Saturday, February 10, 2007

The Buddha Says 29

For him who is assailed
by death,

there is no protection
by kinsmen.

None there are to save him -
no sons, nor fathers
nor relatives.

Realizing this fact,
let the wise man,
restrained by morality,
hasten to clear the Path
leading to Nibbana.

Dhammapada 20 :288 & 289

Reflection: * None can escape the Prince of Death who can come calling anytime;
there is no bargaining with the Prince once one's time is up ... and one does not know when it is.
* Nobody ... a relative, a father, sons or other loved ones can prevent death from befalling a person .
* At death, what matters is the state of 'trained mind' we have attained... it's the trained and cultivated mind that can lead us to happiness, peace and freedom.
* When the wise man realizes this, then he would ardently strive on in the Dhamma by walking the only Path that can really give him true joy, tranquility and liberation of the mind. This Path, the Noble Eightfold Path is supported by the Practice of good DANA (giving ) and good SILA ( Morality ).

With Metta,
Bro. Oh Teik Bin

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