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Scourge of Humanity!
Venerable Master's Talk at Gold Wheel Sagely Monastery, Los Angeles, August 16, 1992
Copied from Varja Bodhi
Sea, issue # 270, Nov. 1992. p. 25 - 27
Copied from Varja Bodhi Sea, issue # 270, Nov. 1992. p. 25 - 27
should follow the saying, “If you can renew yourself one day, then renew
yourself every day.” Each day we should go forward a step, every day we
should advance some. Otherwise we will waste our lives in vain. We should
recite the Great Compassion Mantra and the Shurangama Mantra. The Great
Compassion Mantra can cure all illnesses. It’s said, “The Great Mantra
of Great Compassion penetrates heaven and earth.” When you recite the
Great Compassion Mantra, the heavens and hells will take note of it. The more
you recite, the more efficacious the response will be. However, you have to
recite with constancy; you should not choose “lotuses today, and peonies
tomorrow,” and be unable to concentrate on one. It’s said, “Concentration
results in efficacy; scatteredness results in nothing.”
I remember when
a village in Manchuria suffered an epidemic after the Japanese had
surrendered. Several tens of people died every day, so several hundreds would
be dead after ten days. In one household of eleven, there were thirteen deaths
in three days. How could there be thirteen deaths in a household of eleven
people? It was because there were also a relative and friend who had come to
visit the sick family, not knowing that when they got there they would die
along with the others. This was a really severe epidemic.
At that time, I took four eleven or twelve years olds kids with me to
this village to recite the Compassion Mantra for the sake of the villagers.
After we had walked around the village reciting the Great Compassion Mantra
one hundred and eight times, the epidemic mysteriously disappeared. From this,
I knew that the response from reciting the Great Compassion Mantra is
Now we have come to the Dharma Ending Age. What is “Dharma Ending
Age”? It means the Dharma is about to fade away and trail off. Few
people have real faith in Buddha, and the Buddhists are slandering the Buddha,
the Dharma and the Sangha. How can this be called believing in Buddha? This is
called believing in demons. Believing in demons, they come to destroy the
Buddhadharma. And so all kinds of evil phenomena appear in this world, be they
natural disasters, man-made calamities, or the spread of epidemics. Natural
disasters include the swarms of locusts, droughts, and floods. Man-made
calamities include plane crashes, derailed trains, and car collisions, all
happening without any apparent reason, and resulting in a multitude of human
crises. Then there are the earthquakes which have been occurring everywhere,
frightening people. But people only know how to become scared when the
catastrophes occur. They don’t know to look for the root of it. Natural
disasters do not belong to Nature. Nature has no disasters. It is the human
species that suffer disasters. Man-made disasters are disasters which we bring
upon ourselves. Earthquakes occur because people are fond of war, have big
tempers, and kill countless people. “Do you want to die? Do you want to
kill people? Fine, we can die together!” and so the earthquakes. These
are all various kinds of evil phenomena. We people! Why do we fail to
investigate and find down where the root is? Let me tell you all, that these
natural disasters, man-made calamities, and earthquakes, all the various
accidents of plane crashing, train derailing, ships sinking, and cars
colliding, are all created by the minds of people. People’s minds are not as
they used to be, and virtue and morality have deteriorated, and so these
unusual phenomena have appeared.
The most frightening thing in the human world now is homosexuality.
Homosexuality is a practice which oppose the life principle of the universe,
which goes against the creative energies of Yin and Yang, and which violates
the laws of the nation.
This kind of behavior will cause the country to perish and the human
race to become extinct. If the country perishes, then there’s no longer a
country, and the human race also cut off. Although homosexuals are so
infatuated with one another, they cannot reproduce, so the seeds of human race
will be lost. To plant corn, seed-corns are required. To plan melons, melon
seeds are needed. To plant beans, bean seeds are needed. Not only do corn and
beans have seeds, everything has seeds. Humans also have human seeds. If the
human seeds are destroyed, then humans will all perish, and humanity will come
to an end.
Yin and one Yang in called the Way;
Yin or extreme Yang is called illness.
Now, homosexual conduct has already incurred punishment from heavens,
yet the homosexuals aren’t even aware of it. What kind of heavenly
punishment have they provoked? Well, as soon as they engage in homosexual
behavior, there are problems. This is because Yang (the male or
positive principle) mutually overcomes Yang, and Yin (the female
or negative principle) mutually overcomes Yin. Just take a look at
magnet, which has a negative (Yin) side and a positive (Yang)
side. There has to be one negative and one positive for the two to be sucked
together. If both sides are positive they cannot be drawn together. If both
sides are negative, it’s not easy for them to be attracted to each other.
From the study of matter, we can deduce the principle of Yin and Yang,
which cannot favor one and neglect the other.
The Book of Change says, “One Yin and Yang is called the
Way; extreme Yin or extreme Yang is illness.” When Yin and Yang
harmonize together, this is the Way. When Yin and Yang do not
harmonize, illness results. The practice of homosexuality has produce AIDS.
Some says AIDS originated in Africa, but Africa is not the source of AIDS. The
origin of AIDS is homosexuality. When homosexuals catch this disease, they
have no medicine to treat it, and no way to cure it. The doctors all have
their hands tied, with no strategy to deal with it.
What kind of disease is AIDS? It’s an epidemic which cannot be cured
by any medicine. There are still people study AIDS right now, trying to find a
way to cure it. Alas! This is called knowing something cannot be done, yet
insisting on doing it anyway. Attempting to cure it by force, they not only
fail to cure AIDS, but what happened is that from AIDS came another
“AIDS”, which is pneumonia. This new pneumonia is more
vicious than AIDS, once you catch it. This illness can be transmitted through
the mere the shaking of hands. If the sick person merely opens his mouths to
speak, he can pass the disease to you. Not only ordinary people have no way to
treat this disease; even among the doctors and nurses, in the last year alone
in the U.S., nearly twenty thousand have died from the new variety of
pneumonia. There’s no way to avoid it – even facemasks don’t work. With
there is body contact, the infection is transmitted. It can even be passed
through the air. This kind of illness is more devastating than the atomic
bomb. It’s more devastating than the hydrogen bomb. That’s why it is a
catastrophe of epidemic proportions. Now that this epidemic has struck, not
only do men have this disease, a great number of women have also been
infected. And not only do women have it, even babies are now getting born with
this kind of pneumonia and with AIDS. Just look! How terrifying this is!
Throughout the world the now, if we count it up, we find that the
number of people with AIDS and this pneumonia is not small, for some are
infected with the germs of pneumonia while still in the womb. That’s why all
over the world, the final days of the human race have arrived. The so-called
final days means that all will be annihilated, all will disappear. Among the
human population in the entire world, more than half are infected with the
germs of this disease, so when this disease breaks out, it will be like an
overwhelming deluge which cannot be stopped by anyone.
So what should the human race do when it encounters this kind of
calamity? We should recite the Great
Compassion Mantra with utmost sincerity and earnestness. The Buddha
said that The Great Compassion Mantra can cure eighty-four thousand illnesses
of the world. All the eighty-four thousand kinds of disease are covered,
including AIDS and pneumonia. We should bring forth the mind of utmost
sincerity, and be as earnest as when we are eating, as earnest as when we are
dressing, and as dedicated as we are to sleeping, so much that we cannot miss
We have to merge the Great Compassion Mantra into our daily activities,
so that it becomes an integral part of our everyday life. If we can do this,
then AIDS will be afraid and pneumonia will also be afraid. But this
requires our utmost sincerity.
Over half the human population in the world is going to perish, and those who will be left will be people who cultivate the Way, who cultivate truly, those who recites Buddha’s name, those who recites Sutras, those who are vegetarian – these people will be able to remain. I’m not saying this to terrify you. It’s just that the time has come when can I no longer refrain from shouting and crying out, to tell all of you that this current age is not a time of peace. It is very dangerous, and each morning we have no guarantee that we will see the evening, for the danger can come at any moment. /.