Furthermore, Subhuti, if it be that good men and good women who receive and retain this Discourse are downtrodden, their evil destiny is the inevitable retributive result of sins committed in their past mortal lives. By virtue of their present misfortunes the reacting effects of their past will be thereby worked out, and they will be in a position to attain the Consummation of Incomparable Enlightenment.
deff wrote:i've heard it said a number of times that when one gets on the spiritual path, it accelerates the ripening of their negative karma. the diamond sutra mentions this:Furthermore, Subhuti, if it be that good men and good women who receive and retain this Discourse are downtrodden, their evil destiny is the inevitable retributive result of sins committed in their past mortal lives. By virtue of their present misfortunes the reacting effects of their past will be thereby worked out, and they will be in a position to attain the Consummation of Incomparable Enlightenment.
this has been my experience too... feels like eons of negative karma sometimes but it's best to get it out of the way asap imo
hopefully things get better for you!
DarwidHalim wrote:I personally feel this is also true.
In this way, the teaching using so called suffering or the difficulty in life as the path becomes crucial.
If we look about this suffering and joyful life, they are actually not suffering and also not joyful. It is our mind who label it as joyful and pain.
Many things occur in daily life, but why we are labeling this as suffering or that as joyful? When we look into it again and again, we can come to realize that actually what we used to called suffering is not suffering, it is also not joyful. What we used to called joyful, it is also not joyful nor suffering.
Really, this life is by nature already perfect. It knows how to balance itself. We are the one who misinterpret it as joyful and suffering.
It is very difficult however for someone who lost his leg and has in his mind that losing his leg is actually not suffering nor even joy. Same things getting 10 billion dollars, is actually also not joyful nor suffering.
It is really difficult to see this. Now, when everything is relatively ok, we can say this out. But when bad thing really occur, it is extremely difficult to see this. This is because the wisdom of emptiness is still very weak.
It's ok. As long as if we keep familiarize it, soon or later that wisdom will naturally become our way of life.
The teaching of suffering as the path to unlock that actually it is not suffering nor joyful is then very crucial is helping us to familiarize this wisdom.
At the end, don't worry and never ever worry. Actually things are always ok.
I found this teaching is really good:
One day in late summer, an old farmer was working in his field with his old sick horse. The farmer felt compassion for the horse and desired to lift its burden. So he left his horse loose to go the mountains and live out the rest of its life.
Soon after, neighbors from the nearby village visited, offering their condolences and said, "What a shame. Now your only horse is gone. How unfortunate you are!. You must be very sad. How will you live, work the land, and prosper?" The farmer replied: "Who knows? We shall see".
Two days later the old horse came back now rejuvenated after meandering in the mountainsides while eating the wild grasses. He came back with twelve new younger and healthy horses which followed the old horse into the corral.
Word got out in the village of the old farmer's good fortune and it wasn't long before people stopped by to congratulate the farmer on his good luck. "How fortunate you are!" they exclaimed. You must be very happy!" Again, the farmer softly said, "Who knows? We shall see."
At daybreak on the next morning, the farmer's only son set off to attempt to train the new wild horses, but the farmer's son was thrown to the ground and broke his leg. One by one villagers arrived during the day to bemoan the farmer's latest misfortune. "Oh, what a tragedy! Your son won't be able to help you farm with a broken leg. You'll have to do all the work yourself, How will you survive? You must be very sad". they said. Calmly going about his usual business the farmer answered, "Who knows? We shall see"
Several days later a war broke out. The Emperor's men arrived in the village demanding that young men come with them to be conscripted into the Emperor's army. As it happened the farmer's son was deemed unfit because of his broken leg. "What very good fortune you have!!" the villagers exclaimed as their own young sons were marched away. "You must be very happy." "Who knows? We shall see!", replied the old farmer as he headed off to work his field alone.
As time went on the broken leg healed but the son was left with a slight limp. Again the neighbors came to pay their condolences. "Oh what bad luck. Too bad for you"! But the old farmer simply replied; "Who knows? We shall see."
As it turned out the other young village boys had died in the war and the old farmer and his son were the only able bodied men capable of working the village lands. The old farmer became wealthy and was very generous to the villagers. They said: "Oh how fortunate we are, you must be very happy", to which the old farmer replied, "Who knows? We shall see!"
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