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Reign with Compassion and Consideration for All Sentient Beings, Part 4 of 5, Sep. 9, 2022

2022-09-21
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Everything we do has to be correct. (Yes, Master.) And we have to be content with what we have and not steal things from other people or from neighbors. Even a leader of one country should not go and make war and steal land from other countries, because there will be retribution sooner or later. (Right. Yes, Master.) There will be. And even if you don’t see it in this lifetime, you will see it in hell, or the next life also, after hell.

The old man took the box home and did exactly what the little devil told him. He invited all his friends and his neighbors to come to his house for an eating party. But he didn’t invite the old rotten woman, because he didn’t really know her. That woman, she just came in by chance. That’s why. (Right.) But the old man didn’t know her. So, he didn’t invite her.

But the old rotten woman knew about it. So, she still sneaked around and stood outside of the house, looking through the window to see what happened. What the old man has now, so that she can steal it again. But through the window gap, she didn’t see anything. No food, no drink on the table, nothing at all. But the old man put that box, which can know who is the thief, right in the middle of the table.

And then, immediately, that box began to produce a lot of nice music, singing and dancing. (Oh.) The box was singing and then dancing, the way it does, all the way up to the window. (Wow.) And then, the box jumped up and sat on the head of that rotten woman. (Oh.) And then, sat still. From inside of the box, a deity jumped out – very, very black, very black-skinned. (Oh.) He was very big. And he had a stick in his hand. Then, he began to beat that old rotten woman until she became black and blue all over her body. (Oh.) And then, she could bear no more, so she screamed, ‘Stop it, stop it, stop it. OK. I am the thief. I admit it.’ (Oh.) So, the old lonely man said, ‘Just admitting it is not enough. You have to return the stolen things.’ So, the old rotten woman did exactly what the old man asked. But she didn’t stop there.”

Do you know what she’s going to do next? (No, Master. No, we don’t.) So, what did she do? “She went to find the king and gossiped. (Wow. Oh.) She told the king like this, ‘Your Majesty, what kind of king are you? You are the king but you don’t know that in your kingdom something has happened.’ So, the king asked her, ‘What do you mean by that?’ So, the old woman said, ‘Your Majesty, why is it that in such-and-such house, on such-and-such street, there is an old man who has many magical things. And only you, as a king, are worthy to have them. (Oh.) I’m sure that they are your things, your treasures. And they have been stolen.’ (Oh.)

So, the king sent the police to that house to take the lonely old man to the palace. (Ah, yes.) And also, brought along the two teapots, as well as the box for knowing the thief. And then, the king confiscated all of them. (Wow. Right.) Confiscated them and threw the poor lonely old man in jail. (Wow. Oh.) Threw him in jail. And, you know, jail is not something that you will feel comfortable and peaceful in. (Yes, Master. Right, yes. Not.) Meanwhile, the king used both of the teapots and they gave him everything he wanted. (Oh.)

One day, he decided to also use the box that will know who the thief is. Immediately, when he just put that box in the middle of the table, the box began to have music, and then songs, and then the box began to dance around. And then, finally that box jumped on top of the head of the king.” (Oh!) He asked for it. Right? (Yes, Master.)

“And then, a very, very black deity jumped out from the box with a stick, and kept beating the king nonstop. (Wow.) And also screamed, ‘You are the thief who stole the two teapots from the poor old man.’ Beating and screaming like that, at the same time. Nonstop. (Wow.) Until the king ordered to release the poor old man from jail. And returned his property. (Ah.)

And then, the king requested the owner of the two teapots to tell him the complete story. So, the old man said he’s a poor old man, and lonely, has nothing. How he lived a poorly life, alone. But then, when he dropped a peanut into the well… and so, and so, and so – and then the little devil came out and gave him this and that. The little devil gave him all these things in place of the peanut that fell and he could not find. But the old rotten woman had stolen them and so, and so, and so. (Yes.)

He told everything. And then, the king felt very interested, hearing the story that the old man told him. Immediately, he ordered punishment for the old rotten woman. (Ah.) And then ordered the police to protect the old man to go home. From then on, the old lonely man lived a very comfortable, happy life and had everything. And he always came and talked to his friends and his neighbors, until the day he left this world.” (Good. Good for him.)

The End. (Thank You, Master.) Applause. (Nice story.) Applause for the old man, for the good story that the compiler has chosen. (Yes, Master.)It’s a very simple story, but you can think about it and feel like this world is like that.

Everything we do has to be correct. (Yes, Master.) And we have to be content with what we have and not steal things from other people or from neighbors. Even a leader of one country should not go and make war and steal land from other countries, because there will be retribution sooner or later. (Right. Yes, Master.) There will be. And even if you don’t see it in this lifetime, you will see it in hell, or the next life also, after hell. You will be born into such a situation, such a planet, such a world that you will be chased, you’ll be killed, you’ll be wounded, you’ll be maimed – just like the way you caused it to happen to other innocent people, either from your country or from the neighboring country.

Because it is like that. If you plant an apple tree, you will have apples. If you plant an orange tree, you will have an orange. (Yes, Master. That’s right, Master.) The law in this physical world is exact – very scientifically and practically exact. And if the sin is too big, then it will carry on until the next life, or first, through purification in hell, and then you will be reborn as a victim – the way you caused other people, or other animal-people, other beings, to be the victims when you were alive – provoking neighbors to make war or making war yourself. (Understand, Master. Exactly.)

Sometimes, the karma, the retribution, the punishment will not go directly to you yet. But it might go to your children or your loved ones, family members, or even your pets. (Oh.) In Âu Lạc (Vietnam), we say, “When you’re older, you should do good deeds, leave the merit to your children.” And we also say that if the parents eat too salty food, the children will be thirsty. Similarly, in the Bible, it also says that we have sins from the ancestors, meaning our parents, or great-grandparents, etc.

So, if it doesn’t hurt you, it will hurt your loved ones. Then, it even hurts you more. And sometimes the karma makes it that way. The devil arranges it that way. The karmic law arranges it that way, so that you get more hurt, it’s more painful than even you yourself getting hurt or killed. I don’t know if anybody understands what I’m saying, I mean really deeply realizes the truth of it.

For example, recently the person who is the so-called guru of Putin, the one who’s mostly behind the invasion of Ukraine, the daughter died by a bomb. Somebody killed her by placing the bomb in the car. And people say it’s supposed to be for the father, Putin’s guru. But then it killed his daughter instead. I’m sure this would make him grieve 10,000 times more than if he himself got hurt. (Yes, Master.) It’s just one of the examples. Many other examples you can find somewhere or on the internet.

So, it is better that the parents do good deeds so that the children will enjoy their lives. And it’s not just about losing lives or getting a grave illness. But the consequences of our bad deeds, even from our ancestors’ time, will be manifested in different ways. It’s not just about the life that was cut short or accidents or illnesses, but sometimes it’s manifested in a way that you would not expect. (Yes.) Like, will be a great discord in the family or a lot of conflicts happening within the clan or with other citizens of the country, etc.

So, anyone who really understands the logic of action and reaction, of karma, or karmic retribution – “As you sow, so shall you reap” – would think many times before committing something bad. Because the ones who commit any bad deeds, any sins, are the ones who will harm themselves, first of all.

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