yawares wrote:Dear Members,
I remembered in the old day, Thai people called a wife who betrayed her husband
"Mrs. Mora", and white people called a woman like that "Delilah"!! Today, I
found this amazing Dhammapada story to share with you all.
The Young Lovesick Bhikku [ http://www.aimwell.org/Books/Suttas/Dhammapada ]
A young monk in need of drinking water went to a certain house. As soon as the
young woman in the house saw the monk, she fell in love with him. She asked him
to come again whenever he needed water. Later, she offered him rice gruel, and
later provided him with a seat and offered boiled rice. Seating herself near
him, she started talking about how lonely she was, as no visitors came to that
Thinking about her, the young monk became discontented, and was taken to
his preceptor and to the Buddha. He admitted the cause of his discontent. The
Buddha then related an incident from the young monk's previous life to show
how he had been betrayed by her before.
The Young Bhikkhu's previous life: Culadhanuggaha Jataka
At that time he had been known as Culadhanuggaha"Young Archer the Wise". Having
acquired the skills of archery and sword-fighting in Takkasila, his teacher was
so pleased with his ability that he gave his own daughter to him in marriage. On
the return journey to Benares they were waylaid by bandits, but Young Archer
killed fifty of them with arrows. Having run out of arrows, he asked his wife
for his sword, but when she saw the handsome bandit chief she fell in love with
him at once, and put the sword in the bandit'ss hand. The bandit slew Young
Archer, took the woman with him and went his way. Realizing that such a woman
would kill him too, just as she had killed her husband, he abandoned her by a
river, taking her jewels and crossing over to continue his journey alone. In
order to teach the woman a lesson, Sakka appeared before her in the form of a
jackal with some meat in his mouth. As a fish leaped out of the water, the jackal
dropped the meat to catch the fish, but missed, and a bird flew away with the
meat. When the woman laughed at this, the Jackal (Sakka) admonished her that she
was even more foolish, as she had lost both her husband and her lover, but could
not see her own fault. She understood and vowed to be faithful in future. Sakka
scolded her again, saying that one who stole a clay pot would also steal a
copper one, and that she would do evil again.
When the Buddha had finished relating this Culadhanuggaha JÄtaka
he told the monk that at that time he had been Sakka, the young monk had been
Young Archer the Wise, and the young woman had been his unfaithful wife who had
deprived him of life.
Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:
Craving Grows in the Passionate
For the person who is perturbed by (evil) thoughts, who is exceedingly lustful,
who contemplates pleasant things, craving increases more and more. Surely, he
makes the bond (of MÄra) stronger.
He who delights in subduing (evil) thoughts, who meditates on the
loathesomeness (of the body) who is ever mindful he will make an end (of
craving). He will sever MÄra's bond.
At the end of the discourse the young monk attained Sotapatti Fruition.
Love Buddha's dhamma,
Lazy_eye wrote:Dear Yawares,
Welcome to Dhamma Wheel and thank you for the selection of Dhamma stories! Would you like to introduce yourself and maybe tell the members something about your Buddhist practice? Are you from Thailand?
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