This story reminds me of all the sufferings Jesus went through in order to redeem humanity of its sins. In the story the executioner represents (in my view) the world.
It is very touching.
The Holy Sutras explain that at the beginning we were Angels and lived in Heaven. The first time our souls incarnated on Earth, we were able to freely return to Heaven once our human bodies passed on. There was no pain or sorrow, our souls were kind and pure. But at one point we became so attached to the sensual pleasures of this world, that we forgot how to return to Heaven. As a result we were trapped in the reincarnation cycle, also known as the Sea of Samsara or Sea of Suffering...the whirlpool of life and death. Until wise men'of great vision realized the cause of our suffering, and went in search of The Great Tao, having to renounce to all social ranks and riches.
A model of renunciation to worldly beliefs, and complete loyalty to the Divine is our Holy Teacher Ji-Gong Buddha.
He was a very poor man and he used to beg in the streets.
But the alms that he would receive, he would not keep for himself, instead he would give them to other poor people.
Another example of renunciation is Kwan-Yin, The Goddess of Compassion. A story tells that she had been condemned by her own father and sentenced to be executed'when her executioner tried to complete the sentence, he discovered to his astonishment that there were no effective means to carry out her execution'first he tried to hack her to death, but failed, then he tried using a sword'then arrows'a spear'but nothing worked'then in his desperation (because if he failed to execute her then he would be put to death instead), he darted towards her and tried choking her to death'she noticed that he feared for his own life, and felt great compassion for this man'so she asked to absorb his karma?
In an instant she was dead, and because she was carrying her executioner's karma her soul descended into Hell'as her soul moved about everything around her turned into magnificent gardens, filled with flowers, eventually transforming Hell into a Paradise.