I have no problem in being a part of samsara if I am not human. If I am a rat, crocodile, dog, lion, hyena .. where is the suffering? I have been closely observing living beings for past two months .. save stray dogs which fight with each other and sometimes get run over by a car .. almost all animals lead lives I envy. Yes a wildebeest may die in crocodile or lion attack but so do humans."Monks, suppose that this great earth were totally covered with water, and a man were to toss a yoke with a single hole there. A wind from the east would push it west, a wind from the west would push it east. A wind from the north would push it south, a wind from the south would push it north. And suppose a blind sea-turtle were there. It would come to the surface once every one hundred years. Now what do you think: would that blind sea-turtle, coming to the surface once every one hundred years, stick his neck into the yoke with a single hole?"
"It would be a sheer coincidence, lord, that the blind sea-turtle, coming to the surface once every one hundred years, would stick his neck into the yoke with a single hole."
"It's likewise a sheer coincidence that one obtains the human state"
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I have never heard of a sparrow with supra ventricular tachycardia (always fearing heart rate might shoot up to 150 beats) or wild boar with trigeminal neuralgia (with terrible accompanying pain) and knowing there is no viable reasonably low cost solution. Except for the last 10 minutes of my life as a wildebeest or sparrow or lizard .. what is wrong with being one?
I would rather be
The latter will be bullied at school, spend years trying to buy a house, take care of aging parents though he cannot afford it, be shouted at by boss, have doctors shove medicines down his throat so as to keep him alive till 90 and for last 30 years of his life he will be scared to death every time he has a persistent cough that it might be cancer .. then die a miserable death in an old age home .. daily lying in his own excreta till the attendant has time to clean him and urinating through a catheter.
Have you ever seen a hippo or wolf or ant lying in its own excreta for five years .. or a porcupine looking for a job .. or a grasshopper worrying about mortgage payments?
Where is the animal equivalent of above?
I know there will be several knee jerk sutta throwing reactions asking for my heretical views to be done away with forever .. but leave the suttas for a minute and think with your own mind (provided you have not lost it to cultish fervour) .. Will you have lot of problem being a hippo or crocodile .. or shark .. or amoeba .. or anteater?
Are not all your problems because you are human .. and not because you were a part of samsara?
And .. if I do believe that human life is precious why should I not kill living beings .. if a rat had 10145697 lives left to be born as a human then by killing it I have hastened its path to Nirvana since it now has 10145696 lives left (note - Hindu idea of not killing has different basis .. Hinduism believes there is God in everyone of us .. all living beings .. that is sort of a good reason to not kill .. I being a part of God should not kill another being which is also a part of God)
Is this not a contradiction in Buddhism?