Thaksin, your apology is accepted!
Bangkok Post, published: 14 Apr 2013 at 00.00 Newspaper section: News
Ousted prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra issued an apology yesterday as part of a Songkran message posted on Facebook.
Thaksin said that as a Buddhist raised in northern Thailand, he strongly believed in the tradition of apology and forgiveness as part of Songkran.
And I said yes, yes; your apology is accepted but as an elderly Buddhist living in Northern Thailand, in the district next to your hometown, Sunkampang I would like to talk Dhrama with you and get it straight.
First, Thai are easily forgiving, because Buddha taught us not to have ill will and bad intention summasungappa toward anybody in the eight paths to Nirvana. However, because our easy-going nature we tend to go over board by ingratiating influential and powerful people even when they are evil and that practice is against Buddha’s teaching.
Buddha said if one complements or supports an evil person, one is more evil because one is reinforcing him to do more of the evils and encourage others to follow his suits.
Thaksin, as up to now you have too many Thais and followers who are evil by defaults as such. And if you do not try to stop or even disencourage them to do it, your sin is, therefore, double.
Thaksin, if you are wise, you listen to bright men, and one of the most intelligent persons, earth has ever had is Buddha. And listen to he said:
Greed feeds the greed. The more you have the more you want. So the wealth does not bring the happiness, because you always want more and more. The happiness is in the heart. When the heart is content with what you have earned through the rightful living ( summa-achiva) you are the happiest ( sundose). That’s why he called “sundose” the true treasure of a human being.
Thaksin, achieve sundose and you will stop questing for more money and power, for you have been fulfilled.
And one of the ultimate teaching of Buddha is “Nothing is permanent ( Anijjung)”
Thaksin, you were born July 26, 2492. So you are going to be 64 year old soon. You will be living 20 more years at the most. You will die sooner than other, because Buddha told us, those who do not live right will have the hard time in their old ages, so you will. Can you take anything with you when you die? And maybe, this what Buddha said about the after death that is the hardest for you to listen:
Yes, Thaksin, you are forgiven but that would not exempt you from the Ultimate Law that is Law of Karma. You reap what you sow.
And the Samyutta Nikaya states:
"According to the seed that’s sown,
So is the fruit you reap there from,
Doer of good will gather good,
Doer of evil, evil reaps,
Down is the seed and thou shalt taste
The fruit thereof."
Hell that could be!
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