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Dhp 01:10 - Evil-Doers Suffer Here And Hereafter

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Dhp 01:10 - Evil-Doers Suffer Here And Hereafter

Here he grieves, hereafter he grieves.
In both states the evildoer grieves.
He grieves, he afflicted,
perceiving the impurity of his own deeds. (15)


Once in a village not far away from the Veluvana monastery, there lived a very cruel and hard-hearted pork-butcher by the name of Cunda who slaughtered animals by torturing them. Cunda had been in this profession for many years and in all this time he had not done a single meritorious deed. Before he died, he was in such great pain and agony that he was grunting and squealing and kept moving about on his hands and knees like a pig for several days. Then, after suffering physically and mentally, on the seventh day, he died and was reborn in a suffering state.

Some bhikkhus having heard the grunting and squealing coming from his house for several days, thought that Cunda must be busy killing more pigs. They remarked that Cunda was a very cruel and wicked man for he did not have a single thought of loving kindness and was also devoid of any compassion.

Upon hearing their remarks, the Buddha said, "Bhikkhus! Cunda has not been killing pigs. His past evil deeds have overtaken him. Because of the great pain he had to suffer before his death, he was acting and behaving in a very unnatural way. Today he died and was reborn in hell."

The Buddha concluded his discourse by saying, "The evil doer always suffers for the evil deeds done by him; he suffers in this world as well as in the next. There is no escape from the consequences of evil deeds."

Teaching Focus: People who commit evil actions are unaware of their consequences at the moment of performance. Therefore, they tend to repent on seeing the consequences of what they did. This creates grief. This does not mean that one must always suffer the consequences of one's deeds, without any hope. If that is the case, there is no benefit in leading a religious life, nor is there any opportunity to work for one's emancipation. (15)

Verse Translation (best effort)
Tiến Việt Nay sầu, đời sau sầu, Kẻ ác, hai đời sầu; Nó sầu, nó ưu não, Thấy nghiệp uế mình làm. (15)
Le Français Il s'afflige dans cette vie, il s'afflige après cette vie, dans tous les mondes celui qui fait le mal s'afflige. Il s'afflige et périt, voyant son action impure. (15)
Deutsch Hier trauert er, und nach dem Tode trauert er, der Schlechtestuer trauert stets an beiden Orten, - er trauert, wird von lauter Gram gequält, hat er gesehn beschmutzte Tat des Selbst. (15)
Español El malhechor se lamenta ahora y se lamenta después. Se lamenta tanto aquí como allí. Siempre se lamenta y sufre percibiendo la impureza de sus propios actos. (15)
Pу́сский язы́к В этом мире сетует он и в ином – сетует. В обоих мирах злочинец сетует. Он сетует, он страдает, видя зло своих дел. (15)
Magyar Nyelv Megbánja, amit tett, még ideát, s megbánja halála után odaát a gonosztevő, mert gyötrelem sújt rá gaztette jutalmaként. (15)
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Rich Wermske

My pedigree and bona fides are published elsewhere. That said, I respect that a few may wish to learn more about the private person behind the writing.  While I accept I am exceptionally introverted (tending toward the misanthropic), I do enjoy socializing and sharing time with like-minded individuals. I have a zeal for integrity, ethics, and the economics of both interpersonal and organizational behavior.

The product of multi-generational paternal dysfunction, I practice healthy recovery (sobriety date December 11, 2001).  I am endogamous in my close personal relationships and belong to a variety of tribes that shape my worldview (in no particular order):

☯ I participate in and enjoy most geek culture. ☯ I am a practicing Buddhist and a legally ordained minister. I like to believe that people of other spiritual/faith systems find me approachable.  I am a member of the GLBTQA community -- I married my long-time partner in a ceremony officiated by Jeralita "Jeri" Costa of Joyful Joinings on November 18, 2013, certificated in King County, Seattle WA. We celebrate an anniversary date of February 2, 2002.  I am a service-connected, disabled, American veteran (USAF).  I am a University of Houston alumnus (BBA/MIS) and currently studying as a post baccalaureate for an additional degree in Philosophy and Law, Values, & Policy.  I am a retired Bishop in the Church of Commerce and Capitalism; the story arch of my prosecuting and proselytizing the technological proletariat is now behind me.  I am a native Houstonian (and obviously Texan).  At 50 years old, I am a "child of the sixties" and consider the 80's to be my formative years.

As I still struggle with humility, I strive to make willingness, honesty, and open mindedness cornerstones in all my affairs. Fourteen years of sobriety has taught me that none of "this" means a thing if I'm unwilling, dishonest, or close minded.  Therefore I work hard on the things I believe in --

  • I believe we can always achieve more if we collaborate and compromise.
  • I believe that liberal(ism) is a good word/concept and something to be proud to support.  The modern, systematic corruption of liberal ideas is a living human tragedy.
  • I believe in a worldview founded on ideas of liberty and equality. The pragmatism of this site and my journey is rooted in both classical and social liberalism.
  • I believe in democratic elections and institutions including a media free of commercial and governmental bias.  Liberty and equality perish when a society becomes uneducated and/or ill-informed.
  • I believe in diversity of life and ideas.  Life and ideas can only flourish when the gene pool is vast and abundantly differentiated.
  • I believe in advancing balance in civil, social, and privacy rights such that all of humanity is continuously uplifted.
  • I believe in separation of church (spirituality) and state (governance) -- with neither in supremacy nor subjugation.
  • I believe in private (real or tangible) property explicitly excluding ideas, knowledge, and methods; such non-tangibles, by natural law, being free for all humanity and emancipated at conception.

While change and the uncertainty of the future may be uncomfortable, I do not fear the unknown; therefore:

    • I believe I must be willing to make difficult choices, that those choices may not be all that I desire, and that such may result in undesirable (or unintended) consequences;
    • I believe we must be willing to make mistakes or be wrong; and I am willing to change my mind if necessary.
I undertake to abide the five precepts of Buddhism; therefore:
  1. I believe it is wrong to kill or to knowingly allow others to kill.
  2. I believe it is wrong to steal or to knowingly allow others to steal.
  3. I believe in abstention from sexual misconduct.
  4. I believe it is wrong to lie or to knowingly allow others to lie.
  5. I believe in abstention from non-medicinal intoxicants as such clouds the mind.

Suicide, major depression, borderline personality, and alcoholism are feral monsters ever howling at my doorstep. However, despite my turbulent and tragic past, rare is the day where I have to rationalize, defend, or justify the actions of that person I see looking back at me in the mirror...

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