I have heard that on one occasion the Blessed One was staying near Savatthi in Jeta’s Grove, Anathapindika’s monastery.
Then a certain devata, in the far extreme of the night, her extreme
radiance lighting up the entirety of Jeta’s Grove, went to the Blessed
One and, on arrival, having bowed down to him, stood to one side. As
she was standing there, she recited these verses in the Blessed One’s
When a house is on fire the vessel salvaged is the one that will be of use, not the one left there to burn.
So when the world is on fire with aging and death, one should salvage [one’s wealth] by giving: what’s given is well salvaged.
What’s given bears fruit as pleasure. What isn’t given does not: thieves take it away, or kings; it gets burnt by fire or lost.
Then in the end one leaves the body together with one’s possessions. Knowing this, the intelligent man enjoys possessions & gives.
Having enjoyed & given in line with his means, uncensured he goes to the heavenly state.
“And how does a monk guard the
doors of his senses? On seeing a form with the eye, he does not grasp at any
theme or details by which — if he were to dwell without restraint over the
faculty of the eye — evil, unskillful qualities such as greed or distress might
assail him. On hearing a sound with the ear… On smelling an odor with the
nose… On tasting a flavor with the tongue… On touching a tactile sensation
with the body… On cognizing an idea with the intellect, he does not grasp at
any theme or details by which — if he were to dwell without restraint over the
faculty of the intellect — evil, unskillful qualities such as greed or distress
might assail him. Endowed with this noble restraint over the sense faculties,
he is inwardly sensitive to the pleasure of being blameless. This is how a monk
guards the doors of his senses.The Abhidhamma in Practice
Mind in its passive and active forms
The mind occurs in both passive and active modes. The passive gives
way to the active when a stimulus is received through one of the sense
doors. The passive state of mind is called bhava”nga, cuti, or paa.tisandhi, according to the occasion.
Bhava”nga. The bhava”nga citta, mentioned earlier, is the
primary form of mind. It flows from conception to death except when
interrupted by a stimulus through one of the sense doors. When a
stimulus enters, consciousness becomes active, launching into a thought
process (citta viithi). Thought processes have been analyzed in great detail in the Abhidhamma.
A complete thought process, occurring through the physical sense doors, is made up of seventeen thought moments (citta kha.na). These are:
A bhava”nga that flows by in a passive state when one of the five physical sense organs comes in contact with its object (atiita bhava”nga).
A bhava”nga that vibrates for one thought moment (bhava”nga calana).
A bhava”nga that cuts off the flow (bhava”nga upaccheda).
A citta that turns towards the object through the sense door that has been stimulated (pañcadvaara-vajjana).
The appropriate sense consciousness; in the case of the eye, for example, eye consciousness (cakkhu viññaa.na).
Next a thought moment — the sampa.ticchana citta — which has the function of receiving the object.
When the object has been received another thought moment, called the santiirana citta, arises, performing the function of investigating the object.
The act (kamma) itself, especially if it was a weighty one.
9 to 15.
The object having been determined, the most important stage from an ethical standpoint follows. This stage, called javana,
consists of seven consecutive thought moments all having an identical
nature. It is at this stage that good or evil is done, depending on
whether the cittas have wholesome or unwholesome roots. Therefore,
these javana thought moments have roots and also produce new kamma.
16 and 17.
Following the seventh javana the registering stage occurs, composed of two thought moments called tadaalambane.
When the second registering citta has perished, the bhava”nga follows,
flowing on until interrupted by another thought process.
These thought moments follow one another in extremely rapid
succession; each depends on the previous one and all share the same
object. There is no self or soul directing this process. The process
occurs so rapidly that mindfulness has to be alert and brisk to
recognize at least the determining thought moment — the vottapana — so that one can govern the javana thought moments by wholesome volition.
When the mind-door receives a mind-object, the sequence of events is
a little different from that occurring through the physical senses. The
mind-door-adverting citta is the same type of citta as the determining
moment — the votthapana — that arises in a sensory process. This
mind-door-adverting thought moment can cognize an object previously
seen, heard, smelt, tasted or touched, thus making memories possible.
Since the mind-object here has already been received and investigated,
these functions need not be performed again and the mind-door-adverting
thought moment gives way immediately to the javanas. These are, again,
of great ethical significance. For example, unpleasant words previously
heard can suddenly come to mind and, unless proper mindfulness (sammaa sati) is practiced, call up javana cittas rooted in hatred, i.e., unwholesome kamma.
The mind at the time of death
When a person is about to die the bhava”nga is interrupted, vibrates
for one moment and passes away. The interruption is caused by an object
which presents itself to the mind-door. As a result of this a
mind-door-adverting citta arises. This is followed by five javana
thought moments which are weak, lack reproductive power, and serve only
to determine the nature of rebirth consciousness. The javanas may or
may not be followed by two registering thought moments (tadaalambana).
After this comes the death consciousness (cuti citta), which is
identical in constitution and object to the bhava”nga citta. The cuti
citta merely serves the function of signaling the end of life. It is
important to appreciate the difference between the cuti citta and the
javanas that precede it. The cuti citta is the end of the bhava”nga
flow of an existence and does not determine the nature of rebirth. The
javanas that occur just before the cuti citta arises form a kammic
process and determine the nature of the rebirth consciousness.
The object that presents itself to the mind-door just before death is determined by kamma on a priority basis as follows:
Some weighty action performed earlier by the dying person. This may
be meritorious such as a jhaanic ecstasy, or it may be demeritorious,
some heinous crime. Either of these would be so powerful as to eclipse
all other kammas in determining rebirth. This is called garuka kamma.
If there is no such weighty action, what has been done habitually — either good or bad — will ripen. This is called aaci.n.na kamma.
If habitual kamma does not ripen what is called death-proximate
kamma fructifies. In this case the thought that was experienced at the
time of a good or bad action in the recent past recurs at the time of
death. This is referred to as aasanna kamma.
If the first three are lacking, some stored up kamma from the past will ripen. This is called ka.tatta kamma.
Dependent on one of the above mentioned four types of kamma, the
object that presents itself to the mind-door could be one of three
The act (kamma) itself, especially if it was a weighty one.
Some sign of the act (kammanimitta); for example, a butcher
may see a knife, a hunter may see a gun or the slain animal, a pious
devotee may see flowers at a shrine or the giving of alms to a monk.
A sign of the place where the dying person will be reborn (gati nimitta), a vision of heaven, hell, etc.
This brief account of what will happen to us at death should impress
on us the urgency of avoiding all evil acts by deed, word or thought
and of performing wholesome meritorious acts. If we do not do so now,
we cannot do so at the moment of death, which may come quite
unexpectedly. As the Dhammapada states in verses 288 and 289:
There are no sons for one's protection,Neither father nor even kinsmen;For one who is overcome by deathNo protection is to be found among kinsmen.
Realizing this fact,Let the virtuous and wise personSwiftly clear the wayThat to nibbaana leads.
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo and Uttar
Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati today said the UPA government can’t
escape from its responsibilities on terrorist attacks in Mumbai, by
resignation of Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil only …
Jaipur, Dec 4 (IANS) Polling to elect a 200-seat
Rajasthan assembly began Thursday morning amid tight vigil by policemen
following heightened security concerns in the wake of the Mumbai terror
“The voting began at 8 a.m. at 42,212 polling
stations spread across the state. We have made elaborate security
arrangements for peaceful polls,” an election official here told IANS.
Over 8,400 polling stations have been declared sensitive and security has been beefed up in these areas.
Over 36 million people, including 17.2 million women, are eligible
to vote. There are 2,193 candidates, including 154 women, in the fray.
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is fighting 199 seats.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati’s BSP has made a
dent. The party had won only two of the 124 assembly seats it contested
in 2003. However, it increased its vote percentage from 2.17 percent in
1998, when it fought for the first time in the state, to 3.98 percent
in 2003. As per Three Baskets Study circle BSP will win more than 100 seats.
Young MPs respond to the Mumbai Tragedy-Ashok Kumar Rawat, MP
This is serious political crisis. We should stand above our petty party considerations.
kind of coverage the media was providing was against the security
operation and safety of the people. Indeed, the media is right to
highlight the irresponsible remarks of one or two politicians, but at
the same time the media should also try to report the cooperation of
other people and the steps taken by the government, like the
resignations of ministers.
It is democracy which gives people
the choice to select and vote for the right leaders. It is easy to
blame the system, but there is a very low percentage of voting in our
country – only 50-60 percent. Politicians are not from outside society; they come from the same backgrounds as the ordinary people.
The need of the hour is to develop a broad consensus on political,
civil society and media level. There must be mandatory induction of all
citizens in certain military training.
THIS December 6 — Dr Ambedkar’s death anniversary — may have a new meaning for actor-politician S Ve Shekher.
The AIADMK’s Mylapore MLA may
join the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) soon with the party supremo Mayawati
not only ready to offer him a suitable post but also funds to ‘develop’
the party in the state, according to indications given by him.
“Yes. Mayawati’s party people have spoken to me. I will be meeting
Mayawati also. The party is giving 25-30 per cent of the seats to
Brahmins. If that be the case. I will consider it (offer) definitely,”
he told Express.
It is not surprising that Shekher is
considering Mayawati’s offer seriously. His total isolation within the
AIADMK was fully evident in the recent Assembly session. It had reached a stage where he had begun to feel that he was “a right person in the wrong place.”Hence, he is now ready to move on.
“Brahmins are being neglected in society and the Aboriginal Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great Prabuddha Bharath (SC/STs) are shunned. So, both communities will join hands,’ he said.
“It has been a successful experiment in Uttar Pradesh. It has set a good example of communal harmony in that state. I want
that to spread throughout the country, ” Shekher said.
“I think the move will help my community. I am going to unite the Brahmins and the Aboriginal Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great Prabuddha Bharath (SC/STs) and together, we can jointly fight for our rights “Shekhar said.
On when things will take shape, he said: “After Guru Peyarchi — December 6. Change of place it says.”
The actor, who has been aspiring for a Rajya Sabha seat for long, said he hoped to be in Delhi soon. Via UP? “UP
means ‘up’” he quipped.
CURTAINS may soon come down on the four-year stint of theatre
personality S Ve Shekher in the AIADMK. Things have gone from
bad to worse for him in the party and he has lost his peace of mind,
The last straw seems to have been the treatment meted out to
him during the recent Assembly session. “My party colleagues behaved like school students who had been instructed not to talk to
me. Even while distributing slips, they bypassed me. It was childish,” he said.
His biggest grievance is that he has not been given a chance to meet party chief J Jayalalithaa to
clarify his stand. This in spite of his unswerving loyalty to her, he said.
“I joined the party when it was at its nadir in 2004. In the Lok Sabha
elections that year, the AIADMK was completely whitewashed in all 40
When the results came out, that morning I met Jayalalithaa and
gave her a letter that I wanted to join the party under her leadership,” he told the Express.
“Before I joined the party, I met her more than 20 times, after joining some four or five times and
after I became an MLA probably twice. So, if I leave the party may be I will start meeting her again,”
The first cracks in their ties appeared when he shared a platform
with DMK leader Dayanidhi Ma ran at an international film festival in 2006, he said. And refusing
to remove pictures from his house of his father and children receiving mementoes from DMK chief
Karunanidhi did not bring him closer to the party leadership.
But the biggest blow was when Jayalalithaa did not attend the
wedding of his daughter. “It was not an insult to me personally but
to a party MLA. I was told she was also upset with the photograph of
the Kanchi seer Jayendra Saraswati at the venue. But that was a
family decision. He is our guru.”Asked whether all this was an indication that his party wanted him to quit, he said: “They have
already thrown me out by not inviting me to any meeting or function.
But I am hesitant to resign because the seat was given by ‘Madam’, but
the verdict was given by the people.” On his recent “courtesy calls” to
Chief Minister Karunanidhi, he said he had gone to invite him for a
film festival. “If he attends the
festival, I will welcome him. I don’t think I committed any mistake by
calling on him. Two years ago, I would have felt guilty. But
now there is no hesitation.” But then why should the BSP be an option? “Because Brahmins and Aboriginal Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great Prabuddha Bharath (SC/STs) can join hands. It has been a successful experiment in Uttar Pradesh. It has set a good
of communal harmony in that state. I want that to spread through out
the country. I am going to unite the Brahmins and the Aboriginal Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great Prabuddha Bharath (SC/STs)
and together we can jointly fight for our rights. It will lead to
social reformation and profound changes after some years,” he said.
International Federation for Freedom of Aboriginal Inhabitants and Migrates (IFFAIM)
aspiration in life is to see entire people triumph over the suppressive
forces of ignorance, un-satisfactoriness, hatred, anger, jealousy,
delusion, superstition (false religious teaching) and tyranny.
Therefore, we have sworn to confront these influences wherever they
arise. Being spellbound for thousands of years is long enough! In our
age, the battles for freedom and supremacy are being waged on the
mental planes. In order to fulfill prophecy and emerge victorious, we
must be armed with an over standing of our origins, history and the
machinations of those who conspire against us. Any part that we can
play in such a revolution of consciousness is our willing service to a
resurgent Pure Land.
2. Arakkha Samapada
This means the worldly happiness derived from the constant
protection of one’s wealth (that has been righteously obtained) from burglary,
fire, floods etc. As the Buddha has extolled the virtue of savings, this factor
too could be considered in this context.
Obtaining money on credit (or loans) was prevalent even during the
Buddha’s time. Persons like Anathapindika were the bankers of the day. The
Buddhist texts make references to instances where he gave loans both to the
state as well as to ordinary people. However, Buddhism does not approve of
excessive borrowing for as the saying goes “borrowing dulls the edge of
husbandry” - and the Buddha’s advocacy of a life free from debts (anana
sukha) as being conducive to the happiness of a layman supports this
In the ‘Samannaphala Sutta,’ the Buddha compares the SamannaPhala (or fruit of a recluse’s life) to the happiness derived by a person, who
having been in debt frees himself of all his debts, and now supports his family
and children from the savings he has managed to put aside. The importance of
making savings from one’s earnings is stressed in this manner. In general, the
Buddha gives details of the proper use of one’s earnings. But in the ‘Sigalovada
Sutta.’ He admonishes particularly a big magnate, Sigala to apportion his
savings into four and to spend one part of it for his daily upkeep and that of
his family. Two portions were to be invested in his business; and the fourth
put aside for any emergency.