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Lesson 4: ENERGY’S POWER FROM PURE SECRET ESSENCE (Thần lực từ nguyên tố tinh túy)

Lesson 4: ENERGY’S POWER FROM PURE SECRET ESSENCE

The ascendant power will rise from the maximum activation of the gross or subtle elements. It includes the power of a high ranking person, the power of a person at high level of martial arts and the power of a person with outstanding physical strength, which all belong to the gross elements. There also exists imposingness, a kind of ascendant power refering to a virtuous person, which belongs to the subtle elements. These powers, or in other words, ordinary intellectual power, are limited because of their fast exhaustion. The Buddha took the image of the fish as an example: “Our life is shorten as each day passing by, just like the fish being pulled out of water. Hence, one should abandon the realm of Mara” (Dharmapada Sutra). The extraordinary intelligent power, meanwhile, can last longer but still depends on the ability to calm one’s mind.

“Our life is shorten as each day passing by, just like the fish being pulled out of water. Hence, one should abandon the realm of Mara” (Dharmapada Sutra).

Nonetheless, as people get old, when the gross elements have gone exhausted, failing to enhance substance quality, the extraordinary intelligent power also becomes useless.

A high powered man like Duke Huan of Qi (齊桓公)  in the Chronicles of Eastern Zhou Kingdoms (東周列國志) had been starved to death by three betrayal consorts while isolated with others. A man with outstanding physical strength like Tang Ming Huang (唐明皇) spent most of his time and energy indulging in a lascivious lifestyle with Consort Yang Guefei who was his daughter-in-law. This consequently led to the rebellion headed by An Lushan (安祿山).The French military genius Napoleon Bonaparte whose words could make the whole Europe shaken up finally died lonely as a prisoner on one of the most isolated islands in the world. His failure came from his over self-confidence in his strength and intelligence which are seen the gross and subtle elements that were no longer sensitive.

A rebellion led by An Lushan – death toll estimated at 36 million

Regarding the elements, we must give honor to a famous figure in the modern history, Mendeleev, a scientist who had arranged, classified and listed 63 elements that form a Periodic Table of Elements. Ironically, he could help develop the living of mankind to a new height but could not help arrange his life for relying on the gross or subtle elements. Let take a brief look back at his biography:

Mendeleev, a scientist who had arranged, classified and listed 63 elements that form a Periodic Table of Elements, but he could not arrange his life

In 1876, Mendeleev became obsessed with a woman named Anna Ivanova Popova and began courting her. In 1881, he proposed to her and threatened suicide if she refused. His divorce from Leshcheva was finalized one month after he had married Popova in early 1882. Mendeleev was ironically criticized as a bigamist because the Russian Orthodox Church required at least seven years before lawful marriage. Surrounding controversy on his private life contributed to his failure to be admitted to the Russian Academy of Sciences (despite his international fame by that time). His daughter from his second marriage, Lyubov, became the wife of a famous Russian poet. Although Mendeleev was widely honored by scientific orgnizations throughout the Europe, including the Copley Medal from the Royal Society of London, but he was not recognized by Russian King Alexander III as an official scientist. It could be said that he had used up the energy of subtle elements and when he became old, he made mistakes due to the turbidity in his mind. Troubles came to him until he passed away.

The pure secret essence is like the space that exists everywhere without any obstruction. It is just like a steady mountain that stands firm in the tornado. Its pureness spreads out everywhere. This pure essence is secret but always exists potentially waiting for our activation.

The best way to create a long-lasting energy’s power is to based on external conditions, that is the pure secret essence. Unlike two previous elements, pure secret essence always contains pure energies which bear non-substance qualities that pervade all over the space. The pure secret essence is like the space that exists everywhere without any obstruction. It is just like a steady mountain that stands firm in the tornado. Its pureness spreads out everywhere. This pure essence is secret but always exists potentially waiting for our activation. Upon connecting to and using this pure secret essence, we obtain “pure energy’s power” or deep spiritual power. Here “spiritual” does not mean gods or someone but it means “miraculous, wonderful”.

The energy’s power can be gained by activating the pure essence provided that all our actions or behaviors should be linked with the ultimate goal (for liberation). If we just aim at worldly purposes or substance aspects instead of the goal for liberation, we merely get temporary and limit results despite our flexible usage of gross and sutble elements. Tyrants like Qin Shi Huang (China), Neron (Egypt) or Cesars (Italy) had seized absolute power but just for a short period of time though in order to hold the reign, they put so many effort in it. The Taoist hermits radically make use of the gross and subtle elements to give them immortality but they finally cannot. They take an austere living style to have a healthy mind in a healthy body but rarely get englightened. They do not target at liberation so they cannot create power because they cannot connect to the pure secret essence.

If we just aim at worldly purposes or substance aspects instead of the goal for liberation, we merely get temporary and limit results despite our flexible usage of gross and sutble elements.

This is the basis to distinguish between Buddhist and non-Buddhist meditation. Non-Buddhist meditation basically tends to gross elements like physical austerity, severe diet, or refusing to wear clothes (nudity sect)… . This is because they want to use gross elements to increase the potency for subtle elements. On the other hand, some heretics rely on the mindfulness of breath to attain concentration, then they “dwell” in the delight, clarity and non-perception. Body and Breath are gross elements so if we rely on them by meditation to seek for a result, that result is  obviously limited.

Body and Breath are gross elements so if we rely on them by meditation to seek for a result, that result is obviously limited

Within the energy of the elements, there are gross and subtle conceptions. Practitioners can liberate conceptions through mindfulness, which means they watch conceptions, examining where they come from, where they go to and where they remain. This is good for the beginning practitioners but it is not good to be always examining.

Although gross conceptions have diminished but the subtle ones remain potential just like the other side of the iceberg, or a vortex uder the silent surface of a duckweed-covered lake.  As Master Thinley Norbu analyzes:” Since mind is unobstructed, conceptions arise continuously. By constantly examining them, we never relax and only create new conceptions. After dissolving conceptions through examining them, they arise again, making the process of examination exhausted. Between the antidote conception of examination and the object of the antidote conception, the mind is never calm, even if the physical posture looks restful.” (“Magic Dance, the Display of the Self-Nature of the Five Wisdom Dakinis”)

Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

Meditation in Buddhism is closely linked with the ultimate goal of liberation. Through this ultimate goal, the practitioner gets pure energy from right contemplation on categories such as the Four Noble Truths, Dependend Origination, Impermanence, and Selflessness which all aim at liberation. Mahayanists after accomplishing Samadhi often move to Vipassana by contemplating Emptiness, Illusion… which are conceptions that belong to right mindfulness that lead to liberation. Then gradually, they penetrate the pure secret essence which is the origin of freedom.

Om_Mani_Padme_Hum

The General Tantric System says because we “take the result as the path”, “take ultimate goal as the means” and “do Samatha-Vipassana at the same time” during meditation, the Tantric path is shorter, more effective and less time-consuming than Mahayana (quoted by teachings of Kusum Lingpa). Accordingly, the practitioner visualizes the Yidam (in any form of Budhda or Bodhisattva he or her targets) which means meditating on the luminosity. The essence of luminosity is clear space so the Yidam (his holy form) is the means of accessing that clear space, or in other words, the Yidam and his clear space are always inseperable. Why so? The holy form of Yidam is gross element but as said above, pure energy pervades everywhere while the Yidam is the symbol of Emptiness, of Luminosity, of pure elements that are brimful of pure energy. If our meditation practice is done continuously, or “strongly and unceasingly” as termed in Taoism, the luminosity of our waking phenomena and the luminosity of our dream phenomena are continuous in the same way as the sun sets while the full moon rises. When we leave our karmic body, our path luminosity (Child Luminosity) and the basis limitless luminosity (Mother Luminosity) merge into each other. It is just like when we break the pot, the space inside the pot is not lost because pot space is the same as all space. It is time when practitioners are liberated into the Dharmakaya.

The essence of luminosity is clear space so the Yidam (his holy form) is the means of accessing that clear space.

This method taught by sublime Tantric masters is relatively easy to be practiced. There will be a Sadhana (Tantric practice procedure) that is compiled according to the lineage of the master and the level of pratictioners as well. In Song Nguyen Tantra House, practitioners follow the teaching of Great Master Marpa that: “Apart from three sessions of practice in holy space, the yogi practices Dharm uninterruptedly in daily life through actions of walking, standing, lying and sitting, like a non-stop flowing river. This is called mind purification that frees us from ignorance and leads us to ultimate liberation.” (quoted from “Songs of Enlightenment”). I will not repeat this method of practice which has been described in other articles on the site already. The focus point here is that the practitioner can “accomplish three (03) factors of enlightenment (incld. Renunciation, Bodhicitta and Emptiness) during the practice of four methods in both still and active states without depending on spaces or places.”

And most importantly, the practice of Dharma should be done with joyful mind and with no tension nor laziness. I will present in the next article.

Phuoc Thanh Village, July 15, 2013

THINLEY – NGUYEN THANH

Translated by Mat Hue Phap


Vietnamese version: Bài 4: THẦN LỰC TỪ NGUYÊN TỐ TINH TÚY

  1. Mô Phật!

    Mật thúy rất hoan hỉ với thiện hạnh dịch bài viết của vị Thầy sang tiếng Anh của huynh Mật Huệ Pháp cầu nguyện cho huynh luôn tin tấn thực hành pháp để được tha lực hộ trì cầu mông tất cả chúng sanh luôn có duyên lành biết đến chánh pháp OM ah hum

  2. Lan Trần says:

    Mô Phật,

    Mật Tuệ Tri hoan hỷ tán thán thiện hạnh chuyển ngữ các bài viết của vị Thầy của đạo huynh Mật Huệ Pháp. Cầu nguyện cho huynh luôn mạnh khỏe để tiếp tục công trình tâm linh vì lợi lạc chúng sanh.

    Con cầu nguyện Thầy Cô sức khỏe và an tịnh.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  3. Mật Diệu Linh says:

    Mô Phật.

    Pháp đệ hoan hỷ tán thán thiện hạnh chuyển ngữ bài viết của vị Thầy sang tiếng Anh của đạo huynh Mật Huệ Pháp.

    Cầu nguyện ánh sáng chánh pháp Phật đà, ánh sáng trí tuệ của vị Thầy lan tỏa khắp muôn nơi vì lợi lạc của mọi chúng sanh.

    Con cầu nguyện  Thầy, Cô trường thọ trụ thế lâu dài vì lợi lạc của mọi chúng sanh.

    Cầu nguyện đạo huynh Mật Huệ Pháp tinh tấn, thành tựu đạo pháp, viên thành mọi ước nguyện chính đáng.

    Cầu nguyện cho tất cả chúng sanh thành tựu hạnh phúc Phật tánh.

    Om Mani Padme Hum!

     

  4. Tantra Mahadeva says:

    Dear Holy Guru

    Thank you for this article. Meditation is the purest form of energy that uplifts all beings. While walking, sitting, standing and lying down one can be established in awareness which supports mindfulness.

    Sincerely wishing all beings to be free from suffering and may all sentient beings awaken to their buddha nature.

     

    Om Mani Padme Hum

  5. Mô Phật .

    Mật Diễm hoan hỷ với thiện hạnh chuyển ngữ bài viết của Thầy sang tiếng Anh  của đạo huynh Mật Huệ Pháp. Ngõ hầu giúp cho các bạn đọc gần xa biết ngôn ngữ này có cơ hội tiếp cận bộ môn yoga Thanh Tri thông qua kênh vận chuyển vị Thầy giúp cho bản thân nâng cao chánh kiến phật đà làm lợi mình lợi người.

    Cầu mong cho ngọn trí huệ thắp sáng muôn nơi thông qua kênh vận chuyển vị Thầy.

    Con cầu nguyện sức khỏe và sự trường thọ Thầy Cô vì lợi lạc chúng sanh.

    OM AH  HUM

     

  6. Mô Phật !

    Mật Mai hoan hỷ với thiện hạnh của huynh Mật Huệ Pháp đã chuyển ngữ bài viết của vị Thầy sang tiếng anh, giúp cho bạn đọc hiểu về ngôn ngữ sẽ có duyên lành  tiếp cận đến pháp môn yoga thanh trí dưới sự hướng dẫn của vị Thầy để liijw mình lợi người.

    Con cầu nguyện sức khỏe và sự trường thọ của Thầy và Cô

    Cầu nguyện tất cả chúng sanh thắm đẫm hồng ân tam bảo. Om Ah Hum!

  7. Kính Bạch Thầy.

    Con hoan hỷ tán thán thiện hạnh của huynh Mật Huệ Pháp, đã chuyển ngữ bài viết của Thầy sang tiếng Anh nhằm giúp cho những chúng sanh hữu tình ở nước ngoài, được tiếp cận ánh sáng chánh pháp của Đức Phật, thông qua những bài viết trên trang mạng chanhtuduy.com tại Mật gia song Nguyễn, để được cơ hội hạnh ngộ làm học trò của vị Thầy Mật giáo  trên con đường giải thoát khỏi sanh tử luân hồi về Tây phương cực lạc quốc.

    Con cầu nguyện cho sức khỏe và sự trường thọ của Thầy Cô vì hạnh phúc của chúng sanh.

    cầu mong cho tất cả chúng sanh thành tựu hạnh phúc của Phật tánh.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  8. Tantra Upatissa says:

    Dear Guru thanks for sharing this article.

    I understand no matter how much expertise we achieve in a field we cannot overcome death. So if we go on spending much time in increasing our gross elements it will be not much useful. Hence all beings should focus on gathering subtle elements so they can focus on path of liberation.

    May Guru and his consort live long and protected.

    May all beings be free from suffering and get enlightened.

    Om Mani Padme Hum..

  9. Mô Phật,

    Đệ hoan hỷ tán thán thiện của đạo huynh Mật Huệ Pháp đã chuyển ngữ bài viết của vị Thầy sang tiếng Anh, giúp cho nhiều bạn đọc nước ngoài có cơ hội được uống tinh túy cam lồ. Cầu nguyện cho đạo huynh sớm viên thành những ước nguyện chính đáng.

    Cầu nguyện cho sức khỏe và sự trường thọ của Thầy, Cô vì lợi lạc cho tất cả chúng sanh.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  10. Mật Diệu Hằng says:

    Dear holy Guru,

    I would like to express my gratitude for your nice article relating to energy’s power of pure essence of element originating from sublime realms of Buddha and Yidam through Guru.

    I have learnt that the energy of gross and subtle elements are limited and easy to be exhausting and get lost.  If we rely on the energy from gross and subtle elements,  we get in vain.  So if Buddhists pay attention to only chant sutra, six in  meditation, recite mantras or gross and subtle elements,  they can not get the enlightenment.  Therefore,  practitioners should connect with the energy’s power of pue essence of element through Guru,  they find it easy to make progress on the path to enlightenment.  When being connected with the energy’s power of pure essence, even they live in a worldly life,  practitioners are always pervaded with such pure energy’s power,  which leads them to the true happiness of pure land.

    It is Guru who is considered as the wish fulfilling jewel helps practitioners connect with pure energy’s power when practitioners connect directly with Guru’s pure energy’s power with the pure devotion and perception. So,  Guru devotion is considered as the most important and effective practice for Buddhists to get the temporary happibess and over-lasting bliss.

    Thank you so much for guiding me on the path of liberation.

    May you and your consort have a good health and live long for the sake of all sentient beings.

    I also rejoice in the good deed of Mat Hue Phap who translated your article into English with her great effort.  Her translation supports all beings to have a good chamce to connect with you so that they can learn and practice pure mind yoga for worldly success and achievement of ultimate liberation.

    May Mat Hue Phap be at ease on the path to enlightenment.

    May all sentient beings achieve the happiness of Buddha’s nature.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  11. Tantra Amishuta says:

    Dear Guru,

    I find that meditation is peaceful. I am still trying to master stillness but meditation helps this. Calming my mind to meditate at all times is difficult for me but practice practice practice./ Thank you for sharing your article. Om mani padme hum May you be well for the sake of all and may all find enlightenment

  12. Salvatore Antonio Fois says:

    Venerebol Guru.

    My name is tantra siramitra.

    Very interesting article, I’m looking forward for the next step, so we con go deep in the exploration of the subject of gross  and subtle energy, all ways with the aim of liberation!!

    Thank you for article

    May Avery one be happy.

    OM MANI PEDME HUM……

     

  13. Mô Phật

    Mật Đức hoan hỷ và tán thán thiện hạnh của đạo huynh Mật Huệ Pháp đã chuyển ngữ bài viết của vị Thầy sang tiếng Anh.

    Qua đó sẽ giúp cho những ai đang sử dụng tiếng Anh sẽ có được duyên lành được kết nối với vị Thầy, có cơ hội được tiếp cận, theo học bộ môn Yoga Thanh Trí mang nhiều lợi lạc để được hạnh phúc tự tâm, hanh thông thế sự, thành đạt xã hội và an lạc đời này, cực lạc đời sau.

    Con xin thành tâm cầu nguyện cho sức khỏe và sự trường thọ của Thầy Cô vì lợi lạc chúng sanh.

    Cầu nguyện cho đạo huynh Mật Huệ Pháp luôn được hanh thông trên đường đời lẩn đường đạo và những ước nguyện chính đáng sớm được viên thành.

    Cầu mong cho ánh sáng của chánh pháp được soi sáng khắp muôn nơi.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

     

  14. Dear Holy Guru,

    I deeply rejoice to read lesson 4: “Energy’s power from pure secret essence”. After reading this article, I understood that: Gross and subtle elements to be exhausting, pure secret essence always contains pure energies which bear non-substance qualities that pervade all over the space and never lost. I would like to express my gratitude for your teaching. I rejoice in Mat Hue Phap’s good deed of translation. Her translation supports to flourish your discourse all over the world for the sake of all sentient beings.

    May you and your consort live long for the sake of all sentient beings.

    May Mat Hue Phap have a good health, overcome difficulties in life and make progress on the path to enlightenment.

    May all sentient beings achieve the happiness of the Buddha’s nature.

    Om Mani Padme Hum!

  15. Tantra Mikaya says:

    dear holy guru. Thank you for your great article and the wise knowledge that you give us. This article teaches us that we should follow the subtle energy. If we look for big things and forget the simple and subtle elements then we will not be successful. Our focus should be on being able to influence our well-being through mindfulness and meditation. Our holy guru is our guide and teacher who teaches us through his wise articles and proper methodology. With the right methodology, we learn how to walk the path of enlightenment. Our meditations in Buddhism is closely linked to the ultimate goal of liberation. We free our mind of restlessness, fears or thoughts and illusions and we will be fulfilled. We will all go the same way and it is in our hands how we go this way. With mindfulness and bodhicitta practicing Dharma daily, and enriching knowledge and devotion to our holy guru, we will be successful. May our holy Guru life long for the sake of all sentient beings. May all beings achieve the happiness of Buddha nature OM MANI PADME HUM

  16. Dr. C H Lakshmi narayan. says:

    Respected holy Guru ji, I bow my head at your lotus feet.

    It is human tendency of most of the people, even the so called great persons, desiring and struggling to possess power , wealth, and sexual happiness devoting their full life clinging and attaching themselves to those throughout their life time.

    Citable, beautiful examples are  the life history of the Nepolian, Hitler, the great conquerer of the world  king Alexander and the great  scientist Mendeleev who gave the Science and technology of 63 elements to the benefit of the whole Mankind but he himself suffered a miserable life in his last days .!

    The enegen of these Elements, power, wealth, and sexual happiness is classified under the energy of gross Elements which ultimately  leads to suffering and tragic end leading to Emptiness.!

    Worthy of quoting an incident  which is heart-touching in the life history of the world conquerer the king Alexander, in his last days on the death bed tells his ministers ,after his death to keep his dead body in a coffin exhibiting his two raised hands outside  with two hands strtched during his funeral procession so that it gives a message to the whole world that the great Emperor who had aquiracq so much wealth and power is not carrying any thing with him after his death.!

    So, the attachment and clinging to power, wealth and sexual happiness is temporary and end only in unhappiness and tragic end just like a stone thrown towards the sky however high it maybe, it is bound to fall down due to the  law of  Nature ( gravity). Hence, such people however high they ascend in life, after reaching the zenith, descent to follow their downfall due to the unstable energy they acquired out of the gross elElemen of wealth, power and sexual pleasure.!

    While the secret of pure essence of energy is aquired due to pure mind Yoga aspiring for Liberation following Uninterrupted Dharma practices, meditation, renouncing all the worldly possessions and pleasures , gaining wisdom and thus awakened in the path of  Liberation and Enlightenment  will fetch  peace of mind and permanent joy and Spiritual pleasure through out life.! The life ofGoutham  Buddha and other enliEnlighten sages and Gurus are best examples for this secret essence of pure energy.!

    The basement and foundation for acquiring such essence of secret pure energy is  Guruji’s guidance.! The role of our Guruji of Chanhtuduy.com is extraordinary and highly commendable and unmatched in this regard.!

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Dr C H Lakshminarayan.

    (Tantra Nirvadeva )

     

  17. Elana Dower says:

    Thank you Guru, this is so beautiful. Such an inspiration!

    My understanding after reading is that the meditation is a state of being, instead of making a place or time with an expectation of results the practitioner eats, sleeps, breaths dharma. We are the element just by existing if we are clear and pure in our intention. This does not mean perfection but it does mean committed and focused. There is a healthy amount of contemplation on thoughts and feelings and sensations that help us understand how to continue being the dharma element but becoming fixated or obsessed breaks the harmony of the tangible and intangible essences of nature and how Buddhas love exists in all places and at all times.

    So we can be successful in practicing dharma just by living if we live by the four noble truths and if we recommit ourselves daily, hourly or by the minute if necessary to feeling and radiating love of ourselves and all things in all places and at all times.

    I thank you again blessed Guru.

    Om Mani Padme Hum

  18. Tantra Sutradaka says:

    Comment on the lesson No. 4

    Revered Gurujee

    Om Mani Padme Hum

    I bow before you

    After 4 drizzling mornings and hot days(Contrast climate), that obstructed my morning walk and increased my agony in terms of restless days and developed pain in my three teethes, today it was a pleasant atmosphere and I went for a morning walk in a nearby park. A few people were there because most of the regular walkers were scared of the impending rain and I enjoyed less crowed.  The climate was calm, cool, cozy as well as saturated with the earthly smell and the fragrance of flowers, planted in the park. I was feeling fresh and delighted as yesterday there was no root canal operation on my tooth as it was going on every day on my alternate teeth, leaving me to bear strong pain. Though from the day before yesterday the toothache was coming down, yesterday it was mild and today I do not feel such pain. I am happy from within and thought it proper to make good of my time by giving a repeated reading the lesson sent by my friend 5 days ago, as the contents of which have become a little bit dim and hazy.

    It is a very interesting and thought provoking lesson which spots light on the inner potentiality of a man that may affect a radical change positive or negative in the external world, locally or at global level. It ends with an optimistic note of empowering oneself with one’s own inside power through Samathand Vipassana to mark a positive change from within that affects one’s own surrounding or national or global level for the best or the worst of the humanity. However, this lesson pushed me back to my childhood wherein my father narrated me at least one story every night often two or three. He was a very good story teller.

    I always consider my father my ideal person.  For me he is my friend, philosopher and guide as well as Guru and guardian. He shaped my life my, career and my future goal. Though he left this planet earth in 2011 but I live with him in his house, with his memories. He is in my vain and vessels as well as in my memory. Whenever I am in trouble he showed me the path, whenever felt isolated he stood by me. I always try to live his ideals, walk on his footsteps and realize the goals he talked of, as he was a man of idealist view of life.

    There were only three ideal persons for him as his ideal, they are Sri Krishna, Lord Buddha and Swami Vivekananda, though for many great men he had regard and reverence. Being a student of history he came across very many great historical personalities through the history books and from the lectures of the teachers that attracted and influenced him. He narrated them all their life and work and their good or bad qualities in a form of stories when we went to sleep. He was a very good story teller but his stories were not a fiction but historical facts. This is the reason that though I was never been a student of history rather a student of philosophy in my academic career, but I am not totally unaware of the world history. They are still in my memory and helped me understand philosophy in a proper way as these give the socio-economics and religious condition that were the cause and condition for taking birth of a religion and philosophy as for the Buddha’s Dependent origination everything is conditioned by its previous events. (Asmin sat tad bhavati .. asmin upajjha tad upjjhati)

     

    My father was of the opinion that healthy mind can reside in a healthy body, baring a few exceptions. Hence he always asked me to enrich my body and mind. It is another fact that I could come true to his wishes, for that I still remorse. For him physical and the mental powers taken together have the capacities to bring a radical change at local and global stage. Once he said that one can effect a global change change through one’s will power, through one’s strong volition to translate one’s thought or ideals into a reality. Once the prince Siddhartha went outside of his fort on his chariot to see his kingdom and happened to see an old man, a diseased, a dead person’s procession followed by weeping and lamenting his kith and kens and a happy hermit.  This moved him from within. He took a strong vow to search the reason and remedy of the human tragedy, the suffering. He stealthily renounced his house and the family, his beautiful wife and his breast suckling son, Rahul and became a mendicant. He visited and marked progress by learning through some gurus like Alar Kalama and Uddakka Ramaputta, but he was not satisfied. They help him go further. At Bodh Gay he underwent a very hard yogic practice of his own and realized the truth. After his enlightenment the prince and hermit Siddhartha turned into the Buddha and founded his fold. He started with his five friends during the days of spiritual struggle who later on became his disciples after his enlightenment. Today Buddhism is probably the largest religion of the world that spread on the basis of love compassion and friendliness, unlike other sematic religion like Islam that spread by dint of might, Sword, violence and coercion. He gave the message of compassion, Friendliness, pleasure and equanimity. He asked the common mass to strive for self-enlightenment (Atta deepa bhava).

    Second story my father narrated was that of the Krishna, a legendry person of Indian religion, who motivated the five brothers to wage a war against their own kith and kens, who dishonestly dethrone their own brother’s five sons from their kingdom and became the monarch of the Indian nation. The real honors of the crown was driven   out and Kauravas became the king ruling the nation like a tyrant. The Pandavas( five brother), though were mighty and warriors but they were moral and religious people. They never wanted to fight for their right as the king and his commanders were their blood relatives.  Krishna was a very intelligent person, who was also said to be the incarnation of God Vishnu as in India Buddha too is declared as the incarnation of the God Vishnu. Krishna too was related to Kaurwas and Pandavas. But he was a right thinking man. He motivated Pandavas to regain the power and their kingdom through proper negotiation. If it fails to wage righteous war will be the last alternative, knowing it well the opponents the mightiest monarch of the time. A few small kings also joined Pandavas because of their honesty, integrity, religiosity, and their right caus. When war was to take place the commanders, warriors and soldiers of both the army were face to face in the battle field. Arjuna, the commander of the Pandava army and one among the five brothers, expressed his desire to see the persons who came to fight with him and requested Sri Krishna, his charioteer, to take him in the middle of the battle field. Sri Krishna drove away the chariot to the middle of the battlefield. Arjuna saw his grandfather, Guru, school met, uncles, maternal uncles, cousins’ nephews and other relatives on the other side; he put his arms ammunitions on the ground and declared not to fight with his kith and kens. Sri Krishna in the middle of the battle field gave him the gospel of the Gita and motivated Arjuna to fight the righteous war with disinterested action. After 18 days of continuous war Pandwas won it and regained their kingdom and changed the history in their favour. In fact this was the miracle of Sri Kieshna’s will power. The central message of the Gita is, “Your right is to do your duty, do not expect for the fruit or result.” Secondly, “It is sin to tolerate injustice and forgo one’s legal rights; on the contrary it justified to penalize our own relatives for their unlawful behaviour”

    When Swami Vivekanda came on the stage India was slave for hundreds of year. Indians had forgotten the brightness of their own civilization, culture and religion. They had lost their faith in Upanishads, Buddhism and the Gita. They considered invader’s religion superior to their own. Swami jee and many right thinking scholars spread the massage of our ancient seers to every citizen of slave India. The consciousness of our civilization, culture and our multiple religions were becoming clear at the mental label among the mass, nationwide. There came a storm in the cup, Indians became skeptic about British Govt. Mutiny among the Indian solders working for British Govt. broke. Entire countrymen awoke and arose against the British rule and in a few years 1948 India became independent. This was the triumph of internal mental energy over the physical power. To be continued

     

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