JiGong: If a person revives after his supposed death,
the revival can be said to be “life after death”; but if a
living person dies, then his death is a true death. Something
gained is usually at the expense of something lost. This is the
result of transmigration. When two small children both grow up
together they tend, initially to be good natured and angel-like;
but nowadays, grown ups or those who attain maturity with the
numerous sins they encounter and commit, will lead them
ultimately to undergo the six transmigrations of souls. So
therefore, spiritual people or ascetic practitioners will have
to preserve their chastity, vigour and vitality and not
associate with the opposite sex, otherwise, with such
association they will have to repay dearly for their carnal
sins. How long is one’s life-span? Then why commit sins? I hope
human beings will realize that sins do not pay. Today, we will
tour Hades. Yang Sheng get up on the lotus flower platform.
Sheng: The weather today is so very hot, so much so,
that I’m sweating all through.
JiGong: Sweat comes from water. Without sweat, the
veins will be blocked.
Sheng: What’s the meaning of what you have said?
JiGong: If there is no mouth, one cannot speak. You
will slowly comprehend; there are
“words inside words”. Let’s go visiting Hades.
Sheng: Yes, Sir….
JiGong: We’ve arrived. Get down.
Sheng: Why is it that Hell is so cold, not like what
we just experienced on Earth?
JiGong: Of course;
one is positive, the other is negative.
Sheng: Today I observe that the soldiers of Hades are
herding so many sinful souls about. I also observe that one
group is coming our way; obviously to welcome us.
JiGong: That is so. Today, we are visiting the Small
Prison for Amputating Limbs. Officer and Generals are coming,
quickly go and pay your respects.
Sheng: My humble respects to you, Officer and
Generals. I am Sheng Xian Tang’s disciple Yang Sheng; and I am
accompanying my Master JiGong, to your place for a look; please
give us every assistance.
Officer: No need to stand on ceremony. I extend a
warm welcome to JiGong and Yang Sheng. After your Book, Diyu
Youji, is published and distributed, your prestige will be very
much enhanced, and firstly, will have the effect of redeeming
your ancestors, secondly, your sins will be pardoned and you
will be lucky. The secret of Hades, through this Book, will be
made known to all human beings. From ancient time until now,
this is going to be the most wonderful Book. Please, both of
you, follow me inside this Small Prison for Amputating limbs.
Sheng: Thank you very much, Officer. I can hear
wailing voices coming from inside. Wa! this Prison is not a
building but a big field. So many sinful souls are tied up and
are kneeling on the ground. Soldiers of Hades chop off the left
arm near the shoulder and the sinful soul shrieks; and then the
right arm is similarly chopped off, more shrieks; and the sinful
soul falls down sprawling on the ground. Then the soldiers chop
off the two legs – the ground is covered with blood. The scene
is so horrible and pitiful; I dare not see. Can I ask Officer
for what sins did these souls commit that they should suffer so
Officer: All human beings have good arms and legs but
they do not want to do good deeds. They prefer to harm and kill
others. When such sinful people die, their souls will be sent to
the various Tribunals to be punished and lastly, they will be
sent to this Prison to be punished some more. All those who were
unfilial, disloyal, pirates, those who used their hands to kill
others, those who used the pen to harm others, those who used
the legs to harm others or other miscellaneous types of sinners
– all these sinners who did not care to repent when alive, when
they die, their souls will be sent to Hades to be judged for
their sins and as a final punishment, they will be sent to this
JiGong: Nowadays there are many human beings who
indulge in stealing – selling name and honor, stealing property
and goods to sell, stealing the opposite sex, stealing life –
all these stealing occur daily. Most human beings want to get
what they want and achieve their ambitions not through righteous
means. They use stealth to get what they want or desire, such
people after death will have to face the soldiers of Hades who
will “steal” their two arms by chopping them off. Some human
beings go beyond all bounds of reason or opportunity; or those
who are blinded by the prospect of small gains or those who
prefer to take short cuts instead of the regular paths to attain
their requirements – all these, when they die, their two legs
will be chopped off in this Prison. It is now time for us to
return and so it is sufficient enough to see what goes on in
Officer: Many human beings do not believe that Hades
exists. Why not they don’t believe that there are Prisons on
Earth which punish those who do wrong? If a human being, instead
of taking three steps, chooses to take only one step, he will,
of course, fall down. If one swallows two limbs at the same
time, is there any reason why he cannot get choked? You two have
taken so much pains, time and trouble to write the Book. I hope
you will come again.
Sheng: Since my dear Master has urged me to return, I
must now say goodbye and thank you Officer and Generals.
Officer: Since you have to return, I will not hold
you any longer. I will order my Generals to line up and say
Sheng: I’m safely seated on the lotus flower
platform, dear Master, we can start…
JiGong: We have arrived at Sheng Xian Tang. Yang
Sheng, get down. Soul, return to your body.
of Journey No 50