Sep 27, 2018

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THE STORY ON THE TRAIN (Câu chuyện trên xe lửa)

Revered Gurujee

Om Mani Padme Hum

I bow before you

ITA’s Director – Master Thinley Nguyen Thanh

For last a few days I am badly busy in some academic/nonacademic works.  It may continue for another two/ three weeks. I am virtually staying at Patna and coming to the college either bus or by train regularly. Yesterday, while coming to Biharsharif for attending my college it was a crowed rail compartment wherein people were talking on religious topics like heaven and hell, God, soul, prayer and worship, etc.  One gentle man out of sudden slapped a question on me, “Sir I know a man who goes to the temple daily, worships there for hours, but his activities are not pious. He is very unkind and cruel. What is your opinion about him?” Spontaneously I said a popular proverb “Near from the temple far from the heaven and vice versa, far from the temple near from the heaven”. Our co-passengers smiled and one of them asked,” What does it mean?” I replied, “Visiting every day five times to the temple and praying God for personal benefit does not make one holy or pious. Religiosity does not mean visiting temples and praying God, it also entails to be pure from within in thought and action. It also means to be kind for all the sentient beings. When compassion for others and empathetic feeling does not arise, going the temple and praying God for one’s selfish ends is useless. On the contrary a man living far away from the temple, eventually not visiting the temple because of its distance, but  is kind and compassionate and remembers God’s grace, in real sense of the term, is religious and is destined to go haven as well as happy in this life.  Another passenger asked, how is it possible without God’s grace, or without prayer and worship? I said, it happens in two situations. Either you had been pious and pure, kind and compassionate in your earlier life. Your good deeds and virtuous merit of last life is emerging in this life which has reappeared in this life. Secondly, if you have very good friend or Guru to guide you properly, to walk on the right path, in that case even your being far from the temple will bring you near the heaven. The Guru, good friend (Kalyanmitta) or virtuous companion play a very important role in shaping your future in the brightest of the colours of virtue, religiosity, kindness, compassion and pious thoughts. After having a Kalyanmitta the gates of heaven or happiness in this life, becomes wide open. So for me, “Near with the Kalyanmitta near by the heaven and happiness”. Hence far from the Guru or Kalyanmitta entails far from the both. Instantly one passenger asked do you have any kalyanmitta? I said yes. One is my Guru and other who is instrumental in meeting with the Guru. One shares religious lessons the other sends it to me. The second one pricks me all the time to write the comment if i delay and thus keeps me on the right track and does not allow me to go astray. I am one of the luckiest men of this world. One person asked, out curiosity, “Where do they live?” I replied in Vietnam. They were astonished. They wanted to know more about my Guru and friend but by that time we had arrived Biharsharif station. I got down assuring them, rest in the next meeting, as they all were daily passengers.

Tantra Sutradaka

It was a nice journey. Remembering the God and the Guru I arrived my destination. I was happy from within. I wrote it down in the night as I voluntarily did not go back to Patna. Since I am a bad typist and so is my laptop, it took long time in typing my memories in short.

Om Mani Padme Hum

May all sentient beings be happy

Long live my Guru

Tantrasutradaka (Avinash Kumar Srivastava)


Vietnamese translation: Thư Ấn Độ: CÂU CHUYỆN TRÊN XE LỬA

  1. Dear Tantra Sutradaka,

    I am delighted to read your article.

    It was a nice journey when you could help co-passengers understand about the importance of having a Kalyanamitra and you shared the pride about the Holy Guru, a Guru living in Vietnam. Commuting to pagoda or temple everyday could not help people change their mind and their lives. It also doesn’t make people’s behavior or gesture get polite or kind as the man in the story. The reason is they have neither right method to practice Dharma nor a Guru, a Kalyanamitra to guide them.

    Obviously, being near to a Kalyanamitra could bring many benefits like the Thogme Gangpo taught “Relying on the Kalyanamitra, faults will be exhausted, and virtuous qualities will increase; cherishing Guru even more than one’s own body. It is the Bodhisattva’s practice”. When we think about the Guru, remember the Guru’s teachings and try to follow what he said, it also means we are near to him although we live in a far place in terms of geography. By contrast, even we live near the Guru, but the things he taught we do not follow, it means we are far from him.

    Thank you for your share and hopefully we can read more articles from you.

    May all sentient beings achieve happiness of Buddhahood.

    Om ah hum.

  2. Dr. C H Lakshmi narayan. says:

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Dear Tantra Sutradaka,  I am delighted to read your article on the story on the train where references are made so many times about  God, God’s grace, soul, hell and heaven etc.

    I bring to your kind notice  ‘Anatta ‘  of Buddhism and also an incident in the life of Buddha when one person asked Buddha to tell him  definitely  whether God exists or not ?. Buddha remains silent did not answer to this question since he himself was  in doubt to say ‘yes’ or ‘ no’ !

    I also bring to your kind notice about the saying of bhakthi Bhandari  Basavanna of  Hindu Dharma scripts  “ille Naraka, ille swarga, bere ellu illa kaniro ” ( Basavanna navara vachanagalu).

    Please react to this  and enlighten us to clear our doubt.

    Sincerely yours

    Dr C H Lakshminarayan

    (Tantra Nirvadeva )

    Name – Dr C H Lakshminarayan.

    email-  [email protected]

  3. Mật Diệu Hằng says:
    Dear Tantra Sutradaka,

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts about the right view on practicing the Dharma and the devotion towrads Guru.

    I agree with you that going to temple to make prayers for the personal gain or wishes can not make the practitioners become virtuous and better. The most important thing lie on how to transform the mind to live a happy life and how to tame the unpure mind into the pure mind. In addition, cultivate the mind needs the right methods to contemplate the actions of body, speech and mind and then correct them in accordance with the holy text. In order to do that, we need the Guru with the right methods.

    Relying on the true Guru is the best and fast way to correct our mistakes and know how to live a holy life. I am happy to know that you always think of the Guru with the divine pride of being his learner. It is your devotion that leads to the happy life. Because as Shantideva wrote in the book “Bodhicaryàvatàra” that “if one’s mind is kindly inclined on the Bodhisattva, one will bring forth an even greater fruit. Even when a bad karma is created seriously, their virtue spontaneously arises to balance and remove their bad karma.”Bodhisattva’s virtue is countless. It is big enough for us to balance bad karma and brings us the happiness.

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

    May Tantra Sutradaka practice diligently and be at ease on the path of enlightenment.

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  4. Dear Tantra Sutradaka

    I am really interested in your story on the train. It feels like I was a passenger on that train, listening to your explanation about Dharma and kalyanamitra with delight. From the teachings of the Guru, you have flexibly engaged them into daily life, helping people around to recognize the importance of Buddhist Dharma practice and the necessity of having a true Master (Guru) on the path of cultivation. In Buddhism, the matters of near-far or difference in languages should never be an obstacle as long as the practitioner has a true wish to learn Dharma and it is more important to have a Guru with right and inspiring methods to guide them on the path. I am touched to see many foreign vajra brothers like you, Dr. CH Lakshmi Narayan, Tantra Uppatissa, Tantra Mahadeva, Tantra Amishuta and many others who have overcome lots of impediments both from perception and external conditions to follow the Guru who lives thousands of miles away. Your story reminds me of the Budhda’s teaching of Adbhūtadharma that one should stay close to a kalyanamitra to diligently practice and do penance on his sins in the past if he wishes to get blessed and purified. Then he will gradually attain wisdom which accordingly helps purify his bad karma.. Our wish has now come true thanks to the website chanhtuduy.com which as built by the wisdom and compassion of the Guru where we are able to stay close to the Guru in 24/24. Thank you very much for your great story and looking forward to another interesting sharing from you.

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

    May Tantra Sutradaka have health and fulfill all legitimate wishes

    May all sentient beings have chance to stay close to a kalyanamitra and achieve the Buddhahood.

    Om Ah Hum

  5. Mật Chánh Tấn says:

    Dear Tantra Sutradaka,

    I would like to express my delight to read your article “The story on the train” that i see it was interesting and lovely story.

    I agree with you that the true happiness does not come from the prayer which only reach the selfish wishes of one person. It is important that how we know to have our body, speech and mind acted in the right orbit round the correct doctrine of the Buddha. Especially, the true happiness that comes from how we can put our actions for the good or benefit of other people accordance to the Buddha’s teaching. Fortunately, we have opportunity to do such things and easily apply to our real life by following the holy Guru’s right methods, such as Meditation on Bodhicitta or Lotus walking Dharani.

    Relying on holy Guru’s teaching, i believe anyone can have happy and fulfilled life by looking back at ourselves, correct our mistakes and nurtures devotion towards the holy Guru. Thank you for sharing your story that has made me feel proud for having opportunity in this life to follow and learn Pure Mind Yoga from holy Guru.

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

    May Tantra Sutradaka get joyful and successful on the path to enlightenment.

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum!

  6. tantra mahavita says:
    Dear holy guru … Thank you very much for sharing the article …. The most important thing in the practice of dharma is to transform our mind, into a pure mind … It is not necessary to go to the temple to tame our mind, body and speech. To realize them we need a Guru with correct methods that guide us to realize them. Trusting in the Guru and with deep devotion … we can see the fruits and despite the distance, everything is possible. The virtue of the Bodhisattva and his kindness has no limits May our beloved GURU live happy, for the benefit of all sentient beings. May all beings find the nature of BUDDHA. OM MANI PADME HUM
    • Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin phép được dịch comment của đạo hữu Tantra Mahavita sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      Kính bạch Thầy tâm linh tôn quý!

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã cho con đọc bài viết này.

      Con hiểu rằng vấn đề quan trọng trong việc thực hành pháp là chuyển hóa tâm, chuyển hóa tâm phàm thành tâm thanh tịnh. Để quán xét và điều chỉnh hành vi thân ngữ tâm theo đúng quỹ đạo chánh pháp thì  đến chùa là việc không cần thiết. Để nhận biết được lỗi sai và sửa sai thì chúng con cần phải có vị Thầy hướng dẫn, người ban cho chúng con phương pháp đúng; để chỉ ra những lỗi lầm của chúng con và ban cho chúng con giáo huấn để sửa những lỗi lầm đó.

      Con nhận thức được rằng giữ vững niềm tin kiên cố vào Thầy và sùng kính ngài với tri kiến thanh tịnh thì chúng con sẽ gặt hái những quả ngọt mà không hề bị ngăn ngại bởi khoảng cách địa lý, thời gian. Bởi vì công hạnh, sự từ bi của Thầy và Bồ tát là không có giới hạn.

      Con cầu nguyện Thầy tôn quý thân tâm an tịnh, trụ thế lâu dài vì sự lợi lạc của tất cả chúng sanh.

      Cầu nguyện tất cả chúng sanh thành tựu hạnh phúc của Phật tánh.

      Om Mani Padme Hum.

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