Let us examine some actual incidents/happenings to illustrate how our lack of mindfulness and consideration for others brings about negative effects or consequences.
*9. Happening : "Borrowing"
A certain Buddhist lady in a local Buddhist Association has the habit of “borrowing" things from the Association without permission. Once she “borrowed” for a long period, a cassette recorder without telling anyone . It was months later before it was found out.
Some committee members searched high and low for the ‘missing’ cassette recorder when it was required for use. It was deemed lost. Months later, the ‘loss’ was traced to the lady. Word spread around about the lady’s unwholesome action. What a reputation she would acquire.
Taking without permission things that do not belong to us constitutes a break of the Second Precept. Reflect on the action: it caused suffering to others : legitimate persons could not use the equipment and people had to waste so much time and effort searching for the ‘missing’item.
# 10. Happening : "Messing Things"
A certain Buddhist member is in the habit of leaving messy things around after use … unwashed cups, plates, tools, books and what-nots. Others have to clear up for him.
This person causes much hardship to others. Soon , many are afraid to work with him. His work habits are poor and people don’t think too well of him.
One of the basic lessons in Kindergarten is : “Clear up your own mess”.We need to be more mindful . We are relating to others; we should not give others pain because of our carelessness. With Metta,
Bro. Oh Teik Bin