How God Punish People in Taoism

In the previous article we talked about how humans can destroy god’s world, this article we will talk about how the gods can destroy the people when you betray the gods and do things to offend them. I am not trying to scare you away, but you got to know the power of the gods too. In Chinese, there is a phrase – 五雷轟頂,天誅地滅. It is hard to translate, but it roughly translates to “Five thunder crashing down from above, the sky will punish and the ground will be exterminating you”.

Five Thunder Crashing from Above

The word five thunder is a metaphor, at the same time a very specific term to describe our “magic power”. The metaphor in short is about a big impact or disaster fallen upon you. However, it is not the case with the gods’ power and Taoism.  Thunder, 雷, means the rain on top of a farm, it means that the sky above keeps raining down its power to make something happen.  Five thunder is the 5 elements powers; gold, water, wood, fire, and earth.

Gold Thunder comes, it will crash your feelings and make your feelings go wrong. Imagine you lost feeling with your wife, then you want to divorce. You lost feeling for your career, then you will quit the job. You have a feeling for doing evil things, then you will become demonic. You feel happy while doing drugs, then you will drug yourself and damage your health. One of the common examples I have seen is that someone who was always faithful to the Tao will “suddenly” don’t want to cultivate and FEEL that the Tao is nothing to them. This sudden flip or “switch” is often because the Tao has already smashed you with the gold thunder.

Water Thunder comes, it will make you lose the grip over your time, impatience, and don’t want to put time into anything. It is as if you just don’t want to do anything because of the lack of fear of commitment. You can also be dragging, slow, dreadful, and feeling like your life suddenly got slowed down so much like you are living 30 years in a day.  We all know that time flies when you are happy, and this will be the opposite if the thunder hits you.  A common example that I have seen is that people suddenly stop showing up on LINE and trying to hide away from the uppers, the Tao, like they are a ghost and we are the sun.  They will suddenly don’t want to communicate, talk, and spend time on Tao-related things; and sometimes feel like the Tao things is taking over their “time”.

Wood Thunder comes, it will destroy your motivation and hype to do things, making you give up, discourage, and sometimes even frustrated. When you have some stupid thoughts that are destructive, this thunder can push the feeling up more, pumping you and hyping you up to push you to take action and do that stupid thing, such as hitting your friend or even wife and end up causing a relationship to shatter.  The common example I have seen is that the person being hit by this thunder will lose motivation and hype about the Tao-related things like they have no interest in it anymore. They will eventually lose the sense of value and feel that all these are nothing to them.

Fire Thunder comes, it will make you do things without thinking, especially doing things that are bad to yourself and only cause harm and not help. This thunder can also break all your success and destroy the things that already happened. It kills all your success that came true. Maybe your client already said they are buying the house you are showing them, then this thunder kicks in and they suddenly rejected your offer. A common example I have seen is that people will “snap” and suddenly do something to get themselves in trouble or into that position where the uppers will have to scold them; and they will often use this moment to snap and quit.

Earth thunder comes, it will destroy your ability to wait for the fruit to come in life. You will see yourself being impatient, careless, and not getting anything back after working hard.  This thunder will also crush your soul body protection layer, which makes you more exposed and vulnerable to any spiritual attacks coming your way. A common example that I have seen, is that people will start to do nothing but sleep. They will want to hide, and also to sleep, to escape, and become useless people.

When we say “Five Thunder” crashing on someone, it’s basically saying using all the magic power to ruin their life. A lot of people mistake thunder for lightning and thought that it is about 5 strikes of lightning going down to someone from the sky. That’s hilarious, how come they cannot even understand thunder and lightning is not the same thing.

Sky Punishes

The sky is referring to the gods above, the celestial court. They will punish people and yet what is the punishment? In our Saam Law wisdom, there was a lesson from the Tao about penalty vs punishment. There is a clear difference between them.

The penalty is taking something back from you so that you can learn your lesson from the “pain”. Fining someone is a form of penalty, taking money from you so give you a strong memory of the case, and hope that you won’t do it next time because of this memory in the heart.

Punishment is about making you lose something because you have taken it from others. For example, you have wasted the time of the whole class by creating a big drama in class. Punishment would be to give you a detention and punish you to stand outside the classroom for 2 hours so you also lose the time that you have taken from others.

If you are being punished by the gods, it means that the gods will make you lose things in life, until you have paid for what you have cost the others to lose with your action.  For example, you have made your master heart broken because you break the trust with him. The god will punish you by making you experience the same later, and so you will be betrayed by others in your life, and your heart broke even more so that you can lose enough to balance out your wrongdoings.

Ground Exterminate

The ground is referring to the lineage.  It means that the whole lineage will destroy you and exterminate you. What do we mean by exterminating here? When we say exterminate, it means to destroy and destroy, until you have nothing left.  It doesn’t mean to kill someone, it means to destroy it and break it up, until it cannot be broken anymore.

The Virtue of Destruction

The gods will punish and destroy people because they are merciful and kind to nature.  If one can be that bad to the point that the gods need to kick their butt, it means that this person can also go around and do bad things everywhere and anywhere. If you let them go, you are just being nice to the bad guys, and being mean to the other innocent ones. That reminds me of how the martial artist gave birth to a disciple with bad virtue. Then later that disciple go around and use the skills to bully people and do bad things. If the master doesn’t clean up the mess and destroy him, then it is his fault causing the whole world to suffer. For the sake of the bigger party, the gods must not let go of the bad ones and will destroy them to make sure they don’t go around harming more people with their bad virtue and powers.

Also read up on virtues such as loyalty, righteousness, benevolence, and what is evil. Stay aligned with your Tao, and you will be one of us who are constantly helping and contributing to creating the world for the gods so that the gods can create the world for us.

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