While the world is gripped in suspense on the outcome of the fiercely-fought U.S. Presidential Elections, it is opportune for us to reflect on the timeless truth of the Buddha’s teaching:
Jayam veram pasavati; dukkham seti parājito. Upasanto sukham seti, hitvā jayaparājayam
“Victory breeds hatred; the defeated lives in pain. The peaceful one lives happily, having given up victory and defeat.” – Dhammapada verse 201.
The Buddha said this after a king lamented that he had been thrice defeated in battle. The Buddha commented on the unsatisfactory consequences of both defeat and victory, and described how a noble person has gone beyond the desire for worldly victories.