Long have you thus experienced stress, experienced pain, experienced loss, swelling the cemeteries — enough to become disenchanted with all fabricated things, enough to become dispassionate, enough to be released."
Bhante, I understand that I interfered in a natural process. By saving the earthworm from an imminent danger, I may have unintentionally deprived an ant colony of some food that was coming their way. I wonder if I could (very respectfully) ask whether we do not actually interfere in the kamma (or should I be saying kamma-vipaka?) of other beings every time we have an interaction with them? I mean, it might be someone's kamma-vipaka to get run over by a bus, but I quickly yell at them and pull them out of the way. I interfered, but then, that's just what I was supposed to do in that situation. Regarding the earthworm - yes, I am aware that it is a different situation. A human being is capable of advancing on the Path, while an earthworm is just blindly wandering at present. But I respectfully clarify again, that the OP was more about my own citta in that moment. I just could not leave the poor thing to die a painful death. I am quite aware that my action is futile in a cosmic sense. But I hope you can see what I am getting at here.Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:Moving the earth-worm to safety is obviously a compassionate act, but I wonder if it removes its suffering? Then it might increase suffering for the ants who have to search longer to find their food. It seems like a hopeless task to alleviate the suffering in the human realm by external means, let alone the suffering in the animal realms. One can, of course, throw the individual star fish back into the ocean to stop it dying on the beach, but it will still die in the ocean soon enough.Long have you thus experienced stress, experienced pain, experienced loss, swelling the cemeteries — enough to become disenchanted with all fabricated things, enough to become dispassionate, enough to be released."
SN 47.19: Sedaka Sutta wrote:Looking after oneself, one looks after others.
Looking after others, one looks after oneself.
And how does one look after others by looking after oneself?
By practicing (mindfulness), by developing (it), by doing (it) a lot.
And how does one look after oneself by looking after others?
By patience, by non-harming, by loving kindness, by caring (for others).
(Thus) looking after oneself, one looks after others;
and looking after others, one looks after oneself.
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