Wesak 2008 »
Drop of Dhamma Delight!


At this Fullmoon Day do all Buddhas Awaken:

Know that Helping Others helps Yourself!
Know that Harmlessness is the prime Protection!
Know that Meditation is the Way to Calmed Bliss!
Know that Dhamma Study is the Way to Certainty!
Know that the Noble 8-fold Way makes Deathless!

At this Full Moon year 534 BC the Blessed Buddha awakened
by completely perfect and unsurpassable self-Enlightenment!

At that time a girl named Sujata Senani lived in Uruvela. When
adult, she prayed before a certain Banyan tree, that she might get
a husband equal to herself in caste and that her firstborn may be
a son. Her prayer was successful, since so indeed did it happen. At
the full moon day of the Wesak month, she rose at early dawn &
milked the cows. As soon as new buckets were placed under the
cows, their milk poured forth in streams spontaneously all by
itself. Seeing this miracle, she knew something special was going
on. Now at that very night the Future Buddha had 5 specific
dreams that made him conclude: Certainly, without doubt, today is
the very day, I will reach Enlightenment! His 5 colored radiance
illuminated the whole tree. Then Sujata came & offered the
cooked milk rice in the hands of the Great Being.

After that a grass-cutter came going with a bundle of grass just
harvested from nearby. He offered the Great Being 8 handfuls of Kusa
grass, when he saw that this Sage was a Holy Man. The Future
Buddha accepted the grass and proceeded to the foot of the Bo-
tree. Reaching the imperturbable Eastern side, where all Buddhas
take their seat, he sat down saying to himself: This is indeed the
immovable spot where all the Buddhas have planted themselves!
This is the very place for destroying the net of desire! Then the
Future Buddha turned his back to the trunk and faced east. Right
there he then made this mighty decision:

Let just blood & flesh of this body dry up & let skin & sinews fall
from the bones. I will not leave this seat before having attained
the absolute supreme Enlightenment!

So determined did he seat himself in this unconquerable seat,
which not a 100 strikes of lightning could make him waver from.
At this very moment the rebel deity Mara -the Evil One- raised
exclaiming: Prince Siddhattha will pass beyond my power, but I
will never allow it! And sounding the Mara's war shout, he
prepared his army & went out for battle. Then Mara said to his
militia: This Sakyamuni, son of Suddhodana, is far greater than
any other man, so we will never succeed to fight him up front. We
will therefore attack him from behind. Frustrated, being unable
even to touch the Wielder of power with 9 mighty hurricanes of
wind, rain, rocks, weapons, red coals, hot ashes, sand, mud, &
darkness Mara somewhat in panic commanded his army: Why do
you stand still? Seize, kill & drive away this prince. Mara yelled:
Siddhattha, leave this seat. It is not yours but mine! Hearing this
the Well-gone One replied: Mara, neither have you fulfilled the 10
perfections to the third degree nor have you given the 5 great
donations. Neither have you striven for insight, nor for the
welfare of the world, nor for enlightenment! Therefore does this
seat not belong to you, but indeed to me. Suddenly overpowered
by fear Mara's followers fled helter-skelter in all directions. Not
two went the same way, but leaving their weapons in a chaos all
behind, they fled terrified by panic. Seeing them flee, the great
assembly of deities triumphantly shouted: Mara is defeated.
Prince Siddhattha has Won! Let us celebrate the Victory! The
deities then sang:

The Victory has this illustrious Buddha Won. The Evil One, The
End-maker is defeated & done. Thus they jubilantly circled the
wisdom throne, the band of snakes singing their praises of the
Seer, the flocks of birds singing their praises of the Sage, the
assembly of Deities singing their praises of the Conqueror, the
group of Brahmas singing their praises of the Worthy One.

It was before the sun had set that the Tathagata thus conquered
Mara & defeated his army. Then at the same night, after having
bathed, while the Bo tree rained red sprigs on his robe, the
Consummate One acquired knowledge of previous existences in
the first watch of the night: With the mind thus concentrated,
purified, bright, fixed, unified, focused, tractable, compliant,
steady & imperturbable, I directed it to remembrance of my past
lives. I recollected numerous past lives, i.e., one birth, two...five,
ten...fifty, a hundred, a thousand, a hundred thousand, many eons
of cosmic contraction, many eons of cosmic expansion: There I
had such a name, belonged to such a clan & species, had such a
body. Such was my food, such my experience of pleasure & pain,
such the end of my life. Passing away from that state, I re-arose
there. There I had such name, belonged to such a sort & family,
had such a form. Such was my food, such my experience of
pleasure & pain, such the end of my life. Passing away from that
state, I re-arose here. Thus I remembered my various past lives in
all their various modes & details. This was the first knowledge I
attained in the first watch of the night. Ignorance was
destroyed; knowledge arose; darkness was destroyed; light arose
as happens in one who is alert, aware, & determined. But the
pleasant feeling that arose in this way did not invade my mind nor
remain. With the mind thus still concentrated, purified, bright,
intact, pliant, malleable, steady, & imperturbable, I directed it to
the knowledge of the passing away & reappearance of beings. I
saw by means of the divine eye, purified & surpassing the human
eye & I saw beings passing away & re-appearing, and I realized how
& why they are high & low, beautiful & ugly, fortunate &
unfortunate all in accordance with the intentions of their prior
actions:  'These beings who were endowed with bad behaviour of
body, speech, & mind, who reviled the Noble Ones, held wrong
views and acted under the influence of wrong views, with the
break-up of the body, after death, have re-appeared in the plane
of misery, the bad destination, the lower realms, even in hell. But
these beings who were gifted with good behaviour of body,
speech & mind, who did not revile the Noble Ones, who held right
views and acted under the influence of right views -- with the
break-up of the body, after death, have re-appeared in happy
destinations, even in a divine world.' Thus -- by means of the
divine eye, purified & surpassing the human -- I saw beings
passing away & re-appearing, all in accordance with their
particular mixture of good & bad kamma. But the satisfaction
that arose in this way did not invade my mind nor remain. With the
mind thus concentrated, fully absorbed, I directed it towards
understanding the ending of the mental fermentations. I realized
how it actually comes to be, that:

Such is Misery...
Such is the Cause of Misery...
Such is the End of Misery...
Such is the Way to End Misery...

Such was the mental fermentations...
Such is the cause of fermentation...
Such is the end of fermentation...
Such is the way leading to the end of fermentation.

When my mind saw that, realized that, it was freed of the
fermentation of sense-desire, released from the fermentation of
becoming, unobstructed by the fermentation of ignorance.  Fully
& perfectly Enlightened - The Buddha - perceiving this immense
glory, spoke these 2 solemn  verses, which never has been omitted
by any of countless thousands of prior Buddhas:

Through this round of countless existences have I searched yet
failed to find 'the Creator', who framed this formation:
What Misery is indeed such Endless Birth, Ageing, Decay & Death!

Now I see that 'the Constructor' of this structure is Craving...!
Never shall this construction be build again, as all the rafters are
shattered and the main beam is busted & broken... At this calming
of all Craving, the mind was finally stilled...

Then, friends, this vision of certainty arose in me: This release is
irreversible, this is the last birth, this endless reappearance is
finally ended...

See also: About Awakening!

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