- Touring the
Prison of Poisonous Bees
- JiGong: The life of
a devout ascetic practitioner requires great self-denial and
self-sacrifice. If one is in earnest surely one will succeed.
There are numerous temples, shrines and places of worship
throughout the length and breadth of the land with signboards
centrally displayed. These places of worship exhort human beings
to do good deeds and anyone entering them should feel as if
entering earthly paradise. But, nowadays, many people use the
names of Deities, Sages and religious personages for their own
material gains, e.g.; some make statues of Sages, etc, to sell
to tourists. Others use the good name of temples, shrines and
places of worship to hoodwink well-intentioned women. These
malpractices damage and abuse the propriety of the Sages and
such people, by indirectly deceiving the innocent ones, have
committed great sins. The laws of Hades are very strict and
severe punishment will be imposed on such evil doers. Today I
will bring Yang Sheng to tour Hades so that he can, through his
observation there, return and write the Book to tell human
beings to walk the right path. Yang Sheng; get ready to climb up
to the lotus flower platform.
- Yang Sheng: I obey
your orders, dear Master; I am safely seated on the lotus flower
platform. I don’t know what part of Hades we are going this
- JiGong: We are going
to visit the Prison of Poisonous Bees. Close your eyes quickly
and be prepared for the trip.
- Yang Sheng: I have
closed my eyes. Dear Master, we can start now.
- JiGong: We have
arrived; get out.
- Yang Sheng: oh, the
Prison of Poisonous Bees is right in front of us. The soldiers
of Hades are directing plenty of souls to the Prison and the
soldiers are hammering the souls and they are crying loudly.
Hearing these loud crying cause a feeling of sadness inside me.
I don’t know why they are being brought here.
- JiGong: Everyone of
these souls had made use of good name of the Sages and Deities
for their own material gains on Earth. They made a lot of money
and enjoyed themselves very much when they were living, but now
that they are dead, they have to undergo punishment in Hades. To
understand the situation better, we have to enter the Prison
itself to observe. Go and pay your respects quickly.
- Yang Sheng: Officer
and General, I am Yang Sheng a medium of Sheng Xian Tang. I have
received an Order to accompany JiGong to tour Hades so that on
returning to Earth we can write a Book on what we have seen, for
human beings to read. Would you kindly help us in our mission?
- Officer: That’s
right; don’t stand on ceremony. This place is called “Prison of
Poisonous Bees” and is under the charge of the Fourth Tribunal
and is somewhat a practically new institution to deal with
sinful souls and to punish them. Please follow me to see what
goes on inside.
- Yang Sheng: Thank
you very much. Ah! Dear Master, I am afraid to enter because of
the great number of bees, everyone of them is as big as the
beetle, black with big heads. They sting on the souls thus
causing them to cry, shriek and groan in pain. There is totally
no way to avoid the bees or to escape – all crowding to the
corners of the walls. A few bees are flying towards us; I am
very much afraid, let us run away. These tiger-head bees are
very poisonous and will certainly cause death.
- JiGong: Why all this
fuss? Why are you so fearful? Each and everyone of these bees
has spirituality – they do not sting as and when they feel like
stinging but they sting only those who are sinful, exactly the
same as flies and mosquitoes do not invade places which are
clean but only those places which are dirty and filthy. The
reason why some of these poisonous bees fly towards us is
because they want to welcome us.
- Yang Sheng: This is
rather odd. It’s like firing big crackers to welcome us in a
- Officer: Yes, please
do not be afraid. If indeed these poisonous bees choose to sting
us, all of us would have run away by now. These bees have divine
spirit and they will punish only those who used the good name of
the Deities and Saints, etc, to get quick money and those who
prey on women’s simplicity for a living. If any sinful soul in
this Prison tries to escape, all these bees will go after him
and sting him the more. Just see for yourself, everyone of the
souls has scars on the body, and the head is swollen. When the
poison sting takes effect, tears drip from the eyes and the
souls become restless, jumping about all the time.
- Yang Sheng: This
punishment is so very cruel and all the souls rushing about
within this small Prison which has no extra doors to escape. Can
I ask Officer for what sins are they sent here to be punished?
- Officer: I will
summon a couple of the souls for them to tell you their story.
- JiGong: Very well;
in fact most Officers in Hades know that we are here to write
the Book and they had been most co-operative. Will you,
therefore, also assist us by affording us the necessary
- Officer: Don’t say
that; it is our duty to assist as best we can. I will now
release a couple of sinful souls so that Yang Sheng can have
first hand information.
- Yang Sheng: Can I
ask this Mister for what sins you committed on Earth that caused
your soul to be sent here to suffer this type of punishment?
- Soul: To talk about
it, I feel very ashamed. When I was living in Western Taiwan, I
was a medium of a certain temple. I was one of the handlers of
the planchette board for a number of years. Later, I was
promoted to be the number two of the temple. At one time,
through planchette writing, my temple published a Book telling
people that they should do good deeds, for free distribution. I
was very energetic and went around collecting money from
well-wishers throughout the land for the purpose of printing and
distributing the book. Because of my “gift of the gap” within
just over two months, I was able to collect $300,000 for the
book. It so happened that at that time, I was in financial
difficulties – my creditors were pressing for early settlement.
I did not know what to do. The collection of $300,000 was still
with me, so what could I do with so much money staring at me in
the face? I had to do something to save myself. I paid $200,000
to the temple to publish the book and kept the balance of
$102,456 for myself. After settling with my creditors, there was
still some balance which I retained for my personal use. All
these “below the counter” transactions were not known to others.
In due course, my conscience pricked me and I felt much ashamed,
although at the numerous planchette sessions the Deities never
mentioned anything about my shameful actions. Three years ago, I
suffered from a serious stomach disease and subsequently died.
The Ox-head-horse-faced soldiers of Hades brought my soul to
- The Deities scolded me loudly,
“Although you had led a sinful life when you were living, now
that you are dead, you still have not awakened to realize your
past wrong-doings. I did not disclose to you (and others) your
secret actions about your financial manipulations during the
various planchette sessions because we Deities, through the
medium of planchette writing, will only always teach human
beings the correct path of doing good and will never bring out
any wrong-doing of a person. I did not want to bring out your
specific bad behavior but it was my intention that everybody
through the planchette writing teachings will realize and turn
to doing good. You, yourself had read so many good books and
tracts and yet you did not follow the advices given, in them.
Therefore you must now suffer the punishment that is proper to
- The soldiers of Hades then brought me before the Magic
Mirror which reflected every deed and action I made when I was
alive, including my mishandling of the temple’s collections
money – not a bit was left out. When I saw this, it pained my
heart terribly and caused my gall to jump. Then I was handed
over to the Fourth Tribunal for Wu Guan Wang to sentence me. I
was sentenced to this Prison of Poisonous Bees for a period of
28 years. After serving this term, I will be sent to the Fifth
Tribunal for another sentence. Now, everyday, I am being stung
by the Bees all over my body which is very painful and causing
swelling. When these poisonous bees see me, they come directly
for me but in this Prison there is no place to escape to. I
repent very much but too late. When I was living, I was a
benefactor of people while I was attached to the temple but
unfortunately I did not heed the warnings of the Deities.
Because I made one silly mistake, on account of money, I have
now to undergo this punishment. I sincerely hope that all temple
mediums will carry out their duties very properly and will not
make a single mistake or wrong-doing. One can bluff the eyes of
others but not the eyes of Heaven. I greatly repent for my past
actions and I now wish to apologise to the Deities and my
friends in the temple. I am very much ashamed for my past
- Officer: When you
alive, you were more or less a disciple of the Deities and Sages
when performing temple work but you failed to follow their good
teachings although you knew very well what was good and what was
bad. You therefore had offended the Deities in Heaven as well
as the many people who trusted you and contributed generously
towards the expenses for publishing the book. Those who make
offerings either in kind or in money, out of the sincerity of
their hearts to temples, etc, will reap the benefits, although
some priests and others who receive the offerings may use such
well-meaning offerings for other purposes. Therefore, if an
offering is given whole heartedly the benefits will always go to
the giver, those who worship money will constantly have evil
thoughts which will follow and shadow them always. Those who are
involved in collecting money for religious purpose must account
for every cent collected. I hope that human beings will take
heed of this.
- JiGong: People who
spoil the good name of temples and places of worship have
committed grave sins and the soldiers of Hades will never
forgive them. I want to let human beings know that ascetic
practitioners must follow the right rules of ascetic practice in
every detail. Otherwise, when they die, they will have to
undergo great sufferings in the various Prisons of Hades; also
they will have to pass through the four types of reincarnations
viz; 1] worm, 2] fish, 3] fowl, and 4] animal. Therefore do not
be a hypocrite. Time is running short Yang Sheng, prepare to
return. Thank you, Officer.
- Yang Sheng: Thank
you, Officer and General, for giving me so much assistance.
Because we have limited time, we have to return now.
- Officer: All
Generals, line up and escort our honor guests out. Next time, do
come again; you are always welcome.
- Yang Sheng: I am
safely seated; dear Master, we can start.
- JiGong: We have
arrived at Sheng Xian Tang. Yang Sheng, get down. Soul, return
to your body.
- End of Journey No 27