Touring the Eighth Tribunal –
Interviewing Dou Shi Wang
JiGong: The brightness of the moon
is intense but does not affect the eyes. This brightness is called
“brightness of nature”. Those who are devout ascetic practitioners have
hearts which are able to receive the reflection of this brightness. This
means that their hearts are sincere and pure – not of spot of dirt or
dirtiness – quiet, peaceful, brilliant. The reflection in the heart,
although static, is in fact quite movable, very much like a peaceful
pool or lake, the surface of which is relatively steady thus making it
possible to reflect the surrounding objects. Because the heart is
peaceful and serene, truthfulness prevails and nothing is concealed,
thus making it possible to reflect the owner’s original pure personality
at birth, thereby making it possible for him to differentiate between
what is right and what is wrong. Ascetic practitioners, now living,
should not be influenced by the infection of the surrounding sinful
world. They should set example and should show their acquired rays of
supernatural power. Human beings now walk about on marble floors and
pitch road, live in houses, sitting, sleeping on most expensive beds and
enjoying every type of luxury but, wherever they are or about, dirt will
surround their bodies. Even if there is any suction machine or any
cleansing or bleaching powder, yet the dresses must be changed
“twice in every three days” – this
means that this dirty and sinful world is like a
“bitter sea”. Even
Sakyamuni when preaching in
Ling Shan produced a flower, everyone
kept quiet but kasyapa had a smile on
his face. This flower was not an ordinary flower but was a flower
representing the heart of Jia Ye. So
when Jia Ye saw the flower, his heart
was very happy. Now, I come to Earth and communicate with you people by
means of planchette writing; those who are bewildered have their doubts
thinking that these planchette writings are man-made and therefore they
are unconcerned; but to those who are enlightened, on seeing the
planchette writing, become aware and understand that the writing is my
communication and is what I want to make known. It is like gold being
panned or sifted from sand and they appreciate this by the smiles on
their faces as if they have acquired a lot of jewellery or treasure.
Yang Sheng: Dear Master, you’ve
spoken at great length; are you not afraid that many people do not
understand what you are saying? It’s like casting pearls before
JiGong: Useless things can
become valuable sometimes. Don’t you ever see quite a number of
people rummaging through rubbish heaps, smiles on their faces,
expecting to salvage something useful or valuable from the lots of
rubbish? What you don’t want and throw away, others pick up for
future use, therefore there is no wastage; only clever eyes can see
good things. In gold producing areas people tend to look upon
diggings as ordinary sand not caring very much because they are used
to consider the surroundings and gold as a matter of ordinary
routine. Today, we will visit Hades again.
Yang Sheng: Which part of Hades
are we going to visit this time?
JiGong: This time we will be
touring the Eighth Tribunal. Quickly get up on the lotus flower
platform and we will start….
Yang Sheng: Yes, Sir, I’m
safely seated; we can start now.
JiGong: We’ve arrived, get
JiGong: Before us is the Eighth
Tribunal. You will observe that someone has gone through the door to
report our arrival.
Yang Sheng: Dou Shi Wang and
his various Officers have come to receive us. Above the doorway are
the words “Eighth Tribunal Dou Shi Wang”.
Dou Shi Wang wears a gown embroidered with a dragon. His face looks
very majestic and he walks down the stone steps very
steadily….Salutation to you, Dou Shi Wang. I am Sheng Xian Tang’s
chief planchette handler, Yang Sheng. Today, I follow my Master to
visit your place. If I am ignorant of your customs and routine,
please, Dou Shi Wang, do enlighten me.
Dou Shi Wang: Don’t stand on
ceremony, please arise. You two have undertaken the task of writing
the Book by shuttling between Earth and Inferno! I greatly admire
your zeal. Quickly follow me inside my Tribunal.
Yang Sheng: Thank you very
much, Dou Shi Wang. There are many souls outside the Tribunal
waiting for judgement. They look very much astonished beyond belief
on seeing us. Some are crying after being hit by the soldiers of
Dou Shi Wang: Please be seated,
both of you. I will temporarily suspend my work. I will be too happy
to discuss any matters with you. General, quickly serve tea.
General: Yes, Sir….Tea is
served. JiGong and Yang Sheng do not be shy, and drink the tea.
Dou Shi Wang: I’ve been waiting
quite sometime for you to come and at last you’ve arrived. Truly,
the more deserving a mission, the more difficulties there will be.
JiGong: Every time we tour
Hades, time seems rather limited; so we have to spend a lot of time
to complete writing this Book, Diyu Youji. Luckily there are so many
willing helpers in Sheng Xian Tang and so the writing of this Book
goes on smoothly and steadily. Big vessels require a lot of time to
build, like talent matures slowly. We have to thank Dou Shi Wang
today for his kind help.
Yang Sheng: We are much honored
today to have Dou Shi Wang and Officers to welcome us. We thank you
all from the bottom of our hearts. But as for myself, I feel that I
have not yet achieved any advancement.
Dou Shi Wang: It is not easy to
follow or attain the “Right Way”.
One has to take good care every minute; one exists in the midst of
“gain and loss,” and if one is not
careful enough, one cannot attain one’s goal, the
“Right Way”. You, Yang Sheng,
should not indulge in self-rebuke; if you can even regain what you
had lost, you are already on the right path. If you can control your
intention to follow the “Right Way”
you will ultimately reach the end of the Way of Humanity, then only
can you find your own true self.
Yang Sheng: I am most grateful
for Dou Shi Wang’s precious words of advice. Today, I beg Dou Shi
Wang to kindly enlighten me in the workings of the Eighth Tribunal.
Dou Shi Wang: Very good. I’m in
charge of the Eighth Tribunal. The work of this Tribunal is to judge
the left-over sins of souls not dealt with by the 1st up
to the 7th Tribunals. Inside our Tribunal is a large
Prison which is very hot and is known as the Hot Prison and, in
addition, there are 16 Smaller Prisons. I would advise human beings
to perform their duties diligently and maintain self-restraint. The
principles of human conduct and the ways of Heaven will make one
understand the true source of birth and subsequent destination after
death, the awareness of which prevents one’s soul from being sent to
this Tribunal for punishment and eventual suffering, because of the
various transmigrations of the soul.
Yang Sheng: Can I ask Dou Shi
Wang a question? Many people have asked me why our Book, Diyu Youji,
does not print the names and addresses of the sinful souls whom we
had already interviewed in Hades! Human beings now want actual proof
of the existence and identity of the souls interviewed, failing
which most people will not believe what we have written. Will Dou
Shi Wang kindly explain to such enquirers?
Dou Shi Wang: When the sinful
souls see you, a human being, coming here to gather facts by
enquiring from them, they feel very much afraid and ashamed. Also,
Yu Huang has ordered that the identities must not be made known;
only to mention what sins had been committed and not more! If the
names and addresses are made known, the descendants of those
mentioned, still living on Earth, will be ashamed, and also, the
families will be involved in misunderstandings. That is why no names
and addresses will be mentioned in this Book.
JiGong: A perfect gentleman is
a perfect gentleman; a mean person is a mean person. If a person has
done wrong there is no need to ask for his name and address; just
arrest him first and question later on. When a person is alive it
does not matter whether he believes in the existence of Heaven or
Hell. If he commits sin or mischief or evil when alive, after death
his soul will be under the control of the Heads of the various
Tribunals in Hades; then only will he believe in the existence of
Heaven or Hell – that then will be too late! Time is running short;
we have to leave now and come again next time. Yang Sheng, prepare
Yang Sheng: Yes, because we
have to return now, we have to thank Dou Shi Wang for your
hospitality. We have to say goodbye.
Dou Shi Wang: All Generals and
Officers; line up and say goodbye.
Yang Sheng: I’m safely seated,
dear Master; we can start now to return….
JiGong: We have arrived at
Sheng Xian Tang. Yang Sheng, get down. Soul, return to your body.
of Journey No 48
- The Eighth Tribunal
- Dou Shi Wang