vishuroshan wrote:a person becomes sotapanna when he realize ANICHCHA(impermanance) for the first time. so he will not look for merits or anything but practising for further attainments after realizing this. actually people follow these rituals to get something, benefits(not for the enlightment). a SOTAPANNA person who knows ASHTA LOKA DHAMMA will not follow these rituals. he knows that SICKNESSES/SUCESSS/LOSS/PRAIS/BLAME , all these things come under anichcha. it appears/ it passes away. he will not be worries when he loose somehting, and he will not be happy when he gains somehthing. rituals are coming under SEELABBATHA PARAMASA which sotapanna person gets rid of it when he realize anichcha (impermanance) for the first time.
The third one is Sīlabbata-parāmāsa-kāyagantha, the
bodily knot of adherence to rites and ceremonies. ‘Sīla’ is one
word and ‘Bata’ — it comes from ‘Vata’, another word. When
these words are compounded, the word becomes Sīlabbata.
‘Sīla’ means habit. ‘Vata’ means practice. ‘Parāmāsa’ means
understanding wrongly. So the wrong understanding of Sīla
and Vata is called Sīlabbata-parāmāsa-kāyagantha. That
means the wrong understanding that Sīla and Vata can lead us
to the purification of mind and lead us to end all suffering.
Here we must understand Sīla and Vata because the English
translation of adherence to rites and ceremonies is not so
satisfactory. It is explained in the Commentaries that ‘Sīla’
here means the habit of cattle, the habit of dogs and so on.
‘Vata’ means the same thing. What it really means here is if
you believe that if you behave in the way cows behave, if you
live like cows live, if you eat like cows and so on, then you will
get freedom from mental defilements, you will get out of
Sa sāra. If you believe like that, it ṃ is Sīlabbata-parāmāsa. The
same is true if you behave like a dog, eat like a dog, sleep like
a dog, and so on. If you believe that these practices will lead
you to purification of mind and so on, then you have this
Sīlabbata-parāmāsa. We must understand in the way I have
explained here following the explanation given in the
Commentary. That is because if we just say rites and
ceremonies, we will have many questions. Bowing down to the
Buddha, chanting, sharing merit, and so on are some sort of
rites and ceremonies. Here Sīla and Vata do not mean these.
‘Sīla’ here means the habit of cattle, dogs, animals and others.
If we extend this to include some other things, we may
say beliefs that Dāna alone will lead you to enlightenment, or
Sīla alone will lead you to enlightenment, are also Sīlabbataparāmāsa.
Dāna alone cannot lead you directly to
enlightenment. Sīla alone cannot lead you directly to
enlightenment. You have to practise Bhāvanā; you have to
practise Vipassanā to reach those states. If you believe just by
chanting, or just by giving, or just by making donation, just by
listening to the Dhamma, and so on, you can get
enlightenment, then you have this Sīlabbata-parāmāsa,
although you do not believe in the practice of cows and dogs,
and so on. This is a wrong view. And so it is actually Diṭṭhi.
pAGE 8http://buddhispano.net/sites/default/fi ... es-III.pdf