又其二姐姚毓靜，嫁於紹興城內八字橋五號鮑奕華爲妻，其家爲望族，其祖鮑養田爲鹽商，邑內首富。在青年時，偕友遊鎮江金山寺，到寺門前，倚立凝思，告友人曰：「進寺門可見何處殿堂，何處樹林… 。 」友笑其誑，進內果如所言。行至一處，指一寮房說：「此室是我所住的！」至此前生的宿命全現前了，「哦，我就是這裡的某某當家師啊！」從此行善積德，但沒有學敎修持。有一次，當他運鹽船抵岸後，發覺船底有一漏洞，幸賴有一條黑鯉（黑魚）堵塞洞中，得不漏沈。感曰：「凡我子孫世世永不吃黑魚。」妻妾共生十子十六女，家園建築重重高樓。年逾古稀，於一九二六年預知將死，召集子孫，諄諄敎以行善積德，命家人拿大木魚來，邊敲邊念「南無佛，南無法，南無僧。」撒手瞑目而逝。這是非常難得的善終，但還是生人天善道，並沒有了生死，究竟解脫！
My friend Yau Jya-lyan graduated from Nanjing University in 1957 with a degree in French. He lives at 15 South Chung-Shan Road, Hang-jou, in his retirement. Ever since I started printing Buddhist Sutras in Hang-jou in 1980, he has helped me greatly with the work of proof- reading and distribution. Once I asked him how he came to believe in Buddhism. He said that after witnessing the reality of cause and effect in the lives of his two brothers-in-law, he could not help but be totally convinced of the truth of the Buddha's teaching.
The second daughter of his uncle, Mr. Yau Yan- sheng, was married to Ywan Wei-bin who lived at Gwang-syin Lane in the Sya-cheng District of Hang-jou. The Ywans owned a textile store and had been very well-off. Her father-in-law, old Mr. Ywan, was a very shrewd character, who was rich but not benevolent. One day, his neighbor's house caught fire and their front door was already in flames. Their house was connected to the Ywans' house by a thick metal door, and their only escape was through that door and out from the Ywans' side. The entire family of young and old, over ten in all, knocked at the door seeking salvation. But the cruel Mr. Ywan, fearing the fire would spread to his own home, firmly refused to open the door, and the entire family of over ten people was burned alive outside the door! Not long afterwards, old Mr. Ywan suddenly became sick and died. His son Wei-bin had a dream in which his father told him, "Because I saw people dying and failed to rescue them, I have been sentenced to the animal realm. Tonight I will be reborn at So- and-so's farm, in such-and-such a village at Mount Syau. The mottled piglet with a "Ywan" character on its forehead will be me." When the son awoke the next day, he searched for the farm described in the dream, and indeed, in the pigpen there he found a newborn piglet with a "Ywan" character on its forehead. Thereupon he bought the piglet and hired a person especially to look after it. The family servant often teased the pig, saying, "So you are old Mr. Ywan! You can still squeal in reply!"
The second sister was married to Mr. Bau Yi- hwa of No. 5, Ba-dz Bridge in the city of Shau-sying. His family was wealthy, and his grandfather Bau Yang-tyan had been a salt merchant and one of the most wealthy members of the district. When he was young, he traveled with a friend to visit Gold Mountain Monastery in Jen-jyang. When they reached the gate of the monastery, he stood absorbed in thought, and told his friend, "Once you go in, you will see the halls and buildings over here in such and such a place, and the woods over there..." His friend laughed at his wild talk, but once he entered the gate, it was just as Bau Yang-tyan had described. When he walked to a certain spot, Bau pointed at a room and said, "This is the room where I lived." He completely recalled his past life, and mused, "Oh, so I have been the director of this place!"
From then on, he practiced good deeds and amassed virtue. However, he did not study the teachings or cultivate. One time, when his ship carrying salt had reached the port, he discovered a hole in it. Luckily, a black carp had blocked up the hole, preventing a leak, which would have caused the ship to sink. He was moved to declare, "No descendant of mine shall ever eat the flesh of black carp." He had ten sons and sixteen daughters, and there were many large buildings on his estate. In 1926, when he was over seventy, he knew his death was imminent. Summoning his descendants together, he patiently admonished them to practice good deeds and cultivate virtue, then he ordered the large wooden fish to be brought. Hitting the fish, he chanted, "Homage to the Buddha, Homage to the Dharma, Homage to the Sangha." Then he stopped, closed his eyes, and went. It was an uncommonly peaceful death. However, he was still destined to be reborn in either the human realm or in the heavens, for he had not ended birth and death and gained the ultimate liberation.
To be continued