Touring the Office
of “Four Stages of Reincarnation”
- (Second Visit)
- JiGong: Who says that
Moral Principles are not compensated? Look at the four types of
creatures – in their previous lives they had committed many grievous
sins thus causing them to be reborn as beasts, animals, fowls,
fishes and worms. Of all the earthly creatures, human beings are
considered the most enlightened and intelligent; therefore it is
most advisable that being regarded as on a higher plane, human
beings must put into practice more moral and ascetic deeds. I would,
out of pity, urge the souls of the four types of creatures to change
for the better so that their previous sins can be cancelled and
ultimately they can return to their earlier human forms on rebirth.
They should not be like the spider at the corner of the wall where
it spins a web of its own and quietly and contentedly remains there
oblivious of what happens outside its web. Yang Sheng, prepare to
tour Hades again.
- Yang Sheng: Yes, Sir; I
- JiGong: We have arrived.
Before us is the Officer of the Four Stages of Reincarnation. His
Highness and Officers are ready to receive us.
- Yang Sheng: I pay Your
Highness and Officers my humble respects. I hope you will kindly
show us around.
- Highness: Arise; don’t
stand on ceremony. During your previous visit we did not have much
time to discuss many things but I sincerely hope that this present
visit will be more interesting and informative. Do you feel tired
after your journey? Why don’t you take a rest inside?
- Yang Sheng: Sitting on
the lotus flower platform was not tiring but the strong wind playing
against my ears was most disturbing and deafening.
- JiGong: Let us follow
His Highness inside for a short rest.
- Yang Sheng: Thank you,
Your Highness for taking so much trouble to make us feel
- Highness: Please drink
tea; do not be shy.
- Yang Sheng: Sheng Xian
Tang has received an order to write the Book “Journeys to the
Underworld” and choosing me to undertake this tour has made me feel
most honored but my moral philosophy is not of a high standard. I am
not very familiar with what goes on in Hades so, therefore, will you
please explain to me the various aspects of the Prison here so that
when human beings read this Book they can realize the advantages and
merits of doing good and avoid evil deeds.
- Highness: It is better
that I bring you to the place so that you can see for yourself and
understand what is happening here.
- Yang Sheng: Thank you
again, Your Highness.
- Highness: Then follow me
to the Central Hall.
- Yang Sheng: I will
follow you. Oh, I see a stag standing in front of the altar and
nodding its head as if paying respects to Your Highness or trying to
- Highness: That is so. In
its previous life this stag was a monk; because he had contacted a
certain disease he started blaming the Goddess of Mercy for not
protecting him from suffering. Consequently he refused to be a
vegetarian and broke the Buddhist Commandments, got married and
raised a family. He continued to scold the Deities. In due course he
died. This is his third rebirth and he became a stag living in the
mountain, eating green grass, drinking spring water and dew, exactly
like a hermit. This can be called his retribution. He has thus
repaid for his past sins and at his death, the energies of Hades
sucked his soul here. By his nodding of his head he is appealing to
me to help him to be returned to human form.
- Yang Sheng: This is most
disturbing. Because of a sudden lapse of reasoning when he was
alive, this soul has to be punished and to suffer so much. The laws
of Hades are inexplicable and cannot be avoided. I am still not very
clear why, after death, the souls of the four types of creatures are
automatically sucked in to this Prison by the energies of Hades.
- Highness: The Universal
Law is that, the Heavens produce their energy, the planets produce
their energy and human beings also produce their own energy; these
energies revolve and intermingle to create existence. If the energy
of Heavens stops, the Heavens will not exist; if the energy of the
planets stops the planets will disintegrate; and if the energy of
human beings stops human beings will die.
- Human beings know that the Earth has gravitation but they do not
know the Heavens and Human beings also have gravitation. Anything
that is pure will be attracted by the gravitation of the Heavens but
anything that is impure will be attracted by the gravitation of the
Earth. Human desires are the creation of one’s heart. The energies
of the three identities revolve to create existence. When any of the
four types of creatures dies, his soul is attracted and sucked by
the energies of Hades to be judged by The Tribunals.
- If you are an ascetic person, your spirituality is pure and will
float and will be attracted by Heavenly energies; even if the
soldiers of Hades want to catch your soul, they will not succeed in
their effort. It is like a balloon floating towards Heaven and even
if people want to stop it from floating, they themselves will be
dragged up. Those of you who aspire to attain Buddhahood or Sagehood
in the future must, from now onwards in this present generation,
cultivate morality and practise ascetic deeds. It does not mean if
one spends money for prayers to be said for salvation of the soul of
one’s departed ancestors, the souls will be saved. Instead of
wasting good money to pay for such prayers the descendants will save
the souls of their ancestors if they do good deeds and print and
distribute religious books, leaflets, tracts, so that people can
read and thereby do good deeds.
- These ascetic practices will really go a long way towards the
salvation of the souls of the ancestors and also enhance their own
virtues. In fact when the Buddhas and Sages were alive their main
objective was to teach people to lead a good life. They even caused
books to be written to teach people to do good. Therefore by
printing and distributing religious books, leaflets and tracts, you
will be following the footsteps of the Buddhas and Sages. Moreover,
this will be much better than paying for prayers to be said for the
salvation of souls of ancestors, and also in the end the ancestors
will benefit and their souls will be saved. Human beings must not
deny that they are not aware of the method (of printing and
distributing religious books etc) of salvation of souls of
ancestors. Another method is to help the poor, needy and deserving.
- Yang Sheng: Your
Highness, every word you said is very true and enlightening. Buddhas
and Sages had all along urged human beings to do good, either by
speeches, preaching and discourages, actions or by books. If one
pays for the printing and distribution of religious books and
tracts, it is also like helping the Buddhas and Sages in their
missions to save humanity. In this way their spirituality will
ultimately be attracted by the energy of Heaven towards Heaven.
- JiGong: What Yang Sheng
has just said is very appropriate. If a person tries to be
benevolent and just, these attributes added to his personality will
ultimately make him become a Buddha or Sage, after death.
- Highness: This stag here
has undergone three rebirths and has therefore repaid for his
previous sins which can now be regarded as cancelled. I will
accordingly ask General to lead him to the “Revival of Spirit
Pavilion” to drink “Revival of Spirit Soup”.
- General: Yes, Sir. Yang
Sheng, please follow me to see what happens.
- Yang Sheng: Yes, thank
you very much General. Very true, here is a pavilion with the words:
“Revival of Spirit Pavilion”. Inside is an old man distributing cups
of soup to every soul inside to drink. Immediately they finished
drinking the soup, the souls suddenly transformed into human form,
viz; male, female, old or young.
- General: Yang Sheng,
please stand aside and watch. I will offer one cup of soup to this
stag to drink.
- Yang Sheng: Yes, Oh It’s
just like magic. The stag on drinking, suddenly changed its shape
into a 50 years old man with short-cropped hair on the head and
there were marks of joss-sticks scars (marks of monkhood). It
appears that this person when alive had no intention of becoming a
- General: That is true.
This person did not have the intention to remain a monk all his
life. He did not want to be a vegetarian and subsequently got
married, and raised a family. As punishment, he underwent three
rebirths as animals. Now that he has drunk the revival soup he has
returned to human form.
- Yang Sheng: Since he has
now returned to human form, will he have to undergo any more
- General: Now that he has
returned to human form, we have satisfactorily carried out our duty
but he will have to be sent to the Tenth Tribunal for “Juan Lun
Wang” (King of Revival) to arrange for him to be reborn a human
being. As far as I know, all souls transferred by our Third Tribunal
to the Tenth Tribunal will be reborn as one of the following types
of human beings; poor, maim, blind, deformed so that they will have
to undergo further sufferings as human beings unless in their new
lives they realize the necessity and benefits of ascetic practices
so that on their next rebirth they will not be afflicted with any
- JiGong: We are running
out of time. Yang Sheng, please say goodbye to His Highness and
- Yang Sheng: Thank you
very much General, for your kind assistance. Our time is up and we
have to leave.
- JiGong: Thank you very
much, Your Highness, we have to return now but I hope to see you
- Highness: Don’t mention;
I hope to see you again next time.
- JiGong: Human beings are
not aware of the existence of this Office of Four Types of
Reincarnation. So it is my intention that Yang Sheng becomes more
acquainted with this Office to enable him to mention it in more
detail in the Book. Therefore, I will bring Yang Sheng here again at
some more convenient time to receive further instruction from Your
- Highness: You are
welcome here. All of you, General and Officers, stand in order to
send off JiGong and Yang Sheng.
- Yang Sheng: I am afraid
I cannot accept this honor. Thank you very much. Your Highness,
Officers and General for your great help. We are returning.
- JiGong: Quickly step on
the lotus flower platform.
- Yang Sheng: I am
properly seated; so we can start.
- JiGong: We have arrived
at Sheng Xian Tang. Yang Sheng, get down. Soul, return to your body.
- End of Journey No 20.