The Celebrity - Chapter 19
Chapter 19 – A Gambling Establishment or a Temple
The monk would chant the scripture in the temple. The compulsive gambler would gamble in the gambling establishment. That would be the normal case.
But when a monk chanted the scripture in a gambling establishment, or when a compulsive gambler gambled in a temple, that was not only abnormal, moreover it would be very absurd, very strange.
Strange matters were always caused by strange reasons.
Strange matters would also caused other strange matters.
“Why do you always say that the gambling establishment is not that far from hell?”
“Because a person who frequently goes to the gambling establishment, very often ends up perishing in hell.”
“The gambling establishment is really that fearful?”
“Indeed, if there is someone in your family who is a compulsive gamblers, you should be fearful.”
“If the head of the family is a compulsive gambler, this family can be in hell already.”
“I heard that when a person has lost everything, he could resort easily to selling his own wife and children.”
“Sometimes he would bet on his own life.”
“Oh, that is indeed fearful.”
“If the closest place to hell is the gambling establishment, then what is the closest place to heaven?”
“Good, but have you ever thought the similarity between gambling establishments and temples?”
“No, these two kind of places are simply not related at all.”
“Do you notice that gambling establishments and temples are usually located in a quite desolate place?”
“I just realize that now, but then I don’t understand.”
“What don’t you understand?”
“I know why a gambling establishment would be located in a quite desolate place, but why would a temple be similar? A person who burns incense at the temple will not lose his face nor violate the law.”
“Because when the temple is located afar, the more desolate it is, the more mysterious it feels.”
“Mysterious feel causes people to feel curious and therefore worship.”
“Right, sometimes when people do not understand about things, then they start to fear.”
“Because when they are afraid then they need to worship.”
“Moreover when the people need to travel so far to burn the incense, they can appear to be honest.”
“What you said were almost right, only almost.”
“After someone goes so far away to burn the incense, then he will certainly feel very hungry, and when he eats while very hungry, then he will always feel that the taste of the food is special.”
“Therefore people always feel that the food in the temple is specially delicious.”
“You have finally understood, the element room is very often the biggest attraction for people to go to the temple.”
“I know that when a lot of people burn the incense, they also go for a walk around the countryside at Qingming festival.”
“Therefore the smart monks will certainly locate the temple in a very far away, very remote place.”
“I also think that what you have just said are very sensible, but if a monk hears what you said he might feel irritated.”
“A monk cannot feel irritated.”
“The addictions to wine, beauty, wealth, and anger , the four elements are mere illusions, you have forgotten this too?”
“Right, since anger is also empty, a monk certainly cannot get irritated.”
“The one who gets irritated is not a real monk.”
“Therefore being irritated is not a problem.”
“No problem at all.”
A remote lane.
The end of the lane was the golden beard’s gambling establishment.
Qin Ge and Tian SiSi entered this lane.
By now the dark cloud had suddenly covered up the moonlight and a faint thunderclap like a rolling drum could be heard from that dark cloud.
The strong wind rolled up and pushed along, the weather was gloomy.
Tian SiSi watched the weather and said, “It looks like a rainstorm will come soon.”
Qin Ge said, “Rainy weather is the perfect weather to gamble.”
Tian SiSi said, “Since you already know that gambling is very fearful, why do you still bet?”
Qin Ge smiled and said, “Because I am not a good person and also not intelligent.”
Tian SiSi’s sweet voice, “You are only a hero.”
Qin Ge said, “A good smart person usually cannot be a good hero.”
He suddenly shut his mouth, because he suddenly discovered that the courtyard of that gambling establishment seemed to be filled with swirls of black little pieces creating a trace of black fog whipped around by the strong winds, everything danced in the air.
This fog which did not look like the fog brought a sense of surreptitious terror in this kind of cloudy weather.
Tian SiSi changed countenance said, “What is that?”
Qin Ge shook his head, and sped up his walk.
The gambling establishment’s worn-out front door continuously swayed in the wind, continuously making rattling noise.
The door unexpectedly was wide open without anyone guarding the door. Did this heavily guarded entrance to the gambling establishment change suddenly into an open door policy?
The black fog became thicker in the courtyard.
Qin Ge stepped forward and fished one piece.
Tian SiSi who followed, asked immediately, “Actually what is that?”
Qin Ge had not replied, but instead had given the thing in his hand to Tian SiSi.
This thing was soft, gentle, supple like silk.
Tian SiSi blurted out, “It is hair.”
Qin Ge calmly said, “It is hair.”
Tian SiSi said, “Where do these many hairs come from?”
The abundant hairs in that courtyard danced in the air in the strong winds, bringing an unspeakable surreptitious terror.
Qin Ge hesitatingly said, “I wonder whether that monk is also inside?”
Tian SiSi said, “Why are you looking for that monk?”
Qin Ge said, “Perhaps because your question can only be answered by him.”
He opened the door and walked in.
He was stunned.
Tian SiSi was walking with him.
Tian SiSi was also stunned.
Everyone who walked in would all be stunned.
The monk was in this house.
Not just a monk, but a houseful of monk!
If you were in a temple, no matter how many monks you saw, you would not feel strange, you would not be stunned.
But this place was a gambling establishment.
There was no gambling tables, gambling paraphernalia, nor gamblers.
Now in this gambling establishment there were only monks.
Several dozens big and small, old and young monks, with downcast eyes, the nose pointed downward, the palms gathered together, sitting cross-legged. Every single one of them was bald. So bald, that the light was perfectly reflected off it.
Tian SiSi now suddenly understood where those hairs in the courtyard had come from.
But she had not understood actually why these people had suddenly shaved their head clean to become monks.
It was very quiet in the house.
There was no sound of dice, of card, of eating and drinking, and of chanting.
Although there were monks, they actually did not chant the scripture.
Maybe because they have not learned how to chant?
Qin Ge was looking for the monk who yesterday could chant the scripture.
He walked slowly, looking at each one before he stopped suddenly in front of a monk.
Tian SiSi saw surprise on his face, and immediately saw past him at this monk and felt like seeing a ghost.
This monk cast down his eyes, the nose pointed downward, sitting cross-legged, not only clean-shaven, but also totally bald. This monk's face was very familiar.
Tian SiSi looked for a while before she suddenly shouted, “The golden beard!”
This monk was unexpectedly the golden beard.
Nearby him was another monk, a face that seemed to have been hit by the raindrop of sand beach. “Zhao Gang with a pockmarked face!”
This bloodsucker could really turn into a monk?
Qin Ge stared at the golden beard, after a very long time, then he patted his shoulder and said, “Are you sick?”
The golden beard at last looked up and put his palms together, “Who is the benefactor speaking to?”
Qin Ge said, “With you, the golden beard.”
The golden beard said, “Amida Buddha, the golden beard has died, how can the benefactor speak to him?”
Qin Ge said, “You are not the golden beard?”
The golden beard said, “The monk’s name is Ming Gang.” (bright light)
Qin Ge stared at him for a while and said, “How could the golden beard die suddenly?”
The golden beard said, “When a person should die he would die.”
Qin Ge said, “But when he should not have died?”
The golden beard said, “When he should not have died sooner or later he also must die.”
He sat cross-legged continuously without any expression. If anyone saw him now, he would not believe that yesterday he was the boss of a gambling establishment.
Right now he just looked like a rigorous eminent monk.
Tian SiSi’s eyeball rotated and said suddenly, “The golden beard has already died, how about his newly married wife?”
A newly married person who is afraid of his wife, so afraid that he would shave all his beard, could only have one reason. Because he really, really loved his wife. Because when he really loved her that was when he became really afraid of her. Although the golden beard was trying hard to control himself, but some perspiration had dropped from his head.
Tian SiSi secretly took a meaningful glance at Qin Ge and said, “What do you think will happen to a newly married wife whose husband has died?”
Qin Ge smiled and said easily, “Naturally his wife will remarry!”
Tian SiSi said, “Remarry? So quick?”
Qin Ge said, “She would remarry, sooner or later.”
Tian SiSi said, “Marry whom?”
Qin Ge said, “Perhaps a taoist priest, perhaps a scholar, the red flowers, green leaves and blue lotus root are just parts of a big family. “
He had not finished his sentence, the golden beard had roared suddenly and threw himself at him. A person who could become a gambling establishment’s boss would certainly have some real skills. His fingers spread out like an eagle’s claw, seemingly wishing to cut off Qin Ge’s neck.
Immediately Qin Ge’s neck shrank backward, but a wooden drumbeater also flew in the midair and “whack” had knocked on the bald head of the golden beard.
This knock was really heavy.
Although the golden beard’s head had not been broken, but he had been knocked dizzy. He stepped back and with a “thud” had sat back on the cushion.
“Amida Buddha, virtuous, virtuous.”
A monk’s mouth proclaimed the blessing and walked slowly forward, his hand was holding the drum without the wooden beater.
The monk who could chant the scripture had finally appeared.
He arrived slowly in front of the golden beard and sighed, “All things of visible form and substance are empty, beauty is also empty, if you cannot control this thought, how can you become a monk?”
The golden beard shook violently and with a hissing voice he gritted, “I never really want to be a monk, it is you who force me ......”
He had not finished his sentence when ‘whack”, the hand had knocked again on his head.
This monk's hand seemed to be harder than the wooden beater.
The golden beard was unexpectedly knocked back hard, the bald head immediately produced a big bump.
This monk said, “Who compels you to be a monk?”
The golden beard said, “No one… nobody.”
The monk said, “Do you want to be a monk?”
The golden beard said, “Yes ......yes ......”
The monk put his palms together and said, “Amida Buddha, the sea of bitterness knows no bounds, repent and be saved, lay down the butcher knife, stand up for Buddha...... virtuous, virtuous, salute Amida Buddha, there is no other Amida Buddha ......”
He unexpectedly started to chant scripture.
The golden beard crawled and sobbed loudly.
Tian SiSi looked stunned, before finally turning her head to Qin Ge and gave a forced smile, “This monk really can chant the scripture. “
Qin Ge said, “Not only he can chant the scripture, but he can also knock the person’s head.”
Tian SiSi said, “Knocks even better than chanting the scripture.”
Qin Ge said, “Although he is not chanting the scripture in the wrong place, but he had actually knocked the wrong head.”
Tian SiSi said, “Whose head should he knock then?”
Qin Ge said, “His own.”
The monk suddenly stopped his chanting and turned to look at him before sighing, “It is you.”
Qin Ge said, “Right.”
The monk said, “How did you get here?”
Qin Ge said, “Since I can leave, why can’t I come?”
The monk said, “You have already left, you should not have come.”
Qin Ge said, “Who says so?”
The monk said, “The monk.”
Qin Ge said, “Why does the monk say so?”
The monk said, “The monk can brush off someone, can knock the person’s head. “
Qin Ge sighed and said, “It seems that this monk wants me to leave.”
The monk said, “Yesterday you forced me to leave, today I am forcing you to leave, that is justice.”
Qin Ge said, “If I leave, will there be someone who will give the monk 50,000 taels?”
The monk said, “No.”
Qin Ge said, “Then I will not leave.”
The monk lowered his face and said, “You know what place is this?”
Qin Ge said, “This seems like a gambling establishment, but also like a temple.”
The monk said, “Yesterday it was a gambling establishment, today it is a temple.”
Qin Ge smiled and said, “All people may come to the temple to burn incense including the prostitutes, why can’t I come?”