THE WAY FORWARD - THE FOURTH PRINCIPLE

Verse 4

When I see beings of unpleasant character oppressed by strong negativity and suffering, May I hold them dear-for they are rare to find as if I have discovered a jewel treasure!

This Verse is like an introduction to Verses 5 & 6.

This principle is about how we should relate to people who are socially marginalized, perhaps because of their behavior, their appearance, their destitution, or on account of some illness.

These people are all suffering.

We should take special care of these people, as if we have found a real treasure. Instead of feeling repulsed, we should recognise the pain and suffering of these people and treat them with compassion and understanding.

People who display negative behaviours are suffering.

This is about recognising that they are suffering and presenting us with an opportunity to help carry their burden.


FURTHER JOURNAL ENTRIES IN THIS SERIES:

 

THE FIRST PRINCIPLE
THE SECOND PRINCIPLE
THE THIRD PRINCIPLE
THE FOURTH PRINCIPLE
THE FIFTH PRINCIPLE
THE SIXTH PRINCIPLE
THE SEVENTH PRINCIPLE
THE EIGHTH PRINCPLE

Journal Comments