Four Things That Endanger a Society

September 30, 2013 at 10:00 am | Posted in Asia, Culture, Discoveries, Discussion, Good Advice, Moments from History, Reflections, Relevance to Today, Stories from China | Leave a comment
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September 18, 2013 | By Li Qing

Minghui.org

Around 2,400 years ago, about 10 nations coexisted in China, and each had its own king. One day, King Hui of the Wei Nation invited the other kings to his magnificent palace for a feast. Among them was King Gong of the Lu Nation (the nation where Confucius was from). When King Hui proposed a toast, King Gong told a story about the factors that lead to a nation’s destruction:

“Yidi was good at making wine, and she once gave some to King Yu, who tasted it and liked it very much. Nonetheless, from then on, King Yu abstained from wine and distanced himself from Yidi. Yu said, ‘I know some kings in the future will ruin their nations for greed for good wine.’

“When King Huan of the Qi Nation felt hungry one night, renowned cook Yi Ya prepared a delicious meal for him. King Huan really liked it and ate a lot, which made it difficult for him to wake up the next morning. King Huan then said, ‘Some kings in the future will lose their nations over their fondness for delicious food.’

“After King Wen of the Jin Nation obtained the beautiful Nan Zhiwei, he indulged himself in sensuous pleasure for three days before returning to his work on national affairs. He thus sent Nan away and said, ‘Future kings will ruin their nations for over indulging sensuously in beauty.’

“When King Zhao went up a tower to view the scenery surrounding his kingdom, he was deeply impressed by the great mountains and rivers. He was so impressed that he almost forgot everything else. He thus promised to never again forget his duties and warned others: ‘Someone in the future will lose his nation after exerting too much effort in building grand structures and being too moved by beautiful scenes.’

King Gong then concluded that any one of the four indulgences from the story could lead a nation to destruction. During this feast, however, King Hui had gathered all four types of pleasure, which could be an alerting sign.

King Hui heard these words and wholeheartedly agreed with King Gong.

Using History as a Guide

The story offers insight into the many examples of this kind from history. The Zhou, Shang, Qin, and Sui Dynasties all came to an end as a result of over-indulgences by their rulers. When kings have recklessly sought for physiological or material pleasure, they’ve doomed themselves for destruction.

Similar things are also taking place in contemporary China. Especially over the past two decades, seeking material pleasure has become a stronger and more accepted trend. Government officials now go all out in the pursuit of self interest. Officials in all spheres of society openly accept bribes at the demise of society’s well-being. Mass food consumption and untended waste from public works projects are skyrocketing at unprecedented levels. Prostitution, including the exploitation of under-aged young girls, is now commonplace. Moral degeneration on the whole has reached an unprecedented level.

After recognizing the communist regime’s corruption and inevitable deterioration, especially through reading the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party nearly 140 million people have publicly declared their intentions to quit the Chinese Communist Party and its affiliated organizations. Such an occurrence is an encouraging sign for China and the rest of the world.

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CATEGORY: Traditional Art and Culture

Taken from: http://en.minghui.org/html/articles/2013/9/18/142085.html

Reflections on Life: Doing Good is Like Climbing a Mountain, Doing Evil is Like Being Caught in a Landslide

May 11, 2012 at 10:20 am | Posted in Discussion, Good Advice, Life Lessons, Reflections, Relevance to Today, Stories from China | Leave a comment
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Guan Ming

[PureInsight.org] When I was a kid, my mom taught me: “It’s easy for one to learn bad things, but difficult to learn good things. Moreover, once a person learns bad things, it is more difficult for them to learn good things.” I didn’t really understand her words at the time. After I grew up, I gradually learned that in order to be a good person, sometimes one needs to give up their self-interest. Bad people in the human world have no scruples. They regard harming others to benefit themselves as a universally accepted principle. If we look at this world without foresight, it seems that good people always suffer losses while bad people profit at the expense of other people whenever they can. However, five years or ten years later, if we look at those good and bad people again, it will be a totally different situation. In short, “good will be rewarded and evil will be punished.” Good people do good and accumulate virtue, so they generally live longer. Although they may not be rich in material wealth, they are carefree and broad-minded. Even if they run into danger, sometimes in the end their bad luck is turned into good. People who do all kinds of evil, however, are punished at different times. They either run into unexpected calamities and get killed, or die from an incurable disease without any chance to regret.

“Doing good is like climbing a mountain, doing evil is like being caught in a landslide” is from “Guo Yu – Zhou Yu Xia” by Zuo Qiuming. If you think of this sentence from a higher level, when people do good and accumulate virtue, their moral standard keeps rising. Although it is as difficult as climbing a mountain, their moral standard does indeed move up toward nobleness and brightness. Evil people are the opposite. The result of doing evil and helping a tyrant to victimize his subjects will only lead a person to their ruin. Their fate is just like a landslide, going towards the bad and getting worse rapidly. In fact, whether to do good or to do evil comes down to just a single thought. Therefore, whether to do good or evil is our own decision. The ancients said: “Don’t do an evil thing just because it is small and don’t skip doing a good thing just because it is small.” All the saints in ancient times regarded preaching goodness as their responsibility. They patiently persuaded people to do good. That’s because they really cared about people’s future. Only evil people stir up people’s hatred, set one party against another and sometimes even force people to do bad things.

Looking at China today, a lot of people have been brainwashed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). They indulge themselves in eating, drinking and playing in a quite uninhibited manner, forgetting about the matter of life and death. They don’t care about conscience and neither do they listen to others’ earnest advice. Some even regard others’ good advice as not worthy of serious consideration and call the police to arrest those who give kind advice. However, what they don’t know is that the only way to be saved is to do good. The result of rejecting kindness is definitely hopelessness. In the last sixty years, the CCP has maintained power using lies and violence. It killed eighty million Chinese people in the last several decades. If you calm down and think about it, it is easy to differentiate between good and evil. Whoever is or once was a member of CCP or its affiliated organizations must renounce the Party publicly in order to abandon the evil ways and follow goodness. Whether to be good or evil, this single thought will decide one’s future. One who does good will have a bright future while one who does evil will be eliminated. This reward or punishment are done without the slightest error, as the heavenly principles are the most fair and righteous!

Translated from: http://zhengjian.org/zj/articles/2009/3/14/58342.html

A Nun Donates a Donation

April 6, 2011 at 6:00 am | Posted in Asia, Culture, Life Lessons, Moments from History, Reflections, Stories from China | Leave a comment
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(Clearwisdom.net) Ji Xiaolan an author from the Qing Dynasty, wrote the following story in chapter 13 of “Yueweicaotangbiji”.

Long ago, there was once a nun in Cangzhou who wandered about in society, persuading people to practice virtue. She did not think believers should simply visit temples and donate. Instead, she went to individual homes to tell people about Buddhist virtue. She would visit whoever invited her. No matter whether they were high officials or noble lords, or impoverished common people, she warmly persuaded people to practice virtue to resolve their problems. She did not ask for donations but just advised people to keep compassion in their hearts and to do good deeds.

One day a hostess named Fan invited the nun to her home. After she provided a meal she gave the nun a bolt of cloth as her donation.

The nun took the cloth, put it on the table, and said: “Buddha has already noticed your kind gesture. This is a fine bolt of cloth, and since you gave it to me, I will take it. Thank you very much. It is already approaching winter. I noticed your aunt still wears only a thin layer of clothing, and seems quite cold. I would like to give this bolt of cloth to her so she can make a set of cotton-padded clothing. Is this OK with you?” The hostess was ashamed and speechless; she kept nodding her head to show her agreement. The nun also nodded her head, and smiling, lifted her hands in Heshi position and left.

From that point on, the hostess showed filial piety and respect for her aunt.

When I read this story, I was deeply moved. This nun did not take the donation but meticulously took care of others. She was also very knowledgeable at guiding and educating the believers. She truly had a Buddha heart and compassion toward all.

This nun’s behavior made me think.

Whoever believes and worships Buddha should first be a good person and perform good deeds. Be kind to others and do not hurt anyone. If one makes a mistake, it should be confessed and corrected it immediately. The hostess donated a bolt of cloth. She was kind but she did not pay close enough attention to her elderly aunt and let her suffer from the cold. It was her shortcoming. Under the nun’s systematic guidance, she quickly corrected herself. This is still praiseworthy!

Nobody should have wicked thoughts while worshiping Buddha. Evil individuals attempt to bribe Buddha. Will this work? It is an insult to Buddha. There are people within the CCP (Chinese Communist Party), who persecute kind people and keep doing bad deeds. In the meantime, they worship and make requests to Buddha and hope Buddha will help and protect them. This is only wishful thinking.

 

Source: http://clearwisdom.net/emh/articles/2008/1/5/92929.html

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