please refer some of his dhamma quotes, which i have taken from his sermons.
“WE MONKS GOING ON ALMS(PINDAPATA), “PINDU SIGA” MEANS BEGGING FOR FOOD. WE MUST BEG. BUT STILL, WE LIVE WITH RESPECT”
“PEOPLE WANT TO BE UNUSUAL PEOPLE WHEN THEY SIT FOR MEDITATION, BUT AFTER THE FINAL ATTAINMENT(ARAHATSHIP), THERE’S NO “ME” IN YOU”
“CAN YOU TALK ABOUT KARUNA, MAITREE, WHILE YOU ARE ENGAGING IN JOBS & FAMILY RESPONSIBILITIES?”
“WHY DO YOU EXPECT MERITS WHEN YOU GIVE “DAANA”. GENEROSITIY IS FOR LETTING GO OF SELFISHNESS, TO REDUCE GREEDINESS AND TO MAKE THE MIND CLEAN, DON’T WE GIVE ANYTHING IF THERE’S NOTHING CALLED MERITS IN THIS WORLD?”
“IF YOU ARE GIVING, GIVE LIKE “ EKASAATAKA BAMUNA”. HE HAD ONLY 1 ROBE FOR HIM AND HE GAVE IT TO LORD BUDDHA”
“IN DHAMMAPADA, LORD BUDDA CLEARLY STATES THAT BY GOING REFUGE ON HILLS,ROCKS,SUN,MOON & TREES(including statues), WILL NOT GIVE YOU THE LIBERATION FROM SUFFERING, THEREFORE WE NEED TO GO REFUGE ON BUDDHA,DHAMMA & SANGHA ONLY. IT MEANS THAT YOU NEED TO PRACTICE THE PATH ONLY.(4 NOBLE TRUTHS. NOBEL EIGHFOLD PATH..etc) (REF - DHAMMAPADA VERSE 189 – 192)
“SOME PEOPLE KEEP SOME FOOD INFRONT OF A BUDDHA STATUE LOOKING FOR GREAT MERITS ,BUT WHEN A HELPLESS BEGGER COMES AND ASK FOR SOMETHING, THEY DON’T GIVE. WHATEVER THEY DO THEY DO IT WITH LOBHA CHETHANA(GREEDINESS). WITH ALL THOSE DIRT MINDS, THEY DON’T KEEP QUIET, THEY GO FOR MEDITATION CLASSES, AND PRACTICE “MAITREE BHAVANA”. CAN YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT IM TRYING TO SAY?
“SHRADDHA IS NOT A BLIND FAITH, IT’S A DEVELOPING PHENOMENEN, DEVELOPING FACTOR. ITS AN INDREEYA DHARMA/BALA DHARMA. IT NEED TO BE DEVELOPED , IT DEVELOPS WHEN ONE PRACTICES NOBEL PATH. ”
“DON’T CLING TO WORDS, WORDS ARE JUST WORDS, WORDS ARE NOT DHARMA. PALI IS NOT DHARMA, IT’S A LANGUAGE”
“SANGHA” MEANS “SAMUHA(GROUP)”, DON’T TAKE ONLY BIKKHUS. COZ THERE ARE LAY PEOPLE WHO HAVE ATTAINED UPTO ANAGAMI, EVEN IT’S A BIKKHU WHO’S NOT PRACTICING CANNOT BE TAKEN AS SANGHA”
“CAN YOU MAKE OTHER’S MIND PEACEFUL? CAN YOU MAKE OTHERS VIRTUES? , DHAMMA IS FOR YOUR TO PRACTICE”
bhakti is blind. Do not get to see a next step. It is obscured by delusion. There is no next step. This is okay in other religions, which have beliefs such as Gods, and creation and so on. What we find here is, doing the same thing what they do there. Now, the Buddha is not our savior for us to keep worshipping an image. He is not a son of God either. He didn’t come to send us to heaven. He arrived, noticed dukkha, developed the Magga to end the dukkha, and became free of dukkha. After that, He instructed on dhamma. He is our Exalted Magga-Teacher only. However, He cannot take us across. He could impart deshana, but He cannot teach us. Although there are many teachers, none can teach us, learning has to be done by us. Likewise, the Buddha also had explained, had given advices, had conducted deshana, had exposed the path, but we must ourselves need to tread on it. Then, we think that we could get there by adhering to San°kalpana borrowed from other religions, by conducting all kinds of rites & rituals, putting together offerings, and puja. It would not happen. Why does it not happen then? Because what they have acquired is bhakti not Saddha! Then, bhakti is blind. Do they know the Buddha through that? Do they worship having knowledge about the Buddha? This would not have happened if they had known at least a shadow of the qualities of the Buddha, and the shadow of qualities of Sangha they would not stay there. It would not happen by worshiping them and making offerings to them., as they keep worshiping them continuously, doors will be locked tightly for them."