Be Clear about Cause and Effect: Good Will Be Rewarded with Good (Part 2)
Be Clear about Cause and Effect: Good Will Be Rewarded with Good (Part 2)
Afterward, Emperor Xiaozong said to his prime minister, Jiang Yushan, "Yesterday, Zhao Xiong, the governor of Shu, came to court to report. When I asked him about the scenery in the gorge, he cited two lines of a poem by Du Fu. I could see the view of the Three Gorges right in front of my eyes. He is well versed in poetry. You can give him a ministerial post." When Wang Yushan came out, he said to Zhao Xiong, "You did well with the two lines of poetry. You really have quick thinking." Zhao Xiong told him about how he cared about the people and accumulated virtue and how Lord Wenchang came to help him as a result. Wang Yushan said, "So this is what happened. Now the emperor wants you to have a ministerial post. If you are in such a position, the emperor will summon you very often. If he questions you again, what will you answer? It's better that you return to Shu." Zhao Xiong agreed. The next day, Wang Yushan reported in court, "I passed the message from Your Excellency, but he did not want to stay here." Emperor Xiaozong said, "This man can retreat in such a quiet manner. His conduct is really praiseworthy. You can promote him to another position." Then the emperor approved of his appointment. A few years later, Zhao Xiong became a prime minister. Zhao thought that he had little talent and lacked knowledge, so he tried to give the position to others several times. Nevertheless, the more he wanted to step back, the more Emperor Xiaozong denied him.
One day, when Zhao Xiong was about to enter the imperial court, he saw a governor surnamed Xi exiting the court. The entrance security asked him, "How come you have such a strange surname?" Xi replied. "There was Xi Wei in the Spring and Autumn Period, and there was Xi Fugong in the Han Dynasty. This surname has existed throughout history. How can you say it is a strange surname?" Zhao Xiong heard this and remembered the exchange. By coincidence, after Xi finished reporting, Zhao Xiong happened to have something to report to the emperor. Emperor Xiaozong said to him, "Just now there was a governor surnamed Xi. How come there is such a strange surname?" Zhao Xiong immediately said, "There was Xi Wei in the Spring and Autumn Period, and there was Xi Fugong in the Han Dynasty. Xi has always been a surname." The emperor was very pleased to hear his explanation and said, "You have so much knowledge. We really need scholars to be prime ministers." Zhao Xiong told the emperor that he had only just heard about this himself. Emperor Xiaozong was even more pleased with his honesty. Afterwards, whenever there were questions from the emperor, he always got hints beforehand or from dreams. He never made a mistake. He was really fortunate.
When Zhao Xiong served as prime minister, he often reminded Emperor Xiaozong to not forget the shame of Jingkang and that the masses of people in central China were still suffering. He held the view that it was important to recover central China and to put those who wanted to fight for the lost territory in important positions. He also protected loyal officials. He was tolerant and generous towards others and was keen to recommend talented people. Numerous people of outstanding talent and conduct benefited from his recommendations, and he was duly respected and praised. Later he resigned from his official post and went back to Linquan to spend his retirement. Everyone said he had enjoyed complete blessings on earth.
Since ancient times, those who have understood cause and effect all regarded moral character and good deeds with primary importance, and they regulated and adjusted their conduct to conform to the heavenly laws. Thus, it made sense for people throughout history to remind others to perform good deeds.
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