I don’t know why but I found myself looking at photos of the WTC today on 9/11 and stumbled across the pics of people who jumped after the planes hit. Seeing those photos brought me immediately back to the feelings of despair and hopelessness I felt all those years ago and there was a chest crushing sadness that accompanied the whole experience.
Of course dedicating merit is a response in line with the Dhamma but I also found myself inspired to record the Ksitigarbha mantra out of the wish that any restless spirits so lingering on there might be guided to the Dhamma and out of suffering. Who knows if this actually helps but the intention that it reinforced in my own heart and mind were justification enough.
Strange how these connections happen.
Sabbe sattaa sabba dukkha pamuccantu!