Saturday, May 24, 2008

Forgive be forgiven

The Buddha, instead, admonished her, as well as the ogress, for the folly of their unabated vengeance. He then related to them how their mutual hatred began and how, they had been killing off each other’s babies in their successive lifetimes. He made them realize that hatred only caused more hatred, and that hatred ceased only through goodwill and compassion. The lady and the ogress then felt great remorse for their past actions and asked each other for forgiveness. After many lifetimes of unbroken rivalry filled with hatred, they finally made peace with each other. Hatred in the world is indeed never appeased by hatred. It is appeased only by loving kindness.

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