There was a rich man in Changzhou County formarly called Suzhou Province. His name was Long Heng. He was born with a very kind heart and always gives to other people. Long Heng opened a pawnshop, and due to his sense of fairness and justice, his business was very prosperous. One day, Long Heng heard that there was a grain harvest in Huannan and Canton provinces. Rice was very cheap in these places, so he discussed it with his wife and decided to go there for a purchase. He planned to bring it back and sell at a low price to the local people so he could save many people from going hungry.
Long Heng had a daughter and a son; his son was named Long Quan, and his son-in-law’s name was Zilian Sun. When Long Heng left on his trip, his son-in-law, Zilian, helped him manage the business at home. However, Zilian started to think about how to spend money on enjoying life. At that time, there was a drought and many people died of starvation. However, Zilian and his wife did nothing but keep their food and drink to themselves every day at home. For the fact that they never help other people, they also came up with schemes to make money off them. For example, some people came to the pawnshop to sell something valued at 10 taels of silver, but he gave them only 10 guan (which was worth a little less than 10 taels of silver).
Long Heng heard about the drought in his hometown while he was away buying grains. He immediately left huannan. On his way home, he noticed that there was not even a blade of grass in the fields, as people filled their stomachs with grass roots and tree bark. When Long Heng arrived home, Zilian who was his son in-law wanted to throw a banquet to welcome him back, but Long Heng refused right away. He took out the several million pounds of rice he had bought to help the hungry people.
Then put a poster on his outer gate, saying that people who had some food could pay 50 percent of what he had paid; people who had only a little food could pay 30 percent; people who had almost no food could pay just 20 percent; and very poor people could take the rice for free. In only a few months, several million pounds of rice were completely gone. Countless people were saved. Long Heng’s great compassion and kind heart moved Heaven!! Few days later, there was a heavy rain that eased the drought.
One day, Long Heng and his wife were carrying a large sum of money to the capital to do business. After the sunset that evening, Long Heng saw a man holding a sword outside the cabin of their ship. There was a gourd on his back that was emitting fire. Suddenly, the man knocked a tall guy holding a large hatchet into the water. Three other men immediately ran away after seeing this. Long Heng felt certain that the four men were robbers. He hurried out to see the man and thanked him for saving his life.
The man said to him, “One of the robber i knocked dead in the water is your son-in-law, Zilian. He asked a group of people to follow and kill you so they couod take all your money. I passed by here, and i know that you are a kindhearted person, so i decided to save your life.” Long Heng asked his name, and he said, “When you reach Mount Tai, you will see “piece of cloud”; they will tell you.” Then a cloud descended and the man immediately disappeared.
On their way home, Long Heng and his wife passed the foot of Mount Tai where he saw three Chinese characters carved on the mountain. The characters read “Piece of Cloud.” Suddenly, he remembered the Man’s words. He was just about to ask someone about it, when suddenly there was a gust of wind and an immortal appeared right in front of him. He immediately recognized the immortal as the man he had met before.
The man waved his hand over his sleeve and two white cranes flew out from it. He gave one to Long Heng and one to his wife. On the white cranes, they flew up into the sky, and the man flew along with them. Flying on the backs of the immortal birds and surrounded by auspicious clouds, they rode all the way up to Heaven. His kind gesture moved heaven and he was rewarded with immortality💜 When you give genuinely, you shake heaven without knowing. Hope you enjoyed this acient true life story in china!🤠