Throughout the Ages, Good is Rewarded While Evil Provokes Karmic Retribution (Part 1)
Throughout the Ages, Good is Rewarded While Evil Provokes Karmic Retribution (Part 1)
Ancient sayings state that, “The Heavens grace the good with blessings; the Heavens punish the bad with disaster,” and “Blessing and disaster are not set in stone; they are influenced by individuals’ actions.” Therefore, gentlemen treated others with compassion and thus accumulated blessings and virtue. They realized that everything happens for a reason. Since the beginning of time, there have been countless examples of good being rewarded and evil provoking karmic retribution. The following are two stories recorded during the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644 AD).
Saving the Drowning and Hungry People
Dahui, an abbot in his 70's in the Qingyun Temple in Dinghu Mountain, Guangdong, was a solid cultivator who had come to understand a few heavenly secrets. Although he mastered medicine and fortune telling by reading facial features, he would not demonstrate his abilities easily. When the magistrate of Gaoyao County visited Qingyun Temple, he was accompanied by a member of his staff named Liu. Liu was an old acquaintance of Dahui. Liu told the magistrate about Dahui’s knowledge of fortune telling, so the magistrate asked Dahui to tell his fortune.
Dahui was unable to decline the request and agreed reluctantly. He asked the magistrate to sit down and relax. After reading his face, Dahui told the magistrate, “There are lives in your hands. Accumulating virtue can protect your longevity.” The magistrate asked him about his career prospects. Dahui answered with a smile, “I am not very good and dare not predict your future. A man with great virtue naturally will have good fortune. Your kind heart is the greatest fortune of the people in your county.” Seeing that Dahui was being very subtle and knowing that he did not talk a lot, the magistrate left after finishing the tea. He then told Liu to ask Dahui for more information privately.
Dahui frankly told Liu that, from looking at his face, the magistrate had lost brilliance and auspicious energy. “The magistrate has dark energy on his face and he may not live past one year. The good thing is that his original good energy is not completely gone, which means that he can still be saved from danger and he is not bound to die. Being a public servant of many people, his every move and every policy is closely related to the people's lives and safety. If he sincerely keeps kindness in his heart and helps the people, he can benefit many people. It was not a groundless statement when I predicted that accumulating virtue can protect his longevity.”
Liu nodded his head many times. He did not dare tell the magistrate directly everything that Dahui told him. He tactfully told the magistrate that he needed to do one thing that could save the lives of many in the next few months so he could extend his lifespan.
Soon after, there was a disastrous flood in the Xiliao area. The level of the floodwater rose several feet overnight and swallowed up the surrounding farmland and houses. Many villagers were drowning and yelling for help. The magistrate quickly went to a nearby hillside and surveyed the scene from there. What he saw was terrifying and there was not much that he could do at that moment. He saw the young and strong villagers getting on boats and fleeing for their lives but no one was helping small children and infants, who were floating on the water. The magistrate suddenly gave an order: a person who saves a child will get one liang (one unit) of silver as a reward, and the more he saves, the more rewards he will get. As a result, people with boats began to save children and infants. In total, over 400 children were saved. After the flood subsided, the magistrate opened up the grain reserve to relieve the people and arranged places to settle the flood victims.
Later, the magistrate was promoted to the prefect of Huizhou. When he traveled past Luofu Mountain, he met with abbot Dahui again. The minute Dahui saw him, he said, “The person with a kind heart finally gets rewarded. You lifespan is prolonged.”
A man's destiny can be changed by doing good deeds and accumulating virtue. When one has a good heart, his fate will be good, and when he has an evil heart, his life will be full of evil. If one wants to predict their own future blessings or disaster, one only needs to observe their own heart and history. When a person commits crimes, his good fortune will disappear and he will end up with disasters.

善恶各有报 (上)
古语云:“为善者天报之以福,为恶者天报之以祸”,“福祸无门,唯人自召”,因此君子敬天知命, 修善修德,善待他人,是以积福。任何事情的发生,都有其因果关系,从古至今,因果报应无不历历应验。是福是祸,要看种的是善或恶的因。以下为古籍中记载的明代的两个故事。
拯饥救溺 福泽绵长

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