How Greed Can Ruin One's Life
An Ancient Chinese Parable
Lu Dongbin is a well-known character in Chinese legends who ascended and became an immortal through cultivating himself. It was said that he once transformed himself into a street vendor. He set up a table to sell dumplings and put up a sign, “One coin for one dumpling and two coins to eat as many as you can.” He did this hoping to find an honest person that he could accept as a disciple.
Many people came up to the table to buy dumplings, but all of them paid two coins and ate their fill. Finally, a young man came, paid one coin for one dumpling, and started to leave. Lu Dongbin approved and asked him why he only paid one coin for one dumpling instead of two and eating as much as he could. The young man said, “I only had one coin with me.” Lu Dongbin was very disappointed. Unfortunately he never found anyone suitable to be his disciple.
This story may make us think about how, in ordinary society today, most people tend to keep busy day after day rather than think too deeply about the meaning or purpose of life.
Motivated by desire for fortune and fame, a person usually thinks of his or her self-interest and acts to satisfy it. In the above example, those who visited the street vendor perhaps thought they had made a smart decision. What they did not realize was that they lost the precious opportunity to learn from an immortal and ascend to a better future.
Greed Still Prevalent in China Today
Unfortunately, there are many stories of greed and malice in China today, especially regarding the persecution of Falun Gong. The communist regime has employed every means at its disposal, all its media outlets and propaganda mouthpieces, to defame Falun Gong.
There are, nonetheless, still opportunities for people to learn the truth through their neighbors, friends, or practitioners. If people remain indifferent to crimes against humanity because they wish to protect their personal interests, even committing bad deeds themselves, they will surely bear the consequences. Below are some examples that appear to illustrate this principle.
Two Court Officials in Xinjiang Province
Su Qian, an officer in the Shihezi City Intermediate Court in Xinjiang Province, died of advanced leukemia on June 12, 2007. She was involved in the persecution of many practitioners and was known to be corrupt, embezzling large amounts of money.
She knew she was dying, and, to relieve her guilt, she gave 300,000 yuan to her friend before she died, asking her to donate the money to charity. After she was taken to the mortuary and laid there for 24 hours, Su suddenly came back to life.
In front of friends, coworkers, and doctors, she told what she had seen during that day.
Su Qian said she went to hell and saw many frightening scenes. She said Liu Yong, her husband who died in a car accident several months earlier, was suffering in hell for persecuting practitioners.
Her friend Gao Fan, a judge who died a few months before, was also suffering greatly. The king of hell not only knew everything about Su's embezzling funds, he told her that everyone who participated in the persecution of Falun Gong would end up in hell and suffer endless torment. He told her the only way out was to quit the communist regime. The king of hell told Su that he was giving her an opportunity to come back to life so that she would tell others about this. Su immediately asked to quit the communist regime and urged the people in the hospital room to do the same.
Soon after that, Su died again and never came back to life. Her funeral was held as scheduled.
After Su Qian died, Wu Jun took over handling Falun Gong cases in the local area. Several people urged him to resign because of the bad consequences that Su and her husband experienced. But Wu refused to, and he later died.
The day before Wu’s death, he told his friend that he had dream in which Su warned him not to commit wrongdoings because her husband and her friend Gao had received retribution. Wu, however, still did not listen.
The very next day he fainted at work and was taken to the hospital emergency. Wu Jun died shortly afterward. His wife had a dream in which he came to her, begging her to help him because the suffering in hell was so horrible. His wife told him it was caused by his bad deeds and that it was too late for her to do anything.
More Examples of Consequences
Chen Hong, CCTV Social Topics Division deputy director, compiled propaganda defaming Falun Gong that ultimately poisoned the minds of millions of Chinese people. He was in severe pain before dying of stomach cancer in 2008. He once asked doctors to stop attempts to prolong his life since each second of life meant another second of suffering.
Wei Zhiyun, Domestic Security Division police officer in the Baoshan District of Shanghai City, was promoted for persecuting Falun Gong. When practitioners told her the facts about Falun Gong in early 2007 and asked her to stop doing bad deeds, she said, “I do not believe in retribution. The Communist Party rewards me with money, so I will work for it. I don't care, because everyone has to die sooner or later.” She also defamed Falun Gong's founder and boasted that she would outlive him.
Before a meeting several weeks later, Wei suddenly passed out and was unconscious. As she died, her body bloated, and her face was horribly deformed. She was only 42.
Bo Xilai started organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners when he was the leader of Liaoning Province, according to his subordinate, Wang Lijun. The practice soon throughout China, resulting in widespread crimes against humanity.
Their involvement in persecuting innocent Falun Gong practitioners may be one reason why Bo, Wang, and many other communist regime officials have recently fallen from political favor.
After all, there is an old Chinese saying that, “Good is rewarded with good, and evil meets evil.”