A Poem from 1 BC Calling for Compassion Toward Animals

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A Poem from 1 BC Calling for Compassion Toward Animals

Postby BubbaBuddhist » Mon May 10, 2010 5:40 pm

Titus Lucretius Carus (Lucretius) (c 99-55BC)

A Cow Mourning For Her Calf

Oft at some consecrated altar-side,
Where fragrant incense burns, a calf lies slain,
And from his breast breathes out the warm life-tide:
But the lone mother, o'er the grassy land
Far ranging, sees his cloven hoof-prints plain,
And leaves with roving eyes no spot unscanned
For her lost young, and fills with lowings wild
The shady wood; then tireless turns again
To the bare stall, sore stricken for her child.
Naught can the dewy grass, or tender leaf,
Or brimming river-bank, once fondly known,
Avail to bannish that o'er-mastering grief;
Nor by the sight of other calves, upgrown
In the fair fields, is her sad heart beguiled:
So deeply yearns she for her one, her own.


- De Rerum Natura, II, 352-366
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Re: A Poem from 1 BC Calling for Compassion Toward Animals

Postby bodom » Mon May 10, 2010 6:42 pm

Sad.

:anjali:
The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: A Poem from 1 BC Calling for Compassion Toward Animals

Postby sukhamanveti » Tue May 11, 2010 12:34 am

Thank you for the beautiful verses by a great man, Bubbabuddhist. They reminded me a bit of a passage in the Pali Canon:

"And then the king, the lord of warriors, induced by the brahmins, had many hundreds of thousands of cows killed in a sacrifice.

"Not by their feet, nor by their horns, nor by anything else had the cows harmed anyone. They were like sheep, meek, giving pails of milk. Nevertheless, the king, seizing them by the horns, had them killed with a knife...

"This injustice of using violence has come down to us as an ancient practice. Innocent cows are killed; the sacrificers fall away from justice."

Sutta-Nipata 2.7.308-312

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Sīlaṃ balaṃ appaṭimaṃ.
Sīlaṃ āvudhamuttamaṃ.
Sīlamābharaṇaṃ seṭṭhaṃ.
Sīlaṃ kavacamabbhutaṃ.


Virtue is a matchless power.
Virtue is the greatest weapon.
Virtue is the best adornment.
Virtue is a wonderful armor.

Theragatha 614


Sabbapāpassa akaraṇaṃ,
kusalassa upasampadā,
Sacittapariyodapanaṃ,
etaṃ buddhāna sāsanaṃ.


Refraining from all wrong-doing,
Undertaking the good,
Purifying the mind,
This is the teaching of the buddhas.

Dhammapada v. 183/14.5
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Re: A Poem from 1 BC Calling for Compassion Toward Animals

Postby cooran » Tue May 11, 2010 12:48 am

Hello BB,

Not only one calf - nowadays we do everything "bigger" and "? better". The gods must be pleased ....

"the single largest mass slaughter of animals on earth"
http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/ind ... 80107.html

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