A pratyeka buddha finished his term in hell today. It was a contract he had not wanted to get dragged into. He signed that contract under duress, but no lawyer could get him out of it.. I remember when I first saw him, he was nothing but a hungry ghost.
We saw a lot of hell together. Through our different eyes. He never really wanted anything but the fastest way out of the fight. But he used the Buddhas teaching skillfully and wisely, even if it was a bit selfishly...
Toward the end he started making the preparations though, leaving signs for others so that they might have some direction in the fight. I think he even thought of making a career out of saving sentient beings for a second.
I might see him again though. I think there is a part of him that might look down and see those still suffering in the hell realms and their calls might just be irresistible. It is hard to see suffering and not want to lend aid.
But it is also hard to face hell again. Especially knowing what your getting into, and then leaping into hell with a smile, well that takes a special kind of saint.
So cheers to my good friend. May you be well and happy.
And remember, If you ever feel like crusading through hell again, the door is alway open, and we can always use another general in the battle against Mara.