More village folk offer dana to Angulimala Thera
BUDDHISM: As a result of ensuring the safe delivery through
the assertion of the Truth of his 'noble spiritual rebirth', people
began to have greater confidence in his inner transformation. Many of
the village folks' perception of him changed appreciably.
They discarded their fears and scepticism and acknowledged his
transformation into a noble being. As a result, an increasing number of
village folk were now kindly disposed towards him. People were more
willing to offer him alms when he visited their homes on his daily
Not all village folk respected Angulimala Thera though as a noble,
righteous bhikkhu. There were a resentful few who could not erase their
anger and hatred towards him from their hearts. Their animosity was not
erasable for he had murdered their loved ones.
They continued to abhor him, despite his entry into the Bhikkhu
Sangha. They could not forgive him for having caused them such
irreparable loss and suffering. There were also many who still did not
trust his motives although he had now donned the yellow robe.
They regarded him as a monstrous person in disguise and still a
danger to society. Unable to seek retribution against him trough the
normal legal process, as the king had already pardoned him, they decided
to take matters into their own hands.
To be continued