Touring “Carrying Stones Slab on Head and Crouch-Walking Small
This year of the Snake is coming to a close and the year of the
Horse is fast approaching. Everyone hopes that in the Year of the
Horse, every undertaking will be crowned with success. Actually, to
be successful requires diligence and hard work. Things done without
much effort will not be successful. To those who aspire to be
successful in ascetic practice, they must behave like the horse
which sprints ahead. Do not procrastinate in anything because those
who do will live to regret when they grow old. Today we must prepare
to tour Hades again. Yang Sheng, get up on the lotus flower
Sheng: I’m safely seated, dear Master, we can start now.
I don’t know which Prison we will be touring this time.
We will be going to the Seventh Tribunal to tour the “Carrying Stone
Slab on Head and Crouch-Walking Small Prison”. Get ready to
proceed…. We have arrived. Yang Sheng, get down.
Sheng: Really, we’ve arrived so soon. Sitting on the
lotus flower platform with closed eyes is exactly like sitting in a
jet-plane. I can hear the whispering of the wind and very soon we
The human body can be likened unto an aircraft flying. There must
not be any danger inside the body, if there is, there is bound to be
danger, very much like an aircraft falling down into a deep valley
and the human body will be smashed up beyond recognition. This kind
of speaking means that great care must be taken of the body, minute
by minute. Some souls are sent to Hades to be punished because, just
for one moment, due to lack of fore-thought, they committed a sin or
sins in their lifetime. That is why they have to be punished after
death. Yang Sheng, you should consider yourself very lucky to be
able to sit so comfortably because not everyone can be comfortable
sitting on the lotus flower platform. Quickly go ahead and pay your
respects to the Officer.
Sheng: Yes, Sir. I hereby pay my humble respects to
Officer and Generals. I am Sheng Xian Tang’s Yang Sheng coming here
today with my Master to visit your Prison. Will you kindly afford us
Welcome to JiGong and Yang Sheng for visiting us today. We here are
aware that you have received the Order to write the Book which is a
great honor and glory.
Sheng: Thank you, Officer. I observe that there are many
sinful souls inside, busy doing work – big souls and small souls all
busy moving stone slabs; are you in the course of erecting a new
Officer: Far from it. This is one form of punishing
sinful souls – they have to shift the stone slabs.
Sheng: No wonder they are screaming; big slabs of stone
being placed on the head, both hands supporting, the body crouching
and both legs moving step by step forward. It appears they are
suffering terribly. Some who are not careful enough let the big
slabs fall on their bodies and they faint away. The soldiers of
Hades then sprinkle reviving water on them and they revive to lift
up the fallen slabs to their heads and proceed onwards, crouching
all the time. This kind of punishment is rather old-fashioned but
has practical use.
These souls are training to have “iron heads,” ha, ha! When they
were alive, they were thick-headed and egoistic, some were school
teachers who did not respect their profession; some were students
who did not honor and respect their teachers. After death their
souls were sent here to be punished.
Sheng: Can I ask you to summon a few souls so that I can
speak to them.
No problem. I’ll ask some to come… You can ask them any questions
Sheng: I ask Mister, why you are carrying the stone slab
Soul: When I speak of this, I feel very ashamed. When I
was alive I was a school teacher. In my class there were a few very
good looking girl students. When I taught, I paid too much attention
to girl students to attract them and subsequently I enticed them. My
illicit actions were not noticed by my fellow beings but after my
death, my actions could not escape the notice of Head of Tribunal
who instructed the soldiers of Hades to beat me up and later, when I
reached the Seventh Tribunal, Tai Shan Wang was very angry and
called me “an animal” and said,
“You were a school teacher and did not
uphold your dignity but scooped so low as
to entice your school students.” He sentenced me to this
Prison to carry the stone slab on my head and crouch-walk everyday.
Being a school teacher you had no modesty but used your position to
entice your innocent girl students – your sins were very great. The
purpose of carrying the stone slab on your head is to make you
downcast and ashamed to lift up your head to face people. I would
therefore advise all human beings who are still alive on Earth and
are instructors, whether religious instructors or tailoring
instructors, etc. that instructors must be regarded as parents and
students as children, so there must be mutual respects, one for the
other, otherwise the wrong doers will be punished when their souls
come to Hades. Yang Sheng, you can continue asking more souls if you
feel like doing so.
Sheng: Look here, Mister. Your face looks like one who
has moral culture, and having a bald head, should command respect.
Are you here to learn an art?
Soul: Don’t laugh la! I know I feel very ashamed.
Carrying the stone slab on my bald head gives me much pain. During
my lifetime, I led a religious life, having read through numerous
religious books and being well-versed in them, I despised my
religious superior and I began to regard myself as superior. Often,
in front of gatherings, I criticized my religious superior. When I
died, my soul was brought before the Head of the Tribunal who said
that I despised my religious superior and instead of thanking him,
criticized him and spoilt his good name. He then sentenced me to
this Stone Slab Carrying and Crouch-Walking Small Prison to suffer
everyday thus canceling my sins.
The progress or success of students is mainly due to the good
instructions of the teachers or instructors. Therefore, it is but
right that students should honor and respect teachers and
instructors, but nowadays, human beings are very selfish and
self-opinioned. They think that their main aim is to get money all
the time, being ungrateful to their teachers; and opening up rival
establishments to compete with their teachers or instructors. Such
people will be sent here to be punished after death.
Sheng: This Mister, can you please say why you are
Soul: I was a well-to-do person when I was alive and also
I had the gift of the eloquence. I looked down upon poor and less
fortunate and often used my position and eloquence to run down
others. I like to talk big. Because of my many sins, after death, my
soul was sent to this Prison to be punished. I am very dissatisfied;
can I request JiGong to be my advocate and plead on my behalf with
Tai Shan Wang?
Alright, alright. If you can spend money I can help you but if you
can’t spend money, there is nothing to talk about. You give money
and I can speak to the Officer for you.
Soul: Thank you for your intention to help but at the
moment, I just don’t have any money. My money, I left to my children
to spend on Earth; how then can I give you money?
Therefore, don’t day dream. Nowadays, the rich look down upon those
who are poor and the poor are always being looked down by the rich.
When you were alive, who told you to be so proud; now at death,
where are your riches? It is better for you to continue carrying the
stone slab on your head and to crouch-walk here everyday.
You are truly a very wicked soul. Even now you want to use your
money power to influence us in Hades; we here cannot be influenced
even with money. Just now, JiGong was laughing at you, didn’t you
realize it? Henceforth you must not talk too much otherwise more
severe punishment will be passed on you.
Remember that we should always reserve a certain portion of the
opportunities on Earth for others to use also; don’t be selfish to
monopolize all the opportunities yourself. Do not despise others
when you are successful or influential because, one day if you
happen to fall or become down and out, everyone will look down on
you. Time is up to return, Yang Sheng, please say goodbye to
Sheng: Thank you very much, Officer and Generals. We have
to return now.
Generals, line up and say goodbye.
Yang Sheng, quickly get up on the lotus flower platform.
Sheng: I’m safely seated. We can start now, dear Master.
We have arrived at Sheng Xian Tang. Yang Sheng, get down. Soul,
return to your body.
End of Journey No 45.