Torch Light to the Meditator

 

Wise friends come into meditation practice persuaded by numerous of reasons. However, as the Buddha said in Dhammapada very few of them would be capable to remain in while majority runs back. I suppose in this moment reading the discourse “In the Forest”, (Arannaka Sutta in Numerical Sayings 5:1) would be helpful to establish a positive stance to keep the practicing up.


There in the discourse the Buddha said five kinds of people come into the practicing. Some people come into because of the stupidity and delusion. When the others come into practice owing to evil desires, owing to derangement of mind, as it is praised by The Blessed Ones and the disciples of The Blessed One, on account of having few desires, satisfaction, to observe the higher penances, for want of seclusion and thinking this is enough one lives in the forest. Bhikkhus, these are the five that live in the forest.

I think the light of this discourse is enough to make a test on ourselves to see why we are here. Recognizing the reason honestly is very helpful to establish a successful project of cultivating the mind. Further, the Buddha said, “Of those five who live in the forest, the one who has few desires, satisfaction, to observe the higher penances, for want of seclusion, and thinking this is enough is the foremost, noble, and released. One who comes into the practice.”

Then at the initial stage of practicing one has to be honest to see his own reason on which he comes into practice and to make any adjustment of it necessarily. It is common in the society today most of friends get mad facing to the timely currents. According to recent economic analyzes most of the systems collapse unexpectedly pushing the numbers of depression and stress victims up. In establishing an effective guard to this restless situation, the light we can get from Buddhist meditation is numerous.

The Buddha further pointed in the discourse that “like milk is obtained from the cow, curd from milk, butter from curd, ghee from butter and the cream of ghee from ghee and it is the most exalted. In the same manner of those in practicing, the one who lives on account of having few desires, satisfaction, to observe the higher penances, for want of seclusion, thinking this is enough is the foremost, noble and released.”

Bhante Seelaratana – Buddhist Meditation in Milwaukee