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[dsg] The Buddha's Path, Ch 3, no 7.

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  • Nina van Gorkom
    Dear friends, The outer appearance of things deludes us as to what is really there: fleeting phenomena which are beyond control. We read in the commentary to
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 1, 2009
      Dear friends,

      The outer appearance of things deludes us as to what is really there:
      fleeting phenomena which are beyond control. We read in the
      commentary to the Dhammapada (Buddhist Legends II, Book IV, Story 2)
      about a monk who meditated on a mirage, but was unable to reach the
      state of perfection. He decided to visit the Buddha and on his way he
      saw a mirage. We read that he said to himself: �Even as this mirage
      seen in the season of the heat appears substantial to those who are
      far off, but vanishes on nearer approach, so also is this existence
      unsubstantial by reason of birth and decay.�
      We read that he meditated on this mirage. Wearied from his journey he
      bathed in the river Aciravat� and then sat near a waterfall:

      �As he sat there watching great bubbles of foam rising and bursting,
      from the force of the water striking against the rocks, he said to
      himself, �Just so is this existence also produced and just so does it
      burst.� And this he took for his subject of meditation.
      The Teacher, seated in his perfumed chamber, saw the Elder and said,
      �Monk, it is even so. Like a bubble of foam or a mirage is this
      existence. Precisely thus is it produced and precisely thus does it
      pass away.� And when he had thus spoken, he pronounced the following
      stanza:

      �He who knows that this body is like foam, he who clearly comprehends
      that it is of the nature of a mirage,
      Such a man will break the flower-tipped arrows of M�ra and will go
      where the King of Death will not see him.�

      We read that the monk at the conclusion of this stanza reached the
      state of perfection. M�ra represents all that is evil, he is the King
      of Death. The person who has eradicated all defilements will not be
      reborn, there will not be for him anymore old age, sickness and
      death, thus, the �King of Death� will not see him anymore.
      Life is like a mirage, we are time and again deceived and tricked by
      the outer appearance of things. We believe that what we experience
      can last, at least for a while, and that there is a self who
      experiences things, a lasting personality. We take our wrong
      perceptions to be true, we have a distorted view of realities.
      Through the development of precise understanding of different
      realities which appear one at a time, our distorted view can be
      corrected.

      ********
      Nina.



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