How can one bring salvation to souls in the underworld?
When a man lives in the world, filial devotion is his root of moral principle.
The Book of Filial Devotion states “The ultimate filial devotion is to bring
recognition to one’s parents by leaving an honourable name forever through
establishing good virtues and practicing Tao.” If we would like to achieve
perfect filial devotion, we should approach it in two ways. When our parents
are alive, we must do our best not to confront them and respect them with
sincerity. Once they pass away, we must bring salvation to them so that their
souls can transcend the cycle of birth and death and go to the Monastery of Heaven.
As a child or grandchild, how can we bring salvation to the souls of nine generations
of ancestors and seven generations of descendants in the underworld? The answer
is one must be tenacious in practicing Tao, establish good virtues, accumulate merits
by doing good deeds, and keep the vows of adhering to Tao. That is why there is
the saying “If one child receives Tien-Tao, nine generations of ancestors will be
honoured. If one child attains Tao, nine generations of ancestors transcend the cycle
of birth and death from the underworld.”