One’s Fate Changes with One’s Heart (Part 1)
In a person’s lifetime, although things are predestined in terms of lifespan or prosperity, one is bound to be rewarded with good if he does good deeds and is kind, and meet with disaster if he does evil things. One’s fate can change at any time, depending on if his heart is good or evil. Heaven and earth, and gods and deities can judge things clearly without the slightest discrepancy. If one’s heart always focuses on kindness, he will accumulate extensive good fortune and virtue, and even when he encounters dangerous situations, gods would be able to turn misfortune into blessings. In contrast, if one keeps doing bad things at will, one will plant seeds of evil, and even if he should have good fortune originally, he will end up suffering. This is what we know as the natural rule of cause and effect.
Therefore, one’s heart is in control of his total self. With a kind heart, one will have a good fate, and with an evil heart, one will have an evil fate. There were many such cases documented in ancient books. The following are a few from the book Examples of Supernormal Phenomena.
Ding Shi Earned Sixth Place
In the Qing Dynasty, there was a scholar named Ding Shi. He was a quick thinker and very talented, with a straightforward personality. Because he liked gambling, he was often criticized by his father, but he never listened or mended his ways. His father became furious with him and drove him out of the house. Ding Shi drifted to the capital city, and through various means, he got into the Imperial College.
One day Ding Shi walked past Xiangguo Temple, where a fortuneteller surprised him by saying, “You have a marvelous complexion! I have done face reading for many people, and you are the best I’ve seen.” After the fortuneteller asked his name, he wrote it down on a piece of paper and put it up on the wall, “Ding Shi will be No. 1 at the imperial examinations this year.” Afterwards, Ding Shi was very happy and became more arrogant, and he gambled even more. When he heard that there were two wealthy candidates from Sichuan, he invited the two to gamble. Ding Shi kept winning, and in the end, he won six million in cash.
A few days later, Ding Shi passed by Xiangguo Temple again. Once the fortuneteller saw Ding Shi, he asked surprisingly, “Why do you look so awful? You have no hope of passing the examination, let alone being the No. 1.” As he was talking, he ripped the piece of paper from the wall. He said with a sigh, “This is simply tarnishing my name. I got it wrong this time.” Ding Shi anxiously asked him for details. The fortuneteller said, “In face reading, we look at one’s forehead first. If the color is yellow with radiance, it is a sign of auspiciousness. Now your forehead looks dry and dark. You must have had bad thoughts and ill-gotten gains. You have angered the heavenly gods.”
Ding Shi became very frightened and told the fortuneteller what had happened. He asked in bafflement, “We only had a bit of fun. Was it that serious?” The fortuneteller took issue with him and said, “Don’t tell me you were only having a bit of fun. Heavenly gods supervise anything that involves money. When one has received ill-gotten wealth, he will naturally reduce his good rewards.” Ding Shi deeply regretted what he had done and asked anxiously, “Can I return the money?” The fortuneteller said, “If you want to mend your ways from your heart, the heavenly gods will certainly know it. If you can truly mend your ways and change for the better, you can still get sixth place in the examination.” Ding Shi rushed to return the money to the two wealthy candidates, and he vowed that he would never gamble again.
Indeed, when the list of successful candidates was published, a person named Xu Duo got first place and Ding Shi was in sixth place.
An academic during the Qing Dynasty went to the provincial capital to take part in the provincial-level imperial examinations. He was very satisfied with the paper he wrote during the exam, so he waited in the city for the results.
One day, he visited a local temple. There was a person who seemed to make a living telling fortune in the temple. The academic asked for an evaluation. The fortuneteller said, “Your figure and appearance is weak and humble. Even if you had vast amount of talent and knowledge, or wrote better than the finest essayists in history, it would still be difficult for you to become famous.” The academic did not believe what he heard. However just as predicted, he did not pass when the results came out.
The academic once again visited the fortuneteller to ask about his future. The fortuneteller said, “Based on your appearance, how do I dare to say favorable things? My advice is to spend your time accumulating virtue instead of pursuing fame. This might be able to change your fortune.” On the way home, the academic mumbled to himself, “I am poor. I do not have money to help others or do good deeds. How can I accumulate virtue?” After several days of doubts, he suddenly had an idea: “I taught at a few schools every now and then. Those teachers often misled students. From now on, I will focus on teaching to accumulate virtue.”
Three years later, this academic attended the examination again. When he went to the same temple, the fortuneteller was still there. After greetings, the fortuneteller said, “Mister appears full of energy with radiating features. Without a doubt you will pass the examination.” Sure enough, the academic passed. The academic went to thank the fortuneteller, “Why did you refuse me so severely before, but now you predict so accurately for me?” The fortuneteller replied, “Your appearance completely changed. Putting all of your heart into teaching is a form of accumulating virtue. You have more good fortune in the future.”