JOURNEY No. 56 5th Moon 19th Day (24th June 1978)
Touring the Tenth Tribunal
Visiting Zhuan Jie Suo (Change of Existence at Rebirth Office)
The Six Paths of Metempsychosis (devas, human beings, asuras, beasts, hungry ghosts and hell beings) are like the non-stop revolving of a wheel. If a person happens to fall down and is rolled over by the wheels of a vehicle, he will eventually, be called a “rolled-over ghost”. I hope human beings will avoid being “wheel rolled-over ghosts” by not rushing in front of a moving vehicle and be rolled over by the wheels which are like the gates of hell. Are you afraid of this? I realize that human beings are smart folks and they should, therefore, know how to avoid such dangers and pitfalls. If they are in trouble, they should repent sincerely and seek forgiveness from God and if their days are lucky enough to be plain sailing, they should try to improve their daily life. Today, we will tour Hades. Yang Sheng; quickly step on the lotus flower platform.
I’m safely seated, dear Master, we can now start …
Today we will visit the Tenth Tribunal again. We’ve arrived; Yang Sheng, get down.
I can see Zhuan Lun Wang waiting to welcome us.
Zhuan Lun Wang:
We are very glad to welcome JiGong and Yang Sheng to our Tenth Tribunal again. On your last visit, you were rather short of time and so I was not able to explain much of what goes on here in the Tenth Tribunal. Today we will conduct you to the various departments of the Tenth Tribunal.
Thank you, Zhuan Lun Wang, for entertaining us so well.
Zhuan Lun Wang:
Transmigration of souls is a very cold-hearted matter. It all depends upon the retribution of souls’ sins – in any direction. It all hinges on what actions and deeds one committed when alive, resulting in cause and effect. Today I’ll bring you to tour “Zhuan Jie Suo”.
Devout ascetic practitioners, after death, will proceed direct to Heaven to reap the fruits of their ascetic practices (to become Luo-hans); others who do not have much principles and morality, after death, and after having passed through all the Tribunals will have to be sent to Zhuan Jie Suo to be judged by the Eight Departments here.
Zhuan Lun Wang:
Please follow me. The scope of Zhuan Jie Suo is very wide. In every Department, there are Officials to run the show and there are altogether Eight Departments. Do be seated and I’ll introduce you to the various Departmental Heads for interview, if need be, so that you can relate to people on Earth.
In front of us is a signboard which reads “Zhuan Jie Suo”. There are many sinful souls all escorted by soldiers of Hades. These soldiers are presenting a great number of documents to the Officers. I don’t know for what.
Zhuan Lun Wang:
I suggest both of you have a short rest inside and I will explain to you in detail.
All the Officers inside, on seeing us coming, have stopped their work and have stood up in line to receive us.
Yang Sheng, just sit down. Zhuan Lun Wang is so cordial in receiving us, so there is no need to stand on ceremony.
Zhuan Lun Wang:
I will introduce this, the Head Officer of Zhuan Jie Suo.
I extend to you, JiGong and Yang Sheng, a very warm welcome to our place. I understand you have received the Order to write the Book which entails very much work, but the honor is truly great.
Zhuan Lun Wang:
First of all, let us all drink tea. I will explain to you the various aspects and duties of the eight Departments here so that you can, in turn, explain to human beings the procedure of the transmigration of souls. When a human being dies, the beneficiary Deity of his locality, Deity of the City, soldiers of Hades, or Demons regarded as Messengers of Death, will bring his soul through Gui Men Guan and report to the Registration Office, then pass through all the Tribunals, to be punished according to the magnitude of his sins, and then to the Tenth Tribunal to await retribution. In this Tenth Tribunal, the most important section is Zhuan Jie Suo where there are Eight Departments, classified as:
1st – Verification Department
2nd – Virtuous Acts Investigation Department
3rd – Magnitude of Sins Department
4th – Love and Hatred Department
5th – Life-Span Department
6th – Allocation of Family Relationship Department
7th – Reward and Punishment Department
8th – Evidence of Rebirth Department
We will now go into detail about the functions of each Department:
1. Verification Department
After a soul has served his sentence, i.e. gone through the various types of punishment, from the First Tribunal right through the Tenth Tribunal, he will have to face this Verification Department which, after having been fully satisfied that he had already been punished, will then only allow him to be reborn. If the investigation reveals that any item of punishment has not been served or missed out, the sinful soul will have to be sent back to the respective Tribunal to serve his term.
2. Virtuous Acts Investigation Department
In this Department, the extent or any of the virtuous acts done by a soul will be investigated or assessed so that, when he is reborn, his reward, by way of good luck, etc., can be accorded to him. If it is found that, when he was alive, he had accumulated virtues, on rebirth he will be sent to a good or lucky family as a male child and when he grows up, he will not have to suffer but will be “on easy street”; later, when he advances in life, he will be rich or be bestowed with honors, etc.; or will become an officer of high rank. There will be no need to suffer. Alternatively, on rebirth he will climb up the ladder of success through his own efforts; or be reborn to a wealthy family to enjoy the accumulated wealth of the ancestors, to be showered with honor as well as wealth; or if the soul is to be reborn a female, she will ultimately be married to a good husband and have luck and be happy always, or her children will be illustrious, wealthy and attain honour and fame; or she will be reborn to a wealthy family and have nothing to worry about money matters. All these rewards are as recompense for the meritorious deeds performed and accumulated by the soul on his/her previous life on Earth. These awards dished out are the duties and responsibilities of this Department.
3. Magnitude of Sins Department
This Department will investigate what sins a Soul had committed when alive on Earth – to judge whether a sin was light or heavy, minor or serious.
(a) If he had done some small good deeds and had never committed grave sins, he will be reborn with just enough to eat and wear, and will get protection from parents; husband/wife relationship will be normal, the children will take care of him.
(b) If his merits and demerits balance even, on rebirth he will have enough to eat and wear, family will be O.K.; husband/wife relationship will be O.K.; and he will be surrounded by children, but he will have to slog for his living. If he does not work he will starve, unlike some people who can enjoy life without doing any work.
(c) If one had no merits whatsoever, but had accumulated a string of demerits, on rebirth he will meet with many difficulties in life. Although he/she may be well provided for, yet there is bound to be widow-hood/widowerhood (one partner will die early, living with only one partner); or the family circle (parents, brothers/sisters, children) will be broken early.
(d) In the case of one who had committed grave sins when alive, he will be reborn a deformed pauper with some form of disability – dumb, blind, lame, deaf, etc.
(e) In the case of those who discarded the:-
(i) Five human relationships; husband/wife; brother/sister; parents/ children; friendship; and loyalty to country,
(ii) Eight Virtues; filial piety; brotherly love; loyalty to country; trustworthiness; courtesy; righteousness; chastity; and shame,
and particularly, in the case of a woman soul, where there are three degrees of dependence to be observed, namely, first upon her father, then her husband, and later upon her children,
and also Four Virtues:
1) Right behavior,
2) Proper speech,
3) Proper demeanor, and
4) Proper employment,
they will be regarded as having committed grave sins and will be reborn as beasts, e.g.: born via the female womb, born through eggs, born as sea creatures, born as worms. This is known as retaliatory recompense. All these punishments are the responsibilities of this Magnitude of Sins Department.
4. Love and Hatred Department
This Department decides whether a person, on rebirth, will have gratitude or will take revenge. If a person, who had good deeds done to him by others, dies, his soul will still remember the past good deeds, and when the time comes for him to be reborn, this Department will make him have gratitude so that he can repay for the good deeds he had previously received. If, when alive, he had been insulted, maltreated, or oppressed by others, after death his soul will still retain hatred, and when about to be reborn, this Department will make him take revenge on those who had previously done him wrong. In case a female, (who when alive had been wronged by a male) dies with deep anger and hatred, her soul when due for rebirth can refuse to be reborn as a human being, but can prefer to remain a revengeful ghost so that she can go to Earth and cause sudden death or “Unexpected calamity” to the male person by way of revenge. If this Department, after due investigation, is satisfied with her request to remain a revengeful ghost, the request will be entertained. All these are the duties of this Department thereby proving the wisdom of the following English idioms: “One good turn deserves another”; “Repay kindness with kindness”; “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth”.
5. Life-Span Department
This Department decides on the life-span of a person to be reborn – whether he/she should have a long life or a short life. On Earth, there are persons, noble and wealthy, who enjoy a long life. There are also noble and wealthy persons who die at an early age. There are poor and humble people with long life, and other poor and humble persons who have a short life. Also, there are others who die of vexation, agony, drowning; some soon after birth, some a short while after living, some a few years later. Again there are others who are fated to be lawbreakers whose death is decided by Government authorities; and others who die through murder, and so on and so forth. All these deaths are the result of some fatal calamity. But there are others who are destined to die of unnatural or accidental death.
6. Allocation of Family Relationship Department
This Department allocates the various duties and responsibilities of members of a family, viz: parents/children, husband/wife, brothers/sisters. On Earth, some children are born filial, some are disobedient; some marry good-natured partners, some marry unfaithful partners or less understanding partners. All these allocations in a family are the result of cause and effect. For example, Mr. A in his previous life gave financial assistance to Mr. B and when Mr. B died he was still indebted to Mr. A because in his lifetime he did not, or was not able to settle with Mr. A. When in Hades, it was found that Mr. B was not a very sinful person when alive, on being reborn; he was sentenced, according to the regulation of Hades, to be a son of Mr. A, so that he could be a filial son and so repay his new father Mr. A. This is called “repayment of previous debt”. Another example is: Mr. C when alive cheated Mr. D, by various confidence tricks, or by using authority to get money. Mr. D was much worried about being thus cheated, and subsequently died. In Hades, he lodged a complaint against Mr. C. The authorities in Hades decided that Mr. D should be reborn a son of Mr. C and subsequently when grown up, to be proud, extravagant, profligate and idle, thereby squandering Mr. C’s property. This is called “debt demanding child”. Similarly, in a husband/wife relationships where some men are lucky to marry good wives, while others are unlucky to marry bad wives. This is the causal relationship. What we did in previous life, we have to repay in the next life. No one can escape from this settlement of previous actions. These allocations are the duties and responsibilities of this Department.
7. Reward and Punishment Department
This Department is in charge of deciding what classification of metempsychosis (transmigration of the soul, after death, to another body) a soul should be reborn. If a person when alive; did many charitable deeds, he will be reborn into a family having a history of many generations of nobility and wealth. Those who were evil will be reborn into families having a history of poverty and suffering for several generations. Those who were very sinful will be reborn as beasts or animals for generations, after which they will then be reborn as human beings, or be reborn forever as worms, insects, fish, etc. This is sure, and no one can escape from this fatal calamity. Nevertheless, there is yet a glimmer of hope because, if a wealthy person who suddenly becomes sinful, or a poor person who does a lot of good deeds, dies, this Department will punish or reward the soul, as the case may be, on rebirth. If a Deity called “Santai Bei Dou Shen” has any complaint, or ‘Shang Di” has any order, these will be looked into by this Department and due punishment awarded accordingly, on rebirth. These are the duties of this Department.
8. Evidence of Rebirth Department
This Department will issue evidence that a soul has the right to be reborn into the various human categories, e.g., if a person is to reborn as an officer, he will be given an authorization letter; if a scholar, a pen; if a farmer, a hoe; if an artisan, a workman’s tool; on the other hand, if an animal, bird, etc., the soul will be given skin and fur, or feathers, or scales, etc. Only with this evidence can a soul be allowed rebirth. These are the responsibilities of this Department.
I will explain in more detail further information on transmigration of souls when you come here next time.
Time is up and so we will have to prepare to return. Thank you, Zhuan Lun Wang for taking the trouble to explain to us, in great length, the workings in this Zhuan Jie Suo.
Thank you, Zhuan Lun Wang, for giving us so much useful information. We must now take leave of you…….
We have arrived at Sheng Xian Tang. Yang Sheng, get down. Soul, return to your body.