gautama Buddha, Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva. Gautama Buddha said, “The mind is the foundation of the Buddha-Dharma. Violation of precepts, or commit deeds of sexual misconduct after becoming a monk are taboos in Buddhism. The level of understanding of cultivators in the Saha world can be categorised as higher, average and lower grades. According to the level of understanding of the listener, the level of profoundness of the Dharma I share will be different. All classical scriptures written throughout the ages are but a mere fraction of the Dharma that encompasses the great trichiliocosm.” Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva said, “The spirit of the golden child had journeyed into the hell realm many times, originally I couldn’t bear that you have to be exposed to the unsettling aura of suffering that pervades the realm. But your master Jun Hong Lu asks for pity and mercy for the suffering and calamities that the sentient beings must bear in the age of Dharma decline. Since you are his disciple, you must be more enduring. The Buddhas and Bodhisattvas will protect you throughout your journey in Hell, so don’t be afraid.” After he finished speaking, my spirit was sent to the underworld to attend a hearing.
The judge said, “This is a spirit of a snakehead fish that was liberated in Cambodia.”
The snakehead fish said, “Before I became a snakehead fish, I was a refugee orphan who lived in a village in Vietnam. A famine occurred in the village due to a plague of locusts, so I had to travel and beg for food, and I reached the Thanh Hoa province in northern Vietnam. An old cultivating master in a temple pitied me, and after being aware of my background, he provided me with shelter in the temple. He let me become initiated, and I became a small monk. I followed master’s teachings, and I recited Buddhist scriptures and started learning about the Buddha-Dharma. When I was 22 years old, one day, when I finished reciting sutras and meditated, my spirit was freed from my body, and I flew to a place that was shining radiantly with golden light. In the next day, I possessed the supranormal powers of divine eye and divine ears. When Master knew about me having attained supranormal powers, he warned me not to be enthralled by the phenomenons that I’ll experience when using it. Buddhism prioritises the cultivation of the mind as the most important, while supranormal powers are less important. I didn’t take his warning seriously. After my master passed away, I inherited the duties of the temple and became the head. Because I can sense many things, many followers came to me to read their destiny and give advice or conduct rituals. I was attached to my supranormal abilities, and no longer focused my attention on cultivating my mind nor my studies like before. Due to slacking my observation of precepts, deviant thoughts went rampant within my mind. I began to become enthralled by the beauty of women, and I would constantly think about it. One day, a mentally unstable but beautiful woman sought me to help her. When I was conducting an ascension ritual, I was enthralled by her beauty, and it stimulated my lustful thoughts. I took her to my private chambers in the temple and raped her. Because she was mentally unstable, she didn’t know how to express my sexual abuse to her family.
After that incident, as long as I encountered a mentally unstable and beautiful woman who visited the temple to seek help, I would pretend that I would conduct an ascension ritual for them and take them to my private chambers to sexually abuse them. Before I died, I had dreamt about a wandering monk who told me that my unwholesome deeds of sexual misconduct had disqualified me, and I’m not worthy of calling myself a Buddhist. And that when I die, I will definitely descend to the hell of Avici to be punished. One day, as I walked down the mountain to ask for alms and offerings, I lost balance and tripped over a cliff and died. Then I was sent to the hell of Avici and had to swallow molten lava every day. It was to punish me for breaking the disciplinary rules of Buddhism and for the deeds of sexual misconduct inside the temple. Inside the hell, I lost track of time, all I feel is the suffering of hot molten lava burning and melting my innards. There was no rest. After my sentence in hell was over, I was sentenced to be reincarnated into a snakehead fish to be caught, killed and consumed. I can’t recall how many times I had reincarnated as a fish.”
The judge said, “The catfish may now speak.”
The catfish said, “I lived in [Country X]. In my area, there were many rivers where I see religious believers perform life liberations to pray for peace and safety. When they left, other villagers and I would take fishing accessories to catch the fish that were liberated. There was once a kind-hearted person who warned me not to catch the liberated fish; otherwise, I would suffer karmic retribution. I pretended to comply, but I was laughing at their foolishness inside my mind. Later on, many of the villagers who collaborated with me died due to various reasons. I also didn’t escape my karmic retribution, and I got hit by a car and died. After I died, the other villagers and I were sentenced to directly reincarnate into the kind of fish that we caught before. I didn’t know. How would I know that these fish shouldn’t be caught!”
The climbing perch said, “When I was alive, I didn’t have a fixed-job. I depended on different part-time jobs and sold breakfast on the streets to make a living. My wife in my hometown was famous for being an intimidating woman. I was timid and weak, and I frequently got bullied and laughed at. One day, my wife lost her temper towards me, and I felt very wronged and couldn’t bear with it. So I left the house and drove away. While I was driving, I came across a single woman. Out of spite, I grabbed the woman and took her to the nearby oil palm plantation and raped her. After that incident, whenever it was getting dark, I would drive around to find my ‘prey’ and commit atrocious acts. One evening, when I was driving, two shadowy figures jumped at me, and suddenly I lost control of the car. I crashed into a truck, and my head was squashed flat by the collision, and I died immediately. After death, I was sentenced to the hell of embrace to be punished. Every day, the executioners would take me to the red hot pillars to embrace, and the flesh in my entire body would be burned to a crisp. I would constantly scream from the excruciating pain. After I was released from hell, I reincarnated into a climbing perch. I can’t remember how many times I’ve been reincarnated as a climbing perch now. When I was alive, I would regularly go to the river to catch and cook fish to eat. How would I know that fish were created from humans?”
The judge then took a seal and stamped it on the scroll. He then said, “You can leave now.”
I returned to the human realm, and I woke up. It was 4.38 pm.
27th of March 2019
It’s very pitiful. Every person reaps what they sow. Karmic retribution is slow but sure. Cultivators and monks should observe precepts more strictly, don’t fool around. Like the hell of embrace, it had existed ages ago. I recall around 30 years ago, I’ve seen a real incident. When I was small, there was a music teacher whose husband was famous for being honest. No matter how his wife scolded him, he would just laugh it off. He was very honest. After he passed away, and I returned to the country to visit my relatives, I visited my music teacher. She knew that I have supranormal powers, so she asked me to check where he was. I checked, and I saw her husband screaming and burnt in the hell of embrace. I know that her husband was a very good man. When I was little, we would laugh at how he’s afraid of his wife, but I couldn’t lie. So I asked her, “Teacher, why is your husband being punished there? Usually, this punishment is for people who committed deeds of sexual misconduct.” She immediately cried in front of me. She told me that he and his sister had committed sexual misconduct, and they gave birth to a child. Karmic retribution comes back in the form the karmic cause was made. Nobody can escape from it. When you hear these kinds of cases, can you still be indifferent?