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How Children May Be Burdened by Flaws of Our Own Making

Departure Herald, from the Chinese Xuande period (1425-1435 A.D.). (Image:  Wikimedia  /  CC0 1.0)
Departure Herald, from the Chinese Xuande period (1425-1435 A.D.). (Image: Wikimedia / CC0 1.0)

As parents, we like to see our children grow up to become someone that we can be proud of — a person with a good character, a successful job, a loving spouse, and beautiful children. However, in an effort to achieve our goals, we may inadvertently burden our children with flaws of our own making. Here is a story that reflects this situation.

During the Warring States period, there was an official named Jiang Yuan from the state of Song. He had 10 sons, which should have been the envy of any parent; however, all his sons had some sort of physical ailment.

An irrigation project completed in 256 B.C. during the Warring States period by the State of Qin. (Image: Shizhao via wikimedia / CC BY-SA 3.0)

An irrigation project completed in 256 B.C. during the Warring States period by the state of Qin. (Image: Shizhao via wikimedia / CC BY-SA 3.0)

One of his friends, who was very concerned about Jiang Yuan’s situation, asked him: “Did you do something early in your life to cause such afflictions?”

Jiang thought about it and said:

His friend said:

Jiang Yuan was very concerned after hearing his friend’s remarks and asked him to help him change his ways. His friend replied:

The Tian Tan Buddha, also known as the Big Buddha, located at Lantau Island, Hong Kong. (Image: Henry_Wang via Pixabay/ CC0 1.0)

The Tian Tan Buddha, also known as the Big Buddha, located at Lantau Island, Hong Kong. (Image: Henry_Wang via Pixabay/ CC0 1.0)

Jiang followed his friend’s advice and was kind and compassionate toward others, and recommended people with good qualities to serve the state of Song.

Slowly, his sons regained their health.

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