In GRACEFUL LIVING by Erik Pema Kunsang

As we all know, our own life is dear to us. Everyone else feels the same way, including animals. No one likes to die. The person who saves the life of just one fellow human being is usually given a medal of honor and called a hero. A person with an open mind and noble heart respects everyone, also animals, not only by refraining from causing harm, but by rescuing those in danger and saving their lives, setting them free. That’s a universal hero.

When medicine doesn’t work, when healing and prayers haven’t cured you, there’s still a way. It’s a custom in many countries to pay the ransom for animals destined to be slaughtered and set them free. Based on the interconnectedness of all things, buying and releasing animals destined to die creates a surplus of life energy in your subtle system and can even add years to your life. There is a karmically destined lifespan and saving other beings from being killed can make you live that long, but not longer. So if you don’t recover from your disease, at least lives have been saved and the value of that will be added to your next lifespan, whether you believe it or not. This kind information comes from the Buddha.
Have you ever wondered how many animals you can save just by being vegetarian? This site gives you quite precise numbers.

About the Author
Erik Pema Kunsang

Erik Pema Kunsang

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Translator of ancient Buddhist scriptures, author, bridge-builder to modern life, Buddhist teacher & meditation instructor. Board of director at 84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha. Founder of Rangjung Yeshe Publications and LEVEKUNST art of life. Other LEVEKUNST articles by the same author. Erik's website & retreats.

Cow and sheep. Photo by Steven Walling
Birds in the sky. Photo by Morquefile

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