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The Watcher

While listening to a Damma Desana,  some time ago, this example took my attention. It led me think a lot on it  later and made it easier to remember and analyze that topic. I can’t say, that I remember the whole discussion or even that I did understood or followed everything that was said. But this specific one example, that was told, made its own individual place within my mind. Because of that, I feel it could be useful to anyone in some content, so that I should convey it even without those other stuff. So here it goes…

Say, there’s a one large room, of which many people coming and going out. This room has more than general number of doors. To be specific it has six doors. And all these doors are opened. Anyone can come in through them. And also, can go out through them. So there’s no stable status inside this room.

So no one knows, who goes in, or who goes out. So!..the authority  appoints a watcher. This watcher, is going to see what’s going on inside there. He has to watch, who is coming inside, what they do, who is leaving, if they do something right, do any problems occur, likewise. May be he’s  more than a watcher, anyway he’s kept really busy inside our room.

However our watcher can be his own boss. He can watch seriously and do his job to the word. He also can determine what is correct and incorrect. And how something should be done, or how to change them, like wise. So, He can have all the power within that room and power over everyone or anyone who is inside it. So, everything within that room would go smoothly, peacefully, without issues, thanks to our that smart keeper.

However,  our watcher is even free to do anything as he likes. He can just ignore it all, and let anything happen or  may be to some extent. He could become careless by not  doing his job. Like,  he could dose, or laze around, or just follow or be interested in one or more specific person, or may be just watch one door or more than one, or  watch all six doors if he wants or just vaguely, or do completely some thing else.

But, no one would be there, to tell  him, his job. However then, he might be missing some situations. And those  situations also would miss his interference on them. Then, anyone unwatched has freedom to do anything as they like. So, nothing inside there, would be as same as having a  keen eyed smart watcher to look after, right?

Some More Resources

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/dhamma/sila/uposatha.html

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an08/an08.041.vaka.html

http://www.dhammawheel.com/   – A site and a Forum 

http://www.thebuddhism.net – Has information on  Life of His Holiness Lord Buddha and a lot more.

Hell!

We hear lots of reasons for someone to go to hell these days. I don’t know if it is a sad point or just a funny thing, but a lot of people seem to enjoy saying how some other would go to hell for doing something that would not be agreed along with their own perceptions.

But  as to Dhamma, there are only five actions that Buddhism says that will definitely take a person to the real hell. So all the other actions are individually determined in my understanding. Anyway it’s certain that when examined with Dhamma, even how much that someone would perhaps like or argue for another to go to hell, for doing something that they would not approve or not agree, will not certainly drop those people in hell, if they know how to keep away from it.

So in my complete pure mind I wish for those kind of well wishers also not to increase their own bad points by clinging into their bad tastes about these kind of beliefs. My understanding is that there are always reasons for everything, so there should also be some  fair reasons for people to be different in some ways from others, too.

The inevitable five actions, that we can’t ever get away from hell after doing,  are

Ānantarika kamma:-

1. Killing biological mother

2. Killing biological father

3. Killing arahanth (Completely enlightened person)

4. Schism- breaking the amiability among bikkhus

5. Dropping blood from His Holiness Lord Buddha’s Body

So one may or may not go to hell, if they never ever done those five, but definitely won’t drop there because of some one else thinking/believing that it sh/would happen so. Let’s Just empathize with them. As there’s no space for blind beliefs in Buddhism.

Happy journey!

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