Here we are examining the karmic results of doing something positive for others and the benefits we also receive through this way of acting – even to the extent of placing oneself into harms way to help another living being if they need it. In the short term this may appear to be irrational, as the instinct is usually one of self preservation before all else, but here we are looking at creating the conditions for long term benefit: the excellent karmic result.
These verses encourage us through examples and reasoning to generate positive intention; to detach ourselves from our samsaric habits that reliably maintain the status quo. They describe through vivid examples what happens when we turn a blind eye to the results of our harmful negative actions in return for short term gain, and the benefits to being able to let go any wish for recognition or reward when our actions are motivated by compassion. If we are to progress on the path, this is an essential part of mind training. It is, Rinpoche says, the path from Earth to Heaven.
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