I am not looking for praise and gain. Do you really think I am interested in those things?
I am not trying to down play things but if someone knows a sotapanna, big-whoop. Of course it really isn't a big whoop, but I look at it this way: If I were a putthujana and I knew a sotapanna, I would simply ask them for advice on any questions of dhamma that I had, I would pay them a gentle respect and, If they would accept it (which I do not because of the day and age) I would make an offering to them. Other than that, I would just leave them alone. So in the end it's not really a big whoop. All it would mean for me would be that I would have someone of Right View that I could ask a question of here and there. I would still just have to live my own life. It would not rock my world. My intention is not to rock any ones world either. If I wanted praise and fame I could do other things for it. I have many talents. Stating you are a sotapanna, without the Buddha around to verify it, will attract as much skepticism as it does praise if not more so. It is not the most economical way to go about getting praise and fame, if you know what I mean. Besides I live in America in a materialist, skeptical society. It is not like Buddhists will even go our of there way to pay respect to me. I bet you that not one person in my life ever bows to me or any thing like because I am a sotapanna. If I wanted people to bow to me I would go be a monk again where Thai women would wait for us monks, in the early morning alms round, sometimes waiting on their knees with their hands in the "wai" position at 5:00 in the morning and give us food, and where people would jump to give you something, know you, pay for your ride in a taxi and so on. I guarantee you that if what I really wanted was admiration, respect, praise and gain, that I would get much, much more of it simply being a monk again rather than stating that I am a sotapanna. That is not the reason to be a monk, but if what I wanted was respect from the Buddhist community I would have to do is be a good monk, It is simply not my intention. It is simply not my intention. My intention was just to share my experience with other people, that's all.