“dismissing those who do wrong wont teach them right from wrong, accept the wrong actions and teach them to do right”:- Tai-Da Vrikaurvan

I was reading through the Zen Koans when I the title “right and wrong” caught my eye. I read it over and came to another realization and noticed some mistakes I may have made in my lifetime. This is Koan 45 “Right and Wrong” The Koan reads,

When Bankei held his seclusion-weeks of meditation, pupils from many parts of Japan came to attend. During one of these gatherings a pupil was caught stealing. The matter was reported to Bankei with the request that the culprit be expelled. Bankei ignored the case.

Later the pupil was caught in a similar act, and again Bankei disregarded the matter. This angered the other pupils, who drew up a petition asking for the dismissal of the thief, stating that otherwise they would leave in a body.

When Bankei had read the petition he called everyone before him. “You are wise brothers,” he told them. “You know what is right and what is not right. You may somewhere else to study if you wish, but this poor brother does not even know right from wrong. Who will teach him if I do not? I am going to keep him here even if all the rest of you leave.”

A torrent of tears cleansed the face of the brother who had stolen. All desire to steal had vanished.

Everyone makes mistakes and does wrong things at one point in their life. Some people learn from them some people don’t. Some people get of lightly some people don’t. This Koan has taught me that we should not dismiss those who do wrong things as this will not teach them to do right. If we want them to stop then we also want them to do right. Tossing them away will not teach them right from wrong. We should help those who do wrong so they can do right and not have the desire to do wrong like the pupil in the story.

One thing we have to remember is that right and wrong is a point of view not a fact. But usually lots of people will agree on what is good and what is bad. But really we should trust our feelings because they are not wrong. If we feel we are doing right then we are, if we feel we are doing wrong then we are. We should feel not think when questioning right or wrong.

The message mainly in here is to help those who do wrong because they are the ones who need to know right and wrong the most. Teach those who do wrong and all desire to do wrong will go. Then they will do right themselves.

Written by - Tai-Da Vrikaurvan

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