15981Re: [Pali] The Twin Miracle, Yamaka Patihara
- Feb 8, 2013Dear Thomas,
Op 8-jan-2013, om 2:03 heeft thomaslaw03 het volgende geschreven:
> I am interested in the story of the Twin Miracle (Yamaka Patihara)------
> that the Buddha showed in Sravasti (?). The story seems rather
> unusual, superstitious, and irrational. Could anyone give some
> explanations and textual information of the story please?
N: See PED, p. 551, yamaka paa.tihaariya.
Path of Discrimination (Pa.tisambhidaamagga), Ch LXX). English, p. 126.
It is a knowledge or wisdom not shared by his disciples.
Visuddhimagga, Ch XII, 84: here both the supernormal power and the
possessor of it are displayed.
When we think of jhaana and a person who has all the masteries,
vasis, of jhana and can then develop superpowers such as walking on
water, we are not so surprised. When the right conditions are known
citta can perform such miracles.
The Buddha had omniscience, his knowledge was unobstructed, he could
see all. He could have power over the fire element and water element.
We were not there and cannot see this now. But what we can know: the
Buddha showed the way to eradicate all latent tendencies of akusala.
Is this not a miracle?
He taught us to understand whatever dhamma appears now, be it kusala
or akusala, and learn that whatever arises is conditioned, not self.
If we follow his Path we will not be surprised about any miracle we
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