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Angulimala Thera crawls to Jetavana Monastery

BUDDHISM: Severely injured, Arahant Angulimala gathered whatever strength his broken body could muster and crawled back to Jetavana monastery. With great determination, he managed to reach its gates.

The Buddha sighted him and hastened to his aid. The Enlightened One lifted him tenderly with both hands and rested him against His compassionate body. Wiping gently the blood that oozed from the wounds, He comforted Arahant Angulimala. "What cruel deed has been inflicted on you, my son? This is the reality of kamma. You must bear all the pain without any malice or hatred against those misguided ones who had assaulted you, my son."

The Buddha knew that Angulimala Thera's last moments had come. He wanted his last thoughts to be tranquil and pure. With tenderness of voice He consoled him "My son, you are experiencing now the results of unwholesome deeds you had committed in the past on account of which you might have been tortured in apaya for many life cycles.

Do not despair. You must remain resolute in Saddha, my son". As he had already attained Arahanthood, Angulimala remained steadfast in Saddha. Similarly, his Metta and Karuna remained intact despite the bodily pain he had encountered.

His mind and heart were immune to dosa, despite the physical pain from the severe injuries sustained at the hands of the angry village mob. He had only deep compassion for them.

To be continued

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