“Hanging Up-Side-Down Prison”
The cold currents are still with us and everybody is feeling the
intense winter cold. To the rich and well-off they have heating
facilities, fur coats and dresses, they have heaters to make hot
dishes, etc but the poor have to suffer very much because they have
to wear thin clothing and their limbs become numb – it is indeed a
very pitiful sight. This suffering is primary due to the fact that
in their previous lives they did not do good deeds, that’s why
this generation, especially the poor, now have to suffer from the
intense cold winter. I hope that those who are rich and can afford
it will be more charitable and help to relieve the sufferings of
those who are poor and needy; if those who are rich do not help
those who are poor, when they die, on rebirth they will be born poor
and thus will have to suffer as what the present poor are now
suffering. Those who are enlightened and educated should be able to
understand the meaning of what I have just said. Yang Sheng, get
ready to tour Hades; step on the lotus flower platform.
Sheng: I am
safely seated, dear Master; we can now start.
Yang Sheng, quickly get out.
In front of us are so many souls all crying loudly like the
shrieking of pigs in the slaughterhouse.
Please do not say so much. The Officer and General are coming,
quickly go and pay respects to them.
humbly offer you, Officer and General my respects. JiGong and myself
have been ordered to write a Book about this place; so therefore
kindly give us every assistance in our endeavour.
Don’t stand on ceremony. I understand that Sheng Xian Tang is very
famous; your numerous books, through planchette writings, aiming to
advise human beings to do good are very much appreciated and
understood by us here. There will be many sinful human beings who,
after reading your books, will turn over a new leaf and do good and
lead a new and better life; therefore you will acquire greater
merits. Today, we are much honored to have you with us. JiGong and
Yang Sheng, please follow me inside for a look.
you very much. Oh, this is the “Hanging Up-Side-Down Prison” as
described on the doorway.
So today we will follow Officer and General to see the inside of
this “Hanging Up-Side-Down Prison”.
Inside there is so much wailing like those crying and screaming over
the death of their parents. I can see a very big field; the color of
the grass is red.
This Hanging Up-Side-Down Prison is under the jurisdiction of the
Sheng: I see
a moving execution ground and there are rows of iron pillars, the
tops of which are connected by steel wires; souls are hung up-side
down by the feet, the soles of which are pierced by hooks attached
to the steel wire. The heads hang downward and the blood oozing out
from the pierced soles above. Some of the souls are crying and
struggling. The more the pain, the louder the crying. On some of the
wires the up-side down souls appear motionless and streaks of blood
are oozing from the seven holes of the head (2 eyes, 2 ears, 2
nostrils and 1 mouth). They look like vermicelli being dried on the
racks. Can I ask, Officer, why should these souls suffer this kind
When these souls were alive, they had upset moral obligations,
ruined social structure and defied the five human duties and
relationships (1 parental, 2 husband and wife 3 brotherly and
sisterly 4 friendship and 5 government-citizen relationship).
Because of the present prevailing trend on Earth regarding such
relationships, we now have a growing population of these souls in
this Hanging Up-Side-Down Prison. The dripping blood from these
sinful souls seeps into the earth of the field here causing the
grass to turn red in color.
stench here is so unbearable that one has a feeling to vomit.
Be steadier so as not to obstruct the purpose of writing this Book.
I will call a few sinful souls so that you can hear from them their
side of the story as to why they are here.
you very much Officer.
General, please down the first hanging upside down soul so that he
can relate his story to Yang Sheng.
Yes, Sir…..he has been let down.
Sheng: Can I
ask Mister why they hang you up-side down and be exposed to the cold
(Crying loudly) I am in great pain; I can hardly stand on my two
feet which are very painful. They hang me upside down from my feet
till I feel as if I want to vomit out my intestines. When I was
alive, I lived in Tai Nan (South of Taiwan) and was adopted by my
uncle who brought me up as his own son. I studied up to Secondary
School. My uncle had a general departmental store. Because he
regarded me as his own son, he loved me very much and entrusted the
management of his shop to me. When I was 37 years old, my neighbour
told me that my uncle was not my real father. I began to think that
it would be a good idea if I returned to my real father, which I
subsequently did. From then onwards I began to pilfer money and
goods from the shop to give to my real father who, instead of
stopping me from this malpractice, encouraged me to continue and
even coaxed me to steal from the shop more valuable goods for him to
sell. He also asked me to issue unauthorized cheques. With these
ill-gotten funds, I ran back and lived with my real father to enjoy
the stolen wealth. When my uncle discovered my ingratitude and
duplicity it was already too late; he was very angry and cursed
Heaven and Earth. The shop’s bank account was in trouble and
creditors rushed to my uncle’s shop trying to get payment. Because
he had no money left, what could my uncle do but to commit suicide.
When my uncle’s soul appeared before the King of Hades, he accused
my real father and me for being the cause of his suicide. One year
after my uncle’s death, my father and myself became seriously
sick. All our ill-gotten money was spent on medical expenses until
no money was left and both of us subsequently died. Our souls
appeared before the King of Hades; we then realized that our
lifespan had been shortened by our sinful and evil actions on Earth.
Song Di Wang of the Third Tribunal was very angry and sentenced me
to this Prison; I understand that the soul of my real father has
been sentenced to another Prison.
You are a beast. You were brought up by your uncle as his own son
but instead of requiting his generosity and favor, you caused him
pain and suffering until he had to resort to committing suicide. By
your most ungrateful actions you had upset the father and son
relationship with your uncle. So you are sentenced to this Prison to
suffer. Have you anything more to say? General, return this soul to
complete his punishment; and ask the soul on the left to tell his
side of the story to Yang Sheng.
Yes, Sir…..The left side soul is here.
Quickly tell your story to Sheng Xian Tang’s Yang Sheng so that he
can understand the reason for your coming here.
Soul: I am
indeed suffering, so much so, that it is very difficult for me to
speak out. I was hung upside down in this Prison until my two eyes
feel as if falling out of their sockets. When I was alive, I stayed
in Tai Zhong (Central Taiwan). I was married and not being
satisfied, got mixed up with a sweet young girl and frequently went
to hotels with her. This girl did not have a father but lived with
her widowed mother aged about 40 years, still very good looking. I
also frequently visited her to seduce her at first by stealth but
later on, openly. I felt very happy with my action. One day, while
riding a motor-cycle, I met with an accident, the machine was
totally damaged and I lost consciousness and subsequently died. I
felt I was handcuffed by two Ox-head-horse-faced soldiers of Hades
and led to Hades where I appeared before the Magic Mirror which
reproduced every action I had done when I was alive. Song Di Wang
was very angry and sentenced me to this Hanging Up-Side-Down Prison
for a period of 30 years. I have been here for over 2 years and I
still have such a long sentence to go through.
You beast, you behaved like fowls and dogs; not satisfied with
enticing a young girl, you also went further and enticed her widowed
mother. Your sin was very great; after you have served your 30-year
term here, you will be sent to the “A-Bi Prison” where your soul
will remain forever – no reincarnation whatsoever.
The five human relationships have been upset; morality has been
ruined, human beings have lost the respect for teachers, lack of
filial piety, enticing daughter and mother, all such sins are
punished by sentencing to the Hanging Up-Side-Down Prison and are
regarded as just minor punishments; but if souls are sent to “A-Bi
Prison”, the sins are regarded as very serious with entirely no
hope for reincarnation. Therefore, human beings must understand that
repentance of one’s errors and sins while they are still living
are important, otherwise, if the soul is sent to “A-Bi Prison”,
there will be totally no hope of redemption. Tonight, time is
running out and we have to return.
you, Officer and General, for your kind assistance; we are
In case we have failed in entertaining you, JiGong and Yang Sheng,
please pardon us.
That’s alright. Yang Sheng, let’s get ready to return.
Sheng: I am
safely seated on the lotus flower platform. We can proceed.
We have arrived at Sheng Xian Tang. Yang Sheng, get down. Soul,
return to your body.
- End of
Journey No 18