Past Deeds Determine Today's Experiences 欲知未来事 今生做者是
Past Deeds Determine Today's Experiences
There was once a fabric store in Hangzhou. By the time the owner reached 50 years of age, he had had been running the store for several decades. Unfortunately, his greed did not decrease with age.
One year, there was a fire in the neighborhood and it affected the fabric store. There was a destitute household of three people living behind the fabric store. They made their living by doing laundry for other people. The only way in and out of their house was the side door of the fabric store.
As the raging fire reached their home, the family of three shouted out loud for help. "Open the side door!" They hoped to escape through the side door, which was their only way out.
Little did they expect that the fabric store owner blocked the side door with all his might so that he could move his inventory of fabrics out of the warehouse. When all the inventory had been moved and the fire was put out, the poor family had already died in the fire.
A year later, the fabric store owner suddenly died. Then one night, his son dreamed of his father, who told him:
"I caused the death of the destitute family behind our house. The King of Hell forbids me from reincarnating as a human being in the next life. Instead, I will be arranged to reincarnate as a pig. I have already been born to a farmer's pig in such and such place. There are four piglets in the litter. I am the piglet with spots. Please buy me from the farmer to keep me out of the slaughterhouse." After the store owner made the confession, he began to sob.
After his son woke up from the dream, he felt the dream was too real to dismiss. He followed his father's instructions in the dream and found the farmer with the spotted piglet.
When the piglet saw the son, it started to whine and acted like it was begging him for mercy. The son bought the piglet from the farmer and prepared a room for him. He also arranged a servant to take care of the piglet. The piglet was bathed daily and served with decadent meals. In other words, the son treated the piglet like his late father.
A few days later, the son dreamed of his father again. This time his father told him, "I have committed unforgivable sins in my life as the fabric store owner. Now that I have been reincarnated as a pig, I must not lead a good life like a rich man or I will create even more sins. From now on, do not feed me expensive meals for human beings or bathe me like a human being. Just feed me with regular stock feed. Otherwise, I will face worse karmic retributions in the next life. After I died, I came to understand the law of cause and effect, and I cannot do anything but regret what I have done. You, however, still have time to do the right thing. You must cherish your life as a human being and do only good deeds!"
There is a saying: "If you want to know what you have done in your previous life, the answer is in the rewards or retributions you face in the present life. If you want to know if you will have a good life in the next life, look at what you have done in your present life." This is to teach people that good and evil retribution is a heavenly law.