A Western Buddhist's Travels

Sightseeing & detours on the path of enlightenment

Never satisfied with who we are with

I recently talked to a cousin who I was close to growing up, we were the same age, had friends in common, and her brother and I had a few adventures together. She just got married again, and we were talking about relationships, and how our parents were right. In high school my uncle warned my cousin about how to behave with boys she dated. My uncle told all of this saying it applied equally to girls and boys. There once was a vain lady who thought she could have any man she wanted, and captured many hearts. As she got older she wanted to settle down, but found that no matter how hard she tried, the men she met would come into her life, have their fun, tire and leave her. She saw a monk who was able to see her past lives, and said she had been taking love from others without returning it for several lifetimes, and would not find a happy relationship in this or her future lives, unless she made things right. She asked how she could do this, and was told, she had to go to each man who loved her, and be a dutiful and loving wife. This would take a few lifetimes, but if she started in this lifetime, she could avoid a lower rebirth. She asked the monk how she could do this, and was told if there is a man who loves you, apologize and ask to start again. She did this and by the end of her life she knew what true love meant.

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