Meditation & Health #27 – Is Heaven Fair?
Is Heaven Fair?
Translation by Qi Tao | Illustration by Fei
The legendary Bao Gong was known to be the reincarnation of Wen Qu Xing, the god of culture and literature in Taoist mythology. Bao arbitrated disputes during the day and judged ghosts at night. Pure of spirit, he possessed the power of a deity. One day when Bao Gong was passing by a village, he was blocked by the villagers.
There was a kindhearted orphan in the village who suffered from a congenital affliction that prevented him from walking. This young man wanted to build a bridge for the betterment of life in the village. He regularly piled stones up on the edge of the running river for the future construction of his dream.
From the time he was small, he had been accumulating the stones day by day. The villagers were touched and joined in his efforts to build the bridge. In a tragic turn of events, the orphan was blinded in an accident during the bridge construction.
The bridge was at last completed. Unfortunately, lightning struck one day and killed the orphan. The villagers were devastated and bewildered. Angry at the seeming injustice of the orphan’s fate,they cried to Bao Gong, “Heaven is unfair!”
After listening to the tragic story, Bao Gong could not help but sigh in sad agreement. “It is indeed unfair,” he said, consumed with sorrow. Then he inscribed the words “Heaven is unfair” on the tombstone of the young man.
After Bao Gong returned to the city, he was summoned by the emperor to visit the newborn prince. Bao Gong was shocked to see the words “Heaven is unfair” on the infant’s arm, although it appeared as a common birthmark to ordinary people.
Using his supernatural powers, Bao Gong was able to see that the most recent past life of the little prince had been spent as the charitable young man who built the bridge in the village; in the life before that one, he had been destructive and caused everyone around him great anguish.
God had originally intended for him to repay his sins through three challenging lifetimes. But because in his life as the orphan he had a compassionate heart and built a bridge for the villagers, he was pardoned for his sins in just one lifetime. He was then reborn into the royal family.
The law of cause and effect governs all. Everything that happens has a root cause. There is a saying: “You reap what you sow.” The good and the bad we are experiencing now may be a result of deeds and thoughts we have committed in the past. Expressing kindness and compassion through wholesome deeds and virtuous thoughts goes a long way toward planting seeds of positivity that will bloom good fortune. Love and perseverance are essential to a happy and successful life.