Not The Usual Tour
- `Travellers' bump into dead relatives and
deities in shades of red, white and yellow
By HAN KAR KAY
ONE can only imagine what heaven would be
or look like but 52 `tourists' gained entry
to the ultimate destination of happiness in
a celestial tour organised by Tze Bei Guan
Yin Centre leader Master Kek Eng Seng.
All dressed in white, the participants who
were selected from more than 200 registrants,
went on a brief procession and blessing ceremony at 7pm.
Blindfolded with only yellow cloth as their
tickets on the journey to heaven, participants
had to observe a strict vegetarian diet for
the `tour' carried out inside the Penang Leong
See Kah Miew building from around 8.30pm.
Wong Mun Cheong, 65, from Kuala Lumpur, who
had also participated in Master Kek's
`netherworld tour' in August, signed up for
the celestial tour out of curiosity.
"Minutes into the ceremony, I bumped into a
funny-looking fat man with a beard and within
moments, a blue stork flew by and carried me
to a different dimension.
"As I entered that dimension, I saw a golden
green seven-foot tall God of War (Kuan Kong).
In the blink of an eye, the blue stork brought
me to another realm in which the Guan Yin
(Goddess of Mercy) sat by a beautiful cascading waterfall.
"All of a sudden, I heard a familiar voice
from behind asking `Chai, nei fan lei lah?
(Son, you have returned?)'," he said after the tour.
Wong said he did not expect to bump into his
mother in heaven.
"During the netherworld tour, I wished to find
my mother but only saw thousands of ghosts.
"This time round, I was astonished to see her...
and she had pink skin!" he said.
See Yen Ling, 35, said she had breathing difficulties
and felt tired when the master began to chant the sutras.
"Later on, my breathing improved when I saw a
trail of white light ahead. "After awhile, I was
surprised to see Na Zha (a child deity) and
Sun Wu-Kung (the Monkey King) fly towards my
direction," said the sundry shop owner from Kedah.
Nevertheless, See was disappointed as she failed
to catch a glimpse of Guan Yin.
"I wish to participate in similar tours again
to experience something different, especially
to meet Guan Yin," she added.
Another `traveller', who wished to be identified
only as B.K. Lim from Klang, said that throughout
the journey to heaven, she followed a procession
led by a group of Tibetan Buddhist lama (monks)
towards a white light ahead.
"From afar, I could make out Guan Yin at the
end of the white light.
"Right before we reached the deity, I was transported
to a different dimension and met a red-faced god," she said.
Master Kek said the celestial tour was a successful
event as more than 40 participants gained entry to heaven.
"Some of the participants could not enter the realm
because of their religion.
"Participants bumped into deities and relatives in
various sizes and colours, especially shades of red,
white and yellow as those symbolise heaven,"
explained the 52-year-old master.
When asked about the sighting of a funny fat man
with a beard, he said it could be the
Yuk Wong Tai Tai (Jade Emperor).
The entire ceremony on Sunday ended at around 11pm.
The trip to heaven was jointly organised by
Master Kek and the Penang Teong Guan Association.