- Touring the ‘Magic Mirror Pavilion’
- JiGong: The time has
now come for us to tour the Underworld again. Yang Sheng, please
be prepared to go.
- Yang Sheng: Yes,
Master, I am ready; let us proceed…..
- JiGong: We have now
arrived; quickly get out of the lotus flower platform.
- Yang Sheng: Where is
this place that we have arrived? I see such a big crowd here.
The soldiers of Hell hold so many people in custody, ushering
them to the pavilion.
- JiGong: This place is
called the ‘Magic Mirror Pavilion’. When these people were
alive, they did many evil deeds and had no morality. Now that
they are dead, their souls have to report to the First Tribunal;
then they are brought here to this Magic Mirror Pavilion. What
each and everyone did on Earth will be reflected on the Magic
Mirror for the soul to see for himself what evil deeds he had
committed. The soul will then realize that he had broken the Law
of Hades by having done evil. All the souls on seeing the Magic
Mirror will be much terrified and ashamed. Let us follow and see
the Magic Mirror.
- Yang Sheng: Very
well, we will go and see for ourselves.
- General of the Pavilion:
Welcome JiGong and Yang Sheng of Sheng Xian Tang for coming here
to visit us.
- JiGong: Thank you. We
have received the Order from the Jade Emperor to visit Hades so
that we can write a book about our visits to the Underworld for
human beings to read so that they can do good deeds. We have
therefore come here today and I would request you, respected
General, to kindly show Yang Sheng here, about the Pavilion.
- Yang Sheng: Dear
Master, you must accompany me because I am afraid to go alone in
- JiGong: Very well, we
will follow the General to the Pavilion….Stand aside and see for
- Yang Sheng: Oh! I see
an old man being brought in front of the Magic Mirror appears a
young man climbing up a wall of a house and opening a window,
jump into a room where a middle-aged man and a woman are
sleeping. The young man opens a trunk and cupboard searching for
something. The man wakes up and shouts. The young man draws a
knife and stabs the man who cries
‘ahyoh’ and blood flows out. I am afraid to continue
seeing this incident.
- General: Do not be
afraid. This is the mystery of the Magic Mirror. This old man
you see in front of the Mirror, when he was alive and young,
went to a house to steal something, but when discovered by the
owner, the young man stabbed the owner. Now that the old man is
dead his soul is brought here for the Magic Mirror to reflect
each and every one of his evil deeds on Earth.
- Yang Sheng: This is
very wonderful. How does the Magic Mirror work so mysteriously?
- JiGong: This Magic
Mirror has the combined supernatural powers of Heaven and Earth
and can produce every deed a person had done when alive on
Earth. In fact it is not the mysterious working of the Magic
Mirror but the recording of the individual’s inner soul. A human
being, from birth to death, knows through his inner soul every
good or evil deed he does because he has his own intelligence
and this is like a camera whose lens have snapped up everything
he has done. This is called the ‘Heart Mirror’. Although many
persons quietly do a lot of evil deeds without the knowledge of
others, they themselves are aware of what they have done. The
movements of hands and feet and all other actions are directed
by the heart. All deeds, whether good or evil are recorded there
and everyone has a guardian angel called
‘San Shi Shen’ who is in charge
of these recording. When a person dies, and his soul is brought
in front of the Magic Mirror, there is a communicating effect
between the heart (inner soul) and the Magic Mirror by means of
the supernatural power generated by Heaven and Earth. The effect
is reflected by the Magic Mirror and every deed done by the
person when alive is shown.
- Yang Sheng: Oh, and
so what does the Magic Mirror serve when the soul of a good
person is brought here?
- General: There is no
need for the soul of a good person to come here. Look at the
board which lists those souls which appear before the Magic
Mirror, they are people who had done evil during their lifetime.
If a good person dies, his supernatural inner soul is very
bright and when his soul appears before the Magic Mirror there
is no reflection at all because the heart is pure and so will
not cast any shadow whatsoever. Such a person is considered
virtuous and the soul is either conducted to Heaven or directed
to the various Tribunals to assess his merits or demerits. It is
not necessary for him to come here.
- Yang Sheng: I see
that the soldiers of Hell are trying to bring the soul of a
young woman before the Magic Mirror but she cries and refuses to
follow. What a pity. The soldiers of Hell do not seem to have
any pity for this young woman. They use iron fork to force her
to go before the Magic Mirror….Oh! Now I see so many men moving
about in a house with red lantern and green lights like a
brothel we have on Earth.
- General: This is in
fact a replica of an Earthly brothel. You will soon see.
- Yang Sheng: Inside
every room I can hear the voices of women talking and singing
and making merry. Dear Master, I don’t want to see such things.
Let us return.
- JiGong: You see this
and you have a feeling of shame. You still have sense of
propriety, morality, modesty and a sense of shame. No wonder you
are a devout disciple of Guan En Zhu, an ascetic/sage. The women
inside were prostitutes. They were indecent and vulgar in speech
and subsequently by nature of their occupation, contacted
venereal diseases and eventually died. Their souls are sent here
for punishment, I would therefore advise women of the Earth to
have self-respect and do not do shameful things. They should not
allow their two arms to be used as pillows by the thousands of
men, such a women is not worth a cent. To be a prostitute is to
commit boundless and unforgivable sins. In the case of men,
frequenting prostitutes is a sin just as great. I hope that men
and women will not indulge in prostitution. Yang Sheng, we must
prepare to return.
- General: Don’t you
gentlemen want to se some more?
- Yang Sheng: I am
afraid to see some more. I am still a human being of the Earth
and I cannot bear to see more of these sufferings. Now let us
- JiGong: Thank you
very much, General for conducting us around. We will now return
to Earth. Next time we will visit ‘Bu
Jing Suo’. Yang Sheng, prepare to return. Quickly get up
on the lotus platform.
- Yang Sheng: Wa! I am
- JiGong: What is there
to be afraid; if you are good person you need not have to come
here and suffer. Sheng Xian Tang is here; quickly get down. Yang
Sheng, your soul will return to your body.
- End of Journey No 6