If it was greed for deception that made the person commit offenses, then, after he has finished paying for his crimes, he takes shape when he encounters an animal, and he is called a mei ghost.
If it was greed for deception that made the person commit offenses, then, after he has finished paying for his crimes, he takes shape when he encounters an animal, and he is called a
mei ghost. Deception refers to the karma of telling lies which causes one to fall into the unintermittent hells. This kind of ghost takes its shape when it encounters an animal—perhaps a fox spirit or a weasel, or even a cat or a dog. It's possible for animals to have these weird essences attached to them. I've seen a cat that was possessed by a ghost. It could perform some great stunts. It could jump more than ten feet in the air and land on the top of the house. Then it would leap off the house and land on the ground; it would go through this routine over and over. It also howled and wailed. A fox that is possessed in this way can in turn possess a person. Although it's an animal, it can send out its soul and enter a person, and talk through him or her. A weasel can also do this. It sends out its spirit and possesses someone. Then it can speak through the person it has possessed. There are a lot of these strange manifestations. This is called the
mei ghost. When it possesses a person, the person's mind becomes totally confused by it, and he loses his sense of awareness. It's as if he were asleep.
If it was greed for hatred that made the person commit offenses, then, after he has finished paying for his crimes, he takes shape when he encounters worms, and he is called a gu poison ghost.
If it was greed for hatred that made the person commit offenses, then, after he has finished paying for his crimes, he takes shape when he encounters worms. All ten of these ghosts are described in terms of their greed. Ultimately, it is greed that creates their forms as ghosts. This one was greedy for hatred. Full of hatred, he would attack people without reason, and so he committed offenses involving hatred. That caused him to fall into the unintermittent hell. When he finishes working out his punishments in the hells, he becomes a ghost, and he takes shape when he encounters worms.
He is called a gu poison ghost. This
gu poison is found in Canton Province in China. People use it to put hexes on other people. They take the
gu poison from these worms and make it into a medicine. If they slip a pill of this medicine into your tea, then, ever after that you must obey their every instruction. If you don't you'll die. That's to contract
gu poisoning. In the Southeast Asian countries like Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and so forth,
gu poisoning is common. There is a ghost behind such poisoning—it is his specialty. His potions are extremely potent.
The only way to undo such a hex is for the person who put it on you to recite a mantra designed to release you from it. But if he won't do that, then you're in real trouble. You are forever in his control. One amusing use of it is by the southern women who hex the northern men from Canton Province to whom they take a fancy. After they marry, the wife puts a hex on her northern husband so that if he ever gets the idea in his head to leave her, he will die. So those northern men are very faithful to their southern wives. A lot of people have this trick played on them. But you should be clear that this is a deviant trick.
If it was greed for animosity that made the person commit offenses, then, after he has finished paying for his crimes, he takes shape when he encounters degeneration, and he is called a pestilence ghost.
If it was greed for animosity that made the person commit offenses, then, after he has finished paying for his crimes, he takes shape when he encounters degeneration. "Animosity" means that he's always thinking about things that happened in the past and remembering them with resentment. Because he's always wanting to get even, he commits offenses. From these crimes, he is forced to fall into the unintermittent hells. After the offenses are paid for and disappear, the criminal is free. But his freedom is such that when he encounters degeneration he takes shape. It may be a debilitated person or any kind of animal that is feeble and old. He borrows the physical forms of such beings and become "a pestilence ghost."
Sometimes, rather than taking over a person who is debilitated, he possesses a person who then becomes debilitated. This kind of ghost is terrible and fierce. It can wipe out a human life as easily as it can pull something out of its pocket.
If it was greed to be arrogant that made the person commit offenses, then after he has finished paying for his crimes, he takes shape when he encounters gases, and he is called a hungry ghost.
If it was greed to be arrogant that make the person commit offenses, then after he has finished paying for his crimes, he takes shape when he encounters gases. He was a really haughty individual. Therefore, people should not look down on others. People should not be haughty and self-satisfied, or be totally lacking in courtesy towards others. A person like this doesn't even acknowledge others when he encounters them—he's downright rude.
During the Three Kingdoms Period in China, there was a cocky Taoist named Zuo Ci who went to see General Cao Cao. Cao Cao prepared everyone in advance of the visit, saying that when the Taoist walked in, no one should look at him. When the Taoist arrived for his appointment with Cao Cao, none of the several dozen attendants who surrounded the General stood up. It was just as if they hadn't even noticed that he had come in. So what do you suppose Zuo Ci did? He started to cry. Cao Cao asked. "What are you crying about?"
He replied, "How could you expect me not to weep when I encounter a whole group of dead people? They are all dead, aren't they? That's why they can't speak or move, isn't it?"
After that scolding, Cao Cao was at a loss. This happened at the time when Cao Cao was in his greatest days of power. That's why he was rude to Zuo Ci. And what he displayed was the kind of arrogance being discussed here.
A person who is arrogant will commit offenses, and after his term in the unintermittent hells, he will take shape when he encounters gases. The kind of gas doesn't matter—any kind will do for him to use to make his appearance. This kind of ghost
is called a hungry ghost. "Hungry ghosts" are just what their name implies—ghosts that don't have anything to eat. Their necks are as skinny as needles, and their bellies are as big as barrels. Since their throats are so thin, they can't swallow any food. If you were to see such a ghost, wouldn't you consider it ugly?
To be continued