Posted by: Upāsaka | 12/26/2016

Social Injustice

13. ‘Hearing about this, people thought: “Now let us get sharp swords made for us, and then we can take from anybody what is not given [which is called theft], we will make an end of them, finish them off once for all and cut off their heads.”

So, having procured some sharp swords, they launched murderous assaults on villages, towns and cities, and went in for highway-robbery, killing their victims by cutting off their heads.

14. ‘Thus, from the not giving of property to the needy, poverty became rife, from the growth of poverty, the taking of what was not given increased, from the increase of theft, the use of weapons increased, from the increased use of weapons, the taking of life increased —

and from the increase in the taking of life, people’s life-span decreased, their beauty decreased, and as a result of this decrease of life-span and beauty, the children of those whose life-span had been eighty thousand years lived for only forty thousand”‘

‘And a man of the generation that lived for forty thousand years took what was not given. He was brought before the King, who asked him:

“Is it true that you took what was not given — what is called theft?”

“No, Your Majesty”, he replied, thus telling a deliberate lie.

15. ‘Thus, from the not giving of property to the needy,… the taking of life increased, and from the taking of life, lying increased, from the increase in lying, people’s life-span decreased, their beauty decreased, and as a result, the children of those whose life-span had been forty thousand years lived for only twenty thousand.

http://redzambala.com/digha-nikaya/cakkavatti-sihanada-sutta-the-lions-roar-on-the-turning-of-the-wheel.html


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