CHAPTER 42 VISIT TO THE 7TH PALACE. INTERVIEW WITH THE KING OF HIGH MOUNTAIN VISIT TO PRISON BLAZING HEAT Buddha Tse Kong who manifested on November 16th, 1977. Year of the Snake. POEM Morality has been written down to teach mankind A current masterpiece is realized by order divine Man’s affinity was sown, ripened, now mellows Truth is harmoniously revealed to humans on time.
Buddha Tse Kong: Formerly, in the eastern regions of China, the Yu Li King was well known
as a precious scripture, a literary, religious book which served as a warning for mankind. The author of the book was a priest named Tan Che Tsouen Chi. Obeying the order of God, he took many trips to hell by soul
travel. He had, with his own eyes, seen the sinful souls condemned to torture by the King of Hell. Upon his return from each trip, he narrated faithfully in his book what he had seen in hell, and his accounts were
widely known in different countries. A great number of persons were awakened after reading the book, and converted themselves to the right path. Books were printed and given away free. Those who could understand it
clearly, would experience the truth. The punishment in hell has recently been modified and renovated to cope with new circumstances and the changes in modern human society. Recently, the Celestial Emperor
particularly designated Yang T’sien, a disciple of the Tempel of the Sages in Taiwan- which is placed under the aegis of the Immortals in the Celestial Southern Sector - to visit hell for collecting new proof. With
the projection of soul travel and mediumnistic means to relay the images and sounds from hell to the earth, the book of “the Voyages to Hell” will succeed in replacing the old “Yu-Li-King”. This book will be a
masterpiece as is the Great Wall of China. The people who print and distribute the books widely and gratuitously will receive blessings and spiritual merits. This book will not only reveal the secret of hell’s
structur but will also disclose the mysteries of spiritual perfection. Those who apply themselves to reading it again and again will awaken from illusions and place themselves on the path of regeneration and
enlightenment. Those who give copies free to their fellow-beings will have their desires granted, and their sins forgiven. It is indeed a Gospel helping men to repent and to correct themselves. Yang Ts’ien, let’s
come up to the dais and take a trip to hell. Yang Ts’ien
: I am seated, Master.
: Here we arrive. Get down.
: Where are we?
TK: Just look ahead! That’s the 7th Palace. The King of the High Mountain is coming. Let’s
go pay him our tributes.
The King: My
respects to Venerable Buddha Tse Kong and Mr. Yang Ts’ien of the Temple of the Sages. Please, come in.
YT: Thank you, Sir. We are greatly honored by the solemn reception of His Majesty and His Court. I see before the Palace some infernal guards escorting sinful souls. I presume His Majesty
must have interrupted his hearing session because of our arrival.
: We are honored with your visit. General, please bring us some fine tea. The General attending
: At your orders, Sir.
: We are deeply touched by your warm welcome.
The King: Please don’t mention it. Right at this moment, man’s morality is in fast decline:
however, it is a great comfort to see a revival of spiritualism in Taiwan. The Immortals and Buddhas have taught and advised mankind to avoid falling into the whirlwind of misfortunes. Their assistance is really
great. Even God Himself directs you to write a book on hell which is an unprecedented break. It took you a long time to come visit this Palace!
: We thank you deeply for your instruction. It is for the common goal that we have come here tonight. We sollicit your assistance and hope to receive precious, and detailed information on the sublime, orthodox
The King: Perfect. Now, I’ll tell you about the situation of dead men in our
Palace. The close relatives of the deceased have the custom of celebrating a mass of requiem of 49 days after a death. This is the reason for 49 days: On the 7th day, the soul of the deceased comes to the First
Palace, on the 14th to the Second Palace, on the 21st day to the Third Palace, and so on until the 49th day, he comes to the Seventh Palace, which is this one. The living people estimate that the soul remains at
each palace for seven days. But they fail to know that most of the souls have committed too many sins in their life, and they don’t merely need 49 days to reach the 7th Palace, but will have to pass by the 8th, 9th
and 10th Palace before reincarnation into another existence. If man exercises virtues and accumulates meritorious deeds, he will be guided in his death by the Gracious Genius of Happiness and Virtue. Every ritual
cult will not be necessary for him because he is a free soul. Therefore, man should remember this: Elaborate ceremonies which are presided over by the best priest, will not be sufficient to deliver the sinful
souls from the prisons of hell.
: Please, Sir, why don’t people take 56, 63, or 70 days instead of 49 days?
The King: The palaces, from the 1st to the 7th, are the main ones. The 8th, 9th and 10th
palaces are intended to punish the grave sinners who haven’t been purged enough in the first seven palaces. Heavily condemned souls have passed by the first seven palaces in 49 days, but they still have to go
through the last three palaces to pay for their other sins. The living men, out of filial piety celebrate ritual mass to pray for their parents’ liberation. However, it will be more practical if the latter’s souls
know how to perform good deeds during their lifetime. TK: In Confucianism, the souls, after death or prior to their time of reincarnation, are called “demons or demonical souls”. In Buddhism, those souls are called “infernal bodies or
souls”. In order to save a soul from this place of misfortune, the souls’ descendants must devote themselves to do good actions. This is the only way to move the heart the King in Hell and obtain amnesty from him.
If they act contrarily to the laws of morality, they certainly obtain no grace for the soul, despite solemn rites and having most competent priests. I advise humans to fulfill their duty of filial piety
towards their parents while the latter are still alive, because “an ear of rice being offered when alive is more valuable than a bottle of wine offered when dead”. The descendants should reform themselves, and
should print canonical books to distribute free to people. This good action is easy to perform, and will touch the heart of God and the authorities of hell, at the same time showing the gratitude of the children
toward their parents. It is the only means to save one’s ascendants from the ocean of sorrows. This piece of advice should be followed with all their hearts and might.
YT: Dear Master, your teachings are very direct and useful to
mankind. If the descendants prove to be impious and irrespectful towards their parent while the latter are alive, it is ridiculous for them to play the grateful and the considerate child after their parents are
dead. “The tree prefers to remain still but the winds keep blowing. The child wants to pay his filial piety, but his parents are no longer alive.” goes the saying. Now, dear Master, I have another question to ask.
The demons still preserve their human forms while they are in hell. How could they do so, since their bodies were disintegrated after their death?
TK: These are only illusory bodies, false bodies, or corporal images.
In other words, bodies in hell are called metamorphosed bodies. Since our time is limited, may you tell us quickly about your functions in this palace.
The King: Our gate governs the Prison of “Blazing Heat” together with 16 smaller prisons. The souls who are led here are judged with impartiality. I
invite you to tour the prison for better observation.
: Just fine. We thank you greatly, Sir.
: All my retinue will follow me with our visitors to the Blazing Heat Prison.
Mandarins and Generals: At your request, Sir. Honorable visitors, will you follow His Majesty. YT: We follow the King to a gloomy path. How dismal hell is! No one would like to visit this place. Only the spiritual
emissaries come to fulfill their mission.
TK: Well, you seem to be highly affected by the spectacles of
hell, Yang Ts’ien. Here, partiality is absent. Even if you have close friends, you can’t count on their assistance. All things depend on the good or bad actions people do during their life. “The wicked attract
wicked demons, the virtuous attract gracious geniuses” says a proverb. This is why I advise humans to associate with good people and propagate faith in order to avoid condemnation to hell.
YT: I begin to feel a suffocating heat. Over there, before us, is a blazing fire. I only see an incandescent mass. Above the door of the prison, I read an inscription “Big Blazing-Heat
Prison”. The walls are built of bricks.
TK: These refractory bricks tolerate a high intensity of heat. They grow harder as the fire becomes hotter.
The Mandarin-Governor of the prison: My reverences to His Majesty the King. The King: Here are Venerable Buddha Tse Kong and his disciple Yang Ts’ien of the Temple of the Sages in the terrestrial
world. I bring them here to observe your prison. Muster your men to render them honors.
: At your request, Sir!
: Ahead of us, is the “Big Blazing-Heat”.
YT: What terrific heat! I see a big flagstone the size of a camp-bed placed on two
trestles. Under it is a red blazing fire. The sinners are forced to walk on the heated flagstone. They fall to the ground, writhing and screaming in pain. Other newcoming souls are terrified by the spectacle. They
cry, the wail just as they do at the death of their parents. With stiff legs, they can’t step forward, and the infernal guards have to push them. No sooner have they set their feet on the flagstone than they seem
electrified and fall down. The more they roll their bodies with pain, the more they are burnt by the fire. What sins have they committed, Sir?
The King: Our
prison bears the name of “Blazing Heat”. It is a place for detaining the souls who are desirous of fame and riches, who ruin other people for the sake of individual interests, who flatter and condescend to the
desires of the fair sex while scorning or showing indifference toward their own sex, who take advantage of other people’s ill-luck to harm them, or possess an irritable temper, or frequently curse the deities,
speculate on goods, or plot with others through corruption, and play the opportunist and the sycophant. Despise the wretched and the miserable, they commit unfair acts through partiality, prejudices or
intransigeance. Those who are against morality and virtue are detained here. The torment we apply here is quite simple: the sinners have to walk along a 300 mile long alley paved with highly heated bricks, in order
to purge their sins. It would take them three to five years to cover the alley. The torment corresponds to the gravity of their sins. When going through the alley, the slighter condemned sinners are burned less
violently than the graver condemned souls. The heat automatically increase or diminishes according to the gravity or slightness of their sins. While inside the prison, the souls suffer atrociously, because the air
in it is burning and stifling. Those who are condemned to the 16th prison utilize another alley by the side of the prison. The heat in the 16th prison is more terrible than in this one which only serves to frighten
the slightly condemned souls without putting them into danger.
: It’s growing late. With your permission, we shall ask to come again.
: It’s late, indeed. I don’t want to retain you any longer. Muster your men, Generals! YT: I say goodbye to you, Sir. And thank you for your welcome.