Precious yet often
wasted is this Human Opportunity!
and friends, imagine a single floating ring drifting
randomly in the great
also a blind turtle swimming about, which surfaces only once every 100 years...
What do you think, Bhikkhus, would that blind turtle by chance often dive
right up under
this randomly drifting single ring and insert its neck into this
half meter wide
happen at all, Sir,
it would only happen after an incredibly long time!
tell you, that this would happen sooner, than a fool, who has
fallen into the lower levels of existence, would again regain this rare human
Why so? Because down there exists neither behaviour guided by the Dhamma,
honesty, nor any morality, nor any kindness, nor any opportunity
There prevails only this evil: beat or be beaten, eat or be eaten, cruel
and voraciously swallowing up of any weak being. Why is it so
Because, Bhikkhus, down there nobody have understood these
4 Noble Truths!
This Greedy Craving
Cause of all Suffering;
End of Suffering;
Noble 8-fold Way Ends all Suffering,
Therefore should an effort be made
right NOW to understand these
4 Noble Truths!
the fact that downfall to a subhuman level is a common event occurring at almost
all deaths (>97%),
think that the downfall either not happen to them (sic...!),
or that it
does not happen at all, because they cannot remember their last nasty
Learning anything about cause and effect is thus effectively disabled
The very same mistakes are thus repeated, life after life,
in an almost endless tragedy!
The Blind Sea-Turtle Simile...
Source (edited extract):
Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya. [V:455-6]
Saccasamyutta. Thread 47: The Ring and Blind Turtle ...