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Kataññu Suttas: Gratitude
Written by Bhante Seelagawsei Thero   
Wednesday, 03 March 2010 12:46

translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu © 2002–2010

"Monks, I will teach you the level of a person of no integrity and the level of a person of integrity. Listen & pay close attention. I will speak."

"As you say, lord," the monks responded.

The Blessed One said: "Now what is the level of a person of no integrity? A person of no integrity is ungrateful, doesn't acknowledge the help given to him. This ingratitude, this lack of acknowledgment is second nature among rude people. It is entirely on the level of a person of no integrity.

"A person of integrity is grateful & acknowledges the help given to him. This gratitude, this acknowledgment is second nature among fine people. It is entirely on the level of a person of integrity.

{II,iv,2} "I tell you, monks, there are two people who are not easy to repay. Which two? Your mother & father. Even if you were to carry your mother on one shoulder & your father on the other shoulder for 100 years, and were to look after them by anointing, massaging, bathing, & rubbing their limbs, and they were to defecate & urinate right there [on your shoulders], you would not in that way pay or repay your parents. If you were to establish your mother & father in absolute sovereignty over this great earth, abounding in the seven treasures, you would not in that way pay or repay your parents. Why is that? Mother & father do much for their children. They care for them, they nourish them, they introduce them to this world. But anyone who rouses his unbelieving mother & father, settles & establishes them in conviction; rouses his unvirtuous mother & father, settles & establishes them in virtue; rouses his stingy mother & father, settles & establishes them in generosity; rouses his foolish mother & father, settles & establishes them in discernment: To this extent one pays & repays one's mother & father."

 
Look within ..Ehipasiko .. Why blame
Written by Ven. Londonaye Dammagawesi Thero   
Wednesday, 23 December 2009 03:38

.......................“Happiness is something I choose in advance.  Whether or not I like,  does not depend on the content, or the conditions – rather it depends on how I decide to accept it” .

I only like to see the way I chose, hear the way I chose, smell the way I chose, taste the way I chose, etc … and not the way it is presented or intended to. It needs to bring me benifit , bring me a gainful outcome, profit, or something more,  if I’m to tollerate and bare it up.  So when I don’t get what I want, I seem to blame the other. When what I like is seperated from me or deprived, I seem blame the other. And when my expectation of another is not performed by another, I blame the other. When others have expectations on me and I do my best, they seem not content with my performance. At times I seem to be taken gor granted.  So I do “what ever” .....  to gain their sypothatic attention to fulfill my appriciation & efforts. Mostly this ends up with me breaking up this beautiful body, obstructing this functionality of this body or disfiguering the body in some way. It also becomes an excuse as to how I perform in the future.......

So may each and every one of you have the strength, courage, confidence & the wise attention to see your life through the window  of this simple Dhamma ......

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Evil Seems Sweet Until It Ripens (Dhammapada Verse 119)
Written by Ven. Londonaye Dammagawesi Thero   
Saturday, 05 December 2009 09:45

Pāpopi passati badran
Yawa pāpan n pachchati
Yada ta pachchti pāpan
Atha pāpo pāpāni passati


As long as evil ripens not,
even the evil one goodness knows,
but when the evil ripens
then the person evil knows.


Explanation: The evil doer even sees evil as good. When evil begins to mature, the evil doer will understand evil to be evil.

When one is doing bad or the wrong there is a fair, just, right reasoning to continue. When the bad has ripened or matured the consequences and the repercussions are all over whelming and each finds it difficult to face the outcome. this is just the aggressive and arrogant nature in most of us in a very competitive, comparative & inconsiderate existence. Bikku Dhammagawesi

 
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