Buddha, after centuries, has been accepted as incarnation of Vishnu by Vaishnavas, but the facts are –
Buddha rejected Brahminism.
Hindu people don’t celebrate Buddha Jayanti.
Hindu people don’t accept Buddha as their teacher.
Hindu people never greet me Buddha Purnima or on other Buddhist festivals.
Hindu people are not aware about their – philosophies and different schools.
Hindu people do not study well about their religion.
It’s true – that Hinduism what we have been introduced is actually a mixture of many different philosophies and faiths which are against to each other. Shaiva, Shaakta, Nyaya, Vaisheshika, Vedaantika, Yoga, Charwaka, all had been criticizing to each other.
Hinduism have been being propagated after independence of India is actually Brahmanism and it declares Brahmins above all in hierarchy, rest all are lower than Brahmins. Nobody can be Brahmin through efforts otherwise Dr. Ambedkar, Phule, would be considered Brahmins. Leave examples of Vishwamitra or Annie Basent. They are exceptional cases. Practical contemporary Hinduism is actually Brahmanism and rest of people must detach themselves from it – if they are aware of their self-respect.
I never criticize Hinduism. It doesn’t exist. What exists behind ‘Hinduism’ is “Brahminism.” It would be good for all Non-Brahmins to leave Brahminism and their rituals, their deities, festivals, and find out their real spiritual faith by themselves, otherwise, despite Indian constitution, their generations will remain getting insulated forever!!
23:28 Wednesday 24th May 2017
Buddha says – Do not waste time and energy to search for Ishwar or Brahma. There is nobody to come from the sky and help you.
You cannot go against Ishwar in religion. You cannot disdain holy books. If you use your intellect which goes against religious books, you are criticized. Dhamma teaches you to think, doubt, go against it to examine, and believe only if you find something is right.
Religion teaches to have Faith in someone imaginary who comes to help you when it’s needed. Dhamma teaches Atta Deep Bhava – become your light yourself.
Buddha says – I do not give you Nirvana, Moksha, Salvation, Freedom from suffering. I just show you the way. Dhamma is a humanitarian way to live a peaceful life.
Many of us, who believe that Dhamma and Religion are the same, need to analyse carefully. Religion has to be accepted, to get into it, with rituals, while Dhamma educates one to to find or create his own way. Religion believes in many illogical existences like ghosts, satan, ishwar, soul, atma, rooh, deities, while Dhamma is logical and based on science. Dhamma promotes scientific analytical way to think, doubt and examine before believe in something.
Religion teaches social inequality, discriminations, while in Dhamma, everyone is equal. Dhamma is the education, knowledge which is available to everyone. You find something imaginary person in religion or someone who unsuccessfully tries to prove himself as a representative of that imaginary one, but there is nobody who claims to be doot or only representative of someone imaginary. In Dhamma you see a series of enlightened people who never claim to be Ishwar, or his representatives. They all were human being with great and purr wisdom.
Buddha says :- ‘Buddha’ is the state of highest and purest consciousness when you are balanced, in eternal peace, love and happiness, beyond of all fear and sufferings. They who reach on that level but rejects to achieve Nirvana for people, are Bodhisattwas. Dr. Ambedkar also is considered a Bodhisattwa in that sense He was an Angel who showed a better way to people of India.
Religion is irresistible while in Dhamma you are totally free. Dhamma never forces you to do or not do, believe or not believe in something. Everyone is free to use his intellect with Prabuddha Way.
23:12 Wednesday 17th May 2017
It is the same way he was on yesterday but he is not the same person. He was a normal person yesterday, ignorant of his own thoughts and emotions. Now, he is aware! And when he reached on her doorstep, he was thoughtless but awakened. Buddha said – ‘See inside and don’t do anything. Remember! Each thought must be under your observation. No thought may pass without your permission. Just remember that.’
He stepped on her doorsteps. He was able to see his own breathings. He could see all movements of his hands, legs, everything. He was having lunch and feeling it was someone else he was feeding to.
When you become an observer, you will be in duality. This duality is not an illusion or hallucination. It is the last step of detachment. You will see yourself acting speaking doing all things and you are also another person at the same time. Doer and Observer! Both are different but same as well.
He had finished his food but it was someone else who was having food and he was just an observer. They say – ‘You are the observer not the doer.’
He was shocked. He came back to Buddha with divine happiness in his heart.
If you are aware then there is no thought. If you see inside yourself as an observer, you may have emotions but no thoughts. Thoughts are secondary, emotions are primary result. The time, when you are free from thoughts but awakened about emotions and aware about breathing, movements, ..You will clearly see Doer and Observer are different.
‘That is the Sutra’ Buddha says, ‘one who is fine to see this, is able to be a Bodhisattwa!’
BE an Observer of Thoughts not Thinker!!
(Tried to summarize a Whatsapp post in my words!)
21:58 Monday 8th May 2017
Young Monk – Sorry! I’m not supposed to go to the same house I have visited today.
Buddha – Why? What happened??
Young Monk – All the way I have been missing my favourite dishes this morning. As I reached there, the young lady had cooked the same dishes for me. I was surprised but I thought it may be just coincidence. When I was having food, I had been missing my home where I used to be asked to take rest after lunch. I was shocked again when the lady requested me to take rest after finishing my lunch. I thought it also nothing but just a coincidence. I finished my plate and went to take a nap then I was missing again my home, where I used to sleep in expensive comfortable bed while there, at the house, I was lied down on someone else’s normal mat. Suddenly then the lady appears from behind and said – “Brother! This mat is neither of you nor me.” I was horrified now. It was not just coincidence. I asked the lady – “How do you know what is inside my mind? How is it possible?” The lady replied – “Practice / Meditation has brought me emptiness and now all thoughts & emotions are visible to me.” I was too horrified. I ran back to here and ..I don’t want to visit yhe house again.
Buddha – But why? The reason seems not enough.
Young Monk – ..because, ..how to say.. I’m sorry.. Please don’t ask me to visit there tomorrow.
Buddha – No No. Tell me why don’t you want to go there?
Young Monk – ..because the lady was so beautiful and I had some bad thoughts about her. She must have read that too. How can I face her again? How can I ask for Bheeksha on her door?
Buddha – You must go there again, better if tomorrow. It’s part of your cultivation. It will help you to be an observer of your thoughts, emotions and behaviour. You will become aware of yourself.
21:11 Monday 8th May 2017
I didn’t know about Huineng before Melody Jie introduced me to Sixth Patriarch. I watched a movie on his life but that could not be reason for me to respect him as master. I came to read his thoughts, his way of seeing everything, and then I must surrender myself to the enlightened master. Here are some of his words in English I have collected from Google.
1. There is no Bodhi tree,
Nor stand of a mirror bright.
Since all is void,
Where can the dust alight
2. A finger points at the moon, but the moon is not at the tip of the finger.
3. The capacity of the mind is broad and huge, like the vast sky. Do not sit with a mind fixed on emptiness. If you do, you will fall into a neutral kind of emptiness. Emptiness includes the sun, moon, stars, and planets, the great earth, mountains and rivers, all trees and grasses, bad people and good people, bad things and good things, heaven and hell; they are all in the midst of emptiness. The emptiness of human nature is also like this.
4. The truth is to be lived, not just mouthed.
5. As one lamp serves to dispel a thousand years of darkness, so one flash of wisdom destroys ten thousand years of ignorance.
6. Truth has nothing to do with words. Truth can be likened to the bright moon in the sky. Words, in this case, can be likened to a finger. The finger can point to the moon’s location. However, the finger is not the moon. To look at the moon, it is necessary to gaze beyond the finger, right?
7. The meaning of life is to see.
8. Zazen is seated meditation-the opposite of contemplation-the emptying of the mind of all thoughts in order simply to be. In the midst of all evil, not a thought is aroused in the mind-this is called za. Seeing into one’s Self-nature, not being moved at all-this is called Zen.
9. Sit all together in meditation. Become peacefully calm and quiet, without motion, without stillness, without birth, without destruction, without coming or going, with no judgments of right or wrong, neither staying nor going. This, then, is the Great Way.
10. The secret is within your self.
11. The complete teachings of all Buddhas – past, present, and future – are to be found within the essence of every human being.
12. Before you think good or evil, who are you?
13. Because wisdom is innate, we can all enlighten ourselves.
Wo – I’m leaving.. Going to tell the Truth!
Ta – Have you got that?
Wo – Yes, I have.
Ta – What are you going to teach them?
Wo – ..that Everyone of us is a Buddha, Everyone of us has a Holy Cross, and Eyes are Horizontal & Nose is Vertical.
Ta – The first thing everyone knows, little confused with Atman concept of Vedanta, right? Second one will be misunderstood like you are promoting Christianity, and the third is what everyone knows ‘eyes are horizontal and nose is vertical’ ..nothing is new in the Truth you have found.
Wo – Truth is constant. If you are looking for something new will be new words, or new way of interpretation. All indications are for the same.
Ta – All symbols, words, interpretations, books are indicating towards the Truth you have got?
Wo – Yes.
Ta – ..that ‘eyes are horizontal and nose is vertical?’
Wo – Yes.
Ta – How is it possible?
Wo – Because, ‘water is softest and weakest thing under the sky, and so weaker can defeats the stronger.’
Ta – Weak person can’t defeat stronger taller person than him.
Wo – You could understand what I mean if you had studied Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism.
Ta – You are an Existentialist too, and your Sartre doesn’t talk rubbish. He was no doubt a knowledgeable person. Ok, both of Krishnamurtis also were having better underpinnings that they didn’t talk like this.
Wo – They definitely had better mind than me but they also said what I’m going to teach about.
Ta – ..that ‘eyes are horizontal and nose is vertical?’
Wo – Exactly.
Ta – Eh!
Wo – If everyone knows that, they will understand the Buddha inside them, they will find their Holy Cross too.
22:44 Sunday 9th April 2017
Neo-Buddhism founded by Dr. Ambedkar was against traditions of Hinduism like Casteism, Varna, Brahminism, etc. I see Neo-Buddhism not a new religion but a Refined Buddhism which had been contaminated with many superstitious rituals. Buddhism by Buddha was a complete way for one to be free from sufferings, and to live life happily. In later days, it was flourished well in other countries out of south-asian subcontinent but here people misunderstood it and as a result we see, all non-brahmanic traditions are considered Hindu. Today, I think, no-one would like to be considered lower than others or Brahmins just because he or she is born in other Caste. One who has self-respect as a human being, will definitely oppose the caste tradition of Hindus. Many rational social reformers before and after Dr. Ambedkar rejected Hindu Varnas and Caste traditions, but Dr. Ambedkar is a bit more important because he brought a bigger change in this south-asian subcontinent’s society. He is not less than a Messiah for all women, lower caste Hindu people, of this south asian subcontinent. No matter one is Neo-Buddhist or not but without Dr. Ambedkar India would be backward living in mediaeval era.
Today someone asked me, “Will you go to Rajghat on 14th April?”
“Rajgaht or Chaitya Bhumi, you are asking about?” I asked back.
“Oh yes yes, Chaitya Bhumi”
I said, “Two Rajghats are known most, one is from Varanasi for Jiddu Krishnamurti, another is from New Delhi for MK Gandhi.”
Another person sitting there asked me “What is kn 14th April?”
I took a pause for few seconds and replied, “It’s Dr. Ambedkar’s birth anniversary in 14th April.”
Questioner’s expression was like that he was feeling embarrassed for not knowing this.
22:02 Sunday 9th April 2017