If I am Rich, I Will be Pretty

One day after she got off work, she walked across the road without looking for oncoming cars, she put one step forward. Unexpectedly, she felt like someone pushed her back to the median. In that blink of an eye, a car ran passed right in front of her. Is there something or someone helped her? https://dmc.tv/a2130

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[ Jan 8th, 2007 ] - [ read : 15108 ]
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CASE  STUDY
If I am Rich, I Will be Pretty
 

 
Dear Luang Phor,

        I and my family members have some unanswered questions. Case studies change many lives for the better. They have increased my understanding.  I decided to send my own case, so others can learn from it. Most of all, I want to know the answers.
    
Let’s begin with my third sister. She believed in the religion whose members eat only vegetables. She was very strict in her belief; she did not eat any meat for 10 years. She was a good and a very sweet person. Everyone around her loved her. Everyone’s heart was torn when she died.

Ten years ago, during the Chinese New Year Festival, my sister worked as cashier assistant at the Krungthai Bank, Barn Chang branch. She had to take the money from that bank to deposit it in another branch. She went with a guard and a driver. While they traveled, a car pushed them over the side of the road and shot at them with an M 16. The assassin was just out for the money. All three of them died. My sister got shot in the stomach and in the throat. She died at the hospital.
    
My brother was the second child, and he was good-hearted. He loved his siblings. He had some interest in studying Dhamma, and did some giving (Dana). He was a fisherman. I never forget my sweet brother. When I was young, I was so glad to see him every time he came into shore. I asked him for money to buy snacks and candy. Unexpectedly, one day he shot himself to death. Before he shot himself that early morning, he went to see our parents. He ended his life when he was 38 years old.

About myself, I have been working for Dhammakaya Temple almost ten years. Here is my exciting story.

At the time I was a volunteer helping the temple, I helped in the kitchen every Sunday. I prepared food for Luang Phaw and Khun Yay. I helped to clean the kitchen, doing such jobs as mopping the floor and washing dishes.  And I picked up after all the guests had left. Every time I came and helped in the kitchen, I was exhausted when I got to my dormitory. I never worked as hard as that in my life. Amazingly, I came and helped the temple every Sunday. I continued for 2-3 months with delight.   

Later on, I went for job training at UCOM Company. One day after I got off work, I walked across the road and stopped at the median. As I continued to cross the road, without looking for oncoming cars, I put one step forward. Unexpectedly, I felt like someone pushed me back to the median. In that blink of an eye, a car ran passed right in front of me. I was amazed. Someone saved my life. If not I would have been broken into pieces.

 After the incident, I thought back to when I helped in the kitchen. I believe Khun Yay saved my life. I remember one day I greeted Khun Yay and asked her about her health. She did not answer but turned around and asked how old I was.  I answered, “I am 23 years old.” She did not say anymore. Not long after that I almost got killed by a car. I believe Khun Yay helped me.

In 2003, I went back home to visit my family. I told my mother and my sister about a cyst on my palm. They worried about it. They were concerned that cyst might became cancer. My brother and my mother took me to see an elderly monk for whom they have high respect. They call him Luang Ta Kwan. He lived in Wat Thakeantong, Rayong province.  
We waited for Luang Ta to say something, but he did not. My brother got tired of waiting, so he went for a walk.    

And then, a lady came to see Luang Ta and said to him, “I want to be rich Luang Ta.” Luang Ta said to her “You don’t want to be rich. If you are rich…” Then he murmured. He said to her, “You have kamma with your grandmother. Your grandmother killed chickens for the New Year festival”. Then the lady responded, “Yes I was the one that ordered her to kill chickens.”

I was amazed. I thought he was good. Then he looked right at me for awhile and murmured. He said to me, “You have a lot of merit, and you are not going to die.” I though to myself, “I am just a child and my friends at Dhammakaya Temple have more merit than me.” He said more strange things, so I called my brother to come and be a witness. When my brother came the old monk said “You are my uncle”. He repeated this three times. He also said I was a wife of some kind of a King (I can not recall the name). I thought he was unbelievable, but my mother and brother believed him completely. Then I asked him if my cyst would go away. Again, he murmured for awhile, and then he told me to bring a jasmine bud, burn it in a candle, and then rub it on the cyst. After I came back to Dhammakaya Temple, I tried this three times. Amazingly, the cyst was gone and now there is still no trace of the cyst. The old monk passed away two years ago.
 
Questions 

1.    What was the karmic retribution that causes my sister to get killed during the robbery? Where is she now? Does she have any message for my parents and her daughter?

2.    In her past life, what did my third sister believe? Why does she not believe in eating meat in this life? Is there any merit for being a vegetarian? 

3.    Why did my second brother commit suicide? What was his karmic retribution that caused him to do so? Is this the first life in which he killed himself? Where is he now? Does he have any message for us?

4.    Do my second brother and my third sister receive the merit that I dedicate to them? What can I do to improve their conditions?

5.    What was the karmic retribution that causes our family to be fisherman? We do quite well. What was the merit that causes us to be a well to do family of fishermen?

6.   My mother has severe pain on her knee. She saw many doctors but her condition did not improve. She had difficulty walking. Sometimes the pain was unbearable, and she was not able to walk. What is the karmic retribution that causes that?  Will she get better?

7.    My father had a corneal ulcer on one eye. He got surgery on it. While he was recovering, he went into the canal.   The water in the canal got into his eye. His eye got infected. Until now, he still has an infected eye. He sees the doctor regularly, but he is still not well yet. What karmic retribution causes this? Will he get better?    

8.    Why is my father against my intention to pursue perfections with our community?  He does not accept Dhamma books nor any Dhamma materials that I send to my mother.

9.    What about the incident when I carelessly crossed the road, and I felt as if someone saved my life?  Is there something or someone helped me? Did  Khun Yay help me?

10.    Is the story about the Luang Ta Kwan true? How did I pursue the perfections in the past life? How was my insight meditation?

11.   Did anyone in my families pursue perfections with our community in their past lives? How could I guide them to do merit with our temple?

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Luang Phaw's Dream

I closed my eyes, dreamed and woke up with these answers.
When you tell anybody the story like a tale, it will make anyone know more about retribution (Law of Kamma)

1.    Your third sister was killed in a robbery because of her past kamma. In her past life, she worked as a patrolman for merchandise shipments. She sent a message to robbers. She told them, how, when and where the valuable merchandise would be moved. The robbers robbed and killed the merchant. This kamma took retribution on her in this life.


  • After she died, she was reborn as a beautiful sorceress at the first level of heaven in the golden forest.  She is with the group that believes in vegetarianism. Everyday she enjoys travel around the golden forest. She enjoys eating fruit and vegetables in the forest. Her message is that she is doing well.
 
2.    Your third sister had a habit of eating only vegetables because she got use to this kind of belief in many live times.  There is a little good in that belief. That is they do not want to harm animals. 
  • Being kind to animals causes their minds to be brightened but not brightened enough for them to go farther than the first level of heaven in the golden forest.
 
3.    Your second brother killed himself because he was depressed. He had mental illness. He had been thinking about killing himself repeatedly. He wanted die. In one of his past lives he was disappointed in his life, so he got drunk and then killed himself. The karmic retribution for drinking caused him to have a mental illness. Suicidal karmic retribution caused him to kill himself in this life. After he died, the officers from Yomaloka took him to Yomaloka Hell, and force him to shoot himself repeatedly. Now he is in great suffering.


  • Now killing himself is still in his mind. He is not in the mood to think about anyone else. You should do more merit and dedicate it to him more often.
     
 
4.    In the past lives, all members of your family did the merit of giving. The fruit of merit caused your family to be rich, but also to have a sinful occupation. None of you made a resolution to be wealthy by a sinless occupation.
 

  • Your second brother and your third sister received the merit that you dedicated to them. Your brother’s sentence is reduced. Your sister’s condition improves in every way.
 
5.    Your mother has severe pain on her knee because of her past kamma. In her past life she was born into an agricultural family. She tied the legs of animal to send them to the butcher.   To solve this, she must accumulate more merit.
  • She should do more giving (Dana), observing precepts (Sila) and meditating (bhavana). She should then dedicate these good deeds to all beings that she used to harm.
 
6.    Your father has infected eyes because of his past kamma. When he was a teenager he threw sand in his friend’s eye which caused his friend’s eye to be infected.
 

  • To solve this, he should do all merits, giving, observing precepts and meditating. He should release fish and caged animals, give medicine to sick monks, and make a wish for these good deeds to lessen his past kamma. If he does all these, soon he will get well.
 
7.    Your father is against your pursuit of the perfections with the Dhammakaya Temple. He protested against your mother when she read or listened to Dhamma material from the temple because he does not want you to stay at the temple. He can’t accept the fact that his daughter chooses to stay at the temple. Therefore he denies anything from the temple.
 

  • What you should do is that you should make a wish when you do merit.  You must wish for him to understand you and support you.

8.    You escaped from the roadside accident because of merit you did with our community and with Khun Yay.

 
9.    The last Buddha Era you were a daughter of a good family. You wanted to abstain from all sexual relations because you were fed up with family life. That life you pursued perfections with our community as a supporter. When you did merit you wished to abstain from all sexual relations and wish to be in the inner zone of our community.
 

  • You attained a bright Dhamma sphere and saw Dhammakaya.  You were able to go back to the fourth level of heaven (Dusita) and come back down to pursue perfection with our community twice. You were not anybody’s wife in your last life.

10.    Your family pursued perfection with our group, but not continuously. They did not study Dhamma seriously. Therefore, they do not really understand Dhamma. Some lifetimes they met our group sometimes they missed us. Moreover, they do not understand our community goal.
 

  • For now, you should think about all the good deeds you have done with our group and make a wish that one day you will be able to guide your family members one by one.

  • This life we have met. Be determined to pursue perfections with your full effort, do every merit and make a wish to follow our community to the forth level of heaven (Dusita) in the special merit making zone.
 

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Case study in real life

The Law of Kamma (Pali:Compared to "Karma" in Sanskrit) segment or "Case Study" is one of the prominent sections on the Dream in Dream kindergarten program, conducted by the Venerable Phrarajbhavanavisudh, also known as, Luang Phaw Dhammajayo of the Dhammakaya Temple in Pathum Thani Province, Thailand.

Each individualized "Case Study" is based on the timeless Law of Kamma (the Law of Cause and Effect) which examines the reasons for many situations and complex inter-relationships people find themselves in. Viewers from around the world write personal letters to Luang Phaw wanting to understand the karmic reasons for many special circumstances in their life.

This program is not intended to convert anyone to Buddhism or any other religions persuasion. Rather the goal is to help spread genuine peace, happiness and understanding here in Thailand and around the world. By first discovering and cultivating inner peace within ourselves through meditation, we can help spread love and kindness outward, helping to make our world a better place for everyone.



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