Letting Go of the Desire for Revenge
(Minghui.org) I was in a residential area in February 2014 handing out Shen Yun Performing Arts DVDs so people could view the Chinese classical arts from different dynasties.
Suddenly someone patted my shoulder. I turned around and saw a woman who looked to be in her 50s. She was out of breath as she began to say, “I finally caught up with you.” But as soon as she got a good look at me, she apologized, “I'm sorry, I thought you were someone else.” She began to walk away.
I stopped her and said, “Not so fast, let's chat a minute.” She smiled and explained that from the back I looked like a relative that she had not seen for a long time and dearly missed.
I responded: “There must be a reason why we met each other today. It is our predestined relationship. I want to give you a DVD to check out. It is about our five thousand years of civilization and shows Chinese classical arts from different dynasties. The costumes are beautiful, and the backdrops are amazing. It is such a wonderful show! You will understand what I am saying as soon as you watch it.”
She looked happy and said,“Okay, I will check it out, for sure!”
She put the DVD in her purse and announced: “Thank you, now I am off to pay my phone bill.”
I went to deliver some Minghui Weekly journals to a practitioner's home two days later. On my way back, I ran into her again. She was excited to see me and gave me a hug.
I asked her if she had watched the DVD I gave her, and she shook her head “No.” Her demeanor suddenly became somber, and she asked me if I practice Falun Dafa. I said “Yes.”
She confided, “When we met on the street, I could tell that you were a nice person and that there was a reason why I met you. So I want to tell you a secret.”
I said, “Okay sure, please feel free. If you are having a problem, I will try to help.”
She began, “Recently, I have been planning to collaborate with some people to get rid of someone.”
At first, I thought she could not possibly be serious; it must be a joke! But she confirmed that it was true.
She continued, “I was close to acquiring a large amount of working capital, then someone stepped in and took it away from me. So I ended up with nothing. My family was so angry that they wanted to kill him. And I didn't want to stop them. What do you think about what I just told you?”
I was in a little shock and began to think of Master Li's Fa:
“Compassion can harmonize Heaven and Earth, ushering in springRighteous thoughts can save the people in this world” (“The Fa Rectifies the Cosmos” from Hong Yin Vol. II)
“When an evil-minded person is thinking of something bad, this person might change his mind due to the powerful effect of your field; he might then no longer want to commit the wrongdoing.” (Zhuan Falun)
I then thought that I needed to help her change her thinking and do the right thing.
I said to her: “I practice Falun Dafa and I cultivate Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. I speak truthful words and do truthful things. I try to be as compassionate and tolerant as I can to everyone. I will not fight back or talk back in a conflict. I am striving to be a good person, the best person I can be.”
I continued, “The plans you mention are the opposite of what I am cultivating. It is a lack of humanity and goes against your kind nature. I suggest you take a step back and think this through. For him to owe you that much money, he has to pay you back with an equal amount of virtue.”
I reiterated, “One cannot take one's assets with them, but only one's karma. If one cannot pay back a bad deed in this lifetime, they have to pay it back in the next lifetime. If you commit a bad deed, even though you end up obtaining assets, you would not have peace for the rest of your life.
Let go of your evil thoughts, leave the virtue with your children and future. Be an honest, upright, good person. You'll then live your life in peace and happiness.”
Right then, she became excited and exclaimed, “I have found a truly good person! I feel much better. I have been troubled by this matter. Now I know I must let go of this evil idea. I want virtue, 'Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance' from now on. I must tell my family and convince them as well.”
She asked me to stay while she phoned them and told them what I had said.
Afterward, with tear-filled eyes, she said, “Thank you, my family is convinced too. They feel better as if a heavy weight has been lifted off their shoulders. I will keep 'Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance' in my heart. I will be a good person by following those words. Thank you sincerely! I will have them watch the DVD you gave me too.”
We parted ways – both of us content.