Dharma Card for July, 2013

 

     As a human being,

     If the other person is going better than me,

     sore do I feel, you know;

     What could I do with this?

                        ---Mitsuo Aida

 

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“The other person” in the above poem must be a person who can

be compared with you, except for a close relation like parents and

children, or a loving couple. The person may be your brother or sister,

classmate, colleague, rival company, or neighbor, who is on the high

tide while you are left behind in the bottom. It is in this comparable

situation that you feel sore. When it is beyond comparison like the case

of an Olympic champion, you will not get jealous.

     The Buddha pities such a miserable human nature as jealousy and envy,

which we cannot control by ourselves.

    In Buddhism there is an important term “an unselfish joy that follows seeing

and hearing something good,” the mind that rejoices in the other person’s

happiness together. It is the great compassion of the Buddha who shares our

joy together with us like parents take their children’s joy as their own, for

He encompasses us human beings within His own realm.

   Regrettably, however, we tend to feel jealous and envious sometimes, then

let us say the nembutsu, which is His call, “Do not stick to yourself, for you

are within My Saving.” When we hear His call, our fretted heart will become

peaceful.