VISIT TO THE 4TH PALACE INTERVIEW WITH KING YU KOUAN
Buddha Tse Kong who manifested on January 16th, 1977. Year of the Snake (1977)
Tse Kong: The year of the dragon has
passed. Between the 15th of the 8th lunar month and now, six months have
passed. It was the day when the Temple received the Celestial Edict
bidding it to prepare the book, “Voyages to Hell”. Human beings spin
and turn just like the silhouettes of a Chinese lantern in mid-autumn. A
man’s life is comparable to a flash of lightning. How many moonlit
nights of the lunar 1st months can he hope to see during his life? His
age advances rapidly. He sees children playing before him, lanterns in
hands. That’s boyhood, that’s youth. Then, he looks at himself in
the mirror: his hair is graying, his complexion is pale. That’s old
age. If he fails to regenerate right away, how long can he wait? In the
human body, the vital flux of heaven and earth are focused at the
frontal psychic center to form an immortal-embryo. When reaching the
stage of maturation, this immortal embryo, like a ripened fruit, becomes
the dharma-body, which is the soul of the adept, who will soon be able
to detach from its physical body for astral travel to higher heavenly
planes. A plan is usually drafted in spring, that is, in the beginning
of the year; likewise, a man should prepare his life early in his youth.
He should regret the time he wasted, respect his life, adopt a strong
faith, and know how to overlook the misfortunes that surround him. He
should look forward to a brilliant future, walk on the right path in
search for the Way, and advance in full confidence. He should persevere
in keeping his soul upright and particularly maintain his belief in the
success of the Tao. Yang Ts’ien, we’re going to pay a visit to hell.
Lift up your morale, sonny.
Ts’ien: On this occasion of lunar new year, May I wish you many riches.
My best wishes for a happy new year. But since I am an ascetic,
riches leave me cold. I have plenty of them in my celestial home. What I
desire most is to have a lot of “beloved” children.
Why is your desire is like a profane person? Isn’t it contrary
to monastic rules of a monk like you?
You misunderstand me, son. What I mean is this: If God can
increase the number of intelligent and wise children who aspire to do
good, and decrease the number of evil-doings offspring, then peace will
prevail among human beings, and I will be free from wandering over the
world to rescue them. They are the “beloved” children that I alluded
Your sayings are sublime, Master. At the present time, all humans
are expecting to have pious heirs who will supply them money and riches
in abundance. We will cheer them by wishing them to a beloved son or
We should say the “beloved” sons aren’t the only children
on earth. There are the lovely fairies too. Ha! Ha! I feel a bit jolly
tonight, and I incur the “karma of the mouth”. That’s a shame!
Really a shame! Now, prepare yourself. Here we go.
But... it seems to me that the dais of lotus looks much bigger
this New Year. I wonder why, Master.
Our responsibility is much heavier, while the Tao is still
limitless. The lotus dais increases its size, to encourage us to
regenerate. This dais of lotus, which will be your seat in the future,
aggrandizes itself to show that you have advanced on the way of the Tao.
The honor is too great for me. I know I’m still loaded with
heavy karmas. How could I expect to reach a seat of honor that high?
The lotus grows in the mud but preserves its immaculate purity.
Such a similarity is reserved for you, no doubt. Now, let’s go on
board. We’re going to visit the 4th Palace tonight.
I’m ready. Shall we depart, Master?
TK: Tonight, I’m carried away by an unwanted inspiration. My blood is buoyant in my veins, and I’m going to scan some rhymes dedicated to mankind.
Indeed, it is.
The King and his retinue have left the palace. Let’s hurry to
meet them and present our greetings.
May we present to His Majesty and to Their Excellencies our most
profound respect. Disciple of Saint Kouan Cheng of the Temple of the
Sages in Tai Chu, I have come with my master, Buddha Tse Kong, to visit
your palace. May I solicit as much information as possible.
No ceremonials. Stand up, please. On the occasion of new year,
you are going to inaugurate your brush-pen, as I can see. This is the
reason why you give yourself much pain to come to hell for information.
Such a spirit of the Temple of the Sages is worthy of praise. Would you
mind coming in for a little rest and some conversation.
My deep gratitude for your welcome, Sir.
Please, be seated. The wine of immortals will be served.
I thank you very much, Sir.
Yang Ts’ien, consider yourself lucky to be offered this wine of
the Immortals which is reserved for His Majesty’s personal use. It is
a kind of precious wine for the special disposal of immortals. It is
used to strengthen the drinker’s spirit.
King: Please serve yourself and be without reserve.
The exquisite taste and aroma of it fills my body and creates a
sensation of warmth. I am deeply grateful for the favor you grant me. I
promise to accomplish my mission satisfactorily.
King: Help yourself to more wine which comes from the Celestial Palace
of “The Pond of Jade”. All of the ten palaces receive it. It
is a beverage that strengthens your vital energy and brightens your
aureola. The mandarins and court-judges have at their disposal that
immortals’ tea. The infernal guards have only green tea. It is natural
that those of different rank receive their respective treatments.
May I inquire about your work on the judgment of sinful souls,
King: Under my administration, there are 16 prisons. In addition, new
ones are being constructed. Crimes are increasing and the number of
sinners grows. Hell is divided into many branches, and each of these is
subdivided into different services. Every guilty soul has to pass
through the Portico of Demons. He will have to look at himself in the
Mirror Revelator of Past Crimes which reveals his karma, that is, his
past misdeeds. This procedure provides tangible proof of his guilt, all
his past being shown in the mirror. And then, the sinner will be sent to
respective palaces which take charge of different classes of sinners,
according to the category of sins as listed by the magic mirror. The
sinner will be placed under the jurisdiction of the palace that imprisons
him. Right at this moment, I am going to preside over a hearing. If you
mind following me to the court.
But, that’s an unprecedented chance! Two buffalo-headed and
horse-faced guards are escorting a prisoner who looks like a director or
an inspector in the terrestrial world. His complexion is ruddy, he is
bald-headed... He manifests great fright. What sin has he committed?
King: This man, quite a smart person, was a pharmacist in his lifetime.
He specialized in the sale of western drugs. Seeking to get rich
quickly, he took advantage of his pharmacological knowledge to prepare
fake medication to the detriment of many people. At present, coming to
the term of his life, he is led to hell by the infernal guards.
It is time for us to leave the palace. We shall come back another
time to interview the prisoner in his cell. We beg to apologize for our
deficiencies toward Your Majesty.
mind. Officers and guards! Present the honors to our visitors.
Thank you very much. I hope to see you again.
Quickly to the dais, son.
YT: At your request, Master.