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Drop of Dhamma Delight!


Precious yet often wasted is this Human Opportunity!

The Blessed
Gotama Buddha once explained:

Bhikkhus and friends, imagine a single floating ring drifting randomly in the great oceans!
Imagine also a blind turtle swimming about, which surfaces only once every 100 years...
What do you think, Bhikkhus, would that blind turtle by chance often dive right up under
this randomly drifting single ring and insert its neck into this half meter wide hole?
If it
ever would happen at all, Sir, it would only happen after an incredibly long time!
Bhikkhus and friends, I tell you, that this would happen sooner, than a fool, who has
fallen into the lower levels of existence, would again regain this rare human state...
Why so? Because down there exists neither behaviour guided by the Dhamma, nor any
honesty, nor any morality, nor any kindness, nor any opportunity for meritorious action.
There prevails only this evil: beat or be beaten, eat or be eaten, cruel merciless killing
and voraciously swallowing up of any weak being. Why is it so wildly primitive there?
Because, Bhikkhus, down there nobody have understood these
4 Noble Truths! What four?
1: All this is Suffering; 2: This Greedy Craving is the sole Cause of all Suffering;
3: No Craving is the End of Suffering; 4: The Noble 8-fold Way Ends all Suffering,
Therefore should an effort be made right NOW to understand these
4 Noble Truths!

the fact that downfall to a subhuman level is a common event occurring at almost
all deaths (>97%),
many beings think that the downfall either not happen to them (sic...!),
or that it does not happen at all, because they cannot remember their last nasty surprise...
Learning anything about cause and effect is thus effectively disabled by transmigration!
The very same mistakes are thus repeated, life after life, in an almost endless tragedy!


The Blind Sea-Turtle Simile...
Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya. [V:455-6]
section 56: Saccasamyutta. Thread 47: The Ring and Blind Turtle ...

Precious and rare is this human chance!
Don't be a blind turtle!

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