What are the evil retributions that arise from the six sense organs? How do we explain the way in which these evil retributions we undergo come from the six organs? The first is the retribution of seeing. This retribution arises when the eyes look at forms, which beckons one and leads one to evil ends. Because the seeing nature, through the vehicle of your eyes, looks at forms, the eyes are turned by those defiling objects of form. That’s what’s meant by beckoning one and leading one to evil ends. Pursuing those defiling objects of form involves a lot of deception and misperception. Because of the misconceptions, a lot of karmic offenses are created. Those lead in turn to many kinds of bad effects. The karma of seeing intermingles. Here the karma of seeing refers to the karmic offenses. They intermingle. There is a mutual involvement, a passing back and forth. What does the karma if seeing get involved with? The other five sense organs interact with the seeing, sharing their perceptions. The karma is created from this intermingling. At the time of death. Continuing in that way to pursue states involving the defiling object of form one eventually will be led away by forms.
For example, you look at a beautiful woman and what you see causes greed and lust to rise up in your mind. Then you go on to listen to that gentle voice. The eyes look at the beautiful form and the ears listen to the beautiful sound. The nose then wants to smell the fragrance of the woman. Tell me, isn’t that what happens? Now if the eyes hadn’t looked, the ears wouldn’t have been tempted to listen and the nose wouldn’t have wanted to smell the fragrance of that woman. Once the nose gets involved, then destructive false thinking about how the tongue could get involved begins. “What a fine woman. It might not be bad to kiss her!” The mind gives rise to ignorance at that point and the body wants to make contact. The body wants to get close and the mind then gives permission. The mind agrees. That is how the karma of lust comes about. The karma of lust brings with it bad effects. It may lead to hugging the copper pillar. It may lead to sleeping on the iron bed. It may lead to the male or female organs being gnawed upon by worms with iron jaws that burrow into the skin. Well, what about it? This is the first type of karmic offense that comes about because of seeing.
As to seeing, basically when you see something you should just see it—you shouldn’t follow after it. When you look at things, the eyes should see forms without there being any internal reaction. Do you have that kind of skill? If you do, then you can look as much as you like. Look every day, look every minute—the more the better. But if you don’t have that skill, then it’s better to be a little more careful. By being careful you can avoid having to sleep on the iron bed. You can avoid those hells. At the time of death. Everyone has to die. No one can claim to be able to live forever and never die. That is unless you have become a sage-immortal, in which case, if you want to live and can live and if you want to die you can die. Or if you are a Bodhisattva or a Buddha, or a certified Arhat, then you are free and at ease when it comes to birth and death. But as of now, you are not immune to death. The time of death will come, and when that happens, one first sees a raging conflagration. Because of the fire of desire in your lust, you first see a raging blaze. This raging blaze is not confined to one place, it fills the ten directions. The ten directions are a mass of fire.
The deceased one’s spiritual consciousness. The spiritual consciousness of the one who has died refers to the eighth consciousness, the person’s soul. It is that which is able to realize Buddhahood or become a ghost, also known as the “body between skandhas.” The spiritual consciousness is the body between skandhas, because at this point the soul has been severed from the previous five skandhas and has not yet received another five skandhas. Therefore, it is between skandhas. What happens to the body between skandhas? It takes flight, but then falls. The soul first ascends into space, but because it doesn’t have sufficent spiritual penetrations, it plummets down through space. Riding on a wisp of smoke, where does it end up? It enters the unintermittent hell. This is no fun. It’s not like taking a vacation. I think vacationers would not want to end up in the hells looking for entertainment. Therefore we should all be careful not to place causes that will lead to falling into the hells. Much better to go to a Buddhaland than to the hells. Don’t follow this poor soul!
Two appearances are created. The first, seeing of light, enables one to see all sorts of evil things everywhere. This causes one to experience boundless fear. The second, seeing of darkness, is a stillness devoid of seeing. This causes one to experience boundless terror.
This person who has created karmic offenses, because he pursued objects of form and was turned by them, falls into the unintermittent hells. When he gets to the unitermittent hells, two appearances are created. What are they? The first, seeing of light, enables one to see all sorts of evil things everywhere. Seeing of light means being able to see everything. What does one see? All kinds of evil things. The only exception is if you don’t think of anything. If you think of anything, those things will always be terrible. It will be things like wolves, bears, tigers, or panthers; or creatures with ox heads and horse faces; or human bodies with ox heads; or human bodies with horse faces; or the ghost of impermanence coming with his high hat on; and other fierce cruel creatures with pig snouts and long fangs. What you see are things like that and this causes one to experience boundless fear. One becomes terrified and trembles in fear.
The second, seeing of darkness. The second appearance is a darkness that arises. You can’t see anything at all. It is pitch black without any sun, moon, lamplight or starlight. Nothing at all. It is as black as possible. At that point what happens? There is a stillness devoid of seeing. No movement occurs. No sound is heard. Nothing can be seen. But this causes one to experience boundless terror. What is out infront of you feels frightening, scary, harmful. In general one is petrified. I wonder when one is experiencing such extreme terror if one were to encounter a beautiful women if thoughts of sexual desire would arise. I guess we would have to ask the person to find out. Because of the sexual karma he created in the past, he now falls into such a hell in which these two kinds of appearances arise, both of which cause excessive terror.
To be continued