Guarding this bridge is Grandma Meng who will offer you a bowl of Forgetfulness Soup. If you accept this soup and gulp it down, you’ll forget all the troubles, miseries, and sufferings in your life that has just ended. But if you have the courage to refuse the soup, you will remember everything into your next lives. Some want only to forget, while others -- especially if they had wealth, fame, a beautiful wife or handsome husband -- choose to remember.
Some refuse to drink the Forgetfulness Soup because their heart won’t let them forget their loves ones. Ironically, sometimes the one you love the most is not the one who bears you children and shares your home. For a hundred different reasons, the two of you could not spend your life together.
And there are those who cannot makeup their minds – to remember or to forget? Should I drink and forget or decline and remember? This moment will decide your memories – or lack of them – for all your lifetimes to come.
But there is a third choice. That you don’t eat the soup but wait on the bridge for your loved one to join you. Because one day he or she must also cross the bridge. If you remain, not only will you delay your chance to reincarnate and remain a ghost for a long time, but because there are always so many crossing the bridge, you may miss each other forever.
When your day comes, would you drink this Forgetfulness Soup?