Sat Sri Akal.peacesignI squashed a spider on a table in a meeting yesterday and my colleagues gasped and said "but you're a vegetarian!"
Oh and a massive grasshopper came into the first floor of my office building the last week -- a Christian colleage said "kill it! anything less than a human is fit to be killed" which upset me.
- Was your friend expecting you to eat it lollol
- I thought your friend would have said ,
- kill it! anything less than a Christian is fit to be killed
Ladybugs are an exception to squishing for me for sure.LADYBUGS ON THE SPACE SHUTTLE
Four ladybugs were sent into space in 1999 on NASA's space shuttle led by Eileen Collins. Ladybugs and their main food, aphids, were sent to a zero-gravity environment to study how to aphids could get away from the ladybugs without being able to jump using gravity.
According to the STS-93 Pilot Jeffrey S. Ashby, "One of the experiments that I do understand well, and is also very interesting, is an experiment that involves aphids and ladybugs. We are taking a small container with some leaves and aphids, and the ladybugs that are their prime predator. I'm told that the ladybugs on Earth will climb up a stalk to capture the aphids, and the aphids will use gravity to assist them to fall off of the leaf to escape from the ladybug. The question is, how will these defense mechanisms work in the absence of gravity, and what will happen to the relationship between predator and prey? One of the things that extra time has allowed us to do is to come up with names for the four ladybugs that we have. I think they have been very appropriately named after The Beatles: John, Paul, Ringo, and George. We're taking these ladybugs up and we're going to release them and see what they do."
Results of the Experiment: Upon completion of the mission, it was determined that the ladybugs survived and did eat the aphids while in a microgravity environment. Ladybugs do very well in space!
And what about to the bugs, are we not dangerous given especially that we have the means to easily kill them and so much ignorance and attachment to drive us? But of course there are times when kindness and compassion arises and as in your example, we can scoop them up and let them go.It depends if the bugs are dangerous, if they are swarming, if the are eating the wooden frame of your house, or if you can easily scoop it up and let it go.
As far as Iâ€™m concerned, what you think you received is not the result of the particular immoral action. That will come in good time and can be either in the form of unpleasant experiences through the senses or rebirth in a lower realm of existence. The law that dictates this is however not for us to speculate about in terms of what, when and how.I will ignore some little bugs in my home. I attacked the swarm coming through a hole in my ceiling with half a can of bug spray (and paid for it by coughing up my lungs shortly after) and patched up the hole.
I will likely kill when faced with a poisonous spider, but I would also accept that I will experience the results of the action some time down the road. More importantly though, I also know that in doing this, I am adding to the accumulated tendency to the same, such that one day I will kill even if the spider wasnâ€™t a poisonous one. And if I have moral restraint as in sweeping it out of the room or catching it in a jar, I know that this will result in some pleasant experience and add to the accumulated tendency to the same.I will squash a poisonous spider in an instant, but I'll catch a big hairy harmless one and let it go outside.
Once we caught a small rat using one of those glue traps, I felt nothing, but like you, my wife was affected and didnâ€™t want me to do the same again. I tried other ways and it hasnâ€™t worked, and now I have a big problem with rats of all sizes in the false ceiling both downstairs and up. On top of this, the false ceiling of the â€˜prayer roomâ€™ has also become home to a great many pigeons and these make a lot of noise.I squashed a spider on a table in a meeting yesterday and my colleagues gasped and said "but you're a vegetarian!" They had no trouble with me using a mouse trap on the mouse in the kitchen however (I've since been traumatised by the poor mouse in the mouse trap so I've purchased humane "catch and release" ones instead).
Imagine you were motivated by the kind of belief / understanding your Christian colleague had. This is actually an example of why â€œwrong understandingâ€ is considered the worst of evils.Oh and a massive grasshopper came into the first floor of my office building the last week -- a Christian colleage said "kill it! anything less than a human is fit to be killed" which upset me. But not to worry, I caught it under a plastic bowl and let it go outside.
Iâ€™m happy for you more than the grasshopper. It wasnâ€™t involved in any moral good, but you were. ;-)It's probably busy eating through some crops with its cousins now... *snicker *
And that would be what the Jains do, isnâ€™t it? This is because they misunderstanding what â€˜killingâ€™ really is. There must be these five conditions for an act to be considered killing, these are:We all kill bugs all the time...who permanently looks down at their feet when walking?
Like plant and plant cells, they have no consciousness, and therefore they are not living (sentient) beings.What about bacteria?
Are you thinking in terms of balancing the scales or something? If killing, lying, stealing, back biting, illicit sex, gossip, maliciousness, ill-will and so on are evil courses of conduct, why not face the fact? Citing â€˜the grand scheme of thingsâ€™ sounds almost like an excuse to avoid giving these their due consideration. And if you must point to the fact that some things canâ€™t be avoided, why not refer to karma; after all if a being is hurt or dies, karma is the cause for this?Personally I have a low tolerance for bugs ... if I can pick up a spider and chuck it out the window, I will. If however it's a really annoying bluebottle buzzing around then I will take a swipe at it
Yes it could be argued there may be Karmic consequences...but in the grand scheme of things...what are the more significant things you do in your life that also have Karmic consequences?
Sounds like a dangerous idea to meâ€¦..I think a sense of proportion is very important here
You did good (your part, if you like). It is easy for evil deeds to happen, given the accumulated tendency. Good requires effort and sometimes more than what we otherwise are willing to make.Back to spiders...I remember once I did my good deed and caught a spider and put it out the window...I watched it crawl away to freedom...only to be slaughtered seconds later by an even bigger spider...........
The wonders of nature!