Borderline behaviour – poem plus commentary for reflection

Borderline behaviour;

the line may well have been crossed –

good intentions gone awry.

Comment and questions for reflection

There is often a fine line between
what could be construed as wholesome
behaviour versus unwholesome.

It may often be in the eye of the observer
or recipient of the act that determines
wholesomeness.

Or it may be determined en masse by a population,
when actions are conducted in the public eye.

The one behaving may feel that they have
good intentions; however the act can be
deemed inappropriate by others.

For reflection
What do you think determines whether a behaviour is
wholesome or unwholesome?

Think of a behaviour that you were told was
inappropriate. Reflect on your intentions at the time.

Poem and commentary by Stephanie Mohan – Aug 2015
Extract from The Path to Freedom – Taking Responsibility (source – Access to Insight)

“‘I am the owner of my actions (kamma), heir to my actions, born of my actions, related through my actions, and have my actions as my arbitrator. Whatever I do, for good or for evil, to that will I fall heir’…

“[This is a fact that] one should reflect on often, whether one is a woman or a man, lay or ordained…

“Now, based on what line of reasoning should one often reflect… that ‘I am the owner of my actions (kamma), heir to my actions, born of my actions, related through my actions, and have my actions as my arbitrator. Whatever I do, for good or for evil, to that will I fall heir’? There are beings who conduct themselves in a bad way in body… in speech… and in mind. But when they often reflect on that fact, that bad conduct in body, speech, and mind will either be entirely abandoned or grow weaker…

“A disciple of the noble ones considers this: ‘I am not the only one who is owner of my actions, heir to my actions, born of my actions, related through my actions, and have my actions as my arbitrator; who — whatever I do, for good or for evil, to that will I fall heir. To the extent that there are beings — past and future, passing away and re-arising — all beings are the owner of their actions, heir to their actions, born of their actions, related through their actions, and live dependent on their actions. Whatever they do, for good or for evil, to that will they fall heir.’ When he/she often reflects on this, the [factors of the] path take birth. He/she sticks with that path, develops it, cultivates it. As he/she sticks with that path, develops it and cultivates it, the fetters are abandoned, the obsessions destroyed.”

— AN 5.57

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