Jul 17, 2017

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Letter from India: THE STORY ABOUT A RAT AND TWO PIECES OF CLOTH (Câu chuyện về con chuột và mảnh vải)

Letter from India: THE STORY ABOUT A RAT AND TWO PIECES OF CLOTH (Câu chuyện về con chuột và mảnh vải)

Respected Guruji,

I bow my head at the lotus feet of Guruji.
I am delighted to read the letter by Mat Thuy. Guru is the foundation stone in the construction of Tantric Mansion of Vajrayana Buddhism. If the foundation is not firm and strong,,the whole Mansion may fall down in future However big it maybe!. Hence,one who steps in to the door of this Mansion should develop Guru Devotion Primarily. ” Devotion to Guru” is different from “Attachment to Guru”. Any kind of attachment is against the Main principals of Buddhism (namely, renunciation, Bodhicitta, Emptiness) !
Today’s disciple is tomorrow’s  Guru.!      Therefore, one has to follow guidance of Guru with intense Devotion to Guru and try to Practice right Dharma INDEPENDENTly  according to Guru’s guide lines and not totally become a parasite on the back of for everything like food and shelter etc.as some lay Practicioners do !. This will again Push you another type of samsara ( Bandhan).
At this juncture, I will tell a Story :
One Man wanted to renunciate everything, cut off from samsara Bandhan and went to a forest, constructed a small hut out of branches of forest trees and started living there involved in continuous meditation and Dharma practices. His sacrifice of worldly things is to that extent, he was not wearing any clothes on the body except a small triangular piece of cloth (langoti) to cover his genital organs !. Only there were two pieces like that for change alternatively whenever he takes bath every day  in a river that flows near the hut.After taking bath he used to wash that underwear piece of cloth and put it on a wire hanging in the hut for drying purpose.Days passed. A rat entered his hut and started living there itself and night times used to cut his underwears by mouth and tear into pieces  ! .he used to have no clothes to wear. There was no option but to bring a cat to control this rat menace and kept with him taking its care !.For that cat to feed milk was a necessity. So he brought a milk giving cow and it’s offspring. Now,for milking the cow and to look after its offspring , a maid servant was a necessity ! So he married a lady.! Thus though he left samsara and came to the forest to live an isolated life to do Spiritual Practices,he is attached to a new samsara compelled by necessity! So what I want to Impress is Guru’s Devotion is a must but not to the extent of becoming a total dependence and attachment !
It may be adifficult for you to reach Buddha, because you are for away from Him! But hold his hand and walk with him, he will take you step by step to Buddha.!
Long live our Guruji.
OM Mani padme hum.
Dr. C H Lakshminarayan.
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Bản dịch tiếng Việt (Bởi Mật Diệu Hằng)

C H Lakshminarayan

“Kính bạch Thầy tâm linh tôn quý,

Con xin cúi đầu đảnh lễ dưới chân sen của Thầy.

Con rất hoan hỷ khi được đọc bài viết của đạo huynh Mật Thủy. Đạo sư là nền móng để xây dựng lâu đài giác ngộ cho hành giả Mật thừa. Nếu nền móng không vững chắc thì lâu đài sẽ bị sụp đổ trong tương lai cho dù lâu đài đó có lớn như thế nào đi nữa. Do vậy, bất kỳ ai muốn bước vào cánh cửa lâu đài giác ngộ thì phải luôn trưởng dưỡng lòng sùng kính Đạo sư với niềm tin kiên cố, đó là điều kiện tiên quyết. Tuy nhiên, sùng kính Đạo sư khác xa với “chủ nghĩa Bổn sư”. Bất kỳ một sự bám chấp nào (kể cả dính mắc vào chủ nghĩa Bổn sư) đều trái ngược với tinh thần của đạo Phật (xả ly, bồ đề tâm và tánh không).

Không có Thầy thì không có học trò. Vì vậy, học trò phải tuân theo lời chỉ dạy của Đạo sư với lòng sùng mộ chân thành và tinh tấn tự lực hành pháp. Học trò tuân theo lời dạy của Đạo sư theo quỹ đạo chánh Pháp, chứ không phải tự biến mình thành nô lệ tâm linh, trở thành ký sinh trùng sống dựa vào vị Thầy trên bình diện thế gian, nhằm mưu cầu những tư lợi thế gian như thực phẩm, nơi nghỉ….như một số Phật tử đang làm. Sùng kính vị Thầy là nền tảng giác ngộ nhưng nếu học trò sùng kính vị Thầy vì mục đích thế gian với tâm thế tục thì họ tự đẩy mình vào luân hồi lục đạo khác.

Con xin phép được chia sẻ câu chuyện như sau:

Một người muốn xả ly hoàn toàn mọi điều liên quan đến thế sự, quyết tâm tu tập để cắt đứt luân hồi sinh tử. Anh ta vào trong rừng sâu, xây một túp lều nhỏ trên một cái cây và bắt đầu thực hành thiền định và tinh tấn hành pháp. Anh ta xả ly tất cả những gì liên quan đến thế gian, thậm chỉ anh ta không mặc quần áo mà chỉ che thân bằng một miếng vải nhỏ. Anh ta có hai mảnh vải như vậy để thay đổi mỗi khi tắm giặt trên con sông cạnh túp lều nơi anh ta ở. Thông thường, sau khi tắm giặt xong, anh ta phơi mảnh vải lên sợi dây treo trước túp lều.

Nhiều ngày trôi qua, anh ta sống và thực hành pháp như vậy. Một hôm, có con chuột vào túp lều của anh ta và sống trong đó. Ban đêm, con chuột cắn nát mảnh vải cuối cùng của anh ta. Vì vậy, anh ta không còn miếng vải nào để che thân. Để đối trị với sự phá phách của con chuột, anh ta nuôi một con mèo, và anh ta lại phải chăm sóc con mèo. Con mèo thì cần phải có sửa để uống hàng ngày, nên anh ta mua thêm một con bò sữa. Và con bò sữa này lại có con. Vì vậy, cần phải có người vắt sửa và nuôi mấy chú bê con nên anh ta cần có một người giúp việc. Và cuối cùng anh ta đã cưới cô giúp việc.

Như vậy, mặc dù anh ta tránh xa cuộc sống thế tục, đi vào rừng, sống một mình, xa lánh mọi người để thực hành pháp, nhưng anh ta lại mắc phải một vòng luân hồi khác do nhu cầu thế tục. 

Do đó, theo con hiểu sùng kính vị Thầy là điều cần thiết, tối quan trọng, nhưng hành giả phải thực hành sùng kính Đạo sư thuần thành chứ không phải rơi vào chủ nghĩa Bổn sư, trở thành nô lệ tâm linh vì mục đích phàm tục.

Tóm lại, một hành giả không kết nối với Đạo sư theo đúng quỹ đạo chánh pháp thì không thể viên thành đạo quả. Vì vậy, hành giả nên nương tựa vào Đạo sư, tin tưởng vào Đạo sư, bước theo chân Ngài, Ngài sẽ dẫn dắt học trò từng bước vào thành phố giác ngộ, viên thành Phật quả.

Con thành tâm cầu nguyện Thầy trụ thế lâu dài.

Om Mani Padme Hum.

Kính thư!

Con – C H Lakshminarayan.”

  1. Dear CH. Lakshmilarayan

    I am interested in this comment of yours and impressed with your illustrative story. It reminds me of a Buddhist story which goes that long long time ago, there’s a young man who was following a Buddhist master. One day, he was making tea for his master when he heard the master cried out. He hurriedly ran to the Master’s place and found out that it is because the Master sat on a needle that was left unremoved from the seat cushion. He suddenly felt disappointed with this “reality”, citing the Master must at least possess some miracles or power and would never feel such a physical hurt like that. He sadly packed up his belongings and said goodbye to the Master. The Master said nothing and felt sorry for this poorly unknowledgable disciple. This story again demonstrates the difference between Guru devotion and Guruism that many practitioners are misunderstanding. We respect and devote to the Guru for his discerned knowledge of liberation and his compassion rather than other worldly attractions like his tiltle, academic degrees or material conditions. Hence, I fully agree with you that “Guru devotion” is a must but not to the extent of becoming a total dependence and attachment.” Thank you very much for this interesting comment.

     May the Guru and his consort live long for the sake of sentient beings

    May all sentient beings achieve the happiness of Buddha nature.

    Om Ah Hum

  2. Dear C H Lakshmilarayan,

    Thanks for sharing your thought about the differences between “Devotion to Guru” and “attached to Guru” and the precious story about the rat and two pieces of clothes.

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

    May all sentient beings achieve the happiness of Buddha nature.

    Om Mani Padme Hum!

  3. Mật Chánh Tấn says:

    Dear C H Lakshminarayan,

    I am rejoinced to read your letter, especially the story you have shared. The story shows that a discipline really needs a Guru who will guide him on the path of liberation. More importantly, in order not to encounter any mistake on the path of liberation, the discipline really needs to nuture his devotion towards the Guru through listening to the Guru’s teaching, admire his wisdom and methods of practicing Dharma. Because if the discipline does not do this, he may easily act in accordance with his personal mind, make the wrong decisions which may result to heavy consequences.  I fully agree with you that “Guru devotion” is a must but not the extent of becoming total dependence and attachment. Therefore, Guru Rinpoche has taught us “The enlightened one does not have any definite appearance for easy recognition; The defrauder on the contrary owns much hypocrisy that hard to recognize, do not make a mistake between gold and copper “(According to Guru Rinpoche’s teaching on the Nature Perfect Sutra).

    Thank you for your interesting comment. I hope you will read more articles on Chanhtuduy.com and share your thoughs with us.

    May the Guru and his consort live for the sake of sentient beings.

    May all sentient beings achieve the happines of Buddha nature.

    Om Mani Padme Hum!

  4. Dear C H Lakshminarayan,

    I take a great delight to read your writing.

    Your story is very interesting. It proves that Buddhist practitioners have an attached mind on worldly things, they can not cut off the rope of samsara eventhough they live far away from the mandune world. The man in your story abandoned the worldly things but his mind still attaches to samsara with mundane thoughts, so he can not free from samsara. Buddhism acknowledges attachment as the root cause of our suffering. Our attachments results in our cravings. Our cravings lead to suffering as we fail repeatedly in our attempts to cling to objects of sensual pleasure and avoid their opposite.

    Likewise, Tantric practitioners make devotion to Guru with impure conception and worldly mind, they fall into the state of attachment to Guru, which leads them to samsara. As a saying goes: “as you sow, you will reap”. You sow the impure conception and mundane mind towards Guru, of course, you must get the result in samsara. Guru is the foundation of mansion of liberation, Guru’s mind is as pure as Buddha’s mind. With impure mind, how can we connect with Guru’s mind? Obviously, attachment to Guru with worldly purpose, Tantric practitioners can not get enlightenment.

    Therefore, in order to get enlightenment, Tantric practitioners should follow the Guru’s guidance with pure mind and right attitudes. Lama Zopa wrote about the nine attitudes of devotion to the Guru:

    1, That of a filial child. Like a filial child, one thoroughly carries out the instructions of the Guru without the slightest deviation.

    2, That of a Vajra. Like a Vajra that cannot be split apart, even when facing division created by devils or bad associates, one will never split away from the Guru.

    3, That of the Earth. Like the Earth carrying everything in the world, one shoulders all assignments ordered by the Guru.

    4, That of the Iron Circle of Mountains. Like everlasting mountains, while abiding under the patronage of the Guru one endures hardships and sufferings without ever swaying in one’s determination.

    5, That of a servant. Like an obedient servant, even when one is obliged to carry out very difficult assignments one holds no grudges in one’s heart.

    6, That of a sweeper. Like a humble sweeper, one renounces self-pride and regards oneself as inferior to the Guru.

    7, That of a rope. Like a continuous rope, one rejoices in carrying on the Dharma activities of the Guru, regardless of its degree of difficulty and heaviness of load.

    8, That of a domestic dog. Like a loyal dog, even when the Guru ridicules, irritates or ignores one, one never responds with anger.

    9, That of a boat. Like a ferry one goes back and forth on the Guru’s assignments without any discontent.

    May Guru and his consort have a good health and live long for the benefit of all sentient beings.

    May C H Lakshminarayan achieve the all wishes due to your diligent cultivation.

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  5. Dear C H Lakshminarayan!

    I am delighted to read your article.

    I agree with you that “Devotion to Guru” is diffirent from “Attachment to Guru”. Because devotion to Guru will help Buddhist practitioners to liberation, enlightenment but attachment to Guru will make Buddhist practitioners continue in samsara.

    I hope you will read more articles on Chanhtuduy.com and share your thoughs with us.

    May all sentient beings achieve the happiness of Buddha’s nature. Om Ah Hum!

  6. Dear DR CH Lakshminarayan,

    I am very happy to read your article. The article proves the different between “Devotion to Guru” with “Attachment to Guru”. When you make “Devotion to Guru” with pure conception, day by day, you can connect Buddha’s mind. Because Guru’s mind is as pure as Buddha’s mind. Therefore, with pure mind, hold Guru with hand, walk with him, follow his guidance, step by step to Buddha. The story is interesting, begin with the rat an finish with a lady, and he attached to a new samsara by necessity.

    Thank for your article, I hope I can read more of your  beautiful comments on chanhtuduy.com.

    May the Guru and his consort be healthy and long live for the sake of sentiens being.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  7. Dear CH Lakshmilarayan,
    Thank you for sharing your thougt about the difference between “ Devotion to Guru” and “Attachment to Guru” and your interesting story about a rat and two pieces of clouths. We have clear in our mind that Guru devotion is the root not only of ultimate success, achieving full enlightenment and bringing sentient beings to the ultimate happiness of liberation and enlightenment, but also of temporary success and happiness. Guru devotion must be sincere and Devoting with thought means seeing the guru as a buddha, an enlightened being. If we try practice right Dharma according to Guru’ guide lines because of everything like food, shelter etc., we never can be associated with precious holy Guru.
    Thank you very much for your comment.
    May the Guru and his consort live long for the sake of sentient beings.
    May all sentient beings achieve happiness of Buddha nature.
    Om mani padme hum.

     

     

  8. Dear C H Lakshmiranayan!

    I’m very happy to read your sharing and the story about a rat and two pieces of cloth. Thanks to the Guru’s teaching, although we maybe clear in our mind that Guru devotion is the foundation not only of achieving ultimate success but also of temporary happiness, we’re easily misunderstanding between Guruism and Guru devotion. I totally agree with you that “disciple has to follow guidance of Guru with intense devotion to Guru and try to practice right Dharma independently according to Guru’s guide lines and not totally become a parasite on the pack of for everything like food and shelter etc.. as some lay practictioners do.”

    I would like to express my gratitude to you for your sharing! I hope to read more sharing from you!

    I’m elated by Mat Dieu Hang’s translation!

    May Guru and his consort live long for the sake of all sentient beings!

    May all beings achieve the happiness of Buddhahood!

  9. Dear CH Lakshminarayan,

    I’m delighted with your sharing. I’m especially impressed by your story. It’s a little funny, but it helps the practitioner awaken of “renounce what needs renouncing”. Concerning to Guru devotion, we need consider it carefully to avoid becoming “a parasite on the back of for everything like food, shelter, ect”. We should devote to the Guru with a pure mind to build the foundation of liberation, instead of depending and attaching to the Guru for mundane purposes, worldly attachments, for our self-love, this just push ourselves into another cycle of reincarnation.

    May I and other Vajra brothers develop a sincere and pure mind devotion to Guru.

    Thank you for your sharing. Thank you Mat Dieu Hang for this smooth translation.

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

    Om mani padme  hum!

  10. Dear C H Lakshminarayan,

    I am happy to read your letter from India: “The story about a rat and two pieces of cloth”.

    I like your sharing about the difference between “Devotion to Guru” and “Attachment to Guru”. I agree with you “Guru’s Devotion is a must but not to the extent of becoming a total dependence and attachment”.

    Thank you for your sharing. I hope you will share your thought about more   articles on chanhtuduy.com with us.

    I rejoice in Mat Dieu Hang’s good deed of translation.

    May the Guru and his consort long live for the benefit of all sentient beings.

    May C H Lakshminarayan have good health and fulfill all your wishes.

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum!

  11. Mật Đăng Tâm says:

    Dear CH Lakshminarayan

    I am delighted to read your writing, especially your interesting story about a rat and two pieces of cloth. The man in the story is an example that can be seen as outward but not inward renunciation. So as you say, he left this samsara and he is attached to a new samsara. It reminds me the words of Master Gampopa that the holy Guru teached: Return to the life of a household and this is a grievous failure. I also have clear in my mind that in fact, there are many Buddhist who get grievous failure because of not having the Guru ‘s guidance or not having the Guru devotion. I agree with you that “it may difficult for you to read Buddha, because you are for away from Him! But hold his hand and walk with him, he will take you step by step to Bubbha”. Thank you for your sharing.

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

    May all sentient beings achive the happiness of Bubbha hood.

    Om Mani Padme Hum

  12. Tantra Dorji says:

    Thanks for sharing ….om Mani madme hum

     

    • Nguyên Thành says:

      Hi! I dont see you for a long time! How are you?

      • Tantra Dorji says:

        I’m fine guru la. Hope guru too good. Last few days I’m little busy doing work la. So i missed to open and read gurus gold word la. I pray guru to be live long live for the sake of all sentient being and the teaching of guru will florish each and every parts of world. Thanks for guru for creating such a page which is very helpful in life n after life too la.

        • Nguyên Thành says:

          After reading of your comment I don’t worry. Care your health, please!

  13. Mật Kính says:

    Dear CH Lakshmiranayan!

    Im so happy to read your article and the your story about a rat and two pieces of cloth. So it it important to have a Guru and he will guide you and teach you on the path of liberation, and so much important to have the devotion toward the Guru, but also different between “ Devotion to Guru” and “ Attachment to Guru”.

    May the Guru and his consort long live  for benefil for all sentient being

    May CH Lakshminarayan the blessing all the wishes and ultimate in next life

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

    OM AH HUM

  14.  Tantra Mahavita says:

    Querido Guru : La historia es muy interesante , muchas gracias por compartirla. Estoy totalmente de acuerdo con ustedes que el discipulo tiene que seguir la guia del Guru con intensa devocion al Guru e intentar de practicar el Dharma correctamente , pero no convertirse en un parasito. Debemos dedicar al Guru con una mente pura para construir el fundamento de la liberacion en vez de depender y unir al Guru para propositos mundanos, apegos mundanos , por nuestro amor propio . Que yo y otros hermanos Vajra desarrollemos una sincera y pura devocion a la mente del Guru. Que el Guru tenga salud y pueda vivir muchos años para beneficio de todos los seres sintientes . Que todos los seres esten libres de sufrimiento y sus causas . Que todos los seres encuentren la felicidad y sus causas . OM MANI PADME HUM

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