Mute Since Birth
- From TBN, issue 490
- By Living Buddha Lian Sheng, Sheng-Yen Lu
- Translated and edited by TBN
During my spiritual travelling
in Samadhi, I saw a husband and wife couple who had piously prayed
to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to grant them a son. After many
years of petitioning, they finally received the response they had
been hoping for and a son was born to them. Their son was growing
up normally, but he had a physical deficiency. He had been born
The couple had heard people say that if you enshrine and worship
a porcelain statue of Guru, you would receive a lot of responses.
So they enshrined and worshiped a porcelain statue of Padmakumara.
It was because of this affinity that I saw in my samadhi meditation
this pious couple who believe in the Buddha. I also saw their mute
son, as well.
They were praying to the porcelain statue of Padmakumara. They were
greatly distressed and tears poured down their faces. When I saw
this, I couldn’t bear it.
I examined their son’s tongue; it was fine.
I examined their son’s vocal chords; they were fine.
I examined their son’s throat; it was fine.
I drew a charm for “opening the voice.” I entered the
son’s dream and gave him the charm to drink with water. But,
surprisingly, it didn’t work.
I didn’t know why it didn’t work. I thought about it
for a while, then I went to see the “Jia-Ling-Ping-Jia”
deity birds, who can produce the most wonderful sound. But even
though they would have liked to help, they could do nothing.
I had almost given up
Then I thought, perhaps it is “cause and effect.” And
if this turned out to be the case, then it would become much more
complicated. After investigating this for a while, I learned that
in his previous life, he had been a monk who had committed three
1. He lost respect for his master.
2. He lost his bodhi heart.
3. He lost his precepts.
As for the previous lives of the couple, surprisingly, they were
the previous biological parents of the monk. (The tangle of “cause
and effect” can go on for many lives.)
When I saw such a “cause and effect,” I was overwhelmed
At this point, I almost thought about giving up again. But I was
still unwilling to do so. I entered the couple’s dream and
persuaded them to chant the “High King Guan Shi Yin True Sutra”
one thousand times. The couple, just as I expected, vowed to chant
the “High King Sutra” forever and ever—more than
one thousand times, more than ten thousand times, even more than
one could possibly count, to repent for all of their transgressions
and to make a wish for their son. (Chanting the “High King
Sutra” a thousand times will eliminate all serious karma.)
This I know:
The son received a response. One day, he stumbled and fell into
a river. After he was rescued, he threw up lots of water. Then the
most surprising and amazing thing happened—the son began to
speak, his voice sounding forth. A mute since birth, after being
rescued from the water, could now actually speak.
The couple was very grateful.
This is a great response from chanting the “High King Sutra”!