In the world today, there
are too many who take life and too few people who save lives. Everyone
knows only how to kill. Everyone has neglected to liberate life. When
you kill someone, he will want to kill you back. This mutual revenge
leads to the cycle of rebirth in the world of the five turbidities.
When will this cycle of mutual vengeance ever come to an end?
In the world today, there are too
many who take life and too few people who save lives. Everyone knows
only how to kill. Everyone has neglected to liberate life. When you
kill someone, he will want to kill you back. This mutual revenge leads
to the cycle of rebirth in the world of the five turbidities. When will
this cycle of mutual vengeance ever come to an end? The ancients have
For hundreds of thousands of
years, the stew in the pot
Has boiled up a resentment very hard to level.
If you want to know why there are calamities and wars in the world,
Just listen to the sounds from a slaughterhouse at midnight.
We should base our lives on the
words of Confucius: “When I see those who are alive, I do not wish to
see them die. When I hear their sounds, I cannot bear to eat their
flesh. Therefore a gentleman does not go near the kitchen.” For
hundreds of thousands of years until now, there’s been a pot of stew.
You’ve eaten from the pot of stew and so have I. This stew is a meat
broth. It contains a resentment which is deeper than the sea, which is
very hard to level. It’s not easy to subdue these feelings of enmity.
Do you want to know why there are wars, floods, fires, and epidemics in
the world? What is the reason for the suffering, killing, and bloodshed
brought on by wars? Why do people seek each other out to take revenge?
Because there has been too much killing. If you don’t understand, just
go near the slaughterhouse and listen to the sounds that come from
there at midnight—the pigs calling out, the lambs crying, the cows
wailing...They are all there pleading, “Please spare our lives, Mister!
Please spare our lives, Elder! Please spare our lives, Buddha!” But we
pretend we don’t see or hear them crying out, and we go ahead and kill
them without a second thought. As soon as we kill them, the one thought
of hatred that those cows, sheep, and pigs give rise to will lead them
to seek revenge in the future. This leads to disasters such as world
wars and all kinds of accidental deaths. These all result from the
taking of life.
However, even such retribution is
not enough. Now the most devastating things are cancer and all kinds of
strange diseases. Why have these appeared? Because people have eaten
too much meat. Nowadays, the air is polluted, the earth is polluted,
and the water is also polluted. This polluted air, polluted earth, and
polluted water have produced a toxic substance, and when animals eat
food which contains this kind of toxin, the poisonous energy passes
into their system. Although it may just stay in their bodies and not
take effect, if we eat the meat of these animals, the poison will pass
into our bodies and cause us to develop all sorts of strange and
These diseases which are hard to
cure do not happen by chance. Behind them, there is a ghost with a
grievance who wants the person’s life in payment. So now I see a lot of
little ghosts everywhere, trying to make people pay with their lives or
causing them to suffer various strange diseases. These little ghosts
were fetuses who were aborted before they had a chance to develop into
complete human beings, so they are very ruthless. They may rupture
people’s hearts, or injure their livers, kidneys, or gall bladders.
They destroy your five organs so that you have to die whether you want
to or not. Why are they so malicious? Because you killed them first,
and now they want to take revenge. Diseases caused by vengeful ghosts
cannot be cured no matter what kind of doctor, Chinese or Western, you
see. All you can do is take your meals and wait for death. After you
take your last breath, it’s your turn to seek revenge. What I’m telling
you is the most genuine Sutra!
If I say more, people may not want
to listen. However, I have a fault which is that I’m willing to say
something regardless of whether or not people want to hear it. I’m
especially willing to say the things that people don’t want to hear. So
those of you who have come here should prepare yourselves
psychologically. You should tell yourself, “I don’t want to listen, but
I’ll be patient for a little while and see what he has to say.” What do
I want to say? I want to explain the character 肉 for ‘meat’ in Chinese.
This character 肉 has the element 口 ‘mouth,’ but the bottom line is left
out, meaning that the mouth is open! Why is the mouth open? To eat
people! So, “In the character for ‘meat,’ there are two people.” There
is a character 人 ‘person’ inside and another 人 ‘person’ outside. This
shows that meat is inseparable from people. However, people should not
be inseparably attached to meat. This represents a person who is eating
the meat and a person who is being eaten. One person’s head is sticking
out of the mouth, and the other person is inside the mouth. But since
the mouth is not closed, that person may fall out. When he falls out,
he may become a person again. When he becomes a person again, he will
go and eat the person who was eating meat. They mutually devour each
other. So, there are two people in the character for ‘meat’, and “The
one inside is covering the one outside.” The person inside and the
person outside are bound up in this relationship. “Living beings eat
the flesh of living beings. If you reflect on it carefully, it’s just
people eating people.” Since it’s people eating people, might that
person be my friend? I don’t know. Could it be my relative? Don’t know.
Could it be my father, mother, or ancestor? Don’t know. This “not
knowing” presents a lot of problems, so it would be best it everyone
didn’t eat meat.
Aside from not eating meat,
there’s another essential secret to preventing sickness. What is it?
Not losing one’s temper. If you don’t have a temper, then your karmic
creditors who want to take revenge by making you sick will have a hard
time finding you. But as soon as you get mad, there’s a hole for the
ghost to get in. Once the ghost finds its way in, your illness becomes
more and more severe. If you want to be healthy, long-lived, and free
from illness, the secret is not to eat meat, not to lose your temper,
and not to smoke or drink. These are all ways to stay healthy. You
shouldn’t ruin your body and bring all sorts of illness on yourself. If
you do, then you’ll have to find a doctor and pay him money, and still
he might not be able to cure you. Isn’t that a lot of trouble?