As we know, the three messengers the Buddha saw and we are encouraged to see are the elderly, the infirm and the dead. Recently I was reading the songs of the Elders (Theragata?) in Japanese, and one of the verses mentionned a fourth messenger, seeing those who are "suffering." I thought this was interesting and wondered if anyone could point to other occurences in the canon. (The implications are interesting, because aside from the usual three messengers, who could be said to be "suffering?" The hungry, the cold, the abused, etc...or perhaps those who are reveling in the senses and are only known by the wise to be "suffering?")
Anyways, if anyone knows any other references to this fourth messenger, I would be grateful....
I hope that every time I post it will be accompanied by a wish for the wellbeing of everyone in this sangha and all beings.
(so I don't have to write "metta" every time!)
Kammalakkhano , bhikkhave, bālo, kammalakkhano pandito, apadānasobhanī paññāti
(The fool is characterized by his/her actions/the wise one is characterized by his/her actions/Wisdom shines forth in behaviour.)
(AN 3.2 Lakkhana Sutta)