VISIT TO THE PRISON OF ARM-BATH WITH BOILING WATER
Tse Kong who manifested on January 23rd, 1977.
Year of the snake (1977)
Tse Kong: There are hundred of occupations in this
life. A proverb goes like this, “Endeavor is the mother of success”.
If people made their living in all honesty, without breaking the laws of
their country, there would be no starving human on earth. Unfortunately,
there are people who make a dishonest living by stealing, cheating,
plundering, and slaughtering. If the children of a family are ill-bred,
who is to blame? It is sorrowful for the parents who devote themselves
to the raising and educating of their children, and these at last turn
out to be vagrants, hooligans, doing evil and destroying social
security. These malefactors deserve death sentences. When alive, they
boast of themselves as lords, adventurers, gang leaders, and they spoil
the reputation of their parents. When dead, with crossed arms, they
cower in a corner of hell’s prison. They are struck and insulted by
the infernal guards. If humans are still unbelieving of such stories,
I’m going to take Yang Ts’ien for a visit to these malefactors and
he will see clearly. Yang Ts’ien, the picnic is to begin. Come up the
you, Master, for having enlightened me. Your teachings are useful for
humans and touch them to the depth of their hearts. People used to ask
me this question: suppose you are
on a trip with me. Meanwhile, some people wish to call on you in a
seance of spiritism. Could you double yourself to respond to their wish?
Please, explain this matter to us, Master.
Yes, that’s what the humans used to ask themselves. Now, I
explain it to you in this way: a limpid pond reflects the moon just as a
looking glass does. You can’t grasp the moon in the pond, can you?
“As illusory and unreal as pretty flowers reflected in a mirror, or
the moon reflected in water” goes a saying. The Buddhas have taught
“the Buddhist law is infinite”. The Immortals said: “Psychic
powers are limitless”. Buddhas and Immortals are emancipated beings
who can transform themselves indefinitely. They are in heaven, just like
the moon which reflects its image wherever water is available, in rivers
and in oceans. Thus, it is said that the thousands of rivers have
thousands of radiating moons, and the thousands of cloudless leagues of
the sky are always the sky. The moon has a unique light, how can it
divide itself so miraculously? It’s because it shines its light from
above in the high, and gets united with the sun. If one exercises
virtue, performs good deeds, and engages in the Great Way, just as the
Temple of the Sages does, for instance, which exhorts the humans to do
good, the words “Temple of the Sages” are engraved in the memory of
many persons, just as the light of the moon is engraved in thousands of
rivers. Take another example: you see the president of the Temple on a
TV show. At the same time, thousands of other watchers see the same
image as if there were thousands of presidents. That marvelous illusion
is created by a common thought. If the humans want to conjure me up,
they simply think of me, my heart and theirs are spiritually bonded,
telepathy operates, and I am manifested in their hearts and before their
eyes. They should know this fact. Tse Kong is but a single entity, but
since I am up there in heaven, I can divide myself into thousands of Tse
Kong, and am seen by thousands of people who have attachment to me. In
the canonical books, it is written: “Don’t look elsewhere. The
Buddha resides on Mount “Ling Chan”. Everyone has this Mount in
himself. Let him concentrate upon that precious “Ling Chan Tower”
(cranial psychic center) for his regeneration and enlightenment. Well,
we shouldn’t delay our trip. Yang Ts’ien, on the dais.
Let’s set off, Master.
Destination! Let’s step down.
Yes, Sir. Already I hear shrieks and wailing. Before me, a row of
cells with the inscription “Prison of Arm-Bath with Boiling Water”.
This prison belongs to the 4th Palace.
A group of men have just come out. They must be the
mandarin-governor and his personnel. We greet you, Excellency and
Generals. Buddha Tse Kong and I are here to ask for your permission to
visit your prison. I wish to receive much information from you.
Mandarin: Welcome to you. I have received instructions from the King of
Palace announcing your visit. Please excuse us for any negligence.
We have been a little delayed at the Temple. Please forgive our
tardy visit. Yang Ts’ien, go in with His Excellency for your
Mandarin: Please, follow me.
Thank you, Excellency. This room is filled with steam of boiling
water and resounds with deafening screams. The demons are drawing
pailfuls of boiling water and pouring it on the arms of chain-bound
sinners. The latter howl with fright and get whipped by other demons at
each of their screams. The sight is disheartening. What sins did they
commit? Among them, there are also teenagers. They are too young to
suffer such torment.
Mandarin: They committed in their life the sin of theft, and are now paying
for it. I’ll call some of them here to relate their misdeeds.
Very fine. I will interrogate them and write their stories in my
book to serve as a warning for humans.
Mandarin: I shall set three of them temporarily free. I command the first
to tell his crimes to Mr. Yang Ts’ien.
aie! Both of my hands are ulcerous. O, Master, save me, give me some ointment
to soothe my pains.
Yellow pus is seen trickling from his infected arms. Just like a
rotten slice of pork. Give him some remedy, Master.
Moderate your sympathy, will you? This man created a bad karma
with his hands. For his wicked arms, no remedy is possible.
Villainous animal! I forbid you to ask for help from whomever.
Narrate your crimes, quickly!
parents were rich people, I had been brought up in easy circumstances.
Being free from any type of work, I formed a gang with other idle boys,
and we led a loose life in cafes or in the company of other gang
members. I didn’t listen to the advice and scoldings of my parents who
were at last forced to disown me. They had an announcement printed in
the newspaper. I left the parental home, terribly discontent, and
went to join and live with my companions, the vagrants and pirates. The
latter taught me the profession of a pickpocket. Since then, I have
practiced my trade in buses and crowded stations where I could make use
of the skill of my “genius hands”.
Mandarin: Filthy beast! I forbid you to use the term “genius”. You
should say “monster’s
as I found that stealing wallets was not lucrative enough, I began to
break into apartments and buildings to steal more valuable objects.
During my lifetime, I managed to steal millions of dollar worth of
merchandise. One time I was surprised while stealing, chased and caught
by the folks of the neighborhood who handed me over to the police. I was
judged and sentenced to imprisonment. Upon my release from jail, I
resumed my activities as a burglar, without thinking even once of
repentance and regeneration. Finally, at the age of 41, I fell sick and
died of a tumor, which is the consequence of my debauchery, of excess
alcohol and sexual abuse. Another cause for my death was my
disappointment to see none of my gang members at my sick-bed. The
buffalo-headed and horse-faced demons escorted me to hell, thrashing me
fiercely. After judgment and condemnation, I was told that my longevity
had been reduced by 9 years. Now, I find any complaint useless, as I
have to reap the bad karma of my crimes.
It’s too late for you to repent. If you had known to convert
since your discharge from prison, to behave honestly and do charitable
acts to redeem your sins, you wouldn’t have been condemned to this
prison after your death. In addition to your sin of theft, you committed
the gravest sin of all, that is, filial impiety. This is what induced
the King of Hell to condemn you to 32 years of imprisonment. You can’t
do otherwise but try to endure the punishment and pay your debts. The
second sinner will make his confessions to Mr. Yang Ts’ien.
dealt in the commerce of mechanical apparatuses and metals. In earlier
years, I worked diligently and earned lots of money. And then, I gave
myself up to debauchery, gambling, and prostitutes. I maintained a
concubine and founded a home with her without the knowledge of my
legitimate spouse. Later on, my business was failing, so I bought large
quantities of hardware from two important firms in town and signed false
checks for payment. I sold the merchandise, collected big amounts of
money and took to my heels. On the date the payment was due, one
director of the two firms who failed to cash his check, came to claim
his money and lodged a complaint against me. After much search, the
police found me in a friend’s house. They arrested me and I was
condemned to imprisonment. After completion of my term, I collected all
the money I had swindled which I had entrusted to an intimate girl
friend for keeping. With this money, I could live an easy and tranquil
life. My creditors, spiteful and infuriated, called me all kinds of
names: rotten, heartless, and panderer. Six years ago, I became ill and
died of debility of internal organs. Buffalo-headed and horse-faced
demons escorted me to the King of the 2nd Palace. He insulted me,
charged me of swindling, thieving, and gaining dishonest money, and
condemned me first to the prison with the lake of mire, excrements and
urine, then sent me to this prison of arm-bath with boiling water for
having signed checks without sufficient cash, and used my faulty hands
to harm other people. My concubine, who spent my foul earned money
foolishly, is now condemned to another prison. After having served my
time, I will be sent to the prison of reincarnation for additional lives
as follows: in my first existence I will be handicapped, but well-gifted
in industry. I will be employed by my creditor (reincarnated) whom I
will help enrich with my talent while I will earn just enough to make
ends meet. This, to pay for the karmic debts of my former life. In my
second existence, I shall be the son of wealthy parents lacking
conscience. I shall be born in a puny, sickly physique, and my wealthy
parents will be ruined by the medical costs they will spend for my
treatment. Day after day, I shall be given medicines and treated by a
physician who will be one of my reincarnated creditors reclaiming his
due. He is the physician of my karma. The people who become rich through
dishonesty, and take other people’s money have to make compensation to
their victims. In my case, I shall pay for medical fees to my karmic
physician. The people in commerce must be honest in their dealings. If
they gain their money dishonestly, they will not profit by it in their
following life. Such is my case. It is too late to repent now.
Vile beast! You exercised a foul commerce, and your wares now
become dust. You have swindled other people’s money, and your hands
will be empty in your next life. More than that, you have bequeathed a
bad reputation to your descendants who will not dare look people in the
face. This sinner has told of his sins in all frankness. No one is
capable of escaping the justice of karmic law. After the judgment of the
palace, your creditors were all honest people, and they will recover
their due in future reincarnations. Marvelous are those karmic bonds
among humans, which tie them together in the pattern of a cobweb. It is
useless to speak of slipping through the karmic net. These examples
serve as a warning for humans and exhort them to return to honesty. They
should avoid creating bad karmas, which they induce by concentrating on
their personal interests and ignoring the harm they can do to other
people. It is not surprising to find so many people who keep complaining
about their misfortunes in life. They simply don’t realize they are
reaping what they sowed in their previous life.
It’s growing late. I think the stories of these two sinners are
They are, indeed. But, Master, I would like to ask the Governor a
question: where are they detained after their death, those pirates who
slaughter and pillage and are condemned to death-sentence by human laws?
reserve special prisons, with more severe punishments, for those heavy
sinners. We shall have you visit them next time.
Thank you, Excellency and Generals for your information. We say
goodbye and hope to see you soon.
Come on the lotus dais.
I am ready. We can go, Master.