What is the meaning of the vow “Let God punish me with thunders”?
The vow “Let God punish me with thunders” means to be hit by the
five thunders. Thunder is pure yang, the most righteous of all yang.
Its strength is like diamond. The five thunders are the thunder of
Heaven, the thunder of Earth, the thunder of yang, the thunder of yin
and the thunder of Dharma. When the thunder of Heaven strikes,
overcast sky becomes clear immediately. When the thunder of Earth
strikes, all lives and matters sprout. When the thunder of yang strikes,
all evil spirits vanish. When the thunder of yin strikes, all demons and
monsters hide. When the thunder of Dharma strikes, Tien-Tao is
spread rapidly. “Thunder” is not necessarily restricted to that of the
The five thunders also exist in one’s body. The thunder of Heaven
strikes when one feels shameful and angry as his face and ears turn
red. The thunder of earth strikes when one hesitates to do unrighteous
acts. The thunder of yang strikes when one feels anxious as he
encroaches propriety. The thunder of yin strikes when one becomes
nervous as he conspires. The thunder of Dharma strikes when one
becomes troubled, even in his dreams, as his mind becomes astray.
Whenever the desire and the conscience confront each other, it is the
time the five thunders strike. If one repents at this moment, respects
the thunder of Heaven to open his door to Heaven, becomes alert to
the thunder of Earth to close the door to the Underworld, holds the
thunder of yang to retain his true spirit, refrains the thunder of yin to
intensify his true vitality, and follows the thunder of Dharma to calm
the soul, his three treasures of the body (soul, spirit and vitality) gather
and his Qi of the five fundamental elements (wood, water, fire, metal
and earth) coagulate. Then it’s not difficult for him to restore his
original True Self and enjoy the everlasting purity and tranquility.
Three thousand years ago, Saints like Duke Zhou had felt the power
of wind and thunder, and Confucius had written down the mystic
changes of wind and thunder.
If one does not repent when his five thunders strike, his vitality
would be expended, his Qi of the five fundamental elements
dispersed, his soul worn down, his Po16 lost, and his Hun16
shaken. He would look exhausted, become sick and wouldn’t
know the cause of his death. The punishment of thunder need
not come from thunders that can be seen and heard.