Ghosts of all different shapes and appearances came to join the Dharma Assembly. The multitude of ghosts was just like a crowd of people except that they lacked flesh and blood, and were mostly floating apparitions. We sincerely invited Gwan Shr Yin Bodhisattva, for the Buddha had transmitted this Dharma of offering food to Gwan Shr Yin Bodhisattva in ages past. Holding the pure vase in his left hand, and touching its rim with his right hand, the ceremony leader visualized Gwan Shr Yin Bodhisattva appear and fill the temple with a great light of kindness radiating from her body. Surrounding Gwan Yin Bodhisattva were many little boys with round bellies and lovable, innocent, smiling faces, just like the depictions of the Youth Good Wealth. The leading Dharma Master recited the spiritual mantra over the bell and pestle, to symbolize propagating the Dharma with great wisdom and subduing demons with great power. Next he recited the mantra of the twelve causal conditions, enabling all living beings to contemplate the twelve causal conditions and experience the emptiness of the original nature. All the ghosts and spirits were able to take refuge in the Triple Jewel. The Buddha is perfect in enlightenment and conduct, but wishes to expediently help others. By taking refuge in the Buddha one avoids falling into the hells. The Dharma is classified into three vehicles and into sudden and gradual, different means of enlightening to truth. By taking refuge in the Dharma one can avoid the suffering of hungry ghosts. The Sangha is the people who transmit the Dharma and vow to save living beings. One who takes refuge in the Sangha can avoid the suffering of the animals' realm.)
The Dharma Master made the mudras for chasing away and subduing demons, and then the fire-wheel mudra to get rid of the demons and bring forth great radiance, undisturbed by trouble. The Dharma Master then recited a mantra to purify the temple and enable everything to be successful. The Dharma Master making the food offering next made a great Bodhi resolve, vowing that all living beings in the Dharma Realm simultaneously attain Proper and Equal Enlightenment. Next he shook the bell to summon the ghosts, and blessing the sweet dew water with the power of the Triple Jewel, the mantra opened the throats of the ghosts and quelled the fire of their evil karma so that they could obtain the coolness of sweet dew. The desolate spirits all happily received the offering of food and Dharma, and then the Yoga Ceremony for Liberating Flaming Mouth drew to an perfect close.
A ghost is a person after death
What remains after the flesh and blood are gone
Human beings themselves acknowledge
That a human body has blood and flesh
And are afraid of that which is bloodless and fleshless.
But they still don't want to really believe
That after a person dies there is still the spiritual consciousness
This spiritual consciousness is what is called a ghost.
After death, it continues to wander in the Six Paths
Suffering pain and disasters which are hard to speak of.
How supreme is the Yoga Ceremony for Flaming
Mouths With Dharma, with people, and also with ghosts.
1. The Dharma Masters are skilled in the Yogacharya Dharma
2. Human beings perform this Dharma
3. Beings in ghostly realm enjoy the food and Dharma
Thus the three dharmas are produced in harmony.
Most of the beings in the ghostly path are there because
When they had human bodies
They did not want to cultivate blessings and wisdom
They did evil deeds, committed crimes and created evil karma
So after death they became pitiful ghosts
Pitiable, pitiable, but who pities them?
When alive, they did not believe in ghosts.
After death they became wandering ghosts.
Today, seeing all the ghosts come to the assembly
One can know how many ghosts there are.
Thousands, tens of thousands, they cannot be calculated;
In every place there are ghosts!
You may not believe there really are ghosts;
Whether you believe or not is up to you.
If you fail to practice many good deeds while you have a human body
When you become a ghost after death then you'll