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Evils Return To The Doer

The seventh section verifies the preceding statement that one who does evil harms himself. In order to explain this, the Buddha makes an analogy.

The Buddha said, "There was a person who, upon hearing that I observe the Way and practice great humane kindness, intentionally came to berate me."The Buddha is a person who observes and cultivates the Way. He also cultivates the practice of great kindness. On hearing this, a person came right up to the Buddha and started scolding him. The Buddha heard him, but was silent and did not reply. He remained silent and did not say anything. When he finished abusing me, once the person stopped berating him, I, the Buddha, asked, "If you are courteous to people and they do not accept your courtesy, the courtesy returns to you, does it not?"

"It does,"he replied. "Right, " he said. "It comes back to me. If they do not accept my courtesy and respect, then I take those back."

I said, "Now you are scolding me, but I do not receive it. "Now, sir, " the Buddha said, you are scolding me. You berate me, but I remain thus, thus, and unmoving. Whether you scold me or not, it all the same to me. I am not affected by your scolding; I simply won't accept it. So the misfortune returns to you and must remain with you. "Sir, " the Buddha continued, "your scolding me is not right, so there will certainly be an unfortunate result; it is inevitable. And that misfortune will fall back on you; it will follow you just as an echo follows a sound or as a shadow follows a form, just as the shadow of your body follows you. In the end you cannot avoid it, the misfortune that will result from your having scolded me. Therefore, be careful not to do evil. It is my hope that everyone will not do evil deeds."


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