Verses of Vemana-16
Champadaginatti satruvu tana cheta
Chikkina keedu cheyaradu
Posaga melu chesi pommanute melu
Viswadhaabhiraama, Vinura Vema
Commentary: The Ramayana urges the need for exercising compassion even towards those who enjoy injuring others or those of cruel deeds when they are actually committing them(Ramayana, Yuddha Kanda ).
Vemana too echoes the idea in this verse. He advocates that when an enemy worthy of death falls into your hands do not harm him; rather do good to him and let him go. In fact, it is simple common sense.
The law of retaliation, of an eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe (Exodus 21: 24,25) will make the whole world maimed.
Returning good for evil is the sure sign of a noble soul, a soul governed by the highest principle, the principle of love.