One Must Not Obtain Assets That Belong to Others
(Minghui.org) One's good fortune lies in one's heart. Whether one does good or evil, the consequences are bound by the heavenly law.
Do Not Covet Others' Belongings
There was a rich man in the Ming Dynasty. His name was Xu Chi, and he lived close to another man named Xu Ba. Seeing that Xu Ba's house looked very nice, he wanted to obtain it. However, Xu Ba didn't plan to sell his house. Xu Chi then lured Xu Ba's son into gambling to the point where he lost all his assets, so that Xu Ba had to sell his house to Xu Chi at the end of the day. Xu Ba was very upset at his son and eventually passed away in great agony.
Soon enough, Xu Chi's three sons and five grandchildren all developed very serious illnesses. Xu Chi dreamed about his grandpa who said to him in his dream: “Your tribulation will come soon! Do you remember how you got Xu Ba's house? Because of that, he sued you in hell.” Hearing that, Xu Chi was very afraid.
The next morning, Xu Chi went to Chenghua Temple to pray. As soon as he walked into the temple, he saw a beggar who looked at him in surprise. When the beggar was asked why the facial expression, he began to say in a low voice: “Last night when I happened to sleep in the temple, I saw someone holding a prosecution letter. The letter was to sue Xu Chi for luring his son into gambling, who then lost all their assets. And today I ran into Xu Chi who came here to pray. Therefore I was a bit shocked.” Hearing this, Xu Chi was petrified.
Sure enough, within a year, Xu Chi became very ill and died. Soon after, his sons and grandsons also died.
Due to desire of another's house, Xu Chi plotted to make another's son turn bad, then have the father and son against each other, and finally make them lose all their assets. Xu Chi's intention was truly vicious! One's assets are derived from one's good fortune, and one cannot obtain them by means of an evil plot. If it's not one's asset, then one cannot obtain it. If it's not ethical to obtain it, then one should not obtain it.