Dhamma : Not a Religion

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

The Secret Is Within Yourself!

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.

The Immortal Friend (Poem)


The Immortal Friend (Poem)
I sat dreaming in a room of great silence.

The early morning was still and breathless,

The great blue mountains stood against the dark

skies, cold and clear,

Round the dark log house

The black and yellow birds were welcoming the sun.
I sat on the floor, with legs crossed, meditating,

Forgetting the sunlit mountains,

The birds,

The immense silence,

And the golden sun.
I lost the feel of my body,

My limbs were motionless,

Relaxed and at peace.

A great joy of unfathomable depth filled my heart.

Eager and keen was my mind, concentrated.

Lost to the transient world,

I was full of strength.
As the Eastern breeze

That suddenly springs into being

And calms the weary world,

There in front of me

Seated cross-legged,

As the world knows Him

In His yellow robes, simple and magnificent,

Was the Teacher of Teachers.
Looking at me,

Motionless the Mighty Being sat.

I looked and bowed my head.

My body bent forward of itself.
That one look

Showed the progress of the world,

Showed the immense distance between the world

And the greatest of its Teachers.
How little it understood,

And how much He gave.

How joyously He soared,

Escaping from birth and death,

From its tyranny and entangling wheel.
Enlightenment attained,

He gave to the world, as the flower gives

Its scent,

The Truth.
As I looked

At the sacred feet that once trod the happy

Dust of India,

My heart poured forth its devotion,

Limitless and unfathomable,

Without restraint and without effort.
-J Krishnamurti, ‘The immortal friend’, Ommen, Star publishing Trust 1928, Pages 8-10 also quoted in ‘J Krishnamurti’ as I knew him’ by Susunaga Weeraperuma- Motilal Banarsidass- 1996, Pages 181-183.
http://www.buddhanet.net/bvk_study/bvk22a.htm

Smiling Closed Eyes

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I don’t live in darkness
Darkness lives in me
Said by whom I don’t know
But I guess, he was very sad

He may have had a life
To live long with happiness
But he left living his life
Because it was not worth to live

It was not what he wanted to be
He assumed his future was not that
But he didn’t kill himself
He just left living the life

And he let the life to go, find his way
And he became passive observer
And he refused to have control
And he refused to be controlled also

He was not died, he was not alive
He was not living, he was dying
He was not sleeping or awake
He was not laughing or crying

He disappeared suddenly
And was found far from this earth
Where life and death was two points
And he was between them smiling

But there was no light, no power
No energy or weaknesses for him
It was not dark, it was not peaceful
No emptiness, no silence, no enlightenment

He was not looking for these results
He was not to reach any results
He was not looking for anything
He met all were not of his mind

He came to know those words were fake
All books and teachings were wrong
Peace freedom emptiness are in mind
And enlightenment isn’t any achievement

Suddenly he found himself in light
And the light became himself
There was no darkness in or out
Peace and emptiness on smile

He had nothing to speak or share
He had nothing to gain or lose
He closed his eyes with smile on face
And became part of this universe

23:16
Thursday
16 June 2016

Photo: Vikram G.
Editing: Vivek G.

Nobody Can Teach Anything To Anyone!

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QUESTION >> You seem to be leaving us. Please tell us the truth if you have found in your life. Or tell us the secret of happiness.. Please bless us with your knowledge and wisdom.

ANSWER >> Why do I tell you anything? Why do you think me to tell you any secret? Do you still believe in secrets or formulas about life and nature? What makes you think I have achieved any wisdom or great knowledge?

QUESTION >> You are about to leave us forever, so we thought you wanted to tell us your last words, nothing else.

ANSWER >> It’s simple to ask me my last words, what that rubbish secrets, knowledge, wisdom…huh!

Every one who was born will die. Entire the life was a journey from birth to death and it’s not necessary that everyone dies with wisdom or extra knowledge or that sorts of fictional words.

QUESTION >> So, were these your last words?

ANSWER >> No! I will speak more! And my last word will be silence, emptiness.

QUESTION >> Then, what are these you are talking now?

ANSWER >> Jokes! Didn’t you understand the joke or I don’t know making jokes?

QUESTION >> You are about to die and you want us to laugh at your pjs?

ANSWER >> Don’t laugh then. It’s ok. All is up to you all.

QUESTION >> We thought you would like to share some knowledge with us.

ANSWER >> See, everyone has enough knowledge and understanding for them. Don’t try to teach anything to anyone. If someone asks you to give him knowledge, examin him if he really need and deserves for the knowledge or not. Also introspect yourself, do you really have that knowledge and ability to convey or not.

If not, don’t reply.

QUESTION >> What if someone doesn’t deserve for the time but would deserve in future?

ANSWER >> Teach him in future. Simple.

QUESTION >> You didn’t give us knowledge, why? Ain’t we deserve for that or you didn’t have any special knowledge to share with us, or you have no ability to speak out …..

ANSWER >> Didn’t I tell you the imp thing?

QUESTION >> But it was simple thing. Not words like enlightened one.

ANSWER >> Enlightened ones speak simple and in normal way. They aren’t to prove anyone, anything. Enlightened ones have no competition to prove I’m more enlightened then others.

All are same there.

QUESTION >> So you are an enlightened one?

ANSWER >> ‘Enlightened’ word is used for those having great understanding with simplicity. If you see anyone like this, you may call him ‘enlightened one’ though he may or may not be knowing about this word.

QUESTION >> If you were not be dying, I would ask you more about this.

ANSWER >> You should ask to yourself. If you need any information, do Google, goto library, ask someone.. but if you need suggestions, if you are in confusion, in some sorts of inner conflict, only you can help yourself no other ones. No book, no guru, no mantra, no yantra can help you then. If you find them reducing your confusion or inner conflict, you are illusioned and trying to escape from yourself.

QUESTION >> You mean, man is alone?

ANSWER >> Man is always with himself.

QUESTION >> You said, nobody, no book, no yantra mantra can help. You believe, nobody can teach to anyone. Nobody is able to be taught by anyone. What have you been saying so far? Isn’t that your teaching?

ANSWER >> I was expressing myself. Depends on you what or how much or in which way you got my words. Our minds are different. All I say doesn’t be grasped by your mind. Talker and Listener, both are not in same level. Also, mind keeps working while you are listening or speaking.

QUESTION >> You are being a mystic.

ANSWER >> I’m simpler than others.

QUESTION >> When you gonna die?

ANSWER >> Never!

QUESTION >> How long we have to be tortured like this?

ANSWER >> Depends on you.

QUESTION >> Is there any limit?

ANSWER >> Limitations are in mind. Mind has no limits. A pure mind is limitless. An impure mind is with limits. Limits are illusions.

Transition happens. Conversion or change can be said. No particular point or limit is there for anything.

QUESTION >> Hope you die well.

ANSWER >> Nobody can teach anything to anyone!

Proved!!!

Two Poems

Master said all disciples to write down a poem so that he may recognize who is eligible to be his heir. Disciples didn’t dare to write any poem because they considered the senior most one disciple is more eligible than them and he only should be the next master. Senior most disciple wrote a poem but had been thinking for three days either he should give that poem to the master or not. After three days the senior most disciple wrote his poem on a notice board without his name but didn’t give to the master. Next day, master and other disciples saw the poem was there written on notice board but with no name. Master appreciated the poem but didn’t find the poet eligible to be his successor. Because the master praised to poem, all disciples started reciting the poem and a servant there working in kitchen, hears the poem. This servant also wanted to write a poem but he was uneducated, so a government officer helped him to write his poem on the board. Next day the master and all disciples saw the second poem also beside the first one. Master praised not this second poem too.

That night master met to the servant and gave him his cloth & pot claiming that he is appropriate one to be his successor but master did it all in private, not declaring publicly. He said the servant to leave the monastery immediately also giving him some hints where he should go and when to start preaching to people.

The servant became master after 16 years of master’s death.

Sometimes master knows who is most eligible one among his disciples but he has to keep it secret and hidden from others.
Eligibility for uprising to the higher levels is in everyone without regarding their financial-social-political-cultural-educational status.
Everyone seems wise and most eligible one also might be far from the understanding.
Mind which has been pure can be unpure again and so one needs to keep polishing his Mind with observations, and following heart.
There is danger everywhere for enlightened one but he roams fearlessly,  being carefree one.
He has to stay hidden till the right time comes for him.
Best way to spend life is to be healthy, carefree, fearless, peace in mind, love in heart, smile on face, respect for all living and nonliving beings.

In this photo, the first poem is of senior most disciple while the other one is written by the servant who became a great master.

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