Ruru Learned Not to Take Money that Someone Else Had Lost

A Dafa Practitioner in Pingdong, Taiwan

PureInsight | November 12, 2006

[] My daughter
Ruru is nine years old. She started to attend Minghui School in July of
this year. Before she started to attend the Minghui School, she would
put the money into her pocket if she happened to find some on the
street even though we had told her many times not to do that.

Not long ago, when Ruru and her mother returning from a supermarket, a
couple of one hundred Taiwanese dollar bills flew out from a car just
passing by. Ruru decided to bring the money to the police station
immediately. She told my wife, "The person who lost the money will be
very anxious. If we take the money that does not belong to us, we will
lose virtue."  In her mind, two hundred Taiwanese dollars is a big
sum of money.

When we arrived at the police station, Ruru walked into the police
station resolutely and handed over the two hundred dollars. But the
policeman who met with us was reluctant to accept the money since it is
such a small sum. He told her that they would need to go through a
detailed process of tracking, recording and make announcements for six
months. With good intentions, the policeman asked us to keep the money.
I told him: "We educate our children not to take other people's money.
If we take the money back, what will the child think?"  The
policeman nodded his head in agreement, but still suggested that I take
the money back or donate the money to a philanthropic organization. I
told the policeman: "I am sorry to bother you. We practice
Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and we will not take the money
back. We have no objection whatsoever however you choose to handle the
money." The policeman accepted it with pleasure. Ruru kept nodding her
head to show her approval since she thought we shouldn't take the

As we were leaving the police station, my wife praised Ruru, "You did
very well. You acted according to
Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance."  Ruru said shyly, "Mother,
don't tell anyone about it." It is rare for a child to know the
rationality of "not letting others know about it while doing a good
deed." She forgot all about it afterwards and has never said anything
about it since then.

From this event, we saw our child's intrinsic change. She acted
according to Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance: not keeping the lost
money is truthfulness; thinking about the anxiety of the other person
for losing the money is compassion; and not being tempted by the money
is forbearance.


During this whole affair, my child played the leading role. She
participated in the whole decision process and made a clear-cut
decision. She was calm and thoughtful. Her behavior is so different
than before. Seeing with my eyes, I was so moved that I had tears in my
eyes. Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is the character of the
universe. It has been going steadily in Ruru's mind, and removed her
selfish thought. Just like Teacher said in Zhuan Falun:
"The main purpose of our cultivating Falun Dafa is to bring people to
high levels. While it does not intend to do such a thing, it can
nonetheless assume a great constructive role by promoting spiritual
civilization in society. If everyone searches internally and considers
how to conduct himself or herself well, I would say that society will
stabilize and the human moral standard will improve again."

Thank our benevolent Teacher! Thank the great effort of fellow
practitioners at the Minghui School! I would like to quote what Teacher
said in "True Nature Revealed" to encourage fellow practitioners:

"Firmly cultivate Dafa with an unaffected heart and mind,

Raising one's level is fundamental,

In the face of trials, one's true nature is revealed,

Achieve Consummation, becoming a Buddha, Dao or God."

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