- JiGong: Deities,
through the services of mediums and planchette writing, aim
at helping and sympathizing with the troubles of human
beings; but some mediums outwardly say that they want to
cultivate morality by helping people but actually they have
some ulterior motive to get money. They do not cultivate
morality at all – their misdeeds are regarded as very grave
sins. There are some physiognomists who praise themselves by
advertising the correctness of their interpretations and,
like “iron mouths”- (wolves which bite and yet no bleeding),
they fleece their customers of hard earned money thus
spoiling the good reputation of the ancient physiognomist
“Gui Gu Xian Shi”. When such people die, their souls will be
severely punished in Hades after which they will be reborn
as birds in lonely valleys chirping away all day through.
Today we will tour Hades again. Yang Sheng, get ready and
get up on the lotus flower platform.
- Yang Sheng: Yes,
Sir. The weather here is rather warm, I wonder if in Hades
it will be cooler and more pleasant.
- JiGong: In Hades
the weather is so cold that even the hair on your head will
stand up. Step on the lotus flower platform quickly and
don’t waste anymore time.
- Yang Sheng: Yes,
yes, Master, we can start now….
- JiGong: We have
arrived, you can get down.
- Officer: We
extend to both of you a warm welcome for visiting us again.
- Yang Sheng: We
are here again to continue seeing what goes in this Prison
of Poisonous Bees.
- JiGong: There
are many bad characters on Earth who spoil the good name of
Saints and Deities; so that is why we come to this Prison
again to obtain more stories of sinful souls for our Book.
- Officer: Please
follow me inside to have some rest first.
- Yang Sheng: As
we do not have much time, I think it is not necessary for us
- Officer: If that
is so, then I would invite JiGong and Yang Sheng to enter
- Yang Sheng: This
Prison is full of Bees but instead of producing honey they
inject poison into the bodies of sinful souls.
- JiGong: That is
what it should be. When on Earth these souls had so many
sweet things, they now have to taste some bitterness in
- Yang Sheng:
These sinful souls after being stung, run about the whole
place trying to escape but there is no place to go to.
- JiGong: People
generally say, “There are roads leading to Paradise, but
they don’t want to take these roads; rather, they prefer to
rush towards the Prison gates.”
Nowadays there are many abbots of temples who make use of
the good name of Deities to get money and to entice innocent
and ignorant women. Society disapproves of such practices
because the names of the Deities are spoiled by such
behavior. That is why the number of souls in this Prison is
always on the increase. I am much in moan to see this
situation. I will summon a few of the souls so that they can
tell you the extent of their decadent morality when they
- Yang Sheng:
Thank you, Officer for assisting us.
- Officer: I am
duty bound to help you. Therefore there is no need to stand
on ceremony. I have already asked the General to bring
forward a couple of souls. Here, you two, this is Sheng Xian
Tang’s Yang Sheng who is accompanying JiGong to Hades to get
first-hand information for their Book; both of you will have
to tell Yang Sheng truthfully why you are here.
- 1st Soul:
When I was alive, I was a medium of “Zhong Tan Yuan Shuai
Temple” Taiwan. At first the Deities borrowed my body as a
medium and I was very successful in curing a lot of cases
which the doctors or physicians could not tackle. These
successes were mainly due to the effectiveness of the Deity
Zhong Tan Yuan Shuai. At last, seeing that there were so
many believers and devotees, even when Zhong Tan Yuan Shuai
did not enter my body, I pretended to enter into a trance
thereby bluffing the devotees who came to seek help, telling
them that the devil had been disturbing them and had to be
appeased. The devotees were told to buy much joss paper to
burn, and to pay a few thousand dollars to the medium who
would act and pray for them. Actually, the Deities did not
come, neither did they ask for such things, but because the
Deities did not come, I demanded such things instead. I made
a lot of money in this way; with the ill-gotten money, I
bought some big houses. When I died, my soul was brought by
the soldier of Hades to the Fourth Tribunal where Wu Guan
Wang scolded me, “You were the
medium of Zhong Tan Yuan Shuai and being a medium, you
should have regarded it your duty to help those who came to
the temple for spiritual help. Instead, you used the good
name of the Deity to get money from the poor devotees. That
being so, the good work you had done as a medium was
over-shadowed by your greed for money – that is why you are
here”. When I was medium, I was not afraid of the
slashes and wounds inflicted by the sacred sword but now the
stings of the Bees cause me great pain and suffering. My
repentance is too late now. I hope the existing living
mediums will not deceive the Deities and devotees, like the
bad example I had made.
- JiGong: By
selecting mediums to go into trance, the Deities want to
help human beings and this is the tradition of Taoism. The
fact that the Deities through mediums can cure sicknesses
which doctors cannot cure, is due to the magnanimity of the
Deities in Heaven. Those mediums who make money through
bluffing the people are going against the wishes of Heaven.
Using one’s life to become a medium is very meritorious and
it is quite in order if the devotees choose to give
donations out of their own free will but, to use the good
offices and name of Deities to get money from believers is
very unpardonable. According to the laws of the Earth, this
is too bad, but in the eyes of the laws of Hades, it is even
- Officer: 2nd
Soul, it is now your turn to tell your sinful story to Yang
- 2nd Soul:
When I was alive, I practiced physiognomy and I was an adept
in issuing amulets. In the evenings, I set up stall at the
road side to cater for the wants of customers. Once when
business was not too good, a young man came up and asked me
to “read his face”. I saw my opportunity to make easy money
and got very free with my tongue, telling him that from the
look of his face, his fate was rather gloomy and to
counteract, he had to spend money to get rid of the bad fate
and I was able to assist by drawing an amulet for him for
the purpose. This young man had absolute faith in my powers
and after preparing the amulet, I demanded $1,500 for my
services. Henceforth, I used this ruse to get money from
trusting customers when an opportunity presented itself.
When I died, Wu Guan Wang scolded me and said that although
I had the ability to “read faces,” I had no morality and
used my skill to get money from trusting people; he
sentenced me to this Prison for 12 years. I am already here
3 years and have many more years of suffering to go through.
My body being stung by the Bees, is swollen and painful. I
now repent but it is already too late.
- JiGong: When you
were on Earth, you were very smart and also had the gift of
the gap; was like the Bees which hurt more people but never
did any good for them. Therefore, being sent to this Prison
is good retribution. I wish to warn all physiognomists to
walk the correct path and avoid the wrong path. Instead of
looking at and studying the faces of the customers, those
who look at the customers’ pockets will eventually have to
be sent to this Prison to be punished. As time is running
short, we will now have to return.
- Yang Sheng: Can
I ask Officer if it is a fact that those who damage the good
name of Deities, when they die, their souls will have to be
sent to this Prison.
- Officer: It
depends. Those who purposely entice, and some other special
cases are sent to other Prisons. This Prison caters for one
particular type of sin.
- Yang Sheng: It
is now time to return and so I must thank Officer and
General for assisting us. We will have to say goodbye.
- Officer: All of
you, escort JiGong and Yang Sheng out.
- JiGong: Thank
you, Officer, we are leaving. Yang Sheng. Get ready to board
the lotus flower platform quickly.
- Yang Sheng: I am
safely seated, dear Master, we can start…
- JiGong: We have
arrived at Sheng Xian Tang, get down. Soul, return to your
- End of Journey No 29