Question: I understand that once Amituofo (Amitabha Buddha) appears with Nianfo (practice of mindfulness of his name), no karmic creditors can impersonate Amituofo. But can karmic creditors appear as Amituofo to distract us on our deathbed while we are still in the process of powering up our Three Provisions (of Faith, Aspiration and Practice) to connect to Amituofo?
Answer: There are many cases, both ancient and contemporary, of how those disturbed by unseen beings were able to, within one single sincere chant of Amituofo, protect themselves while disturbing beings back off or flee.
We should thus practise Nianfo well in everyday life, to be able to connect to Amituofo swiftly in emergencies, including when departing from this life. Then, we will not have to worry. Also, we should NOT stop Nianfo when Amituofo finally appears. So that if is not Amituofo, he or she will go away. We are then always safe with sincere Nianfo, till we reach Amituofo’s Pure Land.