I Weep for all Sentient Beings
- From TBN, issue 454
- By Living Buddha Lian Sheng, Sheng-Yen Lu
- Translated and Edited by True Buddha Foundation Translation
How many died with great
How many homes were burned and destroyed?
How many were looted?
How many rapes were committed?
During my "spiritual travel," in the Land of Bloodshed, I saw people's
parents hiding, trying to escape death. I imagined them as my own
parents and felt their tremendous fear and helplessness. I saw men's
wives and daughters lose their homes, and I felt the great torment
of the men being separated from their beloved ones. I observed fear-filled
souls and spirits of sentient beings wandering without refuge. I
imagined them as my own family and felt the pain and the suffering
of losing them.
I wept for all the sentient beings.
How I wish:
People would treasure the lives of others.
That they would not steal and loot others' possessions.
[That they would] not rape.
[That there would be] no running for one's life, no begging for
food or losing one's home.
And [that there would be] no burning of homes.
Every world leader, before giving a command or making a statement,
must think it through thoroughly, then think it through again, and
then think it through a third time. Every world leader must not
think for himself, but for all sentient beings. In human life, there
is birth, old age, sickness, and death. No one can avoid them. Why
should we create even more human tragedies?
Living in peace and harmony is a good thing, isn't it?!