Revived After Death
- From TBN, issue 495
- By Living Buddha Lian Sheng, Sheng-Yen Lu
- Translated and Edited by TBN
At a large hospital,
there was an elderly woman who had been declared dead by her doctor.
Her family had been prepared for this and had earlier made arrangements
for her funeral.
One of the elderly woman's grandsons was a disciple of the True
Buddha School. He chanted intensely "Om Guru Lian Sheng Siddhi Hum,"
one hundred times, a thousand times.
Meanwhile, the soul of the old woman had left her body. She saw
a bank of lights, clean and pure. There in the air stood a very
youthful-looking Padmakumara, holding a blue lotus flower, ready
to welcome her.
Padmakumara tossed the lotus flower and it magically transformed
in the air into a very large lotus. It was radiant and had an extraordinary
lustre. The old woman seated herself upon the lotus, ready to fly
westward [to Amitabha's Pure Land.]
But then she suddenly exclaimed, "Wait a moment! Wait a moment!"
Padmakumara asked, "What is it?"
The elderly woman told Padmakumara that she was very old and her
memory was very bad. But now she had remembered two things that
she wished to tell her family. Might she have permission?
Padmakumara asked, "What
are the two things?"
The old woman replied, "One is personal business. I have some private
savings that are hidden somewhere. If I don't tell them where, they
will never find them. Another is something sacred-that I am going
to ride on a blue lotus to the Pure Land. I have to tell them about
Padmakumara then said, "Since that is so, I will give you eight
hours. At the end of that time, I will come again to take you."
The old woman was dead and then she came back to life. Her doctor
and her family were greatly surprised. The old woman told her family
that she was allowed to live for only eight more hours. She had
come back specially to divulge two things. The first was about the
secret of where she had hidden her private savings. The second was
that she had witnessed Blue Padmakumara coming to receive her and
that she was going to be reborn in the Western Paradise, without
Everyone was surprised and delighted. Her entire family chanted
together, "Om Guru Lian Sheng Siddhi Hum."
Eight hours after returning to life, th old woman closed her eyes
and this time she was actually gone. Her family prepared her funeral
The old woman's grandson usually didn't cultivate the dharma by
himself. He just visited a chapter for group cultivations and only
chanted Guru's heart mantra 108 times every day, nothing more. Before
his grandmother's last breath, he cast some "vajra sand" over her
body and gave her a nectar pill to hold in her mouth.
So strange! The old woman returned to life after her death!