皇 家 乡 信 书
三山坡前悲嗟叹 不见娘亲在那边 山中猛虎连声叫
婴儿无路口喊天 声声连叫无生 你舍孩儿不团圆
东土去做男共女 仙衣云鞋在那边 纵然东土为儿女
少衣无食怎不凡 在云中高声喊 罗汉观音听我言
饿了吃些松柏子 渴了涧下饮清泉 松柏枝叶作冠带
身披树叶且遮寒 但等水归西海去 我催老祖去下凡
西天竺国少五谷 自种自吃把时盼 罗汉观音眼落泪
大放悲声哭皇天 自此子分别后 何年何月再团圆
无生来泪涟涟 大舍原童苦根原 三山坡前分了手
归西天不回还 娘想儿来不能见 儿想娘来哭皇天
子要得重相见 但等临头末劫年 那时长等家书信
钦差合同送下凡 若还不得领合同 永世不能转回还
若还参透家书信 须弥山前是根源 积功累德行善事
感格明师指玄关 指出你的无价宝 翻身一步天外天
那时见了无生面 极乐国中任你玩 不怕三灾并八难
顺适自在乐无边 那时不迷本来性 迷失本来堕深渊
三山坡前悲嗟叹 扭项回头看一番 开言呌声阿罗汉
你听为娘说实言 我今舍你下东土 六万余年恋尘凡
酒色财气迷本性 贪图名利坠苦渊 忠孝节义尽失了
骆驼狮象去转变 五常八德不体行 四生六道不能安
那时事情大改变 五浊恶魔不周全 三灾八难一齐现
恐怕损坏众儿男 命你东土走一遍 莫迷本性失根源
九十一亿皇胎子 同登彼岸回家园 老敕旨传下令
各样宝贝颜色鲜 赠你一把智慧剑 降魔宝镜太极圈
阴阳宝镜翻天印 捆仙绳子打仙鞭 赠你一顶攒天帽
蹬云鞋儿足下穿 十字街前设酒筵 醍醐琼浆把行饯
嘱咐话儿牢牢记 这个关系非等闲 要体祖规努力办
违悖天旨堕九泉 阿罗汉来听法言 心内辗转又辗转
千斤担子担身上 足踏云梯下南阎 挨门找寻周流转
登山涉水不息肩 大喊灵山贴骨眷 速培阴德莫迟延
花花世界不久远 五魔扫尘难遮拦 尔等早把心肠换
改恶行善是奇男 南阎恶事尽都坏 移星换斗改坤干
速速回头即是岸 得缘失缘堕苦渊 立功培德行实善
才算九十二亿男 当日孔子喟然叹 循循善诱爱良贤
善人吾未曾得见 得见恒者心亦安 这般大事真稀罕
十二万年只一遍 三天共议瑶池岸 十六心法盖世宣
鸢飞戾天鱼跃渊 三车搬运鼎炉煎 金木交并水火济
铅汞相投结大丹 圣日圣月照金庭 出玄入牝丹一团
呼吸育青来煆炼 文火温养密绵绵 沐浴一毕婴儿现
脱了胎袄似童颜 无拘无束莲台站 昆仑蓬莱散步玩
日月无影神通显 金石无碍任意穿 饥食松柏珍馐咽
渴饮清泉甘露甜 闲时山前观虎斗 闷来山后听鸟喧
潇潇洒洒无尘垢 仙衣绶带颜色鲜 不管世上升调补
何虑兴发忠与奸 天地有坏我无坏 万劫千千大觉仙
为人若得此妙意 不枉东土走一番 这回不得归家路
又等十二万余年 迷昧众生全不晓 贪恋红尘落深渊
当初送你下红尘 无有五谷甚可怜 如今各样治齐了
又贪酒色不回还 嘱咐言语全不记 贪图名利逞怪奸
行奸弄巧终何用 五魔临头怎遮拦 又添瘟疫刀兵起
旱涝饥馑真可惨 数尽时至处处现 五方甲马战夷边
狂风一阵难逃避 天降罡风赛云端 若杀天地男共女
得受灵文无忧难 如今就是三期至 才收婴儿把家还
万世再不东土去 不受东土苦煞煎 有缘千里来相会
无缘对面不相干 若是九二原来子 任凭屈死把娘盼
十魔九难终无悔 才是九二真奇男 无缘任凭说破口
总要带笑作戏玩 当面说的是好话 背地就说是异端
这样人儿莫名劝 总是进道也枉然 生就异类缘分浅
砖头磨镜焉能鲜 任他奸巧都使遍 上神记过在云端
单等一日道明显 霹雷一声化灰烟 如今世情大改变
好的尽被恶的牵 老一把心痛酸 才把诸神差下凡
弥勒古佛把道掌 诸佛诸祖把道阐 先发旁门传经典
朝山拜顶把心拴 后来真道出了现 各访明师指玄关
指你回光并返照 拨阴取阳炼金丹 吾差弥勒年久远
并无音信转回还 莫非贪凡迷了性 贪恋红尘不知还
临行各样话嘱咐 也该与吾把信传 老正在悲嗟叹
忽然弥勒到莲前 双膝扎跪把娘见 无生开言问一番
无生老正在悲叹忽然 弥勒扎跪莲前两泪不干 老曰儿子站起坐下 弥勒曰谢坐吾身边可好 曰罢了命你东土去渡男女带领诸佛诸祖为何一去不归 弥勒佛曰 老坐下听儿子道来
老灵山泪氵巴氵巴 弥勒佛子听根芽 只因全家东土下
酒色迷昧不归家 二兄也曾二次下 共度四亿坐莲花
这场劫运大又大 非比从前小开花 九十二亿皇胎子
少了一个不归家 三佛一听亲娘话 吓得心酸肉又麻
东土众生如狼虎 怎么度得他归家 况且娑婆世界大
二十三省是中华 莫说两脚来行走 飞胜也难遍天涯
这回佛旨难领下 我慈悲别开发 听气得咽喉哑
三子为何犯佛法 违抗佛旨该何罪 准被阴山把儿压
忙了灵山诸佛祖 男女老少众菩萨 群仙齐跪丹墀下
哀求慈悲饶恕他 灵霄殿上言话 男女老幼听开发
你等群仙齐下世 开荒打草帮助他 西方不留一佛子
天宫不留一菩萨 只候收圆命他到 同遍娑婆化莲化
舍身舍命遇有赏 上品金莲不须夸 心疼儿女把凡下
来来往往转凡家 只候功成圆满日 身披霞衣插金花
临行吩咐一句话 大小男女听开发 早立志向冲天大
懦弱无志难归家 早种早栽结果大 若迟若慢开空花
要作领袖肚量大 能屈能伸不自夸 调贤引众智慧大
登山涉水苦更加 日后功圆果满到 脱骨换像证莲花
依功定夺无更改 上品金莲谁敢拿 还有一句心记下
谨防龙蛇来混杂 山中隐士来出现 鬼仙忙得手脚扒
山妖水怪起妄想 万物成精把道蹋 尔等切莫迷心性
时进有赏开心花 妖邪闯入道场内 娘降皇风逐去他
吾儿男女紧保守 任着摇来凭着他 根浅福薄孽种子
使他心中乱如麻 颠颠倒倒无把柄 惹事生非结冤家
愩高执着毛病大 奸贪诡诈害佛家 或有恩爱难割下
生怕生事沾连他 一概说些败道话 原人都把道场塌
此等孽种该天杀 他也痴想成菩萨 虽然皇风娘降下
老空 中眼哭花 只候道成临报至 善恶分明有赏罚
娘把三灾齐降下 五魔收取作恶家 五百雷神空中现
灵祖金鞭日夜查 道成魔灭才显化 方知作魔害自家
恭喜男女我的娃 方才成了活菩萨 永不投东把凡下
诗曰 若还其念子情 早归净土学参禅
一封书信写毕收 珠泪滚滚往下流 双手交与弥勒佛
收圆大事任你筹 三会残灵度齐了 老才能把你收
无生交血书顿首多拜 下凡去受辛苦 记心怀
家书完满到灵山 灵山寺上有香烟 这封家书烈可看展开一看心痛酸 阖家人等落东土 落到东土无人参
有人参透家书信 安阳宫内大团圆 若不参透家书信
再想归家难上难 这遭不得归家转 一失人身永无缘
I once heard that the Home of souls is the destination for a person to return to the root; the Homeland of souls is the origin for a person to restore life; the word Faith 1 means to be truthful. Thus, there is an ancient proverb “Faith is the origin of Tao, virtues, and merits.”
This book The Letter from Home is the path of returning Home. The key secret of returning Home and restoring the True Self in the human body is the Right Portal.
The formless and shapeless True Self and the physical body are of no difference. Nowadays, few of the followers of the three great religions really comprehend this Truth. The essence of the three religions is verbally passed on from one Patriarch to the next and is continued without alteration. Since the genesis, Tao is passed on in single heritage; this is why the ancient Sages and scholars could excel in only one segment and among numerous factions, none has this essence.
Although the style in this book is plain, the Truth it expounds is the way for mankind to return to the Origin. Now is the time of the Last Catastrophe of the Third Period. Since
2 has great mercy on humans, Tien-Tao becomes available
to all. So those who are predestined to receive Tien-Tao can find the lost path,
hence escape the catastrophe, leave the sea of suffering, and board the
God has ordained Buddhas to save the chaotic world. Through Fu-luan, 3 Buddhas exhort practitioners of Tao to study the Origin of the three great religions and explain the mystic Truth embedded within, to propagate Xian-tien I-Kuan Tao, 4 to point out the mysticism of the Right Portal and the practice of “knowing where to rest, being set, being tranquil, revealing True Nature, and being pure,” to prove that the three great religions originate from the same Truth, to teach the new comers, to syncretize the teachings of all Buddhas, and to guide the three great religions back on the right path. Thus, the Truth can be relayed forever. These are the mystic essence that the Saints of the three great religions have not passed on, and the current mercy ferry for all. Thus, the only path to the Origin is knowing the essence of returning to the Homeland.
Now Tien-Tao is descended to the poor and the common, yet is esteemed as the Dharma of return-ing the three great religions to One. How wonderful! How perfect! For generations, the Saints pass on nothing but Tien-Tao. This Truth is the utmost mystic and wonderful, the utmost void and inspiring, and the utmost noble and supreme. Aside from this most sublime Tao, There is no other short cut.
Heaven descends the only way to awakening. I hope each one of you will bring forth your hearts of great mercifulness to ferry yourselves and your families. If you miss this opportunity, you may not encounter it again even after suffering for tens of thousands of miseries. Therefore, you should hurry to seek the Enlightened Teacher to point out the mystic Truth, and so you can practice to return Home, to escape from the sufferings in the Last Catastrophe, to ascend to the Domain of Saints and Sages, to confirm the peerage of Bodhi, 5 and to rank on the top of the Nine Ranks. 6 Isn’t this a Saint or a Sage for many generations?
This is the foreword.
The eighth year of Republic of China,
Autumn, the Month of July in the Chinese Lunar Calendar
Written by Qing-cheng-zi in Dong-chan Hall of
1. The Chinese character for “Faith” is also used for “Letter.”
2. Heaven here refers to God.
3. Fu-luan is also known as Sand Writing. It serves as a way for human and supernatural beings to communicate. Fu-luan is done with three persons, each representing Heaven, Earth, and man. Since Heaven, Earth, and man are the Three Powers, these three persons are also referred as the Three Powers. The “Heaven Power” holds a wooden pencil and writes words in the sandbox sideways, the “Earth Power” records the writings on paper, and the “man Power” speaks out loud the words.
4. Xian-Tien is the Void, Heaven of Truth, or Li-tien. It is present before Heaven and Earth and it still exists after Heaven and Earth destructs. I-Kuan means that One pervades all and all will return to One. I-Kuan Tao means the Tao with One pervading all. It is another name for Tien-Tao.
5. Bodhi is True Self.
6. The Peerage in Heaven is divided into Three Grades. Each Grade has Three Ranks.
Three Powers 1 and Four Images 2 gave rise to Eight Trigrams; 3
There were billions of Guan-yin 4 in Homeland; 5
The spiritual energy transformed into men and women;
The mutual suppression of the Five Elements 6 evolved human procreation.
Lao-Mu I 7 wail mournfully in An-yang,
Sighing for My children lost in the mortal world.
The weather in the four seasons and eight Solar Periods 8 is frigid,
And pear tree blooms in July as seasons are disrupted.
The Shang-yuan passed, the Zhong-yuan ended, and the Xia-yuan 9 begins;
am looking forward to see My
and Guan-yin, who do not want to return to the
Everyone of you are infatuated by the mortal world,
And do not care for Lao-Mu Me in your hearts.
Remember the time when there was neither men nor women on the Eastern Earth; 11
All of you followed Lao-Mu Me wherever I went and never left My side.
Lao-Mu I at that time had no other choice
But to part from My lovely children.
With repeated instructions and discussions, yet none was willing to descend to the Eastern Earth;
Thus Lao-Mu I devised a plan to leave My children.
Lao-Mu I bit My middle finger and made wine from the dripping blood;
In front of Tri-Peaks 12 Lao-Mu I lured My children to get drunk.
All children got drunk inebriatedly
Like persons without souls who could not find the way.
Yuan-fu-zi 13 lied in the Grand Immortal Pool, 14
And Lao-Mu I took the divine apparels
and flying shoes 15 back to the
Yet no one understood Lao-Mu My intention;
Everyone played and bathed in the Pool.
Not realizing that Lao-Mu I was about to part from them
And they could not longer attach to comfort and accompany
Lao-Mu I was reluctant to let go of My children;
But the constant hastening drum beat signified the arrival of My Decree.
While Lao-Mu My children played in the water,
Lao-Mu I took the divine apparels and flying shoes in sky.
Lao-Mu I say My children and wailed mournfully.
They ate and drank My fluid and blood thinking that they were sumptuous wine;
Everyone was drunk and lost at the Tri-Peaks.
All because the Eastern Earth had no men or women,
Lao-Mu I had no choice but to leave My own children.
Lao-Mu I at that time could not bear
To see the expressions of My children after they sobered up.
So, Lao-Mu I spurted shadowless Qi 16 to cover Heaven and Earth
And ordered Shen-lang 17 to descend nine green dragons
To retrieve the wine made from My Yuan-qi.18
The children were still in water after they sobered up,
And could not find their divine apparels and flying shoes.
They looked all over but could not find Lao-Mu Me;
They searched in mountains, shouted in forests, but still could not find Lao-Mu Me;
Lao-Mu My sons sighted in sorrow and My daughters cried aloud;
They mourned and wailed to Heaven and Earth and cried “Lao-Mu where are You?”
Hair dishevelled and foot bared, they were heart broken.
Without the divine apparels they shivered in cold;
Thirsty and hungry, they could not find a place to settle.
Up above were high mountains and down below were deep abysses, nobody dared to move;
Holding each other’s hands they wailed mournfully and none dared to leave.
The children Lao-Mu I departed were like the birds without nest;
From then on, they went their separate ways.
Woefully sobbing and sighing in front of the Tri-Peaks,
Yuan-fu-zi couldn’t find Lao-Mu Me anywhere;
The growling of the wild tigers echoed successively in the mountains;
All the children had no place to go but cried Heaven.
They cried aloud the name of Lao-Mu Me time after time,
“You left us here and We can’t be together.
We become men and women in the Eastern Earth;
But where are all the divine apparels and flying shoes.
Although we become men and women in the Eastern Earth,
How could we go without apparels and food in the mortal world.”
Lao-Mu I cried out loud in the clouds,
“Hark My children.
Eat conifer seeds when hungry;
Drink spring water when thirsty.
Make hats and belts of conifer leaves and branches;
Cover your bodies with leaves against the cold.
Wait until the water
return to the
I will descend the Patriarch to the mortal world.
There is no grain in the Eastern Earth,
Plow and sow and then reap, awaiting the Home coming day.”
The children’s eyes were all filled with tears;
They wept aloud to Heaven.
Since then Lao-Mu I and children parted,
When will We reunite?
Lao-Mu I sonorously reminded in the clouds,
“Be the origin of mankind in the Eastern Earth, and constantly keep Lao-Mu Me in your hearts;
Don’t ever blame that Lao-Mu I mercilessly forseek you children;
Should Lao-Mu I not feel compassion for My lovely children raised in difficulty?
All because qian and kun 19 were not established in the Eastern Earth;
With no other choice, Lao-Mu I forseek My own children.
My children, be not overly attached to the Immortal Home;
Descend to rule the mortal world, and Lao-Mu I will never forget My lovely children.
Wait until the Three Buddhas 20 meet and qian and kun change,
Lao-Mu I will descend to the mortal world to ferry My children.”
“Ferry us Home in the Final Catastrophe Year?” 21 the children asked,
“Is there any proof to comfort this bitter and lengthy wait?”
Lao-Mu I sonorously answered in the clouds,
“Ten fingers cross tightly and don’t let air leak;
At that time when hearing of the letters from Home, don’t lose your True Selves;
Eliminate affections and love and cut bonds, then We will meet.
The sooner you arouse, the sooner you’ll receive peerage and return Home;
Be not enchanted by the mortal world or you’ll fall into the bitter well.”
When Lao-Mu I and children were talking, the Heaven drum boomed;
Lao-Mu I ordered My children to hurry to the Eastern Earth.
Lao-Mu I became so worried that tears dropped from My eyes;
Tears falling down endlessly, Lao-Mu I wailed mournfully.
“Hurry, My children, descend to the Eastern Earth.”
Lao-Mu I felt shuddered and fearful by the booms of the Heaven drum;
Taking away the divine apparels and riding on the halcyon clouds, Lao-Mu I parted from My children.
The children sobbed woefully;
“We are willing to obey Lao-Mu Your order to descend to the Easter Earth;
But we don’t know the road to the mortal world.
Without the divine apparels we cannot travel over mountains and ridges;
Without the flying shoes we cannot ride the clouds and fly in the sky.”
Crying aloud “Lao-Mu if You desert us, our lives will be in peril;
Without the five grains 22 to eat and clothes to wear, how can we survive?”
The children knelt down and wailed endlessly;
Beseeching Lao-Mu Me “Don’t forsake us but save us!
To descend to the Eastern Earth, there are thousands of mountains and rivers to cross;
High above is mountain, down below is water, we cannot go forward.
Without the divine apparels and flying shoes our lives are in peril;
How do we survive while governing the Eastern Earth?”
Lao-Mu I called the children successively,
“I can only send you off to a certain distance with a mystic way,
And hand you several treasures to commence qian and kun.”
Riding on the green dragon and the colourful phoenix, 23 the children were descended to the mortal world.
“These are the Eight Treasures 24 handed to you;
With them you can govern the world without fear and trepidation.
Handing you the Seven Star Sword 25 to divide mountains and separate waters;
Making visible the road of life and death so you may freely travel.
Handing you the Tai-ji Band 26 and the Evil Subjugating Mirror 27
To conquer the Heaven evils and discipline the Earth demons so they cannot hurt you.
Handling you the South-pointing Needle 28 and the Bright Bead, 29
Once seeing through thoroughly, you must rely on It to radiate the aureole brightly.
Lao-Mu I personally disseminate the Xian-tien Map; 30
In there is My divine presence and true appearance.
On the Eastern Earth, when you miss but cannot see
Unfold the Xian-tien Map as if seeing
When you suffer calamities and disasters in the Eastern Earth eventually,
Sincerely worship the Map and inspirations will come naturally.
This is the letter of Three-yuan Fate; 31
Lock it with the spaceless lock 32 tightly and do not let air leak.
Wait until the Final Catastrophe Year when all evils and demons appear in the world,
Spreading qian and kun everywhere to aimlessly harm the Origin;
One by one they claim to be the genuine bodhisattvas, Buddhas or patriarchs,
At that time, the children cannot distinguish the genuine from the impersonators;
That is the time when the children are in dire danger;
Hurriedly open the letter of Three-yuan Fate and you will find out the reasons.
Later on when you give birth to your offsprings,
Remind them to do good deeds and study the True Sutra diligently;
Carry the six words 33 wherever you go for they are not trivial;
The mystic way hidden therein distinguishes fortunes from misfortunes.
Lao-Mu I have handed you the true treasures;
Sp, do not sob or wail anymore.”
While Lao-Mu I and children were talking at the Tri-Peaks,
We suddenly heard the Golden Bell ringing hastily.
Lao-Mu I ordered “children, hurry to the Eastern Earth;
Missing the timing of the order to the Eastern Earth, you can never attain Tao.”
Lao-Mu I rode on the halcyon clouds and departed;
Spurting the Dharma vapour and riding on the colourful clouds,
Lao-Mu I returned to the
mourned deeply in My heart after
returning to the
The children cried in desperation.
Out of their deep reluctance
They kneeled on the ground and could not stop tears from running down.
Having seen Lao-Mu Me return to Heaven,
“Children we are left lonely and helpless as orphans.
Like a swarm of bees without a queen, how could we be organized?
Without any choice, we must find a nest to be safe.”
All the children, without support,
Left for the Eastern Earth.
Lao-Mu I was tearful;
Letting go of My children, Lao-Mu I was filled with bitterness.
After parting in front of the Tri-Peaks,
Lao-Mu I returned to Western Heaven ever since.
Lao-Mu I missed but couldn’t see My children;
The children missed Lao-Mu Me but could only cry Heaven.
“To meet again, Lao-Mu I and children you
Must wait until the Final Catastrophe Year.
At that time, wait patiently for the letters from Home;
I will have the Hand Seal sent to the mortal world.
If you do not receive the Hand Seal,
You won’t be able to come Home at all.
If you fully comprehend the meaning of the letters from Home,
You will find that your Origin is in front of Xu-mi Mountain.34
Accumulate merits, cultivate virtues, and do good deeds;
Search for the Enlightened Teacher 35 to point you’re your Right Portal;
Point out your priceless treasure, 36
And in one step you transcend to the Heaven beyond Heavens.
At that time you will see Lao-Mu Me,
And play freely in the
You will not be afraid of three catastrophes and eight disasters, 37
And be relaxed, carefree, and joyful eternally.
Do not lose your True Self at that time;
If you lose your True Self, you will fall into the deep abyss.”
in the clouds, headed for the
The children sobbed and sighed woefully in front of Tri-Peaks;
Lao-Mu I turned My head around and took a look.
“Children,” Lao-Mu I uttered,
“Listen to My sincere words.
Now I forseek and descend you to the Eastern Earth;
You will be attached to the mortal world for over sixty thousand years.
Alcohol, lust, wealth, and power will mask your True Selves;
Desires for fame and fortune will trap you in the bitter abyss.
Once you lose loyalty, filial devotion, integrity, and justice,
You will be reincarnated into camels, lions, or elephants.
Without following the Five Constants 38 and Eight Cardinal Virtues, 39
You can never transcend from the
Things will have great changes at that time;
The world with five filthy elements 41 will be terrorized by devils.
Three catastrophes and eight disasters will occur at the same time;
Lao-Mu I am afraid that My children may be ruined.
Lao-Mu I ordained you to the Eastern Earth;
But do not let your True Selves be masked and lost the Origin.
Ninety-two billion 42 royal children,
Together, all should reach the
Lao-Mu I pass down the Imperial Decree;
Various treasures emit bright colors.
Lao-Mu I bestow upon you a Wisdom Sword, 43
A Demon Subjugating Mirror, a Tai-ji Band,
A Yin-yang Mirror, 44 a Heaven-turning Seal, 45
An Immortal-binding Rope, 46 and an Immortal-whipping Whip. 47
Bestow upon you a Heaven-penetrating Hat, 48
And a pair of flying shoes for you to wear.
Lao-Mu I gave a banquet at the crossroad,
Serving pure and divine juices and wishing you farewell.
Keep My words firmly in your hearts;
They are of extraordinary importance.
Follow the Canons of Tao and practice earnestly;
Defying the divine order, you will be condemned to Hell.”
When children listened to these words,
Their hearts hesitated over and over.
Bearing thousand pounds of burden on the shoulder,
The children stepped down the cloud ladder descending to the mortal world,
Searching from door to door, moving from place to place,
Restlessly climbing the mountains and crossing the rivers.
Lao-Mu I yelled “children, My flesh,
Quickly accumulate merits anonymously; procrastinate no more.
The alluring world will not last for long;
When the time comes, the five devils will ruin the world and nothing can stop them.
You have to rid of human thoughts quickly;
Those who rid of wickedness and do good deeds are My good children.
All the evil deeds committed in the mortal world will be swept away;
Constellations and pivot will be moved, qian and kun be changed.
Hurriedly return; the shore is within reach;
Given but missed the chance, you will fall into the abyss of suffering.
Establish merits cultivate virtues, and do true good deeds;
Then and only then, you can be called one of the ninety-two billion children.
Confucius once sighed and said that
‘I gradually and patiently lead one onto the right path and am fond of the virtuous.
I have yet to encountered a virtuous person;
However, I would be satisfied to see a tenacious one.’
The amassment of souls is truly extraordinarily rare;
It only happens once every one hundred twenty thousand years.
Three Heavens 49 confer
together in the
The Sixteen-word Heart Sutra 50 spreads all over the world.
Those who receive Tien-Tao are like kites soaring in the sky and fish jumping out of water;
The water passes through the Three Barriers 51 and the water mill revolves 52 to heat the tripod and stove. 53
Metal and wood 54 interact; water and fire complement;
Lead and mercury 55 unite to coagulate into Jin-dan. 56
Yin spiritual image and yang spiritual image
together brighten the
Leaving the Right Portal and entering the Dan-tian, 58 the Jin-dan is like a cluster.
The breathing is harmonized to cultivate the eternal fetus;
Mild heat nourishes it gradually and continuously.
The Holy Infant 59 appears after a thorough bath;
Disembodying the old self, the countenance of the Dharmakaya 60 is like a child.
It stands on the Lotus Seat without worry,
And freely roams over the
The sun and the moon cannot cast shadows on the Dharmakaya, which is mighty;
Not blocked by metal or rocks, it walks through at will,
Eating delicious conifer nuts when hungry,
Drinking dew-like sweet spring water when thirsty,
Watching tigers fight in front of the hill when in leisure,
Enjoying the birds singing behind the hill when feeling dull;
So casual and elegant without any mortal dust;
So appealing and colourful are the divine apparels and belts it wears;
It worries not the personnel changes in the mortal world;
It worries not the rise and the fall, or the good and the bad.
Heaven and Earth has an end while the Dharmakaya is immortal,
For it is an awakened Immortal surviving thousands and thousands of catastrophes.
If you truly comprehend the mystic meaning of these,
You won’t waste your journey to the Eastern Earth.
If you cannot find the way to return Home this time,
You must again wait for over one hundred and twenty thousand years.
The lost cannot comprehend this at all,
Attaching themselves overly to the mortal world and falling into the abyss.
In the beginning Lao-Mu I sent you to the mortal world,
Life was indeed miserable without five grains.
Now everything is complete;
Yet you are attached to wine and lust, and do not return Home.
You completely forget what Lao-Mu I have reminded for;
Pursuing after fame and fortune and conspiring bad deeds.
Conspiring or tricking will be useless at the end,
For how can you escape from the five devils when they descend?
Additionally there will be plagues and wars;
Droughts, floods, and famines are really tragic.
These tragic events will happen everywhere when the destiny matures;
The armies from five directions will fight at the borders.
When the violent wind blows, there will hardly be any escape;
Heaven descends Gang-feng which covers the clouds completely.
This will almost kill all the children,
Unless you have your names listed on the Heaven Roll, so you will be safe and worry free.
Now the time of the Third Period 62 arrives,
Hence, Lao-Mu I ferry My children Home;
So you will neither go to the Eastern Earth for tens of thousands of generations,
Nor withstand the bitter sufferings on the Eastern Earth.
Those who are predestined to encounter will meet even they are thousands miles apart;
Otherwise, they won’t recognize each other even when face to face.
If you are truly the ninety-two Yuan-fu-zi,
You will long to see Lao-Mu Me even if you die in grievance.
You are willing to endure all the testings and sufferings without any regret;
By doing so, you will be praised as a truly remarkable Nine-Two child.
Without pre-destiny, no matter how you talk to them,
They will satirize you as a joke.
They will praise Tao in front of you;
Yet criticize It as heresy behind your back.
Do not try to exhort this kind of person;
Even if they receive Tien-Tao, they will not advance.
They are not Yuan-fu-zi, thus are either not predestined or unable to participate,
Just like how could a brick be grounded into a mirror.
No matter how they conspire or trick,
Deities above record all the deeds.
Just wait until the day when Tien-Tao becomes evident,
In a boom of the thunder, they turn into ashes.
Today’s society is quite different from the ancient days;
The good are all dominated by the evil.
Lao-Mu I grieve deeply in My heart;
So Lao-Mu I send all deities to the mortal world.
Mi-Le Buddha oversees Tao,
All Buddhas and Patriarchs expound and propagate Tao.
First, Lao-Mu I flourish factions to pass on scriptures,
So all worship in temples to lock up the heart.
Subsequently, the true Tao is revealed to the world;
Everyone seeks the Enlightened Teacher 35 to point to the Right Portal.
Pointing to where you reflect your aureole on,
So you dispel yin and gather yang to refine Jin-dan.”
“It had been a long while since I dispatched Mi-Le to the mortal world,
No message from Him has yet received.
Can it be the He longs for the mortal world and loses His True Self,
Or is attached deeply to the mortal world and does not know to return Home?
Upon departure, various words were spoken to caution Him;
He should have at least sent a message to Me.”
While Lao-Mu I was sighing in grief,
Suddenly, Mi-Le Buddha arrived in front of the Lotus Throne.
He knelt down on both knees and faced Lao-Mu Me;
Lao-Mu I spoke up and asked what had happened.
While Lao-Mu I was sighing, suddenly Mi-Le knelt down in front of Me and His teas would not stop. Lao-Mu I said “My son, get up from your knees and have a seat.” Mi-Le replied “Thank Lao-Mu been doing?” Lao-Mu I said “Never mind. I sent you to the Eastern Earth to ferry men and women and to lead all Buddhas and Patriarchs. Why have You gone for so long?” Mi-Le replied “Lao-Mu, please sit down and listen to Your son to tell You the reason.”
Lao-Mu I sat in the Lotus Throne;
Yet to open His mouth, Mi-Le Buddha was already weeping endlessly.
“It is not that I disobey the order and forget My Home;
Rather, all Buddhas and Patriarchs lost their True Selves and refused to return
Remember back then, they all received Lao-Mu Your Divine Decree;
Lao-Mu You sent them to follow Me to descend to different parts of the world.
Through mortal mothers, they descended to the mortal world.
They descended everywhere in seventy-two countries,63
And also to villages north and south throughout twenty-three provinces. 64
All over the world and qian and kun, they possessed magical power;
They lost their True Selves and displayed their talents;
Practicing heresies, luring men and women, and unwilling to return Home.
Death follows birth and birth follows death; their True Selves are lost;
Born as the son of the Chang or the daughter of the Lee, they reincarnate endlessly;
Entering into one portal and exiting from the other, they cannot settle down their hearts;
Attached to the mortal world and pursuing fame and fortune, they fall into a deep pit;
Urging and admonishing yield no result; it is really sad;
Earnest exhortations bring about condemnation and embarrassment;
They ridicule the Last Catastrophe as rumours;
They speak heresy, practice heterodoxy, and follow the teaching of Yang and Mo; 65
Longing for the material world, they commit many sins;
How can they return to Heaven without studying the scriptures of the three great religions?
I have clearly stated the facts from the beginning to the end one by one;
All Buddhas and Patriarchs lost their True Selves and cannot return Home.”
Lao-Mu I felt so shuddered and fearful by what was told,
“Nevertheless, Lao-Mu I want You to redescend to the Mortal world to ferry the children Home.”
Mi-Le Buddha felt hesitating and wandering about what He just heard;
Repeatedly He rejected and express that he would never go to the Eastern Earth.
“Mention not ferrying Yuan-fu-zi to
Even Buddhas and Patriarchs would not believe, how could Yuan-fu-zi be ferried?
It is not because Your son I disobey the Heavenly Decree,
But because it’s almost impossible to ferry
Yuan-fu-zi back to the
Each of them is arrogant, exaggerating, and emulative;
Slandering scriptures and disparages Dharma, who would respect Tao.”
Having no alternative, Lao-Mu I hastily walked down from My Lotus Throne,
Crouched, and uttered to Mi-Le Buddha “For My sake.”
Immediately Mi-Le Buddha knelt down in panic;
Shuddery and fearful, He helped Lao-Mu Me up by His hands.
He helped Lao-Mu Me to sit back into the Lotus Throne,
Hurriedly He kowtowed and begged Lao-Mu Me for forgiveness.
After thanking for forgiveness, He stood at the side;
He could not stop His grievous tears from running down and wetting His front chest.
Lao-Mu I reminded “Again descend to the mortal world to ferry the children;
You, and only You, can amass souls in the Eastern Earth.
Whatever slanders might arise, just let them breeze by like wind;
Use Your mercifulness to touch the children.”
Lao-Mu I repeatedly asked My son not to worry. “Lao-Mu I ordain You to oversee the amassment of souls in the Eastern Earth. Nine Two Yuan-fu-zi are deeply lost. If you use mercifulness to touch them, eventually there will be Yuan-fu-zi aboard the shore.”
Lao-Mu My tear was pouring endlessly in
“Mi-Le Buddha, listen to facts from the beginning.
Because the whole family have descended to the Eastern Earth,
And are allured by alcohol and lust and do not return Home.
Two of Your Brothers 66 have descended to the Eastern Earth;
They together ferried four billion Yuan-fu-zi Home to sit on the Lotus Seats.
This Last Catastrophe is going to be the ultimate,
Not like those small ones occurred previously.
Of all ninety-two billion Yuan-fu-zi,
He who misses this chance cannot return Home.”
As soon as the Third Buddha 67 heard Lao-Mu My words;
He was scared and became numb.
“The humans in the Eastern Earth are like wolves and tigers;
How could they be ferried Home?
Besides, the material world is so broad;
There are twenty-three provinces in
Mention not walking on foot,
Even by flying, it is almost impossible to reach everywhere.
I indeed have difficulties in accepting this Heavenly Mission;
Merciful Lao-Mu, please do not sent Me down.”
Hearing this, Lao-Mu I was so upset that My throat turned hoarse;
“Why you the third Buddha violate the Heavenly Order?
What kind of sin is it disobeying the Heavenly Decree?
You will destine to be buried underneath Yin-shan.” 68
In great haste, all Buddhas and Patriarchs in
All Bodhisattvas, irrespective male, female, elder, or young,
Together they knelt in front of Lao-Mu Me,
Begging for mercifulness to forgive Him.
spoke in the
“Everyone listen to and await the order.
You, all the Immortals, together descend to the mortal world;
Rid of weeds and cultivate the virgin land 69 to help Him.
Not a single Buddha is left behind in the West;
Not a single Bodhisattva remains in the
Just wait for the time of amassing souls when He arrives,
The whole world will be turned into a Lotus Land.
Those who forsake living and life will be rewarded;
Top grade Golden Lotus needs not be mentioned.
It is distressful to send children to the mortal world,
Coming and going, rotating among mortal families.
Just wait until the triumphant day,
Put on colourful garment and wear golden flower hairpin.
A few words before you leave,
Everyone listen to and await the order.
Hurriedly set a goal as grand as Heaven;
Those who are timid and without will cannot return Home.
The earlier you sow and plant, the larger the fruit you will harvest;
If you procrastinate and slow in planting, the blossom will not bear fruit.
If you want to be a leader, you must be lenient.
Be very flexible and do not brag.
To coordinate the virtuous and guide the mass, you must have great wisdom.
To Climb mountains and cross rivers, you must labor hard.
However, when you accumulate enough merits and accomplish enough good deeds,
You will be born again and attain Lotus Seats.
Your peerage is commensurate with your merits and virtues;
Who dares to take away your top grade Golden Lotus.
Still have one more advise for you to keep in your heart;
Guard carefully when snakes mingle with dragon. 70
When recluses from mountains appear,
Ghosts busily crawl with arms and legs,
Mountain demons and sea monster become ambitious,
And all things become spirits to degrade Tao,
You must not lose your hearts and True Selves,
Constantly striving for betterment, your rewards will blossom blissfully.
When devils and demons intrude the arena of Tao,
Lao-Mu I will descend Imperial Wind 71 to expel them.
My children, you must guard tightly;
Let them incite and bewitch.
Those whose foundation is weak and fortune shallow
Will be perplexed.
Some lack cohesion in thought and sense of direction;
Some incur unnecessary trouble and build up animosity;
Some have the great shortcomings of arrogance and stubbornness;
Some use cunningness, greediness, and deceitfulness to harm Tao;
Some cannot part from love and affection;
Some are afraid of being dragged into trouble.
They all criticize and slander Tao;
Even Yuan-fu-zi ruin the arena of Tao.
These people are destined to be punished by Heaven;
Yet they too dream to become Bodhisattvas.
Although Lao-Mu I descend the Royal Wind,
Lao-Mu I cry in the sky till My eyes are blurred.
Wait until the final Judgement comes,
The good and the evil will be clear and they will be rewarded and punished accordingly.
Lao-Mu I descend Three Catastrophes together;
The five devils retrieve the evil.
Five Hundred Deities of Thunder appear in air,
Lao-Mu My golden whip inspects day and night.
Only when Tao is triumphant and devils ridded will there be miracles;
They will know then that to do evil only hurt themselves.
Lao-Mu I then congratulate My children;
You now become living Bodhisattvas.
Never again do you descend to the Eastern Earth;
All return to the
Mi-Le Buddha said “How am I worthy of these? However, even Buddhas and Patriarchs are lost, much less Yuan-fu-zi. They are truly hard to get through.” Lao-Mu I said “I have an ingenious plan.” Lao-Mu I then bit My middle finger. With blood staining all over, Lao-Mu I sadly wrote the following letter. That was truly a sad scene.
Lao-Mu I write the letter in blood with sadness and grief;
Every word and every line state clearly.
The Imperial Robe and every part of My clothes are bathed in blood;
Lao-Mu I cry with each word I write for I cannot see My lovely children.
As Lao-Mu I write the letter in blood, I nod and appeal,
Appealing to all Buddhas and Patriarchs and thanking for the grace of helping.
If you have the chance to see this letter, hurry to change your character;
Change your temper and be humble so Lao-Mu I Band you can meet.
Do not be arrogant, obstinate, or rely on intelligence;
Rid of love and affection, sever entanglement, and practice to awaken to the mystic soul.
To exhaust the Truth embedded in the three great religions is the guide;
Seek the Enlightened Teacher to point to I-Kuan and point out the wordless Sutra.
Go upward to the
At the Crossroad between the Twin Groove Tree, pause for a moment;
Go downward to the Hai-quan Point 73 to establish a new life;
Pause for a while, so kun becomes full to rid of contaminants and retain the pure.
Lao-Mu I am so worried for you that day and night My heart cannot rest;
Lao-Mu I appeal to My five hundred enlightened sons descended to the Eastern Earth,
Appeal to My five hundred enlightened daughters descended to the Eastern Earth,
Appeal t your sister descended to the Eastern Earth,
Appeal to the first descended children from
Appeal to the Forty-Eight Vows 74 in the mortal world,
Appeal to thousands and thousands of patriarchs and deities in the mortal world,
Appeal to the ninety-two billion in the mortal world,
Appeal to the adolescents who know My messages.
Remember in the beginning, there was no human in the Eastern Earth;
Thus Lao-Mu I forsook My children to be the root of human till now.
Till now, Lao-Mu I count with My fingers, over sixty thousand yeas have passed;
Lao-Mu My children are suffering, how can I rest or do not commiserate.
At that time Lao-Mu I sent My children to govern the Eastern Earth;
Now that the three catastrophes are to harm Lao-Mu My children;
Have no alternative but to dispatch all Buddhas;
Mi-Le Buddha, leading all Buddhas, oversees the amassment of souls.
For all the living, Lao-Mu I exhaust my efforts;
And now Lao-Mu I am all alone.
Do not see your sisters in the
Do not see the daughters in the
Do not see the Da-bei Lao-Mu in the
Do not see the Savior Guan-yin in the Purple Bamboo Grove;
Do not see Di-gong Lao Mu in the
Do not see Wen-Shu and
in front of
Only because at the banquet held in
For the sake of descending humans, the children drank the blood wine and their True Selves became lost.
Upon the departure, Lao-Mu I gave you a Hand Seal;
Seek the Enlightened Teacher to point to your Right Portal; then and only then you can return Home.
At leisure, close those doors 76 tightly;
Embracing the Hand Seal, you can pass the three Barriers.
Lao-Mu I repeatedly instruct and exhort My good children;
Rid of love and affection, sever the entanglement and you will see
Lao-Mu I miss the children, wishing to see you at once.
Lao-Mu I miss the children, being restless as if My heart is stabbed by a knife;
Lao-Mu I miss the children, weeping several times a day;
Lao-Mu I miss the children, dropping tears all the time;
Lao-Mu I miss the children, crying till the Dharma wheel stop turning;
Lao-Mu I miss the children, crying till the sweet dew is not longer sweet;
Lao-Mu I miss the children, crying till the six doors cannot close;
Lao-Mu I miss the children, crying till the Immortal fetus cannot mature;
Lao-Mu I miss the children, crying till the Three Families 77 are separated;
Lao-Mu I miss the children, crying till the Five Qi 78 cannot face the Origin;
Lao-Mu I miss the children, crying till the Dan-tian is not warm;
Lao-Mu I miss the children, crying till the water and fire cannot complement;
Lao-Mu I miss the children, crying till the pure and the turbid cannot be distinguished;
Lao-Mu I miss the children, crying till the qian and kun do not revolve;
Lao-Mu I miss the children, crying till the soul becomes muddle and the Qi becomes scattered;
Lao-Mu I miss the children, crying till the Three Barriers cannot be passed;
Lao-Mu I miss the children, crying till My heart breaks.
Even crying until My heart is broken, still Lao-Mu I do not see My children return;
If you have any love for Lao-Mu Me, follow the Three Followings 79 strictly;
If you have any love for Lao-Mu Me, carry out the Five Disciplines 80 completely;
If you have any love for Lao-Mu Me, do not slander Sages and Saints;
If you have any love for Lao-Mu Me, do not disseminate heresies;
If you have any love for Lao-Mu Me, rid of rambling thoughts;
If you have any love for Lao-Mu Me, hurriedly repent the sins;
If you have any love for Lao-Mu Me, cease all worldly desires;
If you have any love for Lao-Mu Me, do not smoke or consume alcohol;
If you have any love for Lao-Mu Me, do not be afraid of hardship;
If you have any love for Lao-Mu Me, return to the Western Heaven.
If one still reminisces the love for Lao-Mu Me,
He will hurriedly learn Zen meditation to return to the
If one does not reminisce the love for Lao-Mu Me,
He will be attached to alcohol and images, hence sink in the mortal world.
Lao-Mu I compose this letter in blood; how pitiful this is ;
Only for the sake of My lovely children, tear drops never dry.
Follow the Three Followings, uphold the Five Disciplines, then you will never again descend to the mortal world.
Lao-Mu I write this letter in blood and My blood stains the Imperial Robe;
Mi-Le Buddha and all Immortals weep in grief and are shocked.
If the children cannot be waken up, why should it bother Lao-Mu Me?
But Lao-Mu I am afraid that the three catastrophes will harm My children;
Afraid that all the lands you have will be lost;
Afraid that all the mansions you have cannot be lived in;
Afraid that with all the wealth, you cannot buy your lives;
Afraid that all the fancy clothes you have cannot be worn;
Afraid that all the properties you have cannot be enjoyed;
Afraid that all the farm you have cannot be planted;
Afraid that all the affections and love cannot last long;
Afraid that all good descendants you have will be separated;
Afraid that hundreds of miles of roads will not be traveled by anyone;
Afraid that a city will not have any sign of life;
Afraid that so many heads will roll like melons;
Afraid that corpse will pile up as high as mountains.
Everywhere the five devils create chaos;
You cannot be together with your wives and children;
You cannot touch any of your gold or silver;
You cannot manage your land or farm.
Lao-Mu I cannot describe with words the chaos created by the five devils;
Additionally there will be demons, monsters, and spirits to harm the virtuous.
Demons, monsters, and spirits from mountains and waters all appear;
Enticing men and women to follow them by promising immortality.
At that time Yuan-fu-zi are in peril;
Who can resist their words and not follow them to become Immortals?
If you follow them, at night they will transform,
Revealing their true horrifying identities to swallow you whole.
Also, there will be hypocrites creating disorder in the arena of Tao;
They talk about Tao, Gong-fu, 81 and the circulation of the Eight Trigrams;
They disguise as practitioners of Tao as if they will become Immortals or Buddhas;
Yet none knows that their fake mercifulness and love harm people deeply;
If you follow them, you will violate all the Followings and Disciplines.
Still, some will say that to become husbands and wives is wrong;
Men and women, do not aboard their evil ship;
If you board their ship, you cannot recover even after tens of thousands of miseries.
No one ponders about what the ancient Saints said:
Without human emotions and desires, the Truth manifests.
Eventually all demons and monsters will become apparent;
Lao-Mu I am afraid that they will harm My Yuan-fu-zi.
Lao-Mu I especially remind that you practitioners must distinguish the true from the false;
The false mothers and the false Guan-yin will display their magical powers.
The false Mi-Le will mimic the amassment of souls to harm My children;
The false Wood Dragon 82 and the false patriarch will say they steer the ship of amassing soul;
They will set their own Five Elders, Ten Regions, Leaders, Guardians, Nominators, and Inspectors; 83
They give false Tien-Ming 84 and false mission, and establish false rules to satisfy their greed.
This is what is called “Using the false to test and see who is truly practicing.”
If you follow them, Lao-Mu My heart cannot rest.
As long as you do not follow them, they cannot harm you;
If you follow them, you will lose your aureole and suffer tens of thousands of miseries.
Lao-Mu I urge all leaders to discern the Truth clearly;
Think thoroughly, discern clearly, and see no evil.
Irrespective how beautiful the Lotus Land they describe,
Close the Six Doors tightly and concentrate on the Right Portal constantly.
Furthermore, there will be droughts and floods which will bring about hunger and coldness;
Speaking of this, Lao-Mu I cannot help but weep.
The five grains will disappear on Earth and people will rebel;
Even if you have extra grains, you still cannot consume them at will.
Relatives or friends fight each other over your food;
Additionally, other people also battle to get to your food first.
Wheat and rice sell for three Liang 85 and five Chuan; 86
Coarse grains also worth a few ounces of silver;
Coarse cotton fabric costs hundred plus change copper coins per foot;
The price of cotton also increases by about one Chuan of coin.
Children are starved to a point where their mind become muddily and their energy dissipated;
Useless peoples are killed and eaten by others.
In plains the bark of trees are consumed completely;
In mountains there are fruits to help get through the famine.
Even though those staying in mountains can survive the hunger and coldness,
There still are tigers and wolves attacking the children.
If they see a wicked person, they will swallow him whole;
If they see a good Samaritan, they will leave him alone.
Lao-Mu I exhort men and women to hurriedly accumulate merits;
Only by having great merits and virtues can one by safe.
Even though the five grains become extinct and people cry in distress successively,
By consuming the essence of the Sun and the Moon, you suffer not from hunger and cold.
Moreover, the infectious plagues spread everywhere;
Exhort men and women hurriedly to seek the Enlightened Teacher to board the merciful ferry.
All these calamities and hardships are not unusual;
The ensuing Water, Fire, and Wind are much more difficult to survive.
Each and every province under the sky submerge under water;
Even living in mountains, one still needs to row a boat.
After the flood recedes, suddenly, the fire begins;
Each and every tree on Earth is burned to ashes.
The Fire burns Heaven and Earth; the Fire burns qian and kun;
High above in mountains, the Fire burns down everything.
Mother of souls in the
Dust and fume fill the air as the ferocious Wind blows.
Blowing till the streams, rivers, and oceans have soil build up a high as mountains,
Blowing so fiercely that spirits and ghosts cry and Heaven and Earth are restless.
At that time, it is difficult to escape the tragedy even if one so desires;
At that time, one wants to see Lao-Mu Me, but there is not ferry;
At that time, one wants to be a vegetarian, but it can no longer be done at will;
At that time, one wants to practice Tao, but Tien-Tao can no longer be found;
At that time, one wants to worship Buddhas, but there is no Altar;
At that time, one wants to accumulate merits, but money us useless.
Thousands and thousands of regrets, but it is too late;
Should not have slandered the teachings of Buddhas and ignored the admonishments of Saints;
Should not have resented vegetarianism and not listened to others’ advice;
Should not have ignored the divine books;
Should not have been attached to love and affections and entangled in emotions;
Should not have drunk alcohol and eaten meat;
Should not have made counterfeit goods to cheat others;
Should not have used the divine spirits as a vehicle to take money from others;
Should not have sought after fame and fortune by making friends with the influential;
Should not have slaughtered lives and become indebted.
Even if you have Jin-gang body, you still yell and scream in distress;
Heaven does not respond and Earth is speechless; you will fall into the deep pond.
Hurry to practice Tao while you still possess the human body;
Do not wait until the catastrophe arrives, then cry in agony.
The mortal world is a sea of suffering; do not attach yourselves to it;
Seek the Enlightened Teacher to point you the way so you will not suffer.
Do not say that Lao-Mu I do not exist;
Haven’t you thought about who bestows you with True Self and Life?
The truthful words from the beginning to the end are all written here;
If you still have any love for Lao-Mu Me, hurry to ponder what is in this letter.
The tears have not stopped from running even upon the completion of this letter;
Children, when seeing this letter in blood, do not take it lightly.
Lao-Mu I worry so much for the children as if my heart is shattered;
Writing this letter, Lao-Mu My tears run dry.
After finishing the writing of this letter,
Teardrops roll down profusely;
Hand over to Mi-Le Buddha with both hands;
“You are in charge of the great mission of amassing souls.
Gather all the remaining souls in three Long-hua Assemblies, 87
Then and only then will Lao-Mu I call for Your return.”
Lao-Mu I hand down the letter in blood to Mi-Le Buddha, nod, and appeal;
“Lao-Mu I will remember in My heart the toil You will suffer in the mortal world.
If the children offend You, be lenient;
For the sake of Lao-Mu My longing for the children, do not get angry in Your heart.
Writing this letter, Lao-Mu I entrust My children to Your care;
It is indeed a pity that all the children are lost in the sea of suffering.
Breaking all hindrances and ridding all evils, Patriarch You must lead;
Annihilating demons and devils, eradicating evil ghosts, You must lift calamities for the children.
At that time Lao-Mu I will help You with the Tao of the Five Elements, 88
At that time Lao-Mu I will help You with all the Heaven armies;
At that time Lao-Mu I will help You with divine fruits and divine vegetable;
At that time Lao-Mu I will help You with one-hundred thousand treasures;
At that time Lao-Mu I will help You with one-hundred thousand treasures;
So, in the mortal world, everyone You point to will succeed.
First, transmit the ancient Hand Seal to be held in front of the chest;
Hold ten fingers tightly, and do not let air leak.
Then point to the Right Portal, the path of returning Home;
Metal and wood interact, water and fire complement, and the True Sutra turns internally.
First, children, by receiving and practice Tao, Three Flowers gather on the top;
Second, children, by receiving and practice Tao, the Five Qi faces the Origin;
Third, children, by receiving and practice Tao, the embryo leaves the cave;
Fourth, children, by receiving and practice Tao, the True Water flows;
Fifth, children, by receiving and practice Tao, yin leave and yang enter;
Sixth, children, by receiving and practice Tao, the first ray of aureole breaks out;
Seventh, children, by receiving and practice Tao, the Three Barriers are passed;
Eighth, children, by receiving and practice Tao, the water mill turns constantly;
Tenth, children, by receiving and practice Tao, in the tenth month the infant is born.”
At the first Night Watch
89, a banquet is held in the
At the second Night Watch, the Bodhi Wine 90 is placed on the table;
Lao-Mu I, at the third Night Watch, drink wine with the Patriarch and the rest;
Lao-Mu I, at the fourth Night Watch, bid farewell to the Patriarch;
Lao-Mu I, at the fifth Night Watch, see the Patriarch off;
One step accompanied by one sobbing, for when shall We meet again?
After leaving the
So too do all Bodhisattvas weep with tears pouring.
Instantly, all Bodhisattvas are separated from Lao-Mu Me, by a tens of thousands of feet ridge,
Leaving Lao-Mu Me, and We cannot meet.
return to the
Because Lao-Mu I worry for the remaining Yuan-fu-zi, My heart cannot rest.
After the completion, The Letter from Home is sent to the
Incense burns in the
This letter from Home is unbearable to read,
For reading it, one becomes heartbroken.
The whole family descends to the Easter Earth,
But no one ponders what is this letter after it is descended to the Easter Earth.
If one can comprehend this letter from Home,
He will return to the
If you cannot comprehend this letter from Home,
It will be extremely difficult for you to return Home.
If you do not return Home this time,
You will not have another chance once you lose your human body.
1. Three Powers are Heaven, Earth and man.
2. Four Images are the young yang, the old yang, the young yin, and the old yin.
3. Eight Trigrams represent the cultivation of Heaven, Earth, mankind, substances, and beings. Eight Trigrams also represent the eight directions that the yin and yang permeates. The eight directions are east, west, south, north, northeast, southeast, southwest and northwest.
4. Guan-yin refers to Lao-Mu’s daughters.
The Homeland is the Home of
souls. It is also referred as
6. The Five Elements are metal, wood, water, fire and earth.
7. Lao-Mu is the Mother of our True Selves. Her full title is “The Infinitely bright God, Who is absolutely pure and void, is the utmost supreme and divine, reigns the Three Domains and Ten Directions, and is the Lord of all souls.” The Three Domains are the Domain of Desires, Domain of Images, and the Domain of Non-images. Other names for Lao-Mu includes Huang-Mu, Lord of Wu-ji, Lao-Wu-Sheng, God, etc. Throughout this book, all references to Lao-Mu are printed in bold to express our reverence to God.
8. The days that mark the beginning of the Eight Solar Periods are beginning of spring, vernal equinox, beginning of summer, summer solstice, beginning of autumn, autumn equinox, beginning of winter, and winter solstice.
9. Shan-yuan here refers to spring; Zhong-yuan, summer; and Xia-yuan, autumn.
10. Luo-ham refers to Lao-Mu’s sons.
11. Eastern Earth refers to the planet Earth.
12. Tri-Peaks is where God and humans first separated. Tri-Peaks refers to the point of separation of the Three Domains-the Domain of Desires, the Domain of Images, and the Domain of Non-images. A human must transcend the Three domains in order to see God.
13. Yuan-fu-zi are the True Selves or the original Buddha children.
Yuan-fu-zi sometimes is referred as Yuan-zi.
14. The Grand Immortal Pool implies that the incarnation of a soul is like falling into the sea of suffering.
15. By wearing flying shoes and divine apparels one can ride the clouds and be immune to freeze or heat. This is another way of describing the carefreeness in Heaven.
16. Qi is spirit. Shadowless Qi is Xian-tien spirit.
17. Shen-lang is a title of an office in Heaven.
18. Yuan-qi refers to the spiritual energy.
19. Qian is a trigram used to represent male, the Sun, Heaven, or the True Self. Kun is a trigram used to represent female, the Moon, Earth, or Life.
20. The Three Buddhas are Patriarch Jin-Gong, Tien-Ran Gu-Fu, and Hui –Min Pu-Sa. They will meet at the Long-hua Assembly.
21. Five grains are rice, wheat, corn, legume, and sorghum.
22. The Final Catastrophe Year is when the Last Catastrophe of the Third Period occurs. Souls are amassed in three Yang Periods – the Green Yang Period, the Red Yang Period, and the White Yang Period. The Third Period is the White Yang period. The Last Catastrophe is the Gang-feng Catastrophe, which is like the explosion of nuclear bombs.
23. Dragon and phoenix imply the interaction between yin and yang.
24. Eight Treasures are filial devotion, sibling love, loyalty, trustworthiness, propriety, justice, integrity and knowing shame. They are also known as the Eight Cardinal Virtues.
Seven Star Sword implies the
True Self, life, Hun,
26. Tai-ji Band is yin and yang.
27. Evil Subjugating Mirror refers to the brightness of the aureole. As long as it is pure, it will not be masked by the seven emotions and six desires.
28. South-pointing Needle refers to the Right Portal.
29. Bright Bead refers to the True Self.
30. Xian-tien Map is the Xian-tien He-tu, which is a sign showing the mutual stimulations of the Five Elements. Fu-xi discovered and arranged the Xian-tien Order of the Eight Trigrams based on the Xian-tien He-tu.
31. Three-yuan Fate refers to the time when the Last Catastrophe of the Third Period arrives.
32. The spaceless lock is the Right Portal.
33. “Sic words” implies the Heart Sutra in the past.
35. The Enlightened Teacher refers Ji-Gong Buddha and Yue-Hui Pu-Sa. To transmit Tien-Tao to others as ordained by God, they incarnated as Patriarchs Zhang Tien-Ran (Shi-Zun or the Reverent Teacher) and Sun-Hui-Ming (Shi-Mu or the Mother Teacher), who were conferred the titles of Tien-Ran Gu-Fu and Hui-Ming Pu-Sa by God after returning to Heaven.
36. Priceless treasure refers to the True Self.
37. The Three Catastrophes are the Water, the Fire, and the Wind. The Eight Disasters are famines, plagues, insects, beasts, droughts, floods, monsters, and demons.
38. Five Constants are benevolence, justice, propriety, wisdom, and faith.
39. Eight Cardinal Virtues are filial devotion, sibling love, loyalty, trustworthiness, propriety, justice, integrity, and knowing shame.
41. The world with five filthy elements refers to the mortal world. The five filthy elements refer to drinking, being lustful, greed, anger, and smoking. These are Buddhist terms.
42. “Ninety-two billion” refers to the remaining souls on Earth. It is also referred to as a Nine Two.”
43. Wisdom Sword refers to the Seven Star Sword.
44. Yin-yang Mirror refers to the yin spiritual image and the yang spiritual image.
45. Heaven-turning Seal is the Hand Seal.
46. Immortal-binding rope is the orders of human relations which must be abided by.
47. Immortal-whipping Whip means the punishments to those who violate the orders of human relations.
48. Heaven-penetrating Hat implies the way to Heaven after men descended to the mortal world.
49. The Three Heavens are Li-tien (Heaven of Truth), Qi-tien (Heaven of Spirit), and Xiang-tien (Heaven of Matter).
50. “The Sixteen-word Heart Sutra” refers to the essence passed on from Emperor Yao to Emperor Sun-The Human Nature is precarious; the True Nature is obscure; be refined and be one; be amenable and uphold the center.
51. Three Barriers refer t three points in the human body that block the flow of Qi.
52. When the water mill revolves, the Qi flows inside the body without hindrance, and eventually, the Immortal embryo will be formed.
53. Tripod implies True Self. Stove implies Life. To heat the tripod and stove means to nurture and refine the True Self and Life.
55. Lead and mercury imply True yin and True yang.
56. Jin-dan refers to Immortal embryo.
57. Golden Court implies the Right Portal.
58. Dan-tian is the essence of Life in the human body.
59. Holy Infant is the reborn soul.
60. Dharmakaya is Sanskrit, which means the pure spiritual image of the True Self upon enlightenment.
62. Souls are amassed in Three Yang Periods-the Green Yang Period, the Red Yang Period, and the White Yang Period.
63. Seventy-two countries refer to the whole world.
Twenty-three provinces refer
65. Yang refers to Yang Chu and Mo refers to Mo Di. Both were philosophers during the period of Warring States in the Chinese history.
66. The Two Brothers are Ran-deng Buddha and Sakyamuni Buddha.
67. The Third Buddha is Mi-Li Buddha.
68. Yin-shan is beneath Hell. Souls casted there will not be able to leave until the next Cycle of Heaven and Earth.
69. Virgin land refers to places where Tien-Tao is yet to be spread.
70. Snakes refer to the wicked. Dragon refers to true practitioners.
71. Imperial wind refers to the laws of Heaven.
73. Hai-quan Point implies Dan-tian.
74. Forty-Eight Vows refer to the forty-eight merciful vows took by Mi-le Buddha.
75. Wen-Shu and Pu-Xian are two Bodhisattvas who were once Buddhas. These titles were ordained to them three thousand years ago during Sakyamui Buddha’s time.
76. Doors refer to the Six Doors – eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, and mind.
77. Three Families are the vitality, spirit (Qi), and soul.
78. The Five Qi are the Qi associated wit the five internal organs and the five fundamental elements-heart (fire), liver (wood), spleen (earth), lung (metal), and kidney (water).
79. The Three Followings of Buddhism are to follow the Buddha, to follow the Dharma, and to follow the Sangha.
80. The Five Disciplines are not to kill, not to steal, not to be lustful, not to fancy, and not to drink.
81. Gong-fu is the practice of restoring the True Self.
82. The false Wood Dragon is one of the fake patriarchs.
83. Five Elders, Ten Regions, Leaders, Guardians, Nominators, and Inspectors are titles of the administrators in Tien-Tao at that time.
84. Tien-Ming means the Divine Mission from God to convey Tien-Tao.
85. Liang is the ancient measurement of weight for gold and silver.
86. Chuan is an ancient monetary unit.
87. Long-hua Assembly is where the Three Buddhas will select and confer peerage in Heaven to practitioners of Tao.
88. The Tao of the Five Elements refers to the Gong-fu of Tien-Tao.
89. The first Night Watch is from to ; the second from to ; the third, from to ; the fourth, from to ; and the fifth, from to
90. Bodhi Wine is the spiritual energy bestowed by God to our True Selves.