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If battles with Mara are football games,
Then tailgate parties are customs of the religious & occult;
And if the societal infrastructures are scientists and philosophers,
Then hippies are the mystics.
All else is trash.
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Pre-Contemporary poetic reflection from noble point of view:
[ Lo-wáda Sangarava' - A Sinhalese poem of the 15th century,
by Venerable Great Poet Vidagama Maitreya Mahathera,
Translated by: Bhikkhu K. Nanananda ]
In shooting an arrow in the darkness of a night
at a hair of a horse's tail from afar,
if you miss the flash of lightning-
you have missed the target.
Now that you have got this body
which is comparable to a lightning streak,
if you neglect skilful deeds
you will miss the chance of winning heaven and Nibbana.
The crab in the water pan revels in water sport
until the fire is kindled in the fire place.
If you do not shrink from pondering over that fact,
you would realize that there is no true happiness in sense-enjoyment.
"In an age in which no Buddha is born in this world,
this samsara is in utter gloom as it is deprived of the Good Dhamma.
There is no clear-cut distinction then between demerit and merit
and therefore it is not possible to attain either heavenly or Nibbanic bliss."
"When one is born in outer regions
where the Buddha's teachings are unknown,
and where people are always doing evil deeds
with no idea of merits,
one can never do any worth while skilful deed
even if one is born in to wealthy circumstances."
"Rare indeed is the birth of a Buddha.
Hard it is to get human birth.
It is with the help of these two
that one makes an end of this samsaric suffering.
Why don't you put forth your best efforts?"
"Bhikkhus, whatever the Tathāgata speaks, _ all that is just so and NOT otherwise."