Long have you (repeatedly) experienced the death of a father... the death of a brother... the death of a sister... the death of a son... the death of a daughter... loss with regard to relatives... loss with regard to wealth... loss with regard to disease. The tears you have shed over loss with regard to disease while transmigrating & wandering this long, long time — crying & weeping from being joined with what is displeasing, being separated from what is pleasing — are greater than the water in the four great oceans. (SN 15.3)
Wander forth, O bhikkhus, for the welfare of the multitude, for the happiness of the multitude, out of compassion for the world, for the good, welfare, and happiness of devas and humans. Let not two go the same way. Teach, O bhikkhus, the Dhamma that is good in the beginning, good in the middle, good in the end, with the right meaning and phrasing. (SN 4.453)
manas wrote:Right now, in all probability, someone, somewhere in the world, is crying bitterly, having lost a family member. Someone is working hard, enduring discomfort, disrespect, and incredibly low pay, just to get enough food for their children. Some house maid is probably enduring the unwelcome advances of the 'master of the household', feeling shamed and helpless. So many human beings are experiencing so much pain and sorrow, and for them it's as palpable as this peaceful morning I'm spending sitting here, typing this post.
Part of me wishes to reach out to them, to ease their misery, to make everything better for them. These are real beings, not just flickering images on a screen, watched from the safety of our living rooms. 'All fabricated things are not-self', that is true; and yet, we cannot deny, so much pain and sorrow is going on, experienced by beings embodied just as we are.
My aspiration: if by this Path (of Dhamma) I manage to free this heart from the poison of ignorance, may I not forget the sufferings of others. If I become free, may I then attempt to free others, as the Buddha and so many of his Noble Disciples have done.
.....all very true but at the very same time, everyone finds there exact place in the flow.....a massive sea of suffering yet all one needs to do is to open their eyes and see and question why?manas wrote:.....
There is nothing in this world that happens by blind chance or accident. To say that anything happens by chance, is no more true than that this book has come here of itself. Strictly speaking, nothing happens to man that he does not deserve for some reason or another.
We ourselves are responsible for our own deeds, happiness and misery. We build our own hells. We create our own heavens. We are the architects of our own fate. In short we ourselves are our own kamma.
A Buddhist who is fully convinced of the doctrine of Kamma does not pray to another to be saved but confidently relies on himself for his purification because it teaches individual responsibility.