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Buddhist Stories: “A Certain Brahmin” & “There Is No Fire Like Lust” (Part 1 of 4) Sept. 23, 2015

2018-02-27
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At night, the more you’re awake, the better. You will hear things, you’ll see things better. But you pass it all. You have it. You have it all, you let it all pass by. Because you’re not awake, especially late at night time. Many things, you should know, you should see, but you pass it all. And then you tell me, “Master, I don’t see anything.” How can you see when your eyes are closed? Physical and third eye but all three closed. Because only your mouth’s open. Maybe you can see with your mouth. I don’t know. Some people can. It’s OK, I just feel sorry for you. Because you have very short time here. Very short time. I read you the story. Buddha’s story. This story was given by, this instruction or story was given by the teacher while he was residing, while he was in residence or just while he resided at Jetavana in Savatthi with reference to a certain Brahmin. The story goes that early one morning this Brahmin. Went out of the city, stopped at the place where the monks put on their robes and stood and watched them as they put on their robes. Now in this place there was thickly overgrown grass. As one of the monks put on his robe, the edge of the robe dragged through the grass and became wet with drops of dew. Thought the Brahmin to himself, “The grass should be cleared away from this place.” So on the following day he took his mattock, went there, cleared the place and made it as clean and smooth as a threshing floor. The day after, he went to that place again. As the monks put on their robes, he observed that the edge of the robe of one of the monks dropped to the ground and dragged in the dust. Thought the Brahmin, “Sand should be sprinkled here.” So he brought sand and sprinkled it on the ground. He’s doing good things for the monks. Now one day before breakfast, the heat was intense. So on this occasion, he saw that when the monks put on their robes because the weather was hot, so he thought he saw the sweat pour from their bodies. So the Brahmin thought to himself, “Here I ought to make a shelter, for the monks.” He’s a good boy. Accordingly, he caused a shelter to be erected. Again one day, early in the morning, it rained on this occasion also. As the Brahmin watched the monks, he noticed that their robes were wetted by the drops of rain. Thought the Brahmin, “Here I ought to cause a hall to be erected.” So there he caused a hall to be erected…. The Buddha listened to his words and said to him, “Brahmin, a wise man by doing good works, time after time, little by little, gradually removes the stains of his own evil deeds.”
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