- JiGong: Last time I
was pre-engaged and so I requested Deity Yang Jian to stand in
for me to bring Yang Sheng to tour Hades – two “Yangs” touring
Hades and visiting the Fifth Tribunal – this is just joking but
has a moral meaning. Reading a book is like eating melon seed;
if one chews the husk together with the seed of the melon, there
is no taste at all but if one throws out the husk and chews the
seed, one can appreciate the melon seed. Therefore, when reading
a book, one must not just read its contents but must understand
the deeper meaning of what is written. Yang Sheng, be prepared
to tour Hades again.
- Yang Sheng: Yes Sir.
Some time ago you told me that Deities have the power to be
present at several places at the same time but I am wondering
why is it that on the previous occasion you did not come to
bring me to Hades but instead asked Deity Yang Jian to bring me
- JiGong: Ha, Ha! It
was not that I could not divide myself to be present on that day
to bring you there but I intentionally asked Yang Jian to take
my place so that readers can have a chance to be acquainted with
Yang Jian. We are short of time and so have to depart quickly.
- Yang Sheng: I am
securely seated, dear Master, we can start now…
- JiGong: We have
reached the Fifth Tribunal, get down. Sen Luo Wang and Officers
are all assembled to receive us; quickly go and pay your
- Yang Sheng: My
respects to you, Sen Luo Wang and Officers. I am here again with
JiGong for the purpose of writing the Book. So, therefore would
Sen Luo Wang, please afford me the necessary assistance and
- Sen Luo Wang: Arise
Yang Sheng. I extend to you a very warm welcome. I wish to
invite both of you to come inside as I have something to
- JiGong: From the
time we received the Order to write the Book on our Journey to
Hades till now, I am glad to say that half our mission has been
accomplished. I beg Sen Luo Wang to help us so that our
assignment can be completed successfully.
- Sen Luo Wang:
Present day science has made so much advancement that public
morality is not the same as what it was in ancient times. Much
decadence has taken the upper hand; luckily in Taiwan there are
so many temples which help to propagate moral culture thus
helping countless people to walk on the right path; especially
so, Tai Zhong’s Sheng Xian Tang, which has rendered meritorious
service. That is why the Jade Emperor, has ordered Sheng Xian
Tang to write the Book. Also, all the Ten Tribunals of Hades are
aware of the assignment first given by Yu Huang on 8th
Moon 15th Day just passed. In fact we have been
waiting anxiously for your arrival. Please do come in so that we
can leisurely talk things over.
- Yang Sheng: Thank
you, Sen Luo Wang for inviting us. I see there are so many
sinful souls outside and their faces have frightened looks, very
pale and quite a number are looking towards our direction
- JiGong: Human beings
on Earth are aware that Sen Luo Wang of the Fifth Tribunal
stands for integrity and justice and that the punishments he
hands out are very severe. Therefore, the sinful souls who come
here are very frightened.
- Sen Luo
Wang: Both of you, quickly
come inside and have a rest.
- Yang Sheng: Thank
you very much.
- Sen Luo Wang: Please
be seated while I order the servants to serve tea of
- Servant: Yes Sir;
tea of immortality is here. Please drink.
- Yang Sheng: This is
most welcome. I am quite thirsty and so I will have a sip. This
tea is truly very good; it is fragrant and helps to moisten my
- Sen Luo Wang: I am
especially happy when I drink the “frozen Tie Guan Yin”.
- JiGong: When Sen Luo
Wang speaks, there is another meaning in the words spoken. Yang
Sheng, can you understand what is being implied?
- Yang Sheng: Human
beings say that the Fifth Tribunal’s Sen Luo Wang is like His
Highness Bao Gong who stands for justice and fair play. I find
that this is really so. The literary meaning of the word
“frozen” is that the face is cold like ice and cannot be swayed,
while “Tie Guan Yin” means the class of Bodhisattva, whose
hearts are very firm and just. Truly Sen Luo Wang can be likened
to His Highness Bao Gong who also was straightforward, just and
firm in all dealings.
- Sen Luo Wang: Ha!
Ha! The medium of Sheng Xian Tang is really very famous. Your
brain is not like an ordinary person’s brain; you have guessed
- Yang Sheng: It was
just a pure guess.
- Sen Luo
Wang: We are very pleased
that both of you have come to our Tribunal again today. Present
day human beings struggle mainly for fame and money. They don’t
care for conscience, reason or righteousness which is all lost
on them. Everywhere one can see deceit being the order of the
day. Restaurants, barber shops, night clubs, all make use of
girls to induce men to patronize them. Officers of Hades
constantly visit Earth to record instances of breach of morality
and there is no end to such records. Also, there are places
where people visit to satisfy their canal desires, such as dance
halls, houses of pleasure, etc; where eventually joy will be
followed by sorrow. When such people die, their souls will be
sent to this Fifth Tribunal – they are the souls you now see
here. Such breaches of morality are very sinful. I want to
impress on human beings not to resort to earn money through
prostitution otherwise the sins are so great that they cannot be
repaid even in three generations. I am in charge of the Fifth
Tribunal; I am iron-faced; I do not ask for gratitude. Every
soul that comes to this Tribunal begins to get frightened
because my sentence is very strict and severe. If human beings
do not forsake evil ways and turn to the right path they will
find out what will be in store for them when they die and their
souls come here. This Tribunal can also be named “Loud Crying
Prison” because nothing can be heard here except loud crying.
There are 16 Heart-gouging smaller prisons here specially to
punish those who have – 1] lawless
heart 2] evil thought heart 3] stubborn heart 4] hate-filled
heart 5] malicious heart 6] lewd heart 7] jealous heart 8]
biased heart 9] selfish heart 10] treacherous heart 12] animal
- I will order the General to gouge out the heart of each type
of sinful soul. It is not because I have a cold heart or a hard
heart but it is because these souls themselves had committed
such evil sins mentioned above. It can be said that they earned
the punishment by virtue of their own wrong-doings on Earth. I
am afraid I cannot afford to spare any more time now but I hope
that you will visit us again soon.
- JiGong: O.K. Yang
Sheng, prepare to return.
- Yang Sheng: We are
much obliged to Sen Luo Wang for spending so much time on us and
giving us so much information. We have to return and so, Sen Luo
Wang and all Officers, thank you once more.
- Sen Luo Wang: All
Officers and Generals, line up and give JiGong and Yang Sheng a
hearty send off.
- JiGong: Thank you,
Sen Luo Wang, for everything. Yang Sheng, get up on the lotus
- 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 31