This is a story told by a manifestation of a human being who had died
and reincarnated as a chicken in the temple of Tao of Heaven. In the
teachings of Tao, humans can become animals and animals can become
humans. It is quite difficult for non-believers to understand why so and
under what circumstances. This story was emailed to me by a Tao devotee
and I would like to share with readers as follows:
“There is a man in ancient China who was born into a poor family. As he
was one of the eldest in the family, he had to shoulder the burden of
supporting his family. Through a coincidence, he was introduced and
had the opportunity to learn cooking by a Chef whom he worked with
inside his master house. The chef saw that this man had special talents
in cooking and hence decided to impart all his secret recipes and skills to
him. Soon, this poor man started his career as a chef and became richer
and richer as his dishes were very popular among the rich families when
he cooked inside a restaurant.
He ended his career after 30 years. Within these 30 years, he faced
much hardship and he bored 6 children who were all handicapped or
not complete healthy children and soon all his children died at young
age. He died at age 54 with a serious illness and when he died, his soul
was sent to Hell and became aware that his killing deeds in cooking
resulted his children to become handicap or born with defects. He himself
also died of illness due to his killing of animals as a livelihood in his Chef
career. King of Hades passed a judgement on him and he was sentenced to
100 lives time of reincarnation as animals.
The first sentence as animal was as a chicken for over a period of 100 years.
He revealed that he was reborn as a chicken in Guang Dong province of
China in a chicken farm where he was slaughtered and eaten by human
beings. After the ending cycles of chicken lives, he will be reborn as a pig,
fish, cow and lamb….. to repay his debts for cooking all these animals as
dishes during his career.
As he manifested in the Temple, he revealed that he had been a Chicken
for already 100 years. He calculated that he had an estimation of 3000
years of animals reincarnation.................(100 lives x 30 years of average
life-span). He felt very miserable and upon his full redemption of debts,
he will reincarnate as a human being again...............”
Once I met a very old acquaintance with his two children and immediately
I rushed towards him. Thinking that I would be able to share with him
about Tao, my very first few words caught him off guard. I did not know
that he was a Christian and I was not skillful in the propagation of Tao at
that time. Sadly to say, he indirectly and sarcastically told his children that
they do not want to become cats and dogs……..I stopped and realized my
mistake in telling him about reincarnation which Christian do not believe.
A lesson well learned that I should be more skillful next time when I meet
Christian if I wanted to talk to them about Tao.