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Pv 1.2 Sūkaramukha Sutta: Pig’s Mouth

Even using harsh speech is enough to cause suffering.

Narada Bhante: Your body is the color of gold and shines in all directions. But your mouth is like a pig’s. What have you done in your previous life? Ghost: I did nothing wrong with my body, but I said bad things using my mouth. That is why my body is beautiful but my mouth […]

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Pv 1.3 Pūtimukha Sutta: Stinky Mouth

A ghost explains the danger of using harsh speech.

Narada Bhante: Your body is as beautiful as an angel and you are floating in the sky. But your mouth is being eaten by worms and is very smelly. What have you done in your previous life? Ghost: I was an evil monk and insulted others using bad words. I pretended to be a good […]

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Pv 1.9 Mahāpesakāra Sutta: Master Weaver

What happens when you insult those who give?

A monk sees a ghost and discusses his experience with others. Monk: She eats excrement, urine, blood, and pus. Why does she do this? What has she done for her to have to always feed on blood and pus? New clothes which are very clean, soft, and beautiful turn to hard metal plates when they […]

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Pv 2.3 Mattā Sutta: The Ghost Matta

Even minor evil actions can result in immense suffering.

A housewife named Tissa sees a female ghost and questions, Tissa: You are naked and very ugly, your veins are popping out. You thin person, with your ribs sticking out, who are you? Matta (ghost): My name is Matta, and you are Tissa. Don’t you remember? I was your husband’s other wife. I did lots […]

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Pv 2.4 Nandā Sutta: The Ghost Nanda

Harsh speech and evil actions only brings negative results.

Nandasena sees a ghost and questions, Nandasena: You are very dark and ugly with red eyes and black teeth. You look very nasty. I don’t think that you are a human. Nanda (ghost): Oh Nandasena, I am Nanda. I was your wife in the human world. Since I did lots of evil things, I was […]

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Pv 2.7 Dhanapāla Sutta: Wealthy Dhanapala

What can happen if we don't give and insult those who do?

A group of merchants sees a ghost and questions him. Merchant: You are naked and very ugly, your veins are popping out. You thin person, with your ribs sticking out, who are you? Dhanapala (Ghost): I am a ghost, sir. I am suffering in the world of Yama. I have done an evil deed as […]

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Pv 2.10 Uttaramātu Sutta: Uttara’s Mother

Harsh speech against those who do good result in suffering.

A female ghost who was very ugly and scary approached a monk who was resting on the bank of the Ganges River. Her hair was extremely long and touched the ground. Covered by her hair, she spoke to the monk. Ghost: Bhante, it has been 55 years since I died in the human world. I […]

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Pv 4.8 Gūthakhādaka Sutta: Excrement Eating Male Ghost

What happens when you associate with evil monks?

Moggallana Bhante: Oh unlucky one, you are standing in a pit of excrement. Who are you? What kind of evil deed did you do? How can I know for sure what happened to you? Ghost: Bhante, I am a ghost. As a result of my evil deeds I have been born in this ghost world. […]