The Benefit of Giving & Dedication of Merit:
Buddha spoke on Ghosts
walk through walls & who need
Outside the walls they stand and wait,
and at the junctions and road-forks,
Returning to their prior homes, urging!
They wait beside the posts of gates.
But when a rich feast is set out with food &
drink of every kind, remember
the fact that
few humans do recall: These pellucid ghosts
was created from
their past own acts.
So they who are compassionate, who
have a heart to give
to their relatives
such drink and food as may be pure.
And good and fitting
at these times:
Then let this food be for the ghost relatives;
May the ghost
relatives have some happiness.!
These ghosts of the departed of my family
Foregathered and assembled there will eagerly their blessing give.
For plentiful rich food and drink:
So may our relatives live long,
Owing to whom we have this gain, for honour to us has thus been done,
No giver ever lacked the sweet fruit.
In the dimension of these Ghosts,
There is never any ploughing there, nor any cattle-herding found,
Nor merchandizing just the same,
nor bartering for coin of gold:
The ghosts of your departed family, live there on anything given only here;
As water showered on the hill,
flows down to reach the hollow vale,
So giving given here can serve the ghosts of your departed family.
As river-beds, when full can bear
the water down to fill the sea,
So giving given here can serve the
ghosts of the departed family there.
He gave to me, he worked for me, he was my family, friend, & intimate!
Give gifts, then, for departed ones,
recalling what they used to do.
No weeping, nor yet sorrowing, nor any kind of mourning, helps the
Departed Ones, whose family remain
unhelpful to them acting thus silly.
But when this offering is given and
well placed in the Sangha Community
For them, then it can serve them long
in future and at once as well.
The True Dhamma for relatives has here been shown,
and how high honour
to departed ones is done, and how the Bhikkhus can be given strength as well,
And how great merit can be stored away by you.
Therefore: Dedicate the merit of any gift to your hungry Ghost Family!
The suffer a lot, wailing in despair, but in vain, repenting their evil
There are ghost who only can feed on: corpses, or excrement, or
or menstruation, or ash, or earth, or glowing embers and many similar
Ghost existence is mainly the result of stealing and cheating with
More on this
dreadful Ghost existence! From the Canonical Tipitaka:
Minor Anthologies Vol 4,
Vimanavatthu & Petavatthu
Video also featuring Ghosts and their sad fate: