Previous Incarnations and Present Life: Sun Mian's Servant Reincarnated Three Times

Wen Shi

PureInsight | June 9, 2003

[Series note: People encounter and befriend one another because of predestined relationships. With that in mind, one cannot talk about predestined relationships without talking about reincarnation. In this series, we will introduce stories of incarnations from ancient Chinese historical books. Hopefully these stories will inspire us all to treat everyone we meet with kindness.]

[] Sun Mian was a military head officer in Quwo County. He had a servant who was still unable to speak at the age of six. One day, Sun Mian's mother sat down on a curb. Out of nowhere the servant who was unable to speak began to stare at her. Sun's mother was insulted by this and began to scold the child for looking at her in that way. The servant just smiled at her and said, "Madam, when you were a child did you once wear a yellow skirt and a short white jacket, and raise a wild racoon?" Sun's mother nodded to the boy and said, "Yes, I still remember doing that."

The servant said, "That raccoon was me in a previous life. One day I had the chance to run away so I went and hid on your roof. That night I heard you cry. I stayed there until late in the evening when I decided to come down and go to the east garden. In the garden was an old tomb, and I hid there. Two years later I was killed by a hunter."

After death, I went to see the Lord of Hades. He said, "You have paid off your debts and are now able to obtain a human body." So I was reincarnated as a son of a beggar in Haizhou. During that life I suffered from hunger and coldness my entire lifetime, and died at the age of 20.

After that I went to see the Lord of Hades again. This time he said to me, "This time you will be a servant in a rich family. Although the title of a servant doesn't sound so good, you will not have any worries during this lifetime." I was then reincarnated as your servant.

The servant then asked, "Madam you are still very healthy and have enjoyed longevity and good fortune while I have already reincarnated three times. Do you find that strange? "

Reference: Record of Peace and Tranquillity (Tai Ping Guang Ji)

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