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Footprints on the Journey: About Wars -Khenpo Sodargye
« on: November 06, 2016, 04:42:00 am »
About Wars

Due to lack of wisdom, some people covet to attain peace and happiness by means of waging war. Yet numerous harsh lessons from time immemorial only prove the absurdity of this notion.

Indeed, if one relates to war only at the level of talking or watching the news on TV as entertainment, one will never have any feeling that hits close to home. On the other hand, one who has suffered the miseries of war personally and fully will shudder at any recollection of it. In addition, people who have a strong compassion will also experience a keenly felt pain.

War inflicts trauma that is beyond healing in the hearts of many; war causes damage that is beyond repair to beautiful landscapes; war smears bloody chapters over the white sheets of history…

Because of war, innocent people have to endure living in long-term commotion and unrest, and suffer the tremendous pain of losing houses and families. The war between Israel and the Palestinians has dragged on for more than 20 years; 40 million refugees are without homes. Flames of war have been raging everywhere in Afghanistan, millions are forced to leave their homes and become destitute. In China, during the eight years of the War of Resistance, countless families were crumbled and loved ones scattered apart…. All of this was brought about because a few people craved to satisfy their ambitions of plundering possessions, of appropriating land, or of seizing power.

Some fools even contrive to make big bucks through dealings in war; they are totally ignorant of the dire consequences that will soon befall them.

All kinds of conflicts, from the major ones between countries to the trivial ones among family members, are but manifestations of lacking wisdom. Spiritual practitioners, in particular, should stay away from conflicts. Lhala Chodri Rinpoche, in his biography of the Omniscient Longchen Rabjam, cites this scripture: “Wherever there is dispute, you should stay one hundred miles away from it.” Therefore, we must keep wars and conflicts away; let’s settle into a secluded place and pray for world peace.

6th of March, Year of RenWu
April 18, 2002

 


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