How Do People Accumulate Blessings?

The Grand Hall, Wang Yangming's former residence.

The Grand Hall, Wang Yangming's former residence. (Image: via Wikipedia)

Chinese people are famed for being hard-working, especially those living in mainland China who understand that achievements or blessings depend on hard work, and if you do not strive to achieve, it means that you will accomplish nothing. Striving hard is only on the surface level. Whether or not there are achievements or blessings is determined by your virtue.

Virtue cannot be seen with the naked eye or touched with both hands, but it can be reflected in your life. Why do some people work hard, but their lives are filled with struggles and strife? Why are some people born into a wealthy family, in the lap of luxury, or into a family of a high official? Isn’t there a saying about the second generation of officials and the second generation of wealthy people? Why is it that when some people are born, their blessings differ? There must be a factor that determines benefits; it is not through hard work alone or struggle, as the wise ancients believe, but the result of doing good deeds and cultivating virtue.

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Wang Yangming received virtue and blessings from his father.
The theories of Ming Dynasty philosopher and educator Wang Yangming are highly respected today. (Image: via Wikipedia)

His father rejected lust and accumulated virtue and blessings for his son

The theories of Ming Dynasty philosopher and educator Wang Yangming are highly respected today, and they come down to us today from history. His virtue and blessings are connected to his father, Wang Hua, who rejected lust.

When Wang Hua was young, he was taught by a wealthy family. Wang Hua was of excellent character and very knowledgeable. The rich man admired his talent very much. The rich man had many maids, wives, and concubines, but unfortunately, he had no children.

One night, a young concubine of the rich man came to Wang Hua’s bedroom. Wang Hua rejected her. The woman took out a piece of paper and said: “This is master’s intention!” and on the paper, it was also written: “Wishing to have a son.” Wang Hua immediately picked up the pen and wrote: “Scared to frighten the God” next to the note, and he refused to accept the woman. The next day, he resigned and left the rich man’s house.

A Taoist priest prayed for blessings

Later, the rich man asked a Taoist priest to perform a ritual ceremony to pray for blessings. However, when the Taoist priest knelt and presented the memorial, he fell on the ground for a long time and did not get up. The rich man was surprised and asked the reason. The Taoist priest said: “Just now, I sent the memorial to Nantianmen (Southern Heavenly Gate); the gods in heaven are welcoming the scholar, so it took a long time to arrive!”

The rich man asked: “Who is the scholar?” The Taoist priest replied: “I don’t know his name, but there are two flags in front of the house of the scholar.” On the flags was a couplet that says: Wishing to have a son, Scared to frighten the God.

Wang Yangming's tomb.
The tomb of Wang Yangming at Shaoxing. (Image: via Wikipedia)

Soon, Wang Hua became a scholar and later became a very high official. Before Wang Yangming was born, his grandmother dreamed of a fairy singing on top of the house, fluttering flags, and a group of immortals riding on auspicious clouds to send a child to the house. She also heard the immortals shouting: “The noble person is here,” and then the immortals rode on the colorful clouds and left.

When his grandmother woke up, she heard cries. A maid reported that Wang Hua’s wife Lady Zhu had given birth to a son. That was Wang Yangming. During his whole life, Wang Yangming was devoted to running a school to promote kindness, and he respected the nature of conscience. He also left many axioms: “Though Heaven and Earth are big, if there is a thought of kindness and conscience in your heart, even ordinary people can be saints and sages.”

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