改命由心起Fate Alteration Begins From Your Heart
There was once this story I heard. 2 brothers arrived at the Hades after their death. The King of Hades flipped through His book and said, “There are 2 vacancies in the human realm. You can go for your rebirths.”
The King asked the younger brother: “I shall give you a choice. Do you want to be reborn as a person who is always given favours by others throughout his life or be a person who is always dispensing favours to others?”
The younger brother answered, “I will let my elder brother choose first as he is my senior. ”
The older brother, being competitive, said immediately, “I want to be born as the person who is always getting favours from others!”
The younger brother, without minding at all, said :”I shall be reborn as a person that’s always dispensing favours to others. ”
With a command, the King of Hades sent both brothers to their rebirths.
Eventually, the older brother ended up in a family of beggars, often begging at the doorstep of a generous and wealthy household. The younger brother was reborn into this rich family and always providing for the beggar who was his elder brother in previous life.
I often remind my clients to do more good deeds. With good deeds come merits gained, and these merits will help you to ward off disasters, change your life for the better and even lead to riches. If you have insufficient merits, there is nothing to talk about.
It’s a simple concept which, sadly, is taken lightly by too many people.
Some clients lamented, “Master, I have no time at all! There’s the kid to take care and revise homework with after my work!”
“I will give money if I have! But I’m lacking it now and that’s why I am here to seek your help!”
“I do! Every month, my company deduct $10 from my paycheck to the Community Chest!”
One even retorted, “I pay my income tax every year and that is donation to the Singapore government!”
The good deed I am talking about is not just monetary donation. Of course, whenever you can, it is very meritorious to contribute financially to the building of temples, hospitals, schools, roads and bridges and assist in any disaster relief. This is way better than weekly ‘donation’ to Singapore Pools.
If you are strapped financially, you can volunteer your time to do rice delivery to the old folks home, sing for them, or aid in translation for temples/churches. If you are too lazy to lift a finger, you still have your mouth! You can urge people to refrain from abortion, sexual misconduct, pilfering from the company etc. If you are in the service line, treat your customers with respect and courtesy. Sincerity in itself is a kind deed.
Doing good needs a bit of creative thinking. Leveraging on your abilities and network is a good way to start. Parents should involve their children in charitable works to inculcate the notion that giving to others is always more fortunate than receiving. Otherwise, our next generation, the future pillars of the nation, would end up as a materialistic and unfeeling bunch. Filial piety? It would be thrown out of the window by then.
“Master, I have done some good deeds! Why hasn’t my life improved?”
Please use your wisdom to gauge.
One disciple came crying to his master, “Master, I have been reciting the scriptures and chanting the mantras for a long time. Why am I still living such a wretched life?”
The master replied, “Please don’t cry. Will you help me do something?”
The disciple wiped his tears and asked. “Master, what is it that you wanted me to do?”
The master took out some money and passed to the disciple, saying, “Here’s $500. Please take this money and help me buy a car. ”
The disciple looked at his master in disbelief, “Master, $500 is not enough to buy a car!”
The master smiled and replied, “Obviously! You claimed to have done a lot but what you desire is more than what you have done.”
Never turn down a chance to do good. Open up your heart and do good with whatever you can. Don’t sit around waiting for invitations to do good. You are already a grown-up so take the initiative to do good and proactively earn more ‘merits income’. You must self reflect at all times. Don’t lose your merits through undesirable behavior before you even start to do more good. You would end up waiting till the Year of the Donkey to change your life for the better!
On 28 June this year, some of my students and clients gathered their family and friends to put together an event for the elderly folks living alone in Taman Jurong. They put up a band performance, an exercise demonstration and provided snacks and goodies bags for the 150 needy old folks. It was their first time doing such an event.
There was no corporate sponsor. They did it all by themselves, from contacting the elderly care centre to canvassing donations from family and friends, and getting volunteers for the band performance and exercise demonstration. Not to mention the sourcing of snacks, doing product and price comparison at the supermarket for the goodie bag items, liaising with the distributor and arranging for delivery.
8-piece band with professional equipment
150 goodies bag worth $30 each
160 pcs of Nyona Kueh
160 pcs of cakes
200 packets of Milo drinks
Mission impossible for first-timers? They got it done because of one common wish. They wanted to be the person who gives and improves the lives of others.
Have you been giving your bit to others today? Or have you just taken advantage of another?
* Thank you for the photo montage provided by event volunteers! *