Friday, May 12, 2006

Preethi Vesak!

Listening to: silence

Vesak. It is a time to remember. A time to reflect. A time to purify one's mind. Not that we shouldn't do this at other times...but today is special.
I am chief of the world,
Eldest am I in the world,
Foremost am I in the world.
This is the last birth.
There is now no more coming to be.
Thro' many a birth in samsara wandered
Seeking, but not finding, the builder of this house.
Sorrowful is repeated birth.
House builder, thou art seen.
Thou shalt build no house again.
All thy rafters are broken; thy ridgepole is shattered.
The mind attains the unconditioned.
Achieved is the end of craving.
Behold, O monks, this is my last advice to you. All component things in the world are changeable. They are not lasting. Work hard to gain your own salvation.

And as such are remembered, the words of Lord Buddha. It is 2,550 years since the passing of this Great Human Being, and it will serve us well to reflect upon His teachings and nourish our lives.

A peaceful Vesak to you all.

Sabbe sattā bhavantu sukhitattā! - May all beings be happy!

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