The Skin: Name & Fame ... !!!
Sliced by Praise, Fame, Respect, Gain and Honour:
At Savatthi the blessed Buddha said: Friends, horrible are gains
honour, fame, name and praise! It is as they cut through the outer
skin, then through the inner skin, then through the flesh, then
through the sinews, then right through to the bone! Having cut
through the bone, they slice the marrow itself... So terrible indeed
friends, are gains, honour, fame, name and praise...
They are as if splattering pig bile over a mad dogs nose, bitter, vile,
wicked, tricky, obstructive to achieving this incomparable security
from domination...!!! Friends, I have known of a certain person here
whose mind I penetrated with my own mind and thereby realized:
This venerable one would not tell a deliberate lie, even for the sake
of his own life! Yet, sometime later, I see him telling a deliberate lie,
because his mind was overwhelmed & obsessed by gains, honour, fame,
name & praise... So destructive, friends, are gains, honour, fame, name
and praise, so bitter, so vile & blocking any achievement of matchless
security from bondage!!! Therefore, friends, you should train yourselves
thus: 'We will leave behind any arisen gain, honour, fame, name & praise
and we will not let any arisen gain, honour, fame, name and praise remain
obsessing & consuming our minds Thus should you train yourselves... !!!
The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya II 238-9
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/samyutta/index.htmlFriendship is the Greatest !
and the entire Noble Life...
Let there be Happiness !!!Bhikkhu Samāhita, Sri Lanka.