Mar 20, 2018

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Letter from India: Through Kasi Bharadvaha Sutta, reflecting on the significance of Guru’s teachings. (Thư từ Ấn Độ: Từ kinh người cày ruộng cảm niệm về lời dạy của Thầy)

Revd. Holy Gurujee

Charan sparsh

Tantra Sutradaka and Vajra brothers are listening to Guru’s sermon

I was trying to read this paper for several daysbut because of domestic engagement particularly with my grand daughter could allow me to complete it many time I had to leave the half read paper. Only because of the mild but repeated reminder of my friend Rose Tran I could read it as it cultivated in me an urge to read it. I am thankfull to him who not only provided an occasion to read your paper but also cultivated an inclination in me to go through the Buddha’s teachings. In this way I consider him my Kalyanmitta.

Guurujee before I present my opinion on this wonderful paper  i would like to mention two things (I) It reminds me the Buddha’s Diolog in Kasi Bhardwaj Sutta where in he has equeted the holy path with the farmer’s cultivation of the land. Herein He has said that as the farmers in order to pre pare land to sow the seeds the farmers till the land throughly so that the seed donot get any obstruction in sprouting. Then the farmer waters the land after certain intervals, sothat seeds may get nutrition and water properly. then the farmer weeds out theunfavourale plants from the farm inorder tohelp the plants to grow properly. In the same way we do spiritual cultivation in the mind field of a yogavacar or a devotee and prepare him to understand the Dhamma and enable him to attain the summumbonum of life.

The holy path like the farmer’s cultivation of the land

Secondly, when in course of development man enters from hunter age to tillage he cleared the jungles and made them suitable for stay and living purpose. then he started farming in order to fill his belly as he was fade up with the uncetenty of meals in hunting and wanted to have apermanent solution of food, habitat and liberate from the tiresome struggle of existance. Rgular  hezardus hunting had tired him. and there comes the age of cultivation. Here in the the normative behaviour, ethical codes and moral value cropped up. It is the age of cultivation that set up the rules and rgulation, norms for living peaceful and in harmony in society that have led the human society to the modern civilasation. since the track prepared by the Great Masters have lost in the blind race of mattarial achievments and the humanity has arrived at the brink of self destruction, the time has come to have a perusal of the teachings of the Master that will help the humanity not only to save our existance but also to sublimate the cosmic aswell as personal condition. In this conext the article is of great importance.

Guru and Tantra Sutradaka at Song Nguyen Tantra House

Buddha has provided a spirirtual dimension to this term cultivation wherein he has tried to spot light that before we start moving on the path of emanicipation we must inculcate certain values, virtues and decipline that may give a sublime dimentoin to mind and body civilize in behavour aned receptiv to the teachings leading to liberation, As normally farmer prepares the land to suit the seeds to sprout and grow.

Gurujee has divide the path of the spiritual cultivation in four parts I Self cultivation wherein the mental and physical fiel of the devotee is trained tobe receptive to the teaching and the Path. Self cultivation is the last stage also wher the devotee endevours for his emancipation himself without any guru as Buddha left his Gurujee Alar Kalam amd Udakk Ramputta and endavoure for His personal uplift. That is why He says you have to endevour yourself Tathagat is simpl to guied you.

The intermediary stages of Gradual culti vation and Diligent cultivation have a very important role in preparin the monks to understand the Dhamma  train the mind and uplift spiritually so that the devotee  may continue on the path of his own.

Self cultivation is the last stage

A very important thing has to be remembered that doing the superficial things will not lead any one to emancipation. In fact by practising  spiritual cultavation, particularly in Gradual or diligent stage the practisenor achives some super normal powers. One should get delued to it as these will lead the devotee astre and he will fall from the grace. Such type of people desplay miracle and very many things an leave the path. Guru Jee has asked catagorally not to glued to it and leave these as these are impdements of epiritual development. These things will give one the mindane name and fame but not the liberation from the bondage.

Tantra Sutradaka


Vietnamese translation: Thư từ Ấn Độ: Từ kinh người cày ruộng cảm niệm về lời dạy của Thầy

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  1. Tantra Mahavita says:
    Querido Santo Guru: Me postro a los pies del Guru. Muchas gracias por compartir sus articulos. Que nuestro Amado Guru viva una vida  feliz para beneficio de todos los seres sintientes. Que todos los seres sintientes disfruten de la felicidad y la raiz de la felicidad. .Puedan ser libres de sufrimiento y de la raiz del sufrimiento. Que no esten separados de la gran felicidad carente de sufrimiento. Que habiten en la ecuanimidad . libre de pasion , agresion y prejuicios. Que la bondad y la compasion y de la sabiduria de la no dualidad. Que la preciosa Bodhichita haya nacido en aquellos donde no lo es. Puede que Bodhichita una vez que nazca no decaiga y se expanda mas y mas. Que el precioso espiritu del despertar nazca en aquellos donde no esta, Que una vez que nazca , no se deteriore y aumente cada vez mas. OM MANI PADME HUM
  2. Lan Trần says:
    Dear Tantra Sutradaka,

    I am delighted to your thoughts throughout this article. Thank you so much for your sharing.

    May you have a good health and a spiritual life of happiness.

    May the Guru and his consort live long.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  3. Tantra Upatissa says:
    Dear Guru thanks for sharing this article.

    Felt very happy to read Tantra Sutradaka understanding on dharma teaching.

    He may get all favourable conditions for practising dharma.

    May all beings practice wholeheartedly and develop themselves in path of liberation.

    May Guru live long and get enlightened.

    May all beings be free from suffering and get enlightened.

    Om Mani Padme Hum..

  4. Jenniferroberts says:
    Dear Tantra sutradaka,

    That you for sharing your beautiful thoughts and explanations. Om Mani Padme Hum

  5. Dear Tantra Sutradaka,

    I am delighted to read your writing. Thank you for your sharing and I hope to read more your articles in the future.

    May you have a good health and your legitimate aspirations will be come true.

    May Holy Guru and his consort live long for sake of all sentient beings.

    May all sentient beings could attain happiness of Buddhahood.

    Om ah hum.

  6. Triệu Quốc Quân (Quảng Ninh) says:
    Dear respected Guru,

    I am delighted with this article.

    Thank you so much for your sharing.

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

    May all sentient beings be surrounded by the Three Jewels

    Om mani padme hum

     

  7. Vũ Thúy Vân(Quảng ninh) says:
    Dear holy Guru,

    I really rejoice in reading Tantra Sutradaka’s article.

    Thank you very much for your posting.

    May Guru and Dakini Mat Dieu live long for the mission of flourishing dharma everywhere.

    May all sentient beings be surrounded by the Three Jewels.

    Om mani padme hum .

  8. Trần Thu Hiền (Quảng Ninh) says:
    Dear holy Guru,

    I am impressed by Tantra Sutradaka’s article . Thank you so much for your sharing . May Guru and Dakini Mat Dieu live long for the mission of flourising dharma everywhere. May all sentient being be free from suffering and its causes.

    May Tantra Sutradaka be blessed by the Three Jewels.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  9. Bùi Hoàng Việt (Quảng Ninh) says:
    Dear holy Guru,

    I realy refoice in reading Tantra Suteadaka’s article. Thank you so much for your sharing.

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

    May all sentient beings be free from suffering and its causes.

    May Tantra Sutradaka be blessed by the Three Jewels.

    Om Mani padme hum

  10. Dr C H Lakshminarayan says:
    Buddha is my life

    Dharma is my way

    Sangha is my Spirit

    Respected Guruji, I bow my head at the lotus feet of Guruji.

    I am Tantra Nirvadeva

    This article mainly focused on ” Kasi Bharadwaja Sutra” of Buddhist Scripture and throws light on ” Alms-giving ” and ” Alms-giving “!

    One day during his daily Alms-rounds,  as usual, approched a brahmin farmer by name Kasi Bharadwaj who was ploughing and cultivating his lands  in the hot  Sun and  stood before him with his bowl in his hands. Looking at him the farmer asked Buddha ” why don’t you work hard and earn your bread and butter.You are not disabled , young and physically fit. Why do you waste your Precious time being lazy and lead an easy going Life like this. Look at me!  I cultvate my land. I am ploughing and do sow, having ploughed and sow I eat.you also should sweat and work hard and you should eat”.

    Buddha replied, ” oh ! Brahmin, l do plough, and do sow. I also cultivate and having ploughed and sow I eat. ”

    Brahmin replied, ” you profess to be a ploughed,yet, we do not see your plow.”

    Buddha gave an everlasting and noteworthy reply, ” oh ! Brahmin, I also cultivate mind. Faith is my seed, austerity the rain, wisdom my yoke and plough, modesty is the pole, mind the strap, mindfulness is my plowstone and goal.”!

    ” Exertion, my team in yoke, draws me to  Nibbana’s security and on it goes without stopping whither gone one does not suffer.!”

    On hearing this, Kasi Bharadwaj  prostrated,, at the feet of Buddha. There after he became a follower of Buddha. Later on he became an Arhat.

    The conclusion is one should not, with an air of superiority complexion, look at the ‘ Alms-reciever’ and talk loosely!. On the other hand, it is an opportunity and chance given by the recipient to the Alms-giving person to liquidate his wealth (amassed , of course, by right way) for Renunciation , the first step in the path of Liberation.!

    It is to be worth remembering here Alms-giving ( Dana) is the first factor among the five Perfections.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Long live our beloved Guruji for upholding Dharma.

    Dr C H Lakshminarayan.

  11. Mật Hải Nguyệt( Quảng Ninh ) says:
    Dea holy Guru,

    I am happy to read this artidel. Thank you so much for your teaching . May Guru and Daniki Mat Dieu live long for the misson of flourising dharma everywhere. May all sentient beings be surrounded the three jewels .

    Om mani padme hum .

  12. Dear Tantra Sutradaka,

    I’m really delighted with your good deeds in dharma sharing after reading the article “Guru Thinley Nguyen Thanh: How are self-cultivation, gradual cultivation and diligent cultivation? How are gradual cultivation, diligent cultivation and sefl-cultivation?”.

    Your sharings with the thoughts of the farmer and the hunter help me and the other vajra brothers inscribe the teachings of Guru about the process of self-cultivation, gradual cultivation, diligent cultivation, and self-cultivation in which the most basic and important foundation is true devotion to the Holy Guru for keeping the self-motivation movement in practicing dharma is not deviated from the right orbit of Dharma, in order to achieve the ultimate goal.

    Thank you so much for good writing. May you have a good health and achieve the legitimate wishes.

    Dear Holy Guru,

    I’m so grateful to your compassion for guiding us on the spiritual way in this precious life. May the Holy Guru and his consort have a good health and live long for the sake of all sentient beings.

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

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