Innocent Little Ghosts

What is most important and urgent now is the number of little ghosts in the world. Why are there so many little ghosts? This is because there are too many abortions. These fetuses are killed even before their bodies have a chance to develop into human shape. These little ghosts of aborted fetuses are incredibly vengeful. Therefore both the precept against killing and the precept for liberating the living prohibit abortion. These little ghosts are also very difficult to shake off, and thus the saying: “It is easy to meet King Yama, but difficult to deal with little ghosts.” Everyone should pay attention to this point! Now, in every nation, little ghosts outnumber old ghosts. This is a very serious problem!


Those who Kill will Repay with Life; Those who Owe Money will Repay with Money.

Why do people get strange diseases nowadays? These diseases come from the act of killing.

The deepest animosity in the world is created by killing. It is said, “Those who kill will repay with life, those who owe money will repay with money.” If you kill other people's father or brother, your father or brother will in turn be killed by others. In this way, people cruelly kill each other without end. It is because of too much killing that one's retribution ripens in a short period of time, and thus the saying, “One receives his retribution in the present life.”


Innocent Little Ghosts
無辜的小鬼 Part 3

Let's take abortion for instance, which is fiercer than highway robbery. Think about it, by having an abortion, you are terminating a life before his or her body can completely take shape! With deepest enmity and greatest resentment, these little ghosts of aborted fetuses “complain about the heavens and blame other people.” Their hatred is more powerful and poisonous than atomic bombs and hydrogen bombs; they are determined to seek revenge. Given the prevalence of abortion nowadays, these little ghosts of unborn babies are everywhere, outnumbering the old ghosts in the world. Some people don’t know why they are sick. Actually, they are sick because they have caused too much animosities and resentments. For example, in most cases, people have cancer because they have taken many lives. Being unable to appease the animosities from living beings they have killed, these individuals end up with cancer....


Questions about Abortion and Infant Spirits
墮胎、嬰靈答問錄 Part 1

It is better to prevent problems from happening, rather than feeling regret afterwards

Question: If a married couple has no choice but to get an abortion due to financial difficulties or other reasons, will the consequence be as serious?


The Venerable Master: Since the financial conditions are not permitting, a pregnancy shouldn’t have happened in the first place; in this way, they can avoid the resulting trouble. Given their existing financial difficulties, why do they wait until the problem arises and then try to find a solution? They should have taken precautions against the problem from happening. Why not come up with other good ideas? As it is said, “Why wait until the wood has been made into canoe [before realizing one needs firewood to cook a meal]?” Why wait until when it’s too late to do anything? They should have included the possibility of pregnancy in their annual budget.


Questions about Abortion and Infant Spirits
墮胎、嬰靈答問錄 Part 2

Question: Venerable Master, some unmarried mothers are causing a lot of social problems, and then there is abortion.... I wonder what opinions or suggestions the Venerable Master has regarding these problems.


The Venerable Master: You are referring the problem of single mothers. Unfortunately, these individuals have lost their sense of humanity, so they break the rules before they get married. Nowadays, most young people like to dance, watch movies, and sing. They enjoy eating, drinking, playing, and seeking pleasure. These desires and actions lead to a loss of their humanity, to the point where they don’t even realize that they are human beings. Human beings should act like human beings, but they do things like ghosts -- covertly not obeying the rules, wanting to try things before they get married... as a result, they have a baby. Things like these may not be big deals in the West, but they are thought of as great shame in China.

上人:這在英文的稱呼是 ”single mother” ── 這是人性的失去,所以在未婚就不守規矩了。不守規矩 ── 好像現代一般的年輕人,他們歡喜跳舞、看電影、唱歌,歡喜這些吃、喝、玩、樂,結果就把人性失去了;把人性失去了,連自己都不知道自己是人了。人應該作人事,他們盡作鬼事,偷偷摸摸地就要不守規矩,沒有結婚就想試一試,結果就生了小孩子。這在西方國家是不當一回事,然而這在我們中國是覺得很羞恥的。

Questions about Abortion and Infant Spirits
墮胎、嬰靈答問錄 Part 3

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These problems arise due to a single thought of ignorance: Man chases after woman, woman looks for man.... Because of ignorance, karmic activity follows; after the karmic activity was performed, name and form, the six entrances, contact, and feelings come into being…, these are all generated by ignorance. As a result of being confused, emotional love arises, followed by the desire to grasp and possess, then many other problems appear... until old age and death arrive. This whole chain of events is called the Dharma of Twelve-fold Conditioned Arising.


Because people don’t understand the chain of Twelvefold Conditioned Arising, they do things contrary to this principle. As a result, their troubles grow bigger and bigger, to the point that they get pregnant. Things get even worse when, instead of giving birth, they get an abortion when the fetus is one to four months old.


Questions about Abortion and Infant Spirits
墮胎、嬰靈答問錄 Part 4

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The offense of abortion is very serious. You may think this is just a little ghost, but it has great spiritual powers that can cause you to die or catch various strange diseases, make you feel baffled and confused to the point of a mental breakdown.... The offense of abortion is greater than the offense of killing an adult. If you do not want to raise a child, why cause the conception? Why be so messed-up? Unfortunately, because man and woman don’t understand the principles of how to be a human being, these problems arise.


In order to solve these problems, we need to provide young people with sex education, and teach them not to engage in love affairs before they are fully matured and grown up, otherwise, they will encounter serious trouble. We should urge them to follow the rules.


Questions about Abortion and Infant Spirits
墮胎、嬰靈答問錄 Part 5

Questions: Venerable Master, since you are back in Taiwan, could you give some advice to your disciples in Taiwan?


The Venerable Master: The proper behavior between man and woman is the foundation of peace within a nation and peace in the world. If a husband acts unlike a husband, a wife acts unlike a wife, and children act unlike children, how can the world avoid being in disorder? I suggest that everyone should fulfill the proper roles of husband and wife, do not get a divorce, and take good care of your children. With every family happy and harmonious, the nation will naturally be in peace.


In addition, I urge everyone to stop having abortions! Think about it, if living beings become resentful spirits even before they are born, with these vengeful little ghosts of aborted fetuses everywhere, how can the society be peaceful? These little ghosts can only be crossed over by genuine cultivators of the Bodhi Way who are not greedy for wealth. These little ghosts are really tough to deal with! It is very difficult to resolve these matters; hence, with karmic offenses pervading everywhere, how can there be peace?


Questions about Abortion and Infant Spirits
墮胎、嬰靈答問錄 Part 6

Question: How can Taiwan be saved?


The Venerable Master: By not having abortions, by not killing living beings.


Question: Abortion constitutes as karma of killing. Since I didn’t study Buddhism before, I unknowing committed the killing offense. How can I make up for my offense?


The Venerable Master: By doing more meritorious and virtuous deeds, by doing more repentance and reform, and by reciting the Buddha's name more often.


Questions about Abortion and Infant Spirits
墮胎、嬰靈答問錄 Part 7

Question: I've heard that abortion is wrong in Buddhism, but I committed this offense in the past without knowing that it was wrong. What can I do now to redress the harm that I have caused?


The Venerable Master: No wholesome deed is greater than correcting one's own faults. Even if your offenses are enormous, as if they were pervading the sky, if you sincerely repent and reform, they will be eradicated.


Questions about Abortion and Infant Spirits
墮胎、嬰靈答問錄 Part 8

Question: Nowadays, there are many advertisements on “Making Offerings to Infant Spirits” in newspapers and magazines. Can we make offerings to infant spirits, or should they be crossed over instead?


The Venerable Master: The term “Making Offerings” cannot be used in this context, because an infant spirit is not the Triple Jewel (the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha). If you consider making offerings to infant spirits, you will fall into the trap of erroneous views. Rather, it should be called “crossing over.” Crossing over living beings is not the same as making offerings to them, because the act of crossing over enables them to leave suffering and attain bliss. However, the infant spirits’ resentment is so great that they are difficult to appease. Given that the debt owed to these spirits involves taking lives, it needs to be repaid with life. However, if such debtors encounter genuine cultivators of the Bodhi Way who are not greedy for wealth, they still have a chance to cross over the infant spirits.


“To Find a Buddha,     You have to See your Nature.    Whoever Sees his Nature is a Buddha.”


Bodhidharma’s Bloodstream Sermon / 《達磨大師血脈論》