If greed leading to injustice toward others made the person commit offenses, then after he has finished paying for his crimes, he will take shape when he encounters darkness and will become a paralysis ghost.
If greed leading to injustice toward others made the person commit offenses, then he will have to endure the unintermittent hell. After billions of eons in the unintermittent hell, the karma from his offenses ends and he is released. But he fails to change his old habits of being unjust to others. The habits continue unchanged. And so
after he has finished paying for his crimes, he will take shape when he encounters darkness. He reveals his form in dim and shady places. What shape does he take? He
will become a paralysis ghost. We’ve talked about the kumbhanda ghost before. The kumbhanda is a paralysis ghost.
My disciple Guo Zhan tells me that he has met this type of ghost many times. He fought them off each time and didn’t lose his life, however. These kinds of ghosts are extremely dangerous. They can take a person’s life in the process of paralyzing him. Now that you believe in the Buddha, they should never bother you again.
If greed leading to views made the person commit offenses, then, after he has finished paying for his crimes, he will take shape when he encounters essential energy and will become a deceptive (wang Hang) ghost.
If greed leading to views. This refers to the habit of views that makes a person think of himself as exceptionally intelligent. Actually, such a person always messes up the things he does. He may be intelligent but he makes a mess of things. His intelligence gets the better of him. Knowing very well that killing hu man beings is wrong, he kills people. Knowing that stealing is wrong, he steals things. There’s no questioning his intelligence; he knows everything. When he talks, he’s very convincing. He’s smart, but his actions are muddled. His muddled behavior comes from his greed that leads to views. Greed, combined with his high estimation of his own intelligence, causes
the person to commit offenses. Having created the offenses, he also falls into the unintermittent hell. After billions of eons in the unintermittent hells, his karma comes to an end
after he has finished paying for his crimes and he is released. But after his release, he still doesn’t change his habits. He still outsmarts himself.
Then he will take shape when he encounters essential energy and will become a deceptive (wang liang) ghost. Encountering essential energy means he finds someone who is robust and full of energy, or he meets up with some ethereal entity and that enables him to show himself. What does he show up as? He is a deceptive ghost.
What do deceptive ghosts look like? Sometimes they appear as children. Normal children have two legs, but this ghost will have only one. Sometimes they appear as adults. People’s heads grow at the top of their bodies, but this ghost’s head grows between its legs. Have you ever seen anything like that? That’s a deceptive ghost. Its appearance is always just a little off. They are strange and they appear in weird forms.
They can “act as accomplices for tigers.” If a mountain is inhabited by tigers, nobody dares to venture in for fear of being devoured by a tiger. This ghost will then take a human form and walk along in that area. Seeing someone walking there, your fear is alleviated and you follow along behind him. But he leads you into the mountains right to the lair of the tiger and you are devoured. This kind of ghosts specializes in fooling people and animals, thereby assisting the tiger in getting his food. Sometimes this deceptive ghost gets involved in doing things like that.
That’s the deceptive ghost. You don’t believe in ghosts. Well, how could you believe in them since you've never seen one? Now you can hear about them. Listen to what all these different kinds of ghosts are like.
If greed leading to deception made the person commit offenses, then, after he has finished paying for his crimes, he will take shape when he encounters brightness and will become a servant ghost.
If greed leading to deception made the person commit offenses.
Deception refers to cunning. Habits of deception cause people to do cunning things. They use cunning because they want to succeed at something. That drive to succeed causes them to cheat others aid to use cunning. Being like that, the person creates karmic offenses and falls into the unintermittent hell. After billions of eons in the unintermittent hell,
after he has finished paying for his crimes, he gains release. But he doesn’t change his habits; he still uses deception and cunning to cheat people.
He will take shape when he encounters brightness and will become a servant ghost. Here, brightness refers to wise people, who have skill in upholding and reciting mantras. Another way to explain brightness is a bright teacher. When this being meets a Dharma Master with bright wisdom, he takes shape as a servant ghost. This ghost can assist a person in doing things.
For instance, Ji Xiaotang in China had five servant ghosts that helped him do things. Of these five ghosts, one went about finding out the news, gathering information. Another one assisted him by listening to things. Whenever and wherever a sound occurred or someone was talking, this ghost would listen. Ghosts have five spiritual penetrations and lack only the penetration of the ending of outflows. The five they do possess are:
l. the penetration of the heavenly eye
2. the penetration of the heavenly ear
3. the penetration of others’ thoughts
4. the penetration of past lives
5. the penetration of the complete spirit.
They lack only the penetration of the ending of outflows. And so they can hear what’s going on and can see things happening even when very far away. These servant ghosts are the kind that possess these spiritual penetrations. They have cultivated some and are relatively intent upon the Way. That’s why they possess these powers. Ji Xiaotang used these five ghosts to bring him news from afar and then, whenever needed, he would go to help rescue people. Finding out that a weird creature was harming people at a certain place, he would immediately go there and subdue and exorcise the weird entities. He made use of five servant ghosts to help him know about things. Those who become servant ghosts were, in the past, greedy to deceive others.
To be continued