PureInsight | July 28, 2003
[PureInsight.org] In the Tang Dynasty, Di Renjie was demoted from being the Prime Minister and exiled from the capital. When passing by the city of Bianzhou, he became ill and wanted to stay there for a while and have his illness treated. But the Commissioner of Kaifeng County, Huo Xianke, ordered him to leave the city and the county that very day. Therefore, Di Renjie developed a deep hatred for Commissioner Huo.
When Di Renjie was reinstated to the imperial court and became the Prime Minister again, Huo had been promoted several times and had already become a langzhong (advisor to the Emperor). Di Renjie wanted to seek revenge for the way Huo Xianke had treated him. When Queen Zetian appointed Di Renjie to choose a censor (a high-ranking official position), Di Renjie was so obsessed with plotting revenge against Huo that he forgot to carry out the order.
Later, the Queen asked Di Renjie how the appointment was going, but he could not answer. The only name in his mind was Huo Xianke. When she pressed him for a name, the first thing that came out of his mouth was Huo Xianke's name. The Queen then went ahead and appointed Huo Xianke as the censor. After Huo was appointed, Di Renjie told him to his face that he had hated him ever since the incident in Bianzhou, but that somehow he had recommend Huo to the Queen. He then concluded that a human being's destiny must be controlled by Gods rather than by humans themselves.
Everything is connected through predestined relationships, and kindness and hatred have their causes. If one wants to be free of tribulations, the path lies at one's feet.
Reference: The Destiny Records
Translated from: http://www.zhengjian.org/zj/articles/2003/7/3/22238.html