At that time he talks to himself. Actually he’s
not talking to himself, he’s conversing with the demon. And while he’s
doing so, to anyone listening he sounds like a goblin. He’s conversing
with the demon, but the people around him don’t see it. I’ve
encountered this kind of demon before.
I once met a man who was visited by a woman every
night. She didn’t come to him in the daytime, but every evening as soon
as she came, everyone in the household could hear the clack-clack of a
woman’s high heels on the floor boards. Although they could hear the
sound, they could not see her. Whenever the woman came, the man would
strip, hop in bed, and have at it, not caring whether anyone was around
or not. That was an instance of this type of ghost. Later on, a shaman
in the area went to his home to exorcise the ghost. That night, when
the demon came, she conversed with the shaman.
“Fine,” she said. “You want to cure this man? All
right, from today on he’ll be fine. But from this point, I’m going to
start coming to your household. We’ll have a little contest of
dharmas.” After that, she actually went to the shaman’s home, and his
older brother engaged in this sort of improper activity from morning to
night with the demon. I’ll tell you, this demon is really powerful.
The people around him do not realize what is
happening. They are not aware of this situation. In most cases such a
person will get in trouble with the law, and his activities will be
curtailed by the law. But before he is punished, before he is brought
to trial, he will die from depletion. While still in prison, he dies
from the total depletion of his essence, energy, and spirit. The demon
disturbs and confuses the person to the point of death. The demon
destroys the person’s samadhi-power to the extent that he perishes.
[January 1983] When I was young, I liked to fight
with demons. I fought with them until all the demon armies in the
universe wanted to gang up on me. I nearly lost my life on many
occasions. Because of this, later on, no matter how much I have wished
to fight with demons again, I haven’t dared to use any dharma against
them. Many demons come to bully me, but I always practice forbearance
and don’t offer any opposition. I gather them in and influence them
with kindness and compassion instead of subduing them with the Dharma
I remember that at the Virtue Society in
Manchuria, the dean of the training school was called Xu Guilan. There
were fifty or sixty students in the Virtue Society, and one of them
became possessed by a demon. Xu Guilan, thinking that she had some
authority as the dean of the training school, tried to get rid of the
demon. She spat a mouthful of cold water at the possessed girl, but the
demon didn’t leave.
It said, “Okay, you want to get rid of me? Then
I’ll possess you instead, and see what you do about that!” Thereupon,
the possessed girl got better, and Xu Guilan herself was possessed by
the demon. Earlier, Guo Hong said he had used this method of reciting a
mantra and then spitting on the possessed person, and the person had
run off. Probably the demon who possessed him didn’t have enough power,
and so it left. But the demon that possessed Xu Guilan wasn’t afraid of
being spat on with cold water, and it didn’t go away. Then Xu Guilan
started acting demonic. She could no longer live at the Virtue Society
and had to move back home. The demon came to disturb her every day at
her home, throwing her family into a turmoil.
What demon was this? It was a gibbon spirit, a
very large one. When it came, it engaged in sexual intercourse with Xu
Guilan. It would possess her body and torture her. Sometimes it would
confuse her to the point that she would utter how much she loved it,
and so on. Then they would have sex, and after it was over, Xu Guilan
would be bleeding from her eyes, ears, nostrils, and mouth. The gibbon
spirit sucked away all her energy and essence, leaving her paralyzed
and near death.
The Virtue Society sent someone to see our
monastery’s abbot, who was known throughout Manchuria as the Filial Son
Wang. They had heard that he had great virtue and could subdue the
demon, so they sought him out. However, the Abbot would always ask me
to take care of such matters. He never dealt with them himself, but
always sent me to resolve whatever problems there were. This happened
many times, such as when the family of Gao Defu in Danangou Village was
This time the Abbot also asked me to go, and so I
went. When they informed the gibbon spirit of my coming, guess what it
“Ah! You wasted your efforts asking him to come.
It won’t work. Even if you asked Ji Gong (the “Living Buddha”) to come,
it wouldn’t scare me.”
It was not afraid of anything. When I went there,
the gibbon spirit came, and we had a real fight! After two days of
nonstop fighting, I finally subdued it. The woman recovered. I have
been through many experiences such as this.
I’m not willing to interfere in other people’s
business anymore. For example, although I see that a certain person has
an eagle spirit on her, and it is causing her head to shake
involuntarily, I’m not going to do anything about it. I act as if I
didn’t see it. Why? Because I’m cultivating forbearance! Even if
someone were to defecate on my head, I would bear it and not get angry.
My motto now is that I will not contend with anyone. Guo Hong, you’d
better be careful not to stir up trouble in the future. You must have a
few good roots, or else that demon would easily have possessed you.
This is no laughing matter.
To be continued