Apr 3, 2020

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Letter from India: Pure mind yoga helps us to surmount our sufferings.

Revered Gurujee

Om mani Padme Hum

I bow before your lotus feet

At Biharsharif flood water entered into my house and I was compelled to go to my college every day from Patna, which is about 95 Km

For very many days I am not commenting on the articles. I feel ashamed and remorse for my inability to do so. The reason is partially because of my inactivity and partially external restrains and constrains. These days I am staying at Patna with my daughter. A few days, or about one month ago there was a torrential rain in my state that caused unprecedented flood in my state in general and at Patna and Biharsharif in particular. On the roads there there was chest deep water. At Biharsharif flood water entered into my house and I was compelled to go to my college every day from Patna, which is about 95 Km. my Patna house. It becomes a very tiresome journey as I have to change several means of transportation including about 3/4 Km. of walking. The roads are not very smooth that’s why it becomes very tiresome. I become too helpless to read the article shared by you and comment on them. On my mobile often I read the article in the way but can’t comment because of the mental fatigue and the pain of the body.

Guru jee yesterday I received the article shared by you from my friend. Whole day I was thinking how to write. After coming back from the college I slept after dinner with a deep sense of remorse of not writing the comment as well as not read the article at least one a day. It was a pleasant surprise that I woke up by 1.30 in the night. I wanted to sleep but could not. I took it boon in disguise. I opened my laptop and read your shared article in one stretch.

This is a brilliant article that spots light on the triviality of the sufferings of life to which a common man gives great importance and attention, which causes greater strain to the human mind due to ignorance. I would like address Paul Monaghan, through this comment, who is facing a great pain, stress and strain as well as mental agony due to his cancer.

Paul Monaghan

Dear, Paul Monaghan the same mental agony erupted when a lady lost her only son in his childhood. She virtually became mad because of the unbearable pain of her son’s death. She ran from pillar to post to save the life of her son but in vain.  After his death she wept before every saint, priest or deity of her village to make her son alive, but no one could do it. Someone told her that Buddha has arrived in the village perhaps he could help her. Anticipating a ray of hope, she reached the place where the Buddha was staying with his disciples.

At the very sight of that old lady the Buddha understood her problem in hand. When she came near to Him she narrated the entire story and requested him to make her son alive. It was morning. The Buddha was calm and full of compassion for her. The rays of compassionate sympathy when dawned on her she felt composer and peace in the anticipation of the positive solution. But her grief was enormously great. She repeated her question to the Buddha again and again.The Buddha listened to her very patiently and said I shall make your son alive, do not worry. The old women become very optimist. She touched the feet of the Buddha.

Then he said, “There is a condition for that. You will have to fulfill one of my requests then I can make your son alive.”

The old women replied in hast “I will fulfill all condition to make him alive.

The Buddha smiled and said, “You please bring a handful of   mustard seeds from the house where no one has died.”

The old women become very happy thinking it a very easy and child’s play. She could not understand the gravity of Buddha’s words. She rushed out to bring the mustard seeds. In some houses mustard seed was not available and where it was available, someone had died in that house.  From dawn to dusk she wandered around house to house but could not get the suitable house from where she could get some grains of mustard. She was tired physically, exhausted and worn out from within but she was calm, quiet and satisfied. The tide of anxiety, bewildering questions, painful feelings, and sorrow for bereaved son was coming down. She was realizing the reality of the life. She understood that death is inevitable. Those who have born they have to die. Some die earlier and some late after growing old. Sooner or later everyone has to leave this world for one’s final abode. Hence there is no need of lamentation.  The First Noble Truth was making its way to her mind. Serenity was appearing on her face. The sense of attachment with is son was getting evaporated.

Those who have born they have to die.

After Buddha’s counseling she came out of the grave grief and realized that in this mundane existence death, bereavement, ailment, unpleasant events will reoccur again and again as these are the outcome of our ignorance based acts which lead us to repeated birth and death and consequently suffering. Now, in such a situation weeping, crying, remorse and lamenting are useless and futile. once the Buddha has said neither in the sky nor in the middle of an ocean nor in the caves of mountains one cane escape from death and the consequences of one’s evil deeds. (Dhammapada) After a brief dialogue with the Buddha the women, whose son was died at early age, after being satisfied, left for her home. Her positive attitud for life emerged.

Paul Mongham, in the same way you too should adopt a positive attitude in life. Life is immortal march of the body till one attains Nibbana, the emancipation. It hates aging. The so called death is taking rest when mind and body is extremely exhausted, tired and worn out.  After shedding off the fatigue of the past, man resumes its next journey with more strength, vigor and zeal that starts from his child hood with a new body.

Dear friend, though we have not seen each other, but we both are connected through the thread of the Dhamma and our Holy Guru with whom we both are related. In such a situation your suffering becomes mine too, as I am vicariously experience. This empathy is caused by the friendly feeling (Metta Bhavana). Now it becomes my pious obligation to get you rid of your mental suffering. In fact all the sufferings reside in the mind. They crop up in the mind, grow in the mind torment the mind and die in the mind. That is why once the Buddha has said Chittena niyate loko, means mind creates the world. What you think that appears in the world. In the opening Gatha of the Dhammapada, the Yamaka Vaggo says “mind is the fountain head of all the good and the bad actions.”…

If you do any work with happy and pious mind, the happiness will follow us like our own shadow. This is the reason our Holly Guru always asks us to be positive. For that he provides us the modus operendai. He has given us the Mani Mantra. If you chant it, even in the mind, it will ward you of a lot of perils and problems. It is our mind that that becomes happy or pensive.  If you become indifferent of the unwanted situations and do not notice them, they will not affect you. Because pain and problems will not give you tension if you do not pay any heed to them, as they are ineffective without your attention. For that it is essential to keep your mind fill with positive thoughts.

the Mani Mantra

One more thing, recalling your good deeds from the past is one way to alleviate your suffering in the present. Above all Pure mind Buddhism develops a positive approach in us. Guru has given us a tremendous device to surmount our sufferings. Let us utilize it in driving away the agony of life. Everyone has to leave this transient world. Do not worry; be happy for our previous births and our pious deeds that we have taken birth in human form and for having being the disciple of the Guru, the Buddha of our time.

Pure mind Buddhism develops a positive approach in us

Om Mani Padme Hum.

May all sentient beings be happy.

Long live our Guru along with his consort.

Tantra Sutradaka

Avinash Kumar Srivastava

  1. Mật Thủy
    Mật Thủy says:

    Dear Tantra Sutradaka,

    I’m sympathising with your restraint of physical health because of age, as well as the sufferings of our dharma friend, Paul Monagham. However, your resistance and faith in Guru and the Three Jewels by your right understanding foundation impressed me. I believe that is your main motivation which helps you overcome the barriers from practising reading and commenting on chanhtuduy.com, and then sharing your contemplation after reading.

    I’m thankful for your sharing. Besides your encouraging to Paul Monagham, you also motivate me on the Dharma path once we have our Guru’s six marvellous inventions and his compassionate guiding. Pure Mind Yoga that Guru is teaching us will help us to purify our mind day by day, replacing negative thoughts (that lead to sufferings) by pure thoughts (mindfulness – connecting to Guru, Buddha, Dharma, Shanga), helping us surmount our sufferings. So we can’t let “the so-called death take rest” without doing anything, but always prepare, prepare and prepare ourselves by practising dharma regularly with reading and commenting on chanhtuduy.com.

    May Guru and your consort, Ms Mat Dieu good health and longevity for the benefit of all sentient beings.

    May the Covid-19 epidemic will soon come to an end and may all sentient beings be free from suffering.

    Om mani padme hum!

    • Nguyên Thành
      Nguyên Thành says:

      I think he is a normal human, I want to advise him don’t the grass grow under his feet!

  2. Mật Thủy
    Mật Thủy says:

    Dear Holy Guru,

    I see it as your reminding to all of us to practise Dharma diligently by reading and commenting on chanhtuduy.com for our own sakes. Thank you, Guru.

    Om mani padme hum!

  3. Mật Nhất Nguyên says:

    Dear Tantra Sutradaka,

    I have read your article. I’m sorry to hear about the situation at Patna and Biharsharif and pray, to the Yidam diety through the channel of  the Guru, for the recovering of the victims. May all who have died be reborn in a good realm.

    Through your writing, I understand that Dharma can help overcoming our agony. The lady in the story has overcome her agony of losing her child. By the teaching of the Buddha, she realized the reality of death and came to accept it. The pain that she and many people in the world are going through are the motivation for me to practice the Buddha’s Dharma, following the Guru for the benefit of myself and all sentient beings.

    May the Guru and his Consort have good health for the benefits of all sentient beings. May Tantra Sutradaka achieve all rightful wishes. May all sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha’s nature. May the Corona pandemic will soon be over. May the historical flood at Patna and Biharsharif will soon be over.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  4. Tantra Mashita says:

    Dear holy, respected and honorable guru,

    I bow my head down for you !

    Thank you so much for sharing this letter with us. It’s a great article I really liked it so much ! The story of the woman who came to Buddha is a great, unique and fabulous story and it contains a lot of lessons for us if we understood it well sure meanwhile I really want to take advantage of the opportunity and wish the speedy recovery for Mr. Paul “after your permission sure” my dear holy guru. Unfortunately the suffering is inevitable in the life as long as there’s a life there’ll be a suffering ! In the dhammapada there’s a verse says ” what pleasure is there for one who sees these white bones like gourds thrown away in the autumn? a fortress is made out of the bones, plastered over with flesh and blood, and in it lives old age and death, pride and deceit ” also another verse says “the glorious chariots of the kings wear out, the body also comes to old age, but the virtue of good people never ages, thus the good teach each other ” thank you so much again dear holy, respected and honorable guru.

    May you have good health and live long for the benefit of all sentient beings.

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

    May the pandemic caused by corona virus soon end

    Om Mani Padme Hum

  5. Mật Đăng Tâm says:

    Dear holy Guru!
    I have read this article. I rejoice with the shares of dharma friend Tantra Sutradaka.
    The event happened in Tantra Sutradaka ‘s place of residence, a story of Buddha’s time about the mother who lost her beloved child, or the cancer that reader Paul Monaghan was suffering from… make me remember a saying that general idea: “Although people do not want to suffer but everyone must suffers”. I understand that, the medicine to treat suffering completely is Dhrama and Pure Mind Yoga is special medicine for all of us, the slow beings of this age. I pray we always treasure that precious medicine.
    Thank you Tantra Sutradaka for sharing this writing.
    May Guru and your consort have good health and live long for the sake of sentient beings.
    May Covid -19 pandemic will end soon.
    May all of beings be free from suffering.
    Om Mani Padme Hum

  6. Mật Minh Ánh (7 years old) says:

    Dear Guru

    I have read the article “Letter from lndia: pure mind yoga helps us to surmount our sufferings”
    Thanks Tantra Sutradaka for writing the article.
    I pray for longevity for Guru and Ms. Mat Dieu for the sake of sentient beings.
    I pray that sentient beings can drink the nectar essence.
    Pray for the Corona pandemic to be soon eradicated.
    Om Ah Hum

  7. Tantra Pramitdhita (Josh Hacker) says:

    Tantra Sutradaka,

    Thank you for writing and sharing “Letter from India: Pure mind yoga helps to surmount our sufferings”. It is true that with diligent practice and blessings from the Yidam given through the transmission channel of Guru, we are able to have a successful life. When I say this I don’t only mean success with worldly affairs. I also mean, more importantly, success in our spiritual and mental path. Guru is our “light at the end of the tunnel” and he shows us the true path. All we must do is follow his guidance.
    May you have a blessed and peaceful day.

    May Guru live a long and healthy life for the sake of all sentient beings

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

    May the global pandemic caused by the corona virus soon end

    Om Mani Padme Hum

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