These are very difficult conducts which have no easy straightforward thoughts which can set forth a policy .
Being a worldling and unripe in Dhamma , i think i may not be a capable person to clearly see through this dilemma . On a personal front i would not encourage euthanasia , and please forgive me for going off-topic and narrating a personal happening . Quite a few years ago my Mother was diagonized with colon cancer , and doctors conveyed to me that she had at the most 2 months to live . My father being a doctor himself, and having battled oral cancer, was keen on aggresive chemotherapy , however , my mother was not in favor at all . The top cancer specialist in our country with 5 decades of experience , saw her case sheet, and opined that palliative care was the only sensible recourse .
Pain , just like pithi , can not be comprehended . It was tough, there were times when i had no choice but to inject morphine myself . All the best of pain swatches and patches would just not help her . i am grateful that she did a 10 day course on my request , prior to the intense pain that set in and the debilitation began . Also , i am so grateful to the very kind teacher conducting the course, in compassionately not allowing me and my mother to be together during the course , although it was clear that she would need a dedicated volunteer to serve her during the course period ( the course was already short of volunteers) . Just when i had resigned to fate and we were exiting the centre , we were called back . At that moment there was an elderly gentleman with alzheimers who had come to attend the course along with his daughter , the teacher made us switch places .It was with great delight and enthusiasm that i took upon the serving the elderly man . It was one of my finest service courses done yet . The elderly man gave me a hard time , and threatened that he would jump the wall when i was asleep and escape . Once he locked me out in the night after i came back after the night metta session , saying that he would not tolerate late comers ! ( he was an old student , who done a course under Goenkaji in Dhammagiri ). Another time he was nowhere to be found in the centre , after the morning meditation period of 4 to 6:30 a.m, ( the night before he had firmly decided to leave , and did not even listen to the gentle requests of the teacher, and commanded us that his daughter be conveyed that she should arrange for a cab the next morning , or he would leave on his own ), my heart sank . Lastly when i thought of checking the now empty Dhamma hall , i saw a single pair of footwear outside , which was his , gently i went in , Goenkajis chant, played after the breakfast bell was going on , and this gentleman was ardently meditating . i knew that he would no longer need the taxi now , and i quietly sat behind him and meditated along . When he clambered to rise up , i gave a hand , he was surprised , and mentioned that he would no longer require the taxi
It was such a strong moment that got etched itself in my mind, probably for a few life times.......
My mother went on to live for 11 months , and left me a will which i did not deserve, writing that she would want to meet up with me again in whatever form in her successive lives . i was fortunate to gently hold her palm in my hands , and lie besides her, meditating with arising and passing , knowing that she would not see through the night . She did not get to see her two grand children being born, for which i have no regrets . Happiness can never be found by any material or familial comforts , all such ease are short lived , giving us a false sense of relief .
Coming back to Voluntary Euthanasia , i have read in the Manual of Dhamma , authored by the Venerable Ledi Sayadaw , that the remainder of kamma , is bound to catch up , and it just spills over ..........