Ebola- the result of infected fruit bats eaten by rats infecting society with their feces and body fluids- infecting houses, its occupants, clothing, and bedding. Buddhists say it’s ok to kill bats and rats, mosquitoes and flies because they spread disease. I guess by extension, it’s also ok to kill jihadists because they spread fear, violence, terror, and despair in the name of ‘God’?
How many innocents need to die at the hands of Jihadist brutality and torture before we stand for justice, and kill all these infecting rats and bats? Get out your insecticides and pesticides and spray them out of existence? So what if it kills us also in the process?
As Buddha said in his famous ‘four truths’ : there is suffering, there can be an end to suffering, the way is the eight-fold path: right perception, thinking, actions, and being, meditation on impermanence, inter-connectedness, and emptiness.
Jihadists think that their acts are noble because they kill and torture in he name of God, and that the act of labelling an infidel is sufficient to merit ending their lives. In exchange they are willing to put their lives on the line for their beliefs and sacrifice losing their souls in the name of Jihad thinking that they have been commanded by Allah to kill, rape, and torture. This is the twisted cosmic reality which we are fighting. Fighters with nothing to lose offering their lives in exchange for celestial virgins giving them eternal gratification for their sacrifice and devotion to the Jihad. Distorted beliefs and perceptions which no amount of education or justice can stop because they operate in ‘gangs’ and ‘mob rule’ dominates. The only solution is complete eradication? We’ll never stop our young boys and men who are seeking acceptance and recognition from joining the Jihad. Our sons will seek out the Jihad wherever it rages because their need to belong (to the gang) is greater than the logic which tells the rational person that Jihad is wrong. Put a gun in their hands and insanity replaces wholesome discernment and logic is replaced by blind following of leaders who placate their sheep with the gratification of violence and pillage and promises of eternal reward.
We all take our karma with us beyond the grave. Karma is the ‘God of vengeance and justice’ equalizing evil with suffering and retribution, rewarding love and compassion with bliss and eternal love. Karma is the ‘Great Kosmic Equalizer’. There is no escape. Work it out now or later. The more you delay the greater the negative consequences will become. So start now with acts of love, generosity, service, and forgiveness to start dissolving your karmic debt. How do you know when you’re on the path of truth? When you don’t hurt anyone.