Q. How can I let go of my anger towards past bitter experience and live in peace?
A. The third Patriarch also had a similar thought to that which you have now and said to the second Patriarch, his master, “I am suffering from the sin I committed. What shall I do to be free from it?” The second Patriarch answered, “Bring me the sin you committed, and I’ll eliminate it.” The third Patriarch responded, “I cannot find it even though I look for it.” The second Patriarch said, “Why are you suffering from the sin that you can’t even find?” On hearing that, he attained enlightenment by realising that his sin was empty.
In the same way, can you bring your past bitter experience if you are told to bring it? If you can’t bring it, it means that it is not real and that you are struggling with the illusions of your past. That is like fighting with your own echo. The louder you shout to it to be quiet, the louder it resounds. The harder you struggle, the deeper you are stuck. This is the last game you should play. So, the best way to let go of your anger towards past bitter experience is to realise that not only your anger but also your past bitter experience is empty.
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1 thought on “Q. How can I let go of my anger towards past bitter experience and live in peace?”
What a perfect metaphor— “fighting with your own echo.” That’s a really helpful way of looking at our tendency to struggle with reconciling past regrets and disappointments, something I will definitely keep in mind. Great post, thank you for sharing.