I was wondering if someone could direct me towards suttas pertaining to death, specifically dealing with points from my scenario below. It deals with an injured bird with a broken back so if you’re an animal lover it might cause some unpleasant imagery (warning for my fellow animal lovers):
Today while i was outside i seen a severely injured bird on my lawn next to a tree. I love animals and it was rough to see, my immediate thought was to help it by putting it out of its “misery”. It was still alive, but twisted, clearly broken neck. It was a sobering and unpleasant sight for me to see it still alive, eyes blinking looking at me with its body/head twitching. But i found myself in a dilemma: to help it out and quickly end his physical pain which would require me breaking the first precept. Taking the life of another being prematurely is something which will have major weight (or at least that is my understanding). Yet knowing i couldn’t kill it i was at a stand still, and was forced to walk away.
Ironically i was in the process of emailing a photo to help raise money for another animal who is paralyzed from blunt force while he was a puppy. Coincidences are weird!
The entire scenario is still fresh in my head. Though i walked away, i still keep on thinking of the bird just laying there forced to exist with the physical pain until it starves or gets eaten.
So some subjects i was able to see were:
Being Forced to walk away knowing regardless the situation is out of
The law of Kamma: Is this the manifested fruit of this being’s past kamma? Would it be cold hearted just to think that and walk away?
The first Precept: How far does this extend? Is it just a rule for healthy societies to exist or is it a warning against bigger deeper things in play such as kamma and the weight our actions bring. Regardless of what our subjective emotions are on the scenario at hand.
Volitional Activities- Because the sight was unpleasant to me, i felt aversion towards it.
This would have then led me to ending the animals’ life prematurely with the intention to “help” the bird out.
Though logically i still think wanting to end the birds’ life makes
sense, i try to keep my personal bias out of following the practice.
Death Contemplation- being in Samsara, i am fully capable of falling
into the same situation as the bird. A car can hit me in 30 minutes,
Thank you for your time. Feel free to insert your 2-cents in as well, not only links to suttas.