A Remedy For Despair (extract) by Bhikkhu Bodhi
- "Contemplation on the operation of kamma
is not a cold and calculated expedient
for justifying a stoical resignation to the status quo.
The pathways of kamma are labyrinthine in their complexity,
and acceptance of this causal order
does not preclude a battle against human avarice, brutality and stupidity
or stifle beneficent action
intended to prevent unwholesome deeds from finding the opportunity to
Deep reflection on kammic retribution does, however,
brace us against the shocks of calamity and disappointment
by opening up to our vision the stubborn unwieldiness of a world
ruled by greed, hate and delusion,
and the deep hidden lawfulness connecting its turbulent undercurrents
with the back-and-forth swing of surface events.
While on the one hand this contemplation awakens a sense of urgency,
a drive to escape the repetitive round of deed and result,
on the other it issues in equanimity,
an unruffled inner poise
founded upon a realistic grasp of our existential plight.
which is far from callous indifference,
sustains us in our journey through the rapids of samsara.
Bestowing upon us courage and endurance,
it enables us to meet the fluctuations of fortune
without being shaken by them,
and to look into the face of the world's sufferings without being
shattered by them."
From: A Remedy for Despair
By Bhikkhu Bodhi
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