Living Examples of Retribution for Cause: In the Human World Virtue Is Really Wealth

February 16, 2010 at 1:13 am | Posted in Asia, Children's Stories, Life Lessons, Moments from History, Reflections, Stories from China | Leave a comment
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Author: Xiao Hui

[] An ancient Chinese sage, Wu Hui Shu, recorded this living example: A man died of pestilence but came to life afterwards.  He recited what he had seen and experienced in the nether world.

He said that he had come across an old friend there, who was shabbily dressed and wore a shackle on his neck.  When they saw each other, their grief and joy intermingled.

He held the old friend’s hands and sighed, “You were wealthy and high ranking in the human world.  Why were you unable to bring the wealth and rank to the nether world?”

The man frowned and said, “Wealth and rank from the human world can definitely be brought to the nether world.  However, some wealthy people were unable to bring their wealth to the nether world, because they did not accumulate enough moral integrity in the human world to enable them to do so.  Those people who had merit and virtue will become wealthy and suffer less after they come to the nether world.  When you go back, please tell those who are still alive in the human world to plan in advance how to bring their wealth and rank to the nether world.”

What the man said is really practical and more powerful than the empty talk that wealth and rank are something empty.

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