Voyages to Hell

translated by

Nguyen Khang & Bui H.Huu

CHAPTER 36

VISIT TO THE 6TH PALACE OF HELL INTERVIEW WITH THE KING OF PALACE

Buddha Tse Kong who manifested on August 6th, 1977. Year of the Snake 

Here comes again the mid-autumn
At midnight, he wakes up, desolate
To see old age creeping on apace
Letís awaken, regenerate, and not be late.

Buddha Tse Kong:     A whole year has passed quickly, and here we are again in the mid-autumn season. Time is as fleeting as the current of a river. This time last year, the honorable Temple of the Sages, obeying the order of the Celestial Emperor, began to write the book on hell. Before we realized it, one year has passed. A painful year, indeed, but a fully meritorious year for me as well as for my disciples who worked day and night to edit the book. A manís life is so brief, just as the ancient sages stated, ďsince time immemorial until the present, septuagenarians are scareĒ.  Recently, the sciences have progressed greatly and every attempt is made to prolong manís longevity. However, the ancient sages had a proverb that said, ďmanís ... 

TK     The King-Judge comes to welcome us in person. Yang Tsíien, follow me. Weíre going to pay him our respects. 

YT:      I follow you, Master. My respects to His Majesty the King and to their Excellencies the Mandarins. I am Yang Tsíien, a disciple of the Temple of the Sages in Tai Chu. My master and I received the order of God to write a book on hell. We are coming here tonight to collect information. We wish to be granted your assistance. 

The King:    Be on your feet. Not too much courtesy, please. I have long heard of the Temple of the Sages which actively participated in the dissemination of religious doctrines and acquired great merits. Last mid-autumn we received the order of God and we are aware of your sacred mission and of the reason for your visits to hell. Honorable Buddha Tse Kong, and Mr. Yang Tsíien, I invite you to come inside for some refreshments. 

TK:      We are grateful for your warm welcome, Sir. Yang Tsíien, letís follow His Majesty into the Palace. The King Orderly officer, bring us some tea of the Immortals and Fairies, will you? 

The Orderly Officer:    At your request. Tea is served, Sir. 

The King:    Be without reserve. Make yourselves at home, please. 

YT:      Thank you, Sir. This tea doesnít exist in the terrestrial world. Its taste is excellent; it is cooling and medicinal, as far as I know. 

The King:     This is only a kind of crude tea, but it is precious, because every rare thing is valuable. Well, I am really happy about your visit, gentlemen. Human morality is declining so that God Himself is deeply disturbed. He ordered your Temple to write a book on hell. A large number of humans donít believe in the punishment they will have to suffer in hell after their death. A special order is therefore given to Buddha Tse Kong to guide Yang Tsíienís soul to hell to record the situation of humans after their death, and the pains they have to endure. During the mediumnistic sťances organized by the Temple of the Sages, the Celestial Cherub Yu Hiu uses his psychical divine powers to relay to earth what Yang Tsíien sees and hears in hell, and directs the hand of Yang Tsíienís body to write accurate accounts. I am convinced that the book, once edited and popularized, will bring forth salvation to many humans. Nowadays, most of the people are interested in materialistic sciences and neglect the deities. They donít believe in the karmic law and allow themselves to commit many acts of murder, sensuality and piracy. Men are absorbed in pursuing material things and think of nothing but their individual interests. They venture to infringe on the human law, knowing it contains many weaknesses. And thence, in every country, the morality of the people is deplorably decadent. Their greed for material things induces them to behave dishonestly. I am profoundly affected and disappointed because of the moral decline in the terrestrial world. It is the habit of skeptical people to disregard the deities and the law of causality, so they are the ones who commit sins more readily. None of them will be spared hellís punishment. A proverb goes like this, ďthe Celestial Net is enormously large and vast; in spite of its wide meshes no one can escape.Ē I reign over the 6th Palace which is surnamed ďThe Great Infernal PrisonĒ. All the souls that come here have previously passed by the 5th Palace where they went through torment. The surname of ďGreat Infernal PrisonĒ also means that this place is reserved for the souls who violate the divine law and fail to observe the rules of morality and virtue will have to undergo severe, and terrible punishment. Mr. Yang Tsíien, upon your return to the terrestrial world, do advise humans to regenerate and change from doing evil. Tonight, I highly regard your visit. The sinful souls suffer different types of punishment in this place. Humans must be conscious of their culpability and proceed with a thorough examination of their conscience. 

TK:      Itís quite late for tonight. With your permission we would like to come back another time for an inspection of the jails. 

The King:    Thatís agreeable. I will be delighted to see you again, gentlemen. Troop-mustering for the salute... 

YT:      My deep gratitude for the tea and your precious instructions, Sir. We ask to take leave. 

TK:      The dais, now. 

YT:      Ready for departure, Master. 

TK:      Here is the Temple. Your body is waiting for you.

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CONTENTS

Forward
Introduction
Preface
Summary
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24
Chapter 25
Chapter 26
Chapter 27
Chapter 28
Chapter 29
Chapter 30
Chapter 31
Chapter 32
Chapter 33
Chapter 34
Chapter 35
Chapter 36
Chapter 37
Chapter 38
Chapter 39
Chapter 40
Chapter 41
Chapter 42
Chapter 43
Chapter 44
Chapter 45
Chapter 46
Chapter 47
Chapter 48
Chapter 49
Chapter 50
Chapter 51
Chapter 52
Chapter 53
Chapter 54
Chapter 55
Chapter 56
Chapter 57
Chapter 58
Chapter 59
Chapter 60
Chapter 61
Celestial Edict
Postface

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