Nobody should try to evade the responsibility of today.”
It’s very nice to hear from you. I am glad to know you enjoy reading, my blogs. Without you I could not have done them. Different people have different taste, different ideas and different views. When you said , “ We need a good life in this world and escape from the 31 planes thereafter”.What is a good life UKM ? A good life is the life which is not a bad life, is it? I don’t mean to be funny.
Anyway, listening to the Dhamma on suitable occasions, and discussing the Dhamma on suitable occasion are the highest blessing. That what’s the Buddha said in his 38 Highest Blessings, that much I understand. I believe in Buddhism generally as other Buddhist generally believe. I am not an expert, I am not a theologian.
“We need a good life in this world For Myanmar people there is no need to find a guiding philosophy”.
Some people believe that Buddha was a Great Philosopher , but not like Confucius , Gautama was totally different from Confucius. But Confucius had experience which he picked up through his real life . Some people say he was not an escapist, from real life.
Honestly speaking , I do not think I am qualified to discuss the Dhamma, as it is too deep for me . I am just an ordinary lay person to be called a Buddhist in name . My knowledge in Buddhism is very, very limited.
Everybody is not me and I am not everybody. You are you ,and you are who you are, and what you are, nobody else. This is how understand. Whether it is the teaching of Gautama Buddha or not. I don’t think anybody want to be reborn. All of them wish to be in Nibbana as soon as possible. What have they done to deserve Nibbanna they alone will know. They all dedicated their 10 kinds of good deeds and merits, aim for the "Ultimate Nibban", or the place of no return . In other words, the goal of the Buddhist is none other than “ Ultimate Nibban”, not to be reborn., not to enjoy good life.
I believe there is no such thing as "Loka Nibban” , if Loka Nibban exists , “ Ultimate Nibbon ” will be of no use, non-existence. Loka Nibban, I don’t take it beyond “ comfortable life’, which is not Nibban nothing to compare to “ Ultimate Nibban”. I think there is a difference between Heaven and Nibbanna. Some people might be confused.
Some learned monks say “ we can even gain, Nibbana in this life ’’, this I understand that if we actually practice Dhamma we can go straight to Nibbana. We don’t need to be reborn again and again, to reach “Ultimate Nibbana” .
The world today is a junction or a cross road, we have to decide which direction we want to go. Before that, we must be sure the direction we choose is the right one. Because in real life there is no rehearsal s, there is no retakes.
The thought has come into my mind many times, what did Kathpha Buddha before Gautama , and the Buddhas before him said about the world ( Thutta , Thinkhaya and Aukatha Lokas). Gautama was the one who attained the ‘ Nine Virtues’. He knows everything. He even told some those in his time that Dhamma is deep, very hard or difficult to understand.
As we most of us are ignorant some clever ones taking advantages on us, guiding or misguiding us. We must have enough knowledge to know, what is what. That is the good of ourselves , our people and our Nation and for the sake of our own children.
Whatever religions may be as they are, I have nothing to complain about. But as a Buddhist , just an ordinary living being. I take Buddhism as a guidance, which is different from others, may be. I never intend to become a preacher like those in Christianity or in Islam, or I never intend to end up even as a Buddhist monk, let alone to pray for Buddhahood. I have many things to do on this earth for my living as well as to serve others in this life on this realm.
I am a strong believer of serving myself and others through three main ways. Contributing my ideas , contributing with my body or labour, and contributing with my properties, where needed. I have served my country and my people while under Home Ministry ( Burma) . Though I am not a Government servant any more, I never stopped serving my people and my country the way I know how. Because I believe I can serve them well , serve them better as a free citizen. I have no intention of becoming a politician, definitely not.
“Take a suitable place”, that’s what King Videharit told young Malhotra when he invited him into his court, to be one of his ministers. Everybody should take their suitable place, it may not necessarily be always a right place.
I understand, why Devas and Supreme Devas reminded one of the Dava by the name of Setaketu. They reminded him that his purpose was to become Buddha and to relieve or to save all beings. Setaketu Deva became Gautama Buddha and he tried his very best to relieve all beings from their suffering and bondages. But he could free only a few as you already know.
I don’t need to write a long essay for you U Kyaw Myaing, I am very sure you understand what I mean.
While I am saying this , I would like to bring you some of Abe Lincoln many words for you to see the picture of me, clearly. He was not Buddha , I am not comparing him to Buddha , absolutely not. Nor I to Abe Lincoln. He said;
“ You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”
“ I do the very best I know how - the very best I can, and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.”
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
Thank you for reading my posts. I may refer to Buddha’s teaching where needed, I am dedicated to the welfare of my people, and my country.
As the story goes, for millenniums and millennium of years the would be Gautama Buddha had done many things without publicity, whether somebody acknowledged, recognized him or not. The Guardian of the Earth was the only defense witness .
Well, nice talking to you U Kyaw Myaing, all the best .//