Regarding Unwholesome root- Hatred and Karma

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Regarding Unwholesome root- Hatred and Karma

Postby indian_buddhist » Fri Apr 18, 2014 6:49 pm

Dear all folks,

I am new in Buddhism since the past 6 months and been reading the Pali Canon(English Translations). I have been reading about Karma and especially about how Hatred/Aversion/Ill-will leads to Realm of Hell in the next birth.

Now I have a situation in my life I would like to discuss. In my life over a period of about 2 to 2.5 years I had developed Aversion towards one of my family members (actually my sister-in-law - My brother's wife). Now since we were staying in the same house my aversion was present whenever she was around. This is there for a period of 2.5 years like I said until I recently turned towards the Buddha's teachings. His teachings changed my outlook and I developed a mind of non-hatred at first and then a mind of Loving-Kindness towards that person. Now I would like to put an effort to keep this state of Loving-Kindness for the rest of my life.

My understanding of Kamma from the Buddha's teachings says that Unwholesome Kamma and Hatred especially leads to realm of Hell (albeit temporary). I would like to know whether having this unwholesome Kamma for a long period (say 2.5 years) mean that my next birth would be definitely in the Hell realm?. Can it be possible in my life to be good and avoid an unfortunate rebirth to hell or is it impossible now considering the long period I had carried unwholesome root?.
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Re: Regarding Unwholesome root- Hatred and Karma

Postby David N. Snyder » Fri Apr 18, 2014 8:10 pm

Don't worry about it -- you don't have those feelings now. It is the sum total of your thoughts and deeds that matter; see Samyutta Nikaya 55.21.

Although it is not good to have bad thoughts, bad actions often do far worse damage, for example killing and harming.
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Re: Regarding Unwholesome root- Hatred and Karma

Postby cooran » Fri Apr 18, 2014 9:08 pm

You can read it here:

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/#sn55

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Re: Regarding Unwholesome root- Hatred and Karma

Postby fivebells » Sat Apr 19, 2014 12:12 am

The skill you've developed in uprooting that hatred far outweighs any bad kamma you laid down by indulging it in the first place.
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Re: Regarding Unwholesome root- Hatred and Karma

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Sat Apr 19, 2014 5:36 am

Two and a half years is not long at all. We have all carried the three unwholesome roots throughout the limitless cycle of samsāra.

The important thing now is to work towards eradicating them as far as possible in this very life by acts of kindness, and through tranquillity and insight meditation.
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Re: Regarding Unwholesome root- Hatred and Karma

Postby indian_buddhist » Sat Apr 19, 2014 8:06 am

Thank you everyone respected ones.
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