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Although it was only a few yards of coarse cloth and a few grains of rice, for the girl surnamed Dien, it was already pouring out all her possessions and making offerings. The bad karma that has been created in the previous life, maybe it is not because of that, but it will also be eliminated?

During the Sui Dynasty, in Chung Nam Mountain, there was a holy monk named Thich Pho An. Every time he went to a crowded place, people competed to make offerings to ask for his life.

One day, he went to Dai Van village. In the village, there was a man named Dien Di Sanh, whose family was so poor that he had nothing but four empty walls.

He had four daughters, whose clothes were not enough to cover him. The oldest daughter, named Hoa Nghiem, who was 20 years old then, looked back at her possessions with nothing but two yards of bad rags.

She thought she was so poor, didn’t know how to give alms to create merit, could only look up at the roof in grief, suddenly saw that there was a small hole in the crossbar, inside there was a handful of rice lying scattered. She tried to take it down, and carefully picked out ten golden grains. Immediately, he took those grains of rice, peeled the husks, scrubbed the outer bran layer, and planned to bring it along with two yards of coarse cloth to offer as an offering to the holy monk.

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But when she looked at herself, there was no cloth left to cover her body, so she couldn’t leave the house. Just wait until nightfall to leave the house, not daring to stand up straight, but crawl on the ground, towards the place where the monk is staying, take two yards of coarse cloth and leave it outside the staff, and ten grains of rice are carried by hand. came and put it in the pot of rice that was being cooked, and silently prayed, saying:

“In my previous life, due to greed and mediocrity, I now have to suffer the retribution of poverty and misery. Now, in front of the Buddhas, I sincerely repent, vowing to bring this little item as an offering to the monks. If the karmic retribution of my poverty and misery up to now has ended, may all the grains of rice cooking in this pot turn into golden color.”

Pray then wipe away tears and return home.

Early the next morning, the monks saw in that pot cook up to five rice jelly, but all the rice in the pot turned yellow. No one knew why, only Master Pho An Quan knew the cause and effect of the incident and immediately told everyone.

When everyone heard it, they couldn’t help but feel that the girl with the surname Dien was a person with a good heart. On that occasion, many people brought things to help Dien Di Sanh’s family. The girl then turned her mind to leave home to study religion.

Discussion:

Although it was only a few yards of coarse cloth and a few grains of rice, for the girl surnamed Dien, it was already pouring out all her possessions and making offerings. The bad karma that has been created in the previous life, maybe it is not because of that, but it will also be eliminated?

Excerpt from “An Si Full Letter – Advise People to Believe in Cause and Effect”

Original Chinese Literature: Tone Quality Van Quang Nghia

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