An Authentic Record of Retribution: One Chicken

Arranged by Xiao Hui

PureInsight | June 18, 2007

[] In ancient
times, there was once a scholar in the Hunan/Hubei region. It happened
that the seventh court of the nether world was short handed so the Jade
Emperor assigned the scholar to take a job there temporarily. So he
went to the nether world every few days. His main job was to review
record books without having to judge any case. When he browsed the
record books, he saw that penalties and rewards were different
according to each person's karma. Every time he saw people suffering
from cruel tortures, he would send people to save them. But he found
that he couldn't possibly save them even though he tried very hard.

One day while he was browsing a record book, he saw an offense recorded
by his wife's name. It said that she had stolen a chicken, weighing one
jin, 12 liang. He folded the page so he could come back to check it out later.

When he returned to this world, he asked his wife whether she had once
stolen a chicken from her neighbor. His wife denied it in the
beginning. When he told his wife what he had seen in the nether world,
she admitted it. She explained that because the chicken ate the grain
she had spread outside to dry she accidentally killed it. She was
afraid of being rebuked by her neighbor so she hid the chicken to
conceal what she had done.

The couple then dug up the dead chicken and weighed it. It was exactly one jin, 12 liang. They both were very surprised. They brought the money to their neighbor to pay for the chicken and admitted the mistake.

Several days later, the scholar returned to the nether world. When he
opened the record book to the page he had seen before, he found his
wife's offense had disappeared.  

The gods do not miss a thing. Even a minor fault will go on record. It
goes without saying that punishment for the high crime committed
against Falun Gong practitioners will be much more severe. Those who
committed the crime will be completely annihilated both bodily and


From Information Recorded Vernacular written in the Ming dynasty

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