The Meaning of Dighiti’s Dying WordsNovember 9, 2009 7:00 am forgiveness, Peace
Bitterness is like swallowing poison and waiting for the other person to die. Now reconciled, with Brahmadatta, Dighavu will share with him the meaning of his father’s dying words.
Turning to Dighavu, Brahmadatta said, “Your father’s dying words have preoccupied my thoughts on many sleepless nights. Can you help me understand them. What did he mean when he said, ‘Be not short-sighted’?”
Dighavu answered, “The words mean cherish friendship. Do not be quick to fall out with friends.”
“What did he mean when he said, ‘Be not long-sighted’?”
“He meant, do not dwell on thoughts of past harm, for then hatred will endure,” said Dighavu.
“What did he mean when he said, ‘Hatred is not quenched by hatred; hatred is only appeased by love’?”
“”You Majesty,” explained Dighavu, “you stole my father’s kingdom and murdered my parents. If I avenged their death and killed you, then your kinsmen would kill me. In turn, my relatives would kill them. There would be no end to the hatred and bloodshed. But now, I have granted you your life and you have granted me mine. We can live together in peace.”
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