Tales from Aunt Ming Zhu (Part XII): Karmic Retribution

Xiao Mei

PureInsight | January 23, 2006

[PureInsight.org] Aunt Ming Zhu is a kind person. She saw that I have been quite busy recently. So she wrote down the story herself and read it to me over the phone. On the other end of the line, I tried to type in the words into computer while I was listening to her. It was much faster this way. Even though she is over 70 years old and has a scientific background, her writing is actually quite good. When I praised her writing in front of her, she said, "It is because I started to practice Falun Dafa. Otherwise, I would have laid down in a hospital and talked nonsense a long time ago. How could I tell any stories?!"

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In Buddha school, it is said that good will be rewarded with good, and evil will be met with evil. It is universal truth. In my previous stories, we all talked about good predestined relationships and good returns. Today I will tell two stories about how evil actions caused terrible retribution. Although I don't say the true names of the people in the story, they can identify themselves if they are still alive. The purpose of telling the story is to not to humiliate those people. I hope people will believe the universal truth of "good will be met with good, and evil will be met with evil" and won't try to deceive others or themselves. Some people have done bad things that are against their kind hearts but haven't wanted to admit it. They thought that if they deny it, they can avoid any punishment. In fact, it is only a matter of time before they receive what they are due, as no one can get away from the universal truth.

The first story happened during the Cultural Revolution period

During the Chinese Cultural Revolution, there was a great emphasis on struggles among different social classes. It was a really crazy decade. People were forced to participate in political activities, such as the so-called "recalling the past suffering and thinking about the present happiness." Whoever followed the Communist Party quickly became a member of the so-called Revolution Gang, which went around persecuting and torturing people to "challenge the old authority."

There was an elementary school teacher in charge of my elder daughter's class. Let's call him Zhang. Even though he was quite young, he followed the political movements closely. When he taught class, he often provided the "Social Class Education" to 7- or 8-year-old students and ask them recall their own past sufferings and show appreciation for the good conditions that they were in. One time he said that when he was a little child, his family was very poor and he had to look after cows. He said that he didn't have shoes and when it was so cold outside, he put his feet into the cow dung since he had no other way to warm his feet. He described it so vividly. It is hard to know if it was the truth or not.

In order to express hatred of the previous "old" society (i.e. before the Communist party took over the country), he often picked 5 or 6 little students to stand in front of the classroom as punishment. Because those children were quite young, some of them were not able to stand firmly and fell down after his pushing and shoving. Then the entire class would laugh at them. What did the children do to deserve such harsh treatment? It was because that their parents were from "inferior social classes" (such as landlords, industrialists, and intellectuals). Those children were afraid of going to school since they were not gaining knowledge at school but were routinely humiliated. Thus, those kids started to skip school. My eldest daughter was one of them. But she never told me or her Dad about the insults she had been receiving at school. So I didn't know about it either.

One time one of our neighbors saw a boy beat my daughter. She didn't fight back. The neighbor could not stand it. She scolded the boy and ran him off. When the neighbor got back, she asked me, "How have you been educating your child? She didn't fight back when she was hit and she dared not to say a word." I asked my daughter what was going on. She then cried out and finally said, "Teacher Zhang often pulls the hair of several of us and pushes our heads against the wall. If our legs are not straight, he kicks our legs. So all the students in the class dare to beat us and say mean things to us."

After I heard my daughter's tearful explanation, I felt very upset and could not understand Zhang's behavior. When would the "hatred between social classes" come to an end? Her grandfather had had some money and her father had benefited a little bit from it. Now it was the third generation, not only had she hardly benefited from her grandfather's wealth, she had suffered without knowing anything. How twisted it was!

But we could not do much and dared not to say anything. If it wasn't handled properly, the situation would become worse, and our whole family would suffer. Countless Chinese families like us have been so terrified of the Chinese Communist Party that we could only suffer in silence. We had no way around it. In order to let my child study in a peaceful environment, I had to beg someone I knew to change her birth registration and had my daughter's last name changed to mine. Then we moved to somewhere else and changed to a new school. We finally saw the last of Mr. Zhang.

Twenty five years later, we had left that city a long time ago and my daughter was working after finishing college. It is said that the world is so big and is also so small. In the new city that we were living in, we got to know a new neighbor who was an elderly lady. She had been the principal of the elementary school that my daughter used to go. After she retired, she moved to the city that we were living in and now we even lived next to each other. When we got together, we chatted about the past and I asked her about that teacher Zhang. She, of course, knew a lot of things: "You left early and didn't know what had happened later on in the school. That teacher Zhang started to target me very quickly. He shaved hair on one half of my head off, and left the hair on the other half alone to humiliate me. The style was called 'Ying Yang head."He also forced me to march on the streets and let everyone criticize me and insult me. My three daughters were forced to drop out of my school. I had to send them to my hometown and live with relatives for 2 to 3 years so they could continue their education. Because teacher Zhang was very active in the Party, he got my position and became the principal. He really shone for a while. But it didn't last very long. In less than one year he was disabled in a bicycle accident. He has been lying on a bed and can't move at all. After the Cultural Revolution ended, my case was redressed, and I became the principal again until I retired."

When one does bad things and gets retribution not too long after that, it is called "getting the payback right afterwards." Teacher Zhang is a good example of that. If he could realize what he has done and become a good person, the gods would give him a chance to correct his mistakes.

The second story happened in 1998 at our exercise site

A year before the persecution of Falun Gong started on July 20, 1999, I was still in China. One person came to our exercise site and wanted to learn the Gong because he was quite ill. He had gone to the hospital for a routine checkup. The doctors found a blood clot the size of a duck egg in his brain. They wanted to open up his skull and remove it with surgery. He himself wanted to come and practice the Gong and study the Fa. So we kindly taught him the exercises. About two months after he started to practice Falun Gong, he felt that the symptoms that he had been suffering from had always gone away. He went to the hospital for another checkup. The large blood clot in his brain had disappeared. Only the edge of the blood clot in the shape of a ring was still visible. Thus he was very happy and told everyone he met: "I stayed in the hospital for 4 months and doctors couldn't help me. I am so surprised that it is gone after I practiced Falun Gong for only 2 months." These words demonstrated that he had really benefited from Falun Gong.

Unfortunately, when the July 20, 1999 persecution of Falun gong began, he changed his tone quickly. He not only stopped practicing Falun Gong, he also cursed Master and Falun Gong. In order to receive an award, he handed in a list of names of Falun Gong practitioners in his work place. Some of them hadn't belonged to any exercise site and had been practicing at home. Very few people knew that they were Falun Gong practitioners. Because he had been a practitioner himself, he knew those people and put their names on the list as well. The leaders of his workplace praised him in various meetings and claimed that he is an excellent party member and is in the same boat as the evil Communist Party.

Wasn't there a rule at that time? If you want to do exercises for your health, you can do whatever you like except practice Falun Gong. So he actively followed the Party's order and began to practice ballroom dancing instead. The dance hall was nicely built. Even the floor had been specially treated to prevent slipping and falling. Who could predict that his dancing activity wouldn't last very long and he would fall down hard while dancing? He fractured his hipbone. The vertebrae near his waist were also injured. He stayed in a hospital for more than half a year. He still had to wear an iron vest to support his spine even at the time he was released from the hospital.
Many people felt that the accident seemed very strange. Dancing is not like skating, it is very rare to see anyone fall down in the dance hall, let alone fall so hard. Even his dancing partner didn't fall down when he fell. No one could explain it. In the end, the conclusion is: he must have encountered retribution for his bad deeds. Practitioners, of course, understand the reason. He practiced Falun Gong and hence recovered from his illness. Instead of feeling grateful to Teacher, he committed bad deeds against Falun Gong and fellow practitioners. How could the universe not punish such bad behavior?

Translated from: http://www.zhengjian.org/zj/articles/2005/10/30/34400.html

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