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Hatred Is Overcome Only By Non-Hatred

1 (4) The Story of Kàliyakkhinã (Verse 5)

Never here by enmity
are those with enmity allayed,
they are allayed by amity,
this is a timeless Truth.


The principle meaning in the verse above is clear.

Quarrels can never end by more quarrelling. War can never end through further wars. Enmity never ends by returning enmity for enmity. Only by giving up anger, enmity, quarrelling and wars can these evils be stopped. It is through friendliness, forgiving and forgetting that enmity ceases.

Story
While residing at the Jetavana Monastery in Sàvatthi, the Buddha spoke this verse, with reference to a certain woman who was barren and another capable of bearing a child. Once there lived a householder, whose wife was barren. Being unable to bear a child and afraid that she would be mistreated by her husband and her mother-in-law, she arranged for her husband to marry another woman. But on two occasions, as soon as she knew the second wife was preg- nant, the barren wife gave her food mixed with drugs causing her to have a miscarriage. On her third pregnancy, the preg- nant wife kept it to herself without informing the barren wife. But when the latter came to know about it, she again caused an abortion. Eventually the second wife died in childbirth. Before her death, the unfortunate woman was filled with hatred and vowed vengeance on the barren wife and her future offspring. Thus a feud started.
Na hi verena veràni
sammantãdha kudàcanaü
averena ca sammanti
esa dhammo sanantano. (1:5)
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