VISIT TO THE PRISON OF EYEBALL WRENCHING
Kong who manifested on the 19th day of 10th month.
Leap year of the Dragon (1976)
Tse Kong: Winter is coming around. The cold is
bitter, but the disciples of the Temple of the Sages have their hearts
wrapped well. The cold means nothing to them. Once the book “Voyages
to Hell” is finished, it will be handed down to posterity, other
disciples will continue with the task. It will be an uninterrupted
mission. Yang Ts’ien, this is our promenade day. Don’t you remember?
icy today. The paths in hell are all the more dismal and deserted.
Can’t you give me one of your miracle-pills to raise my vital energy?
All right. I’m going to give you three warming-pills that will
increase your vitality and help you perform your task to perfection.
A thousand thanks, Master… I have taken them and now I’m all
warmed up. I am on the lotus dais.
We have arrived.
Where are we? Here are some generals, in civilian clothing,
climbing the flights of steps to the palace.
On that verandah, is the Third Palace, administered by the King
of Palace. A bit higher is a long row of prisons and cells. Go ahead and
greet the Generals.
My greetings to you, Generals. My Master and I have been ordered
to come here to help write a book for educating mankind. We hope to
receive instructions from you.
of the Generals: I
am delighted. Would you mind coming into the hall for a little rest?
This hall looks after all affairs pertaining to the prisons of the
palace. Behind it, are the prisons.
Our time is quite short so we can dispense with rest. It is good
enough to have Yang Ts’ien inspect the prisons.
General: So much the
better! We are aware of your Temple’s mission. Now the living Buddha
himself expresses his desire to visit the prison. The honor is ours.
Therefore, come this way, please. To the left.
My word! This plot of ground is huge. All prisons and cells are
constructed of wood. Resounding screams and cries of pain come from
somewhere. In front of us is a prison with a board written “Eyeball
I’m going to have you visit the Eyeball Wrenching Prison. First
of all, I must go to warn the Mandarin Governor.
Welcome to our honourable visitors. I invite you to come in for a
look. If anything worries you, just ask me, Mr. Yang Ts’ien.
The inmates of this prison all have their eyeballs extracted from
their sockets and blood is streaming out. One after another, they cry
and howl bitterly, closing the hollows of their orbits with their hands.
But that’s cruelty! To the left, a guard, with his spear, is
perforating the orbit of a middle- aged man and wrenching out his
eyeball. The victim tries to dodge aside vainly, and the eyeball of his
left eye is extracted and drops on the ground. He utters a muffled
shriek, his soul in delirium, his body sagging, his head bent forward.
He faints but can’t fall down, being tied fast to a stake. The guard,
impassively, is preparing to extract his other eyeball. I feel out of
breath at this sight! That’s barbaric.
Careful, watch what you are saying, my son. This is the law of
cause and effect in the world of darkness. You have no right to be
General: We are not
surprised in the least. Mr. Yang Ts’ien, please act naturally, and ask
me what you want to know.
Words slipped away from me. I beg your pardon, Excellency and
General. Now, can you enlighten me on the situation of this prison?
When a soul is judged and condemned to our prison, it is first tied to a
stake upon its arrival. Then, it has the two eyeballs extracted. The
pain is beyond expression. The torment is repeated three times a day.
Before repeating the process, the eyeballs are re-adjusted in the orbits
and washed with resuscitative water. After that, the torment is to start
again. This is the only way to make the guilty suffer.
What crimes did they commit to suffer such torment?
Some sinful souls will be led here to tell you the truth.
General, have three sinful souls brought here. They have their eyeballs
readjusted and washed. Their stories will be greatly helpful to the
contents of your divine book.
General: Your order is
carried out, Excellency. This one will narrate his crime for our visitor
from the terrestrial world. He will also express what it is like to be
tormented. Mr. Yang Ts’ien will relate his story to teach mankind.
General, make use of your water to pacify him.
Leave him to my care. With my divine power, I will get him
steady. Look here!
I feel much better. My sincere thanks to the Venerable Monk. When
alive, I was a very haughty man. After graduating from university, I got
married and lived as a man of high society. I scorned the people in
misery and those who did not attend a university. I looked at the world
with half an eye, immersed myself in wealth and honors, associated with aristocrats
and fashionable people. I had an abominable and scornful eye for all
that was below my level. After I died the Pontiff of Hell judged me,
accusing me of having a supercilious view of things, despising the
ordinary people, and possessing a pair of eyes that kept looking only
toward power and gain. I have been in this prison for two years, and
three months or more. I will have two more years, and three months or
more. I will have two more years to go, because I committed other sins
too. I know after my discharge here, other inauspicious things will be
waiting for me. I pray you, virtuous men, to advise people on earth not
to show contempt for other people, even if they are rich and powerful.
Their scorn for others will bring them to a fate like mine. I implore
you, gentlemen, to intercede with the King of Palace to mitigate my
General, this sinful soul has been frank in confessing his past
crimes, and he also wishes to warn the living people of his fate. He has
thus acquired some merit, and an amnesty would be favorable for him.
I just can’t act as I wish. All this is beyond my power.
I will report this affair to the King of the Palace. The sinful
soul might be granted some leniency. Now, take him back to the prison,
and send two other souls to talk of their crimes.
General: Here are two
souls whose eyes are washed with resuscitative water and whose bodies
are recovered. First, that soul on the right.
crime in life was my passion for feminine beauty, which is quite common
in the living world. I had the mania of peeping at women and girls in
the neighborhood when they were bathing. I also went with friends to
dark rooms to watch pornographic films. My passion increased day after
day, I couldn’t help looking for exciting amusement, so I followed my
friends to a hotel where dancers performed strip-tease acts to entertain
spectators. A year ago, I was killed in a traffic accident. Arriving in
hell, I learned that I had not yet attained the fullness of my
longevity, but it was curtailed by the laws of hell. The Pontiff of Hell
ordered my detention in the “Eyeball Wrenching Prison”. My children
and grandchildren know nothing of all this. I regret my actions but it
is too late. I wish Mr. Yang Ts’ien to relate my story to the living
world, upon his return. Please tell them this: all acts we do in
privacy, thinking they are neither seen nor heard, will be revealed,
down to the last detail, when we stand before the Mirror-Revelator of
soul, elderly in age, did not know how to behave properly. With quite
sufficient money, he failed to enjoy his old age and complete his
longevity. He contented himself with unsound amusement and found
pleasure in peeping at nude bathers. His two eyes are wicked, therefore
hell helps him wrench them out to cleanse them. Now, to you the soul on
the left, confess.
was condemned to this prison, because while I was a student, I peeped at
the test paper of a candidate in an exam. I also glanced at my text-book
to copy the answer. Moreover, I used to read pornographic books,
collected photos of naked bodies, and saw erotic films. Upon my death, I
was sent to this prison. I have endured pain for six months and have
three more years to go.
But that’s frightening! When I was a student I peeped at the
test paper of a neighboring candidate. Fortunately, I was not caught in
the act by the examiner. Do I come here, after my death?
You have cheated in the exam. That’s a shame! But don’t
panick. God is merciful. He forgives the man who repents. You have
already been baptized as an adept of the Temple of the Sages, you have
taken His place, and have served as His messenger. You acquire merits to
compensate for your wrongs. You won’t come here, for sure!
Take them back to the prison, General. Please excuse our
mistakes, if there were any.
Don’t mention it, Excellency.
The Mandarin: Anyone with wicked eye, who loves to contemplate feminine beauty, reads pornographic novels or looks down on others, will be condemned to this prison, after their death.
Time is getting short and we have to take leave. I appreciate
your assistance, Excellency and General. Yang Ts’ien, we have to go!
I thank you sincerely for your help, gentleman.
me accompany you to the dais.
Are you seated? Well, here we go.
I am readly…