Jul 10, 2017

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About the Realm of Demons: Lesson 2: REINCARNATED OR POSSESSED? (Đầu thai hay Quỷ nhập?)

About the Realm of Demons: Lesson 2: REINCARNATED OR POSSESSED? (Đầu thai hay Quỷ nhập?)
About the Realm of Demons: Lesson 2: REINCARNATED OR POSSESSED? (Đầu thai hay Quỷ nhập?)
 
A boy named Bui Lac Binh, born in 2000 in Coi Village (Yen Phu Commune, Lac Son District, Hoa Binh Province, Vietnam), became center point of public debate for his ability to speak Kinh language (official language in Vietnam), despite the fact that he was raised in a Muong language speaking family (Muong is one of ethnic minority groups in Vietnam). As he was turning 4, he suddenly recalled his past life as a Kinh boy dying of drowning ten years ago. 
 
Notably, Binh requested his current parents to take him to the house of his parents in previous life, which is just 1km far from his residential place. Here, his parents were stunned to hear him tell clearly about his earlier existence when he was a boy named Nguyen Phu Quyet Tien.

Bùi Lạc Bình – internet source

 

 
Ms. Thuan, known as the supposed “previous mother” of Binh, said she adopted Binh earlier to fill her loneliness after the drowning of her own child. As time went by, she realized that many of Binh’s characters and habits are identical to Quyet Tien’s though they were in different physical forms. Everyone believed Binh is the reincarnation of Quyet Tien.
 
 
Now Binh is living with “his old name” – Quyet Tien – and with his previous mother, Ms. Thuan, in Vu Ban Town, Tan Lac District, Hoa Binh Province. His biological mother, Bui Thi Du, agreed with his decision, saying both families had finished adoption procedures which permitted Binh to move into Thuan’s house. “Now he requires to be called Nguyen Phu Quyet Tien. However, I don’t get used to it as he is still Binh in my mind…”, said Du. (Quoted from “Law and Life”, 10th Special Edition issued in April 2013).
 
 
INSIDIOUSNESS
 
Such mysterious phenomenon did happen in a real location and is widely believed by the public as the link between current and previous existences, generally named as reincarnation. So what about the scientific point of view? Dr. Do Kien Cuong who has spent 30 years researching paranormal phenomena says:” From my viewpoint, this is not a reincarnation but Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID).”
 

King of Devil and his followers

He explains that because of DID, Binh saw himself as Tien, just like an involuntary way to escape reality(!) The reason Binh knows information of Tien and Ms. Thuan is attributed to hidden memories, he might hear of Tien’s story before. The brain of a seven-year-old child is believed to be capable of reassemble pieces of information into a logical and reasonable story. 

 
On the first look, this analysis of Dr. Kien seems logical and scientific but we should reconsider some other aspects of the case:
 
Firstly, why did a boy of seven attempt to “change his life”, an action that goes against innocent nature of children?
 
Secondly, it can’t be said that Binh incidentally heard some information about Ms. Thuan and reassembled pieces of them into a logical story that made Thuan believe he was her dead son (Tien). Binh was too young and had no social contacts to collect such information. 
 
 

Thirdly, Ms. Thuan had a close feeling with Binh right at the first time she entered Ms Bui Thi Du’s house.
 
Finally, actions and habits of Binh were all identical to Tien’s, thus could not be reasoned by the symptoms of DID. You cannot imitate habits, life styles and daily activities of someone in previous life just from being told by others. 
“Reincarnation” as believed by the public or “Dissociative Identity Disorder” as defined by science, both assumptions are not true. Buddhist canons say a person takes rebirth in human realm only when he was able to keep five precepts (Pratimoksha) in previous life (prohibition of killing sentient beings, stealing, sexual misconduct and abuse of intoxicants); or “if his thoughts and passions are in equal proportion”, i.e his mind remains in positive thoughts at the moment of death (Surangama Sutra).  Meanwhile, little boy Tien died of drowning at the age of 10, a kind of “disastrous death” that surely left a big load of negative emotion at death moment, which may hinder the deceased to take rebirth, let alone reincarnate in other person. So how to explain this phenomenon? 
 
As mentioned in Lesson 1, powerful demons sometimes feel like “teasing” human beings. Anyone whose bio frequency correlates to the demon’s, i.e his evilness is overwhelmed, is easily possessed by the demon. Children under 10 face great danger of demonic possession for their sensitivity and being without protection. Their body unfortunately has some kinds of energy that easily attract the demon and Binh is a typical case. 
 
 
Demons with their own power can easily make up a “scenario” for the host body. They have fun by playfully imitating habits and styles of the dead to make people believe in a real reincarnation. They will automatically go out of host body after satisfaction. The possession leaves a tragic consequence in which the possessed falls into mental disorder like little Binh with DID. Depending on their power could demons have short-term or long-term spiritual abusive relationship. 

King of demons


 
This is a high-class game of demons, not reincarnation. Such cases have been reported widely in the world. Buddhist canon says even a siddha or Bodhisattva has got to learn from the beginning after rebirth, let alone an ordinary person. Therefore, logic indicates that Binh is just a hapless human victim of an “insidious game” of demons. There’s also another game of demons in which they interject false information into the psychic’s mind, calling themselves as “Deva”, “Bharma”, “Tathagatha” or “Buddha”. What’s matter here is whether the game will be helpful or harmful towards the believer.  
Some demons employ mediums as the host body to provide believers with good advices. Sometimes they even set up denominations with their own doctrines. Such demons, known as followers of King of Demons (Devil), are on the good side for acting as guardians of Buddhist Dharma after being enlightened by the Buddha. Every time the Buddha presented or expounded the Dharma, they rely on the power of the Buddha to attend the assembly. 

The Buddha resists against demonic tricks

 
Their true admiration and devotion to the Buddha have driven them to support Buddhist practitioners by protecting or advising them to chant sutras, recite mantras or Buddha’s name. Most of the people possessed by them do not know about their state and still do daily activities as normal. The only difference is that they begin to “possess” special abilities called “super powers” which is in fact demonic power. They may have abilities of clairvoyance, precognition or telepathy. 
 
Others can treat diseases in unusual but effective ways by using mouth to “absorb” the illness, touching, kicking, whipping or talking with the patients or recite demonic mantras, etc. 
Wicked demons, meanwhile, often find ways to penetrate into the fetus of women, who for fertility problems, used to come to temples begging evil spirits to “bestow” babies on them. Consequently, newborn babies bear with them “demonic characters” which drive them into using ruthless tricks for desire satisfaction at mature age. Low-level demons are indulged in five mundane desires (money, beauty, food, drinks and sleep), while the high level ones are extremely keen on fame. 
 
REALIZATION AND DISTINCTION
 

Hungry demons (Petas)

 

Powerful demons do not own the second and third qualities. Their karmic nature is to do harm to others, thus they never show gratefulness and know how to return the favor rightly. 
 
They do not dare to teach Buddhist principles, given their inobservance of precepts for being not transmitted and inability to practice for lacking advisor. Therefore, they just exclaim over the wonder of Buddha and Dharma rather than practice Dharma or observe the precepts. 
 
 
We can see many bhikkhus who cannot teach precepts because they themselves have broken the rules for many times without any penances. All they care about is how to serve their self-interest as much as possible. The Buddha therefore advised us not to respect, worship or give offerings to such kinds of bhikkhus (quoted from Mahaparinirvana Sutra, book I). This advice aims to give us a clear distinction between authentic and “bad” or “demonic possessed” bhikkhus. 

Realm of hungry demons depicted in Mandala


 
 
On the other hand, demons do not have their own writing language thus hardly write down what they think or deduct. Specifically, some Buddhist bhikkhus or non-Buddhist clerics are eloquent speakers but they do not have academic works (books) that go along with the orbit of Dharma. In other words, this means those who are possessed by powerful demons are capable of writing but those works mainly serve their ego rather than for sentient beings. 
 

In Ankuttara Nikaya, the Buddha gave a clear example which pointed out three poisoned arrows that may harm the clergy, including fame, honor and fortune. These three arrows are likened to “demonic nature” and are used to identify true and demonic Buddhist practitioners.

Demons and humans co-inhabit earth

 
It should be stressed that the one with profound wisdom will use worldly fame as means to practice Bodhicitta whilst the one with evil mind takes it to satisfy his endless greed. 
 
Not everyone is able to rightly recognize demonic aspect from the outward phenomena or inward nature. The best way of distinction will be presented in Lesson 3. 
 
THINLEY-NGUYEN THANH
Translated by Mat Hue Phap
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  1. Mô Phật!

    Mật thúy rất hoan hỉ với thiện hạnh dịch bài viết của vị Thầy sang tiếng Anh của huynh Mật Huệ Pháp cầu nguyện cho huynh luôn tin tấn thực hành pháp để được thành thông thế sự con cầu nguyện sức khoẻ và sự trường thọ của thầy cô vì lợi lạc của chúng sanh Om ah hùm

  2. JeongGeun Mok says:

    Dear Guru

     

    thank you for the teaching

     

    now it feels clear about some people

    I felt something in them as entity but couldn’t really talk about it to anyone

     

    these days many ordinary people do not feel ordinary (or as people)

    you will see what I mean if you come to Korea and drive a car 🚗 You will encounter many of them within an hour

    Or at work this busy country and industry.

     

    They live in heavy drama, yet they themselves create those dramas. Whoever does not agree or participate, they turn evil and attack (verbally, emotionally,even physically sometimes)

     

    whole country is full of these kinds of people and dramas.

     

    nowadays there are many Vietnamese 🇻🇳 in Korea

     

    so if there’s anyone you know you could ask them.

     

    Many of the foreign workers suffer these I’m sure.

     

    I myself is running a small company that produce little parts that goes in engine of a car 🚗.

     

    I do all my efforts to apply Buddhism at my work that honor slow & silent manner so we could work as if we are practicing Dharma or on meditation. but because I am adopting it I sometimes confront many difficulties.

    through experiences I learned not everybody likes it to be this way. They prefer hostile, loud, noisy, rush and hurry environment.

     

    Either it is hostility and refusal from bigger company, or disobey of my employee, I have no answer practically to handle this situation.

     

    Some people ( or the demons inside them ) just does not like calm peaceful environment. I can see and feel their hostility through their eyes 👀 and breathing. This actually feels like something or someone is choking my neck.

     

    I wish I can find answer for this though Holy Guru’s teaching and guidance

     

    I pray so

     

    Thank you for the teaching and sincerely waiting for next lesson

     

    Thank you

    and

    Blessings

     

    Om MaNi PadMe Hum

     

     

  3. Tantra Upatissa says:

    Dear jeong I think we need to ignore these kind of people and let them continue their services. Only thing you can do is give them a smile and hope for their good being.

    I feel Guru can give solution to your questions.

    Dear Guru thanks for sharing this lesson. May you live long for sake of other people.

    May you and other beings be happy and get enlightened.

  4. Tantra Kasila says:

    Dear Guru

    Thank you for the article.After going through this i have had a clear understanding about good demon and bad demon.

    May all the people have the calmness and happiness of Buddha.

    • Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin phép dịch comment của đạo hữu Tantra Kasila sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      “Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã cho con đọc bài viết này. Sau khi đọc xong bài viết này con hiểu rõ về ác quỷ và quỷ thiện.

      Cầu nguyện tất cả mọi người giữ tâm quân bình và thành tựu hạnh phúc của Phật tánh.”

  5. Jennifer says:
    Dear holy guru,

    Your lessons are very interesting to me. These are good things to know. Thank you for instructing me and living me and all of your deviled. For sake of you and all sentient beings may you live long healthy life

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