78. One Thought of Love
Once in India, a man called Daughter of Vallabha wanted to take atreasure hunt in the sea, while his mother didn’t agree with him because hisfather died from it. He really wanted to go and prepared everything he neededfor the journey, but his mother still stopped him by dragging him. So he was sofurious that he kicked his mother on the head and then left.
Later he died in an accident and directly fell into the ephemeral hell. There he saw a man in a room of ironsuffering the pain of a steel wheel revolving on his head, with white brainsspouting out everywhere, which was extremely cruel. He asked at once: “How doesit come about that this person suffers such great pain?” A voice told him: “Heis enduring the effect of kicking his mother on the head.”
Then he remembered he had kicked his mother on thehead too, meanwhile, an iron wheel suddenly fell on his head, spinning on hishead. Although suffering the great pains, he thought: “There must be many otherbeings in the world like me who kicked their mothers on the head, today, hope Ialone bear all the sufferings of those who are in the same state as I am.” Sincehe had aroused such altruistic mind, he got liberated immediately and wasreborn in the heaven of the thirty-three.
As you can see, in this Buddhist case, when the Daughter of Vallabhaarouses altruistic mind, even though the object is only a portion of thebeings, the suffering is only the pain of steel wheel revolving on the head,and it is only an instant altruistic thought, the merits and benefits generatedare so tremendous!
There is another Buddhist case: There used to be amother and a daughter who were flooded away, the mother thought: “As long as mydaughter can get saved, it will be fine even if I die.” The daughter thought: “Aslong as my mother can get saved, it will be fine even if I die.” With suchthoughts, both were reborn in the heaven of the thirty-three after death.
Even there is only one altruistic thought, the object is just one beingor a portion of beings, and the pain is just one type, the merits and benefitsgenerated are still so tremendous, let along we wish to eliminate the boundlessunease of all beings and place them in the realm of ultimate happiness.Needless to say the merits and benefits accumulated like this.