ARRIVAL IN THE FIRST PALACE OF HELL DISCUSSION WITH THE KING OF PALACE
Tse Kong who manifested on August 29th, 1976. Leap year of the Dragon
Buddha Tse Kong: Let’s prepare for another trip to hell.
Say, Yang Ts’ien, you seem out of sorts today. What’s amiss?
Venerable Master, I have some personal affairs that leave me
pensive. My mind is sort of troubled and my thoughts are scattered.
Voyages to Hell are not child’s play. If your spirit isn’t
pacified, your soul enters hell with difficulty. Now, if we don’t go
today, the writing of our book is delayed. I give you this
soothing-tablet. Take it, and be ready for the trip.
I appreciate it, Master. I’ve taken it, and feel much better.
All worries are gone, for good.
Come quickly on the dais. Here we go! … Here we are.
What is this place, Master? I see a big palace and an animated
group of people which is quite a mess.
This is the First Palace of hell. We’re going to meet the King
of the Palace.
Really delighted to meet you, Buddha Tse Kong and saint-scribe
Yang Ts’ien of the Temple of the Sages.
Please accept my most respectful greetings, Your Majesty. Today,
I accompany my master, Buddha Tse Kong, to your palace, and we will
disturb you greatly. I count on your kindness for my disturbing you.
Not too much civility, Mr. Yang Ts’ien. Now, if you don’t
mind following me into the palace. Please, take a seat in the
reception-hall. General, would you mind serving some gods and
General: At your
Help yourselves to some tea, Buddha Tse Kong and Mr. Yang
Hey! Yang Ts’ien, you act a bit faltering. Drink that tea!
Nothing to worry about.
I just not dare, sir. I’m told that humans can’t return to
the world of the living, if they eat or drink something from hell. I
wish His Majesty and you to have it.
You’re mistaken, Mr. Yang Ts’ien. Many rumors have it that
one should not eat any foodstuffs in hell. This is true for humans in
general. The world of the dead and of the living each have their own
Lord. Their laws and regulations should by no means be trespassed. But
you, Mr. Yang Ts’ien, appertain to the class of living people who come
down here by order of God, and you are my guest of honor. Besides, you
have the presence of Buddha Tse Kong who led you to my palace. Do you
think he can’t do anything to restore you to the human world?
Set your mind at ease, Yang Ts’ien. You are a bearer of the
Celestial Edict. I should wonder if any devil has the temerity of
obstructing your way home. Should such an incident occur, the
troublemaker will be chastised properly. Have no fear, son. Drink all
Humans have a thirst for living and an apprehension of death. The
attitude of Mr. Yang Ts’ien who did not dare drink the tea is
understandable and quite natural. But we should say that among the
mortals of the living world, there exists a category of men who do know
their bad actions and infamous misdeeds will necessarily lead them to
death, but they still refuse to walk on the right path. They continue to
rush headlong forward, and precipitate in their tombs. How really
I have drunk my tea. It quenches my thirst, indeed. Now, please
Sir, outdoors, I see many persons approaching in lines. May I ask you
the reason for their coming?
The King: The reason is this. I am in charge of the first palace. After their death, humans have to come first to the Service of Public Relations, at the frontier of the two worlds, for declaration. After that, the infernal guards escort them to my palace. Those concerned and their curriculum-vitae will be sent to the court of hell for me to examine them closely, and separate the good from bad elements.
Those who did good acts will be led to different palaces for a visit and
observation. Others who benefit from protection of gracious-geniuses are
permitted to accede to a higher astral plane so they can continue to
regenerate. In some cases, they are led to the service of retribution
for good actions, or to the center of perfection. On the other hand, the
ones who committed too many sins are escorted to the second palace, or
to the service of registry of sins committed. If their sins are too
serious, they will be sent first to the Memory Hall where the “Mirror
Revelator of Past Crimes” will reflect their images in flawless
precision, making them bow their heads and confess their crimes. Then,
they will be led back to the second palace.
Incessant cries and moanings are heard from outside, mournful and
heart-rending. Why should all those people, young and old, big and
small, be that miserable?
The King: Well, these souls realize they have left the living world only upon their arrival in my palace. In their lifetime, they believed neither in the existence of genii and demons, nor in the law of cause and effect with its retributions and sanctions. Upon their arrival here, they understand that everything is not annihilated after their death.
A commandment has stipulated as follows: “A fine morning is enough to
change the multitude of things to a nought, and the seeds of evil alone
will pursue one on the road to hell”. The sinful souls now know they
will be judged by the laws of hell and will have to endure punishment. A
large number of them, with chilled hearts and trembling limbs, are
crying bitterly, meanwhile inquiring about their fate. Back on the
earth, they have left all their estates, riches, beautiful wives, wise
children, storied houses, precious gems, gold and silver. Also, they
have cut short all that is love, affection, and passion. At present,
nothing is left for them, except for a forlorn soul on the river of
Styx. Every moment reminds them of their past, they can hardly contain
Can you tell me, Sir, why the infernal guards show so little
respect toward those souls? They strike them fiercely with weapons and
whips, which makes them cry out and sob like winter cicadas. It’s
These souls are immoral elements on the earth. They don’t deserve any
respect from the infernal guards who mistreat them to the extent of
their sins. You might well say it: “Some day, the wicked is castigated
by another wicked”. How could such people as speculators, profiteers
or swindlers, hope to be succoured by the deities? On the other hand, if
they knew how to sympathize with the miseries of their fellow men and
gave them some relief, they are certainly admired now by the infernal
guards. The latter would treat them with deference and consideration. It
is therefore useless to plead for the souls’ cause.
If people fail to cultivate their hearts and conduct while in
life, they are extremely pitiable when in death. Had the descendants of
the dead known that their fathers would be ranked among culpables,
despised and beaten by the infernal guards, they would feel deeply
pained. The only way to express our gratitude to our ancestor is to
engage in the religious way and to do works of charity. Through our
merits and virtues, we shall deliver our ancestors from suffering.
If humans fail to maintain order and discipline within their
families and act mischievously, their ancestors are jointly responsible
for their misdeeds. Thence, this saying: “Nine successive generations,
seven ancestors of the same blood support mutually the consequences of
the cause and effect cycle”. This is the reason for one to watch
prudently over one’s deeds. Well, it’s time for us to depart.
Bon voyage, gentlemen.