As we have especially invoked a distinguished guest today, Surupakaya Tathagata, let's say a few words about him.
Today we invited here all the passengers who died onboard the Malaysia Airlines flight that was shot down near the Ukrainian border. However not all of them were here. Since only 32 have come, much more bardo deliverance will be required.
How is it that of those invited only 32 came? It's because they saw and recognised the High King Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva and followed her here. After arriving they purified themselves by going through the homa fire and accepted the food offerings. I also helped to purify them and guide them to rebirth in the pure land. There were 32 of them altogether.
As their bodies were in bits and pieces, it was necessary to invoke Surupakaya Tathagata for help. High King Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva therefore invited Surupakaya Tathagata to come with her. What kind of Tathagata is Surupakaya Tathagata? He can put back together bodies that have been torn to pieces. Surupakaya Tathagata is needed to help restore the torn up body back to its original appearance and in a wonderful form. Hence the Tathagata's name is Surupakaya Tathagata. This is an important point. Without the help of Surupakaya Tathagata not only would their bardo bodies remain fragmented, their souls would also still be fragmented. As a result, they would be in a state of complete and utter disarray.
Therefore it is necessary for Surupakaya Tathagata to be present at the Homa in order to restore their bodies one by one so that they can go through the homa fire to purify themselves and have a feast prior to being delivered to the Pure Land.
Within the Yoga Flaming Mouth there are many deities and each deity has his own area of responsibility. The duty of Surupakaya Tathagata is to renew and refine a being's form so that the soul can be reborn in the Buddhist Pure Land. When these 32 victims first arrived here they were in bits and pieces. But after their bits and pieces were put back together by Surupakaya Tathagata, each became a ''true soul,'' that is, with the three souls and the seven senses fully reassembled.
Following the restoration, they looked around and realized that there were no seats available for them as all seats were occupied. On this side where seats were reserved for Masters, there weren't many seats left so they all had to sit inside my body. They descended one by one into my body. During the dedication when I said ''buddha lights shining upon all beings and let their spirits be reborn in the Buddhist Pure Land'' they then left my body one by one. I counted them and there were 32 of them altogether. This is the most authentic bardo deliverance I have ever conducted! It was very real.
Surupakaya Tathagata has come here but there is no tablet here that is designated for him. By right a tablet dedicated to him should be placed here. In the future whenever there is bardo deliverance, a tablet for Surupakaya Tathagata has to be included. Other than this, a tablet for the victims of the Malaysian Airlines crash must also be included. In this way, the victims will no longer need to come into my body. Just add two tablets, one for Surupakaya Tathagata and the other one for the deceased victims of the Malaysian Airlines crash. Just adding the two tablets will be sufficient. The sudden and unexpected arrival of Surupakaya Tathagata and the 32 spirits has made this ceremony extraordinary and perfect.
Translated by TBTTs (sections relevant to Surupakaya Tathagata only)
Translator: Hong Nan Soh
Translation Accuracy Editor: DJ Chang
English Proficiency Editor: Henry Wolf