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A profound subject that these verses from Nagarjuna's Treatise on the Ten Grounds Sutra help to illuminate:
When a pint of salt is thrown into an immense pond,
its flavor remains no different,
However, if one instead mixes it into a small container of water,
the harshness of the salt makes the water undrinkable.

This is analogous to there being a person with a great stock of merit
who has but few karmic offenses
and who is not bound to fall into the wretched destinies,
but rather undergoes mild retribution under other conditions

while there is another person with only a scant amount of merit
who has committed but few karmic offenses that,
because his mental resolve is but narrow and small,
is caused by those karmic offenses to fall into the wretched destinies.

If someone’s physical vitality (lit. “fire”) is weak in its strength,
when he eats but a little of something difficult to digest,
although this person doesn’t die,
his body undergoes much suffering.

If someone’s physical vitality is strong,
when he eats but a little of something difficult to digest,
such a person never dies from it
and undergoes only a minor amount of suffering.

If the vitality of one’s goodness, merit, and wisdom is weak,
and he has committed but few bad karmic offenses,
there is nothing to save him from these karmic offenses,
and hence they are able to cause his descent into the hells.

In the case of someone possessed of great merit,
even though he may have done bad things involving karmic offenses,
they may not compel him to fall into the hells,
for he may instead undergo only mild present-life retribution.

Take for example the case of Aṅgulimāla.
Although he murdered many people
and also wished to harm his mother and the Buddha,
he still attained the path of arhatship.
Dhamma is against the stream of common thought, deep, subtle, difficult, delicate, unseen by passion’s slaves cloaked in the murk of ignorance. Vipassī Buddha
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From a pioneer of Buddhism in Great Britain:

https://terebess.hu/zen/mesterek/Christ ... ebirth.pdf
Dhamma is against the stream of common thought, deep, subtle, difficult, delicate, unseen by passion’s slaves cloaked in the murk of ignorance. Vipassī Buddha
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Only by studying, and to some extent grasping, an
outline of the Wisdom of which Karma and Rebirth
are part can the meanest vision of the doctrine be
attained, and even then it is difficult to examine it
apart from the Wisdom itself from which, as
sunlight in the air, it is inseparable. Yet the
difficulty is largely of our own making. For
centuries the Western mind has been building up an
utterly false notion of a separate ‘I’, and it is hard for
us to grasp a view of existence in which the
separative self is viewed as an illusion and the
father of all suffering. It follows, whether or not the
idea be pleasing to the scholar mind, that only he
who treads the Way which leads to the end of
separative self-hood will attain to understanding of
the Wisdom wherein self, as something separate, can
have no abiding-place.
From the Introduction to Karma and Rebirth
Dhamma is against the stream of common thought, deep, subtle, difficult, delicate, unseen by passion’s slaves cloaked in the murk of ignorance. Vipassī Buddha
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