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No Statute of Limitations for the Law of Kamma
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There are good reasons why some jurisdictions have a statute of limitations on crimes other than murder. I don't want to debate the rights and wrongs of such legal issues. That is a matter for judges and politicians to decide after careful consideration of the consequences. 

I just wanted to point out that there is no statute of limitations when it comes to the Law of Kamma. Having done an evil deed, the result may not come at once, but it will come in due course when conditions ripen, as is shown by the story of Mahākāla. 

The Lay Disciple Mahākāla

This devout layman, having listened to the Dhamma throughout the night, was washing his face at the monastery’s pond in the morning. At that time, a thief who was being pursued, threw his stolen goods near him and fled. The owners, mistaking Mahākāla for the thief, beat him to death. When the young monks found his dead body, and reported it to the Buddha, they said that he did not deserve to die like that. The Buddha explained that it was due to his past evil kamma.

The Soldier and the Beautiful Wife
The king of Benares posted a soldier at a frontier town, with orders to escort travellers through a forest where there were robbers. One day, a man and his wife arrived. On seeing the man’s wife, the soldier fell in love with her at first sight. In spite of the man’s protests, he had the carriage turned back, and arranged for them to be lodged for the night. During the night, the soldier hid a precious jewel in the travellers’ carriage, and made a noise as if thieves had broken in. In the morning he ‘discovered’ the theft, and sent his men to search for the thieves. When the man and his wife left in the morning, their carriage was searched, the gem discovered, and the headman of the village had the man led away and beaten to death. After the soldier died, he was reborn in hell, and during the Buddha’s time he was reborn as Mahākāla.

“By oneself is evil done; it is self-born, it is self-caused. 
Evil grinds the unwise as a diamond grinds a hard gem. (Dhammapada v 161).


Having told this story of Mahākāla’s past life, the Buddha uttered the above verse.
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No Statute of Limitations for the Law of Kamma - by Bhikkhu Pesala - 06-17-2017, 03:34 PM

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