Friends:

                        Know that:


Helping Others helps Yourself!
Harmlessness is the prime Protection!
Meditation induces first Calm then Bliss!
Dhamma Study assures doubtless Certainty!
The Noble 8-fold Way makes Free & Deathless!

                  Remember:

At this Full Moon 2536 years ago the Blessed Buddha awakened
by completely perfect and unsurpassable self-Enlightenment!

 At that time a girl named Sujata Senani lived in Uruvela. When adult,
 she prayed before a certain Banyan tree, that she might get a husband
 equal to herself in caste and that her firstborn may be a son. Her prayer
 was successful, since so indeed did it happen. At the full moon day of the
 Vesak month, she rose at early dawn & milked the cows. As soon as new
 buckets were placed under the cows, their milk poured forth in streams
 spontaneously all by itself. Seeing this miracle, she knew something special
 was going on. Now at that very night the Future Buddha had 5 specific
 dreams that made him conclude: Certainly, without doubt, today is the very
 day, I will reach Enlightenment! His 5 colored radiance illuminated the
 whole tree. Then Sujata came & offered the cooked milk rice in the hands
 of the Great Being. After that a grass-cutter came going with a bundle of
 grass just harvested from nearby. He offered the Great Being 8 handfuls
 of Kusa grass, when he saw that this Sage was a Holy Man. The Future
 Buddha accepted the grass and proceeded to the foot of the Bo-tree. 
 Reaching the imperturbable Eastern side, where all Buddhas take their seat,
 he sat down saying to himself:
 This is indeed the immovable spot where all the Buddhas have planted
 themselves! This is the very place for destroying the net of desire! 
 Then the Future Buddha turned his back to the trunk and faced east.
 Right there he then made this mighty decision:
 
 Let just blood & flesh of this body dry up & let skin & sinews
 fall from the bones. I will not leave this seat before having
 attained the absolute supreme Enlightenment!
 
 So determined did he seat himself in this unconquerable seat, which not
 a 100 strikes of lightning could make him waver from.
 At this very moment the rebel deity Mara -the Evil One- raised exclaiming:
 Prince Siddhattha will pass beyond my power, but I will never allow it!
 And sounding the Mara's war shout, he prepared his army & went out for
 battle. Then Mara said to his militia: This Sakyamuni, son of Suddhodana,
 is far greater than any other man, so we will never succeed to fight him
 up front. We will therefore attack him from behind.
 Frustrated, being unable even to touch the Wielder of power with 9 mighty
 hurricanes of wind, rain, rocks, weapons, red coals, hot ashes, sand, mud,
 & darkness Mara somewhat in panic commanded his army: Why do you stand
 still? Seize, kill & drive away this prince. Mara yelled: Siddhattha, leave this
 seat. It is not yours but mine! Hearing this the Well-gone One replied:
 Mara, neither have you fulfilled the 10 perfections to the third degree
 nor have you given the 5 great donations. Neither have you striven for insight,
 nor for the welfare of the world, nor for enlightenment! Therefore does this
 seat not belong to you, but indeed to me.
 Suddenly overpowered by fear Mara's followers fled helter-skelter
 in all directions. Not two went the same way, but leaving their weapons
 in a chaos all behind, they fled terrified by panic. Seeing them flee, the
 great assembly of deities triumphantly shouted: Mara is defeated. Prince
 Siddhattha has Won! Let us celebrate the Victory! The deities then sang:
 
 The Victory has this illustrious Buddha Won.
 The Evil One, The End-maker is defeated & done.
 Thus they jubilantly circled the wisdom throne,
 the band of snakes singing their praises of the Seer,
 the flocks of birds singing their praises of the Sage,
 the assembly of Deities singing their praises of the Conqueror,
 the group of Brahmas singing their praises of the Worthy One.
 
 It was before the sun had set that the Tathagata thus conquered Mara &
 defeated his army. Then at the same night, after having bathed, while the
 Bo tree rained red sprigs on his robe, the Consummate One acquired
 knowledge of previous existences in the first watch of the night:
 With the mind thus concentrated, purified, bright, fixed, unified, focused,
 tractable, compliant, steady & imperturbable, I directed it to remembrance
 of my past lives. I recollected numerous past lives, i.e., one birth, two...five,
 ten...fifty, a hundred, a thousand, a hundred thousand, many eons of cosmic
 contraction, many eons of cosmic expansion:
 There I had such a name, belonged to such a clan & species, had such
 a body. Such was my food, such my experience of pleasure & pain,
 such the end of my life. Passing away from that state, I re-arose there.
 There I had such name, belonged to such a sort & family, had such a form.
 Such was my food, such my experience of pleasure & pain, such the
 end of my life. Passing away from that state, I re-arose here. Thus I
 remembered my various past lives in all their various modes & details.
 This was the first knowledge I attained in the first watch of the night.
 Ignorance was destroyed; knowledge arose; darkness was destroyed;
 light arose as happens in one who is alert, aware, & determined.
 But the pleasant feeling that arose in this way did not invade my mind
 nor remain. With the mind thus still concentrated, purified, bright, intact,
 pliant, malleable, steady, & imperturbable, I directed it to the knowledge
 of the passing away & reappearance of beings. I saw by means of the divine
 eye, purified & surpassing the human eye I saw beings passing away &
 re-appearing, and I realized how & why they are high & low, beautiful &
 ugly, fortunate & unfortunate all in accordance with the intentions of their
 prior actions:  'These beings who were endowed with bad behaviour of
 body, speech, & mind, who reviled the Noble Ones, held wrong views and
 acted under the influence of wrong views, with the break-up of the body,
 after death, have re-appeared in the plane of misery, the bad destination,
 the lower realms, even in hell.
 But these beings who were gifted with good behaviour of body, speech &
 mind, who did not revile the Noble Ones, who held right views and acted
 under the influence of right views -- with the break-up of the body, after
 death, have re-appeared in happy destinations, even in a divine world.'
 Thus -- by means of the divine eye, purified & surpassing the human --
 I saw beings passing away & re-appearing, all in accordance with their
 particular mixture of good & bad kamma.
 But the satisfaction that arose in this way did not invade my mind nor
 remain. With the mind thus concentrated, fully absorbed, I directed it
 towards understanding the ending of the mental fermentations. I realized
 how it actually comes to be, that: 
 
 Such is Misery...
 Such is the cause of Misery...
 Such is the end of Misery...
 Such is the way to end Misery...
 
 Such was the mental fermentations...
 Such is the cause of fermentation...
 Such is the end of fermentation...
 Such is the way leading to the end of fermentation.'
 
 When my mind saw that, realized that, it was freed of the fermentation of
 sense-desire, released from the fermentation of becoming, unobstructed by
 the fermentation of ignorance.  Fully & perfectly Enlightened - The Buddha -
 perceiving this immense glory, spoke these 2 solemn  verses, which never has
 been omitted by any of countless thousands of prior Buddhas:
 
 Through this round of countless existences have I searched
 yet failed to find 'the Creator', who framed this formation:
 What Misery! is such Endless Birth, Ageing, Decay & Death!!
 
 Now I see that 'the Constructor' of this structure is Craving...!
 Never shall this construction be build again, as all the rafters
 are shattered and the main beam is busted & broken...
 At this stilling of all Craving, mind has finally calmed...
 
 Then, friends, this vision of certainty arose in me: This release
 is irreversible, this is the last birth, this endless reappearance is
 finally ended...

 

 

 


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