Sunday, March 15, 2009

Lining Up to See Buddhas Tooth

To wait in a queue for several hours to catch a glimpse of of Buddhas tooth is criminal waste of time for any human being and specially for a Buddhist.A priest named Wakkali was fascinated by Buddhas good looks and used to stare at him throughout.Buddha asked him not to appreciate a body full of "muck" but if you want to seee me se my teacching you will see me only through my teachings.( Yo dhamamam passathi,yo mam passathi") This teaching was not only for Wakkali but for all of us.In short what he said was do not appreciate any thing physical in me.So we do not have to appreciate his tooth.Let it be in a museum as any collectors item!
Some maintain that there were miracles associated with the tooth relic.There were some disciples of Buddha who had supernatural powers.Buddha totally condemned showing off these powers.He said showing your supernatural powers in public is like a prostitute taking off her clothes to attract a client.
Buddha was humble being who maintained a low profile.But he was a great teacher.His teachings are not only for "Buddhists".There is no entity called "Buddhists " like nudists.His teaching is open to all .That is why he said "ehi pssiko" come and see! but added a word of caution "pacghchattang vehi thabbo vinnoo hithi" which means the
people with wisdom will have unerdstand dhamma working by themselves.
According to Lankawatara sutta a Mahayana discourse Buddha never existed and no dhamma was ever preacched!That statment can nly be understood only by a person with wisdom who undestands dhamma.If Buddha did not exist how can a tooth exist ?


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