TO THE REINCARNATION CENTER
Tse Kong who manifested on May 19th, 1978. Year of the Horse
- Misery fills the six paths of transmigration
- Why not turn to goodness at an early age?
- Always respect bad and good, and remain kind
- Only by repentance, can man become wise.
Tse Kong: The six ways of transmigration are like the
rotating wheel that never stops. Those caught in the wheel without way
to escape will become a “demon of the wheel” for life. I hope that
within death, man will discover life. Therefore, when being rotated by
the Reincarnation-Wheel, the soul must know how to survive, and not be
like a blind man who walks into the tiger’s jaws. The best solution is
to avoid hell, or have sufficient time to repent for previous errors. In
this manner, he will have a chance to proceed further, to the
exploration journey into the future. Let’s prepare to visit hell, son.
am ready, Master.
Tonight, we’re going to the 10th Palace to visit again the King
of The Reincarnation-Wheel.
The king is waiting for us.
an honor to have you as my guests. On your last visit, since your time
was limited, I couldn’t provide into more details. Today, I will guide
you to inspect the places.
I am grateful for your precious instructions.
Gate of Reincarnation is operated with absolute impartiality. The
destination of each soul is based on his karmic affinities. The decision
that he will be sent east or west, south or north depends on his action
in his former existence. Let’s visit the Reincarnation Center.
Tao and destiny are two antipodes. Those who earnestly pursue the
Tao, and attain enlightenment are exempted from passing by the
Reincarnation Center. On the contrary, those who run counter to morality
and to the teachings of the Tao are subjected to the judgment of this
move quickly, because this Reincarnation Center has various functions.
It is divided into eight offices. There are officers in charge of
verdict files for each individual soul. Please step inside and you will
be informed further.
This building is the Reincarnation Center. The prisoners, being
escorted by the infernal guards, are coming in large numbers. Their
files are being submitted to the judges. What could be the latter’s
come in. I shall explain to you!
Upon seeing us, the high officials interrupt their work to
Please take a seat. And don’t be intimidated, Yang Ts’ien.
I introduce the Service-Chief to you?
Service-Chief: Welcome to Buddha Tse Kong and to Mr. Yang Ts’ien.
We are aware of the effort you have expended for preparing your book.
You have already gained many credits.
have some tea. I’m going to explain to you the work of the eight
bureaus in this center. This will enable humans to comprehend the
process of reincarnation that governs their destinies. First of all, the
souls are guided to the Portico of Demons either by the tutelary genius,
the gracious genius, or by the infernal guards. From here, they are led
to the registry-office for establishing their curriculum vitaes. When a
person comes down to hell, regardless of his being only a visitor or a
prisoner subjected to punishment, he has to successively pass from the
1st to the 9th Gate. The souls who have completely atoned for their sins
are transferred to this 10th Gate so we can work for their
transmigration. The most important office of our place is the
reincarnation center composed of eight bureaus:
The bureau of judicial control
- 2) The bureau of good-actions
- 3) The bureau of bad-actions
- 4) The bureau of debts,
gratitude and vengeance.
- 5) The bureau of longevity and
- 6) The bureau governing familial
- 7) The bureau governing
- 8) The bureau governing births
- Bureau of Judicial Control:
This office is in charge of controlling the sinful souls after they
are judged and punished by the other places. This is a necessary
formality for the guilty soul to be freed and acquitted. Before he
is allowed to transmigrate, the soul is forced to make his
declaration at the judicial control office that delivers him a
certificate of discharge. If a defect of any kind is discovered, the
soul is ordered to return to his respective prison. This procedure
is required in order avoid inconsiderate and erroneous performance
of the responsible personnel.
- Bureau of Good Actions:
This bureau establishes the list of meritorious souls and examines
the good actions they have done before granting them rewards
corresponding to their merits. The souls having of a virtuous past
are promoted to reincarnate in the form of children of wealthy
families, and will become Mandarins, illustrious lettered men with
honors and celebrity, or children of rich businessmen with sumptuous
residences and abundant riches. They may also be reincarnated into
those men who start empty-handed from zero in their life, then
succeed with the sweat of their brows to secure some property and a
home in their old age; men who inherit the merits of their
ascendants, enjoying a life full of affluence and honor. As for the
female souls, they will be married to men of high society, will have
an excellent heir, and will be surrounded by pious children who
insure them tranquility and good welfare in their old age. All the
above-cited cases concern the souls who acquired great merit by
doing good actions in their lifetime, and it is now the moment for
them to be rewarded. All this work is relevant to the Bureau of Good
Actions, which doesn’t permit it to omit the least detail.
- Bureau of Bad Actions:
The work of this bureau consists of considering whether the
to-be-reincarnated souls have or have not committed some crimes in
their earlier life. If they have had performed only a few good
actions but committed a few negligible sins, they will be
reincarnated in a materially adequate existence, living under the
protection of their parents, and later enjoying an harmonious
matrimonial life and a wise, pious progeny. For the men whose bad
actions balance good ones, they will become people of mediocre
condition; will have a long life, sufficient eating and clothing,
and a united family. However they will have to work hard all their
lives and enjoy little leisure in their old age. Now, comes the
category of souls whose merits are none but whose crimes are many.
They will be reincarnated in an existence full of misery, and
suffering hunger and cold. They will be separated from their
parents, or their siblings, and spouses. Heavy sinners are to be
reincarnated in extreme misery, infirmity or without complete limbs.
They will be born with lame legs, mutilated arms, deformed heads, or
will suffer from deafness, blindness, and muteness and will live as
beggars. The youngsters who neglect the five cardinal virtues, the
women who fail in their three subjections (to their parents, their
husbands, their parents-in-law) also to the feminine virtues
(occupation, bearing, speech, character) and those who commit heavy
sins will be reincarnated in the forms of animals, insects or worms.
This is the causal law of evil adopted by the Bureau of Bad Actions:
Evil deeds will lead to bad consequences.
- Bureau of Debts, Gratitude
and Vengeance: This bureau decides on the sex to be attributed
to the reincarnated soul so he or she can proceed to a settlement of
accounts with his or her previously connected partner. A person who
receives a favor from a dear friend this time, will have to pay it
back in the next life if the karmic accounts are not yet cleared. A
person who provokes other person with insults, offences and scorn,
or creates violent disputes, will have to settle the accounts with
his victims in the following existence, if hatred is not yet
dissipated after death. From this fact, the following adage is
justified, “good deeds appeal to good actions, vengeance engenders
revenge, and injustice gives birth to unfairness”. There exists a
category of women who are very passionate in their life but are
betrayed by their lovers. They become mortified and ready for
revenge. Because of sorrows and anger, they prefer to become
ferocious demons to take revenge against their treacherous partners
after their death. The angry souls will haunt their partners and may
lead the latter to an accident or to get involved into a tragic
death. In these cases, our bureau will allow them to settle these
types of accounts to calm their anger.
- Bureau of Longevity and
Destiny: This bureau deals with the longevity and destiny of the
people. There are many categories of people: some people have both
talent and reputation; some others are wealthy and live a long life.
Others again are rich but their life is short, then people who are
poor and have short life or vice versa. There are also people who
die in the tragedy, in sufferings or in sadness, and infants who die
a few days or months after they see the daylight. All these are
various cases. On the earth, we often see the guilty being executed
or people being murdered by others. All such apparently casual
things are determined by destiny. But we shouldn’t fail to mention
the cases of people who commit suicide due to failure in life, or
those who kill themselves out of carelessness in their work. Their
death is not predestined but it’s caused by their own imprudence.
- Bureau Governing Familial
Ties: This bureau is concerned with the bonds that tie the
members of a family together. Whether people give birth to a pious
son or an ungrateful one, marry a loyal, mild wife or a wicked,
unfaithful spouse, it is not at all a coincidence, but rather the
effect of a former debt. Their encounter is predestined. Consider
this example: one A by name lends money to a certain B who is unable
to pay the loan before he dies. Surely, he is not guilty as far as
human law is concerned. But the infernal law demands that B must
reincarnate as A’s very pious son to pay A his due. Thence, this
dictum justifies the fact, “the children acquit their debts toward
their parents”. Take another example: Through crafty subterfuge, C
appropriated the possessions of D. He misused his power to seize the
portion of fortune, which should legally go to D. The latter’s
despair was so deep that he died. He sued C before the infernal
court that ordained that D must reincarnate as C’s wasteful, vain,
sexually overactive child who would squander away his father’s
properties. This case is called “the child reclaims his due from
his parents”. This is also true with nuptial ties. Some people are
married to hardworking, mild, faithful matrons who become loving,
and devoted mothers. Others have pernicious, unfaithful, saucy,
lustful wives. The good or bad fate reserved for each person is
determined by the actions committed in his former life. This
fatality suffers no errors, and such is the work of the Bureau
Governing the Familial Ties.
- Bureau Governing
To-Be-Reincarnated Existences: This bureau keeps records of the
number of times and on the conditions that cause the souls to have
to be reincarnated. For instance, how many successive existences
will this virtuous man live in opulence and honors; how many lives
of misery will that cruel person have to bear; and that one whose
sins are extremely severe, will be reincarnated in a beast for how
many lives? Can he return to human life or will he remain eternally
an insect or a worm? There is a proper norm for each category and it
is very apparent that predestination is unrelenting and inevitable.
However, a man’s life is liable to variations if he runs counter
to his destiny. For a man predestined to live in opulence who
creates malefic karmas, another man damned to tribulations who knows
to regenerate and accumulate merits: good and evil will
counter-balance and the poor man’s misery will be curtailed
whereas the rich man’s wealth will dissipate while he will be
waiting for a future life in wretchedness. From this fact is
inspired this proverb, “man is always compensated for his efforts
whereas the sluggard wastes his time”. It is also worth stating
that, by order of the Celestial Emperor, three observatory posts,
commanded by the genius-king of the “Great Bear” are constantly
keeping an eye on the humans and report their deeds to the King of
Hell who will alter their fates either favorably or unfavorably.
That is the work of the Bureau Governing To-Be-Reincarnated
- Bureau Governing Births:
(by reincarnation) that takes charge of the process of soul
transmigration. This bureau provides necessary testimonials for
reincarnation to be based on. Every soul having made amends for his
crime will have his file transmitted to this bureau for
complementary formalities. Once all procedures are compeled
properly, he is accepted to pass to transmigration. A certificate is
delivered to him, and the Mandarin in charge begins to process his
reincarnation. Each one will be given the tools corresponding to his
trade. The lettered man receives his pen and inkstand, the merchant
his calculator, the husbandman his farming implements, the animals
and birds their furs and feathers. Thus, they all have their proper
trades as their fates want them to, but since their karmas are not
alike, they received different certificates before they can
reincarnate. And that’s the work of the Bureau Governing Births.
The eight bureau offices issue the certificates to the souls for
reincarnation. Once they are admitted to transmigration, they are
considered as having changed their fates. Well, gentlemen, I think
it’s quite late. We can discuss this matter in more detail next time.
Speed up, Yang Ts’ien. Please accept my deepest expression of
gratitude, Your Majesty.
We have taken much of your time, Sir. With your permission, we
ask to take leave.
Arrival! Go rejoin your body.
Translator’s note: six ways of transmigration: the world of deities or
devas, world of human beings, world of combatant devil or asuras, world
of hungry devils, world of hell, world of brutes.
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