A Flying Carriage From Heaven
- From TBN, issue 492
- By Living Buddha Lian Sheng, Sheng-Yen Lu
- Translated and Edited by TBN
Recently, in my samadhi,
I heard the sound of heavenly music. The sound went out across the
sky, lotuses showered down like rain, and a huge divine carriage
flew down from above. The carriage was exquisitely adorned, grand
and elegant, and there were long rows of ceremonial flags and banners
lined up one after another, held by heavenly fairy maidens and celestial
children, all the way from heaven above right down to the human
world, marching in this astonishing pageant, in this welcoming parade.
I thought this was very strange. It seemed that it was coming for
me. The divine carriage was emitting a vibrant golden light and
was covered with splendid parasols.
"Are you coming for me?"
"Which heavenly realm are you coming from?"
"The Divine Heavenly River Realm."
When I heard this, I was speechless and could not respond. In the
very beginning, before I came down to the human world from the Maha
Twin Lotus Ponds, I first went to the Divine Heavenly River Realm,
and from there I was born into the human world. When I return, I
will also go back to the Divine Heavenly River Realm first.
My only thought is "my
Should I go back? To the Divine Heavenly River Realm.
Or, perhaps I should stay in the human world, toughing it out for
a few more years?
Ha! Ha! Ha!
While I was thinking all this, I was chanting "Amitabha Buddha"
and the "High King Sutra," even as the divine carriage was coming
closer. But I remained sitting still in my meditation posture, without
moving. I did not want to return just yet. I would like to write
a few more books! If I go back now, would it not be a bit too soon?
Just at that moment, as the divine carriage came closer, it became
hazy and faint. Then the troops of fairy maidens and celestial children
disappeared, just like wisps of smoke, and the heavenly music was
I was still here!