Stealing the stolen

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Stealing the stolen

Post by unspoken » Tue Jul 17, 2012 3:10 pm

In society we hear quite often when someone steal/take things from people who in the first place do not own that particular object, is that consider as stealing from that person, who in the first place do not own it? If we return it to the rightful owner it will be as returning/helping, but if by helping the people to take back their things from others that stole their things in the first place by stealing is that considered as stealing?

Example: If they say that such person(A) is deceived by another person(B) and that person(B) is considered stealing by the public. If i were to trick that person(B) into getting back the things and returning it to the rightful owner, does that create bad karma?

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Re: Stealing the stolen

Post by Slava » Tue Jul 17, 2012 3:40 pm

Stealing is stealing. There is no rightful owner since we do not really own anything

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Re: Stealing the stolen

Post by LonesomeYogurt » Tue Jul 17, 2012 4:25 pm

Yes, because it was not freely given.

But you could go to the police or something.
Gain and loss, status and disgrace,
censure and praise, pleasure and pain:
these conditions among human beings are inconstant,
impermanent, subject to change.

Knowing this, the wise person, mindful,
ponders these changing conditions.
Desirable things don’t charm the mind,
undesirable ones bring no resistance.

His welcoming and rebelling are scattered,
gone to their end,
do not exist.
- Lokavipatti Sutta

Stuff I write about things.

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