Bodhisattva Guan Yin stopped the ghosts of alcoholism from acting out
an old habit
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On our way up to the mountain yesterday, we came across a group of teenagers. They had arrived very early. At the time we saw them, they were on their way going down the mountain, laughing and talking to each other.
Then one of the teenagers dribbled his beer on the ground. This immediately led to a battle among over twenty ghosts of alcoholism to scramble for the alcohol. They ignored the order and chaotically ran down to the mountain road just to enjoy the smell of the beer. Bodhisattva Guan Yin stopped them at once and ordered them to go back to their original positions to avoid affecting other people who were hiking on the mountain.
All sentient beings listen to us chanting the Great Compassion Mantra usually stand trimly on both sides of the mountain-path, move along with our speed, and behave orderly as they are in a temple.
This shows that it's very hard for an “individual” to change his habit. Even on such solemn occasion with so many Bodhisattvas and heaven-gods’ attendances, these ghosts of alcoholism have still behaved this way. It was indeed a result of the old habits from previous lives.
As Dharma practitioners, we should reflect on this and be awakened.
Namo Sakyamuni Buddha
Namo Amitabha Buddha
Namo Bodhisattva Guan Yin
Namo all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas of the three periods of time from ten directions
May the merit and virtue accrued here
Equally be upon all
May every sentient being and I
All achieve Buddhahood
Written by Shou Yue Liang
First publishing date: August 23, 2010