When he came to the border between the two countries, he saw the Buddha sitting in meditation under a tree bare of leaves, in the middle of the hot summer afternoon. on the land of the Sakya clan.
How did the Buddha react when he saw the whole family being killed?
Meanwhile, next to the land of the Bhikkhu-lily family, the trees are luxuriant and green. Feeling embarrassed and sad, Vajrasattva got off his horse to visit the Buddha and begged him not to sit under that tree anymore, let’s go to the shaded tree over there to sit, but the Buddha refused. said: ‘Dear King, leave me alone. The shade of the trees of My kin makes Me cool’. (Jataka. No. 465)
The Buddha’s sayings express an immense love for the motherland. The things of the homeland, though simple and trivial, still have profound impact and ultimate value. Understanding the Buddha’s heart for his homeland, so Bhikkhu-ruly had to pull troops back.
Prince Vilu-ly is the unrecognized grandson of the Sakyamuni family, the Buddha’s family, the reason why he decided to destroy this whole family was to wash away the shame and hatred in his heart. in childhood.
The story starts like this. King Pansenadi of the kingdom of Kosala, a powerful country at that time, wanted to marry a princess of the Sakya clan as his wife, so he sent messengers to the city of Ka. -bhikkhu-stilts of the Shakyamuni clan to ask questions. Being proud of himself as a noble family, of spiritual origin, despised the family of the king of Persia as lowly and unworthy to marry, so from the beginning the Shakyamuni family did not support him. support this prayer. However, after thinking about it again and again, seeing that Kieu-t-la was a powerful kingdom, refusing their request could cause a breakdown in relations between the two countries, creating a pretext for conflict and war. The Shakyamuni family finally accepted this proposal, but instead of marrying a noble princess, they married a daughter whose mother was a maidservant. Prince Vairocana is the result of an unrequited marriage for this couple.
When he was 16 years old, he asked his mother to take him back to his mother’s hometown. After many refusals, for fear of revealing his identity, finally, the mother of Pi-lu-ly had to take her son to visit his hometown. Contrary to the eager expectation of returning to visit his beloved motherland, what he received was estrangement, contempt, alienation… especially when leaving, because he had forgotten things, so Bhikkhu- I let my entourage come back and get it, I saw the scene of the Sakyamuni family using fresh milk to clean all the places that Bhikkhu-stricken touched. This is a purification ceremony, because in the Indian caste concept, these places have been defiled by the child of a lower caste, so it needs to be purified in order to return to their original purity. head. This humiliation persisted in the people of the Bhikkhu-lily, so that later, when he became king, he was determined to take revenge. And with affection for his homeland, the Buddha also stood up to resolve three times. The above saying of the Buddha was born in such circumstances.
It is said that the highest and most correct praise to the Buddha is to praise him for living a complete, perfect life as a human being, not as a superman. We have a habit that when we praise someone, we bring them up like a super god, must be different from others, different from us to be special. But if they are different, then their speciality is no longer special, because they do not belong to our world from the beginning, so their superhumanity is the default, and has no incentive value. for the countless number of us ordinary people, because of the same starting point.
And one of the things that ordinary people need is affection for their homeland and relatives.
Abandoning the homeland, abandoning the family, giving up the kin, whole life devoted to serving others, wandering around the dusty roads of Ha Sa, taking the earth as the homeland, taking all living beings as relatives, but deep in the Buddha’s mind there is still a dear and immense homeland. What’s good, luxurious… but if it’s not from my hometown, it doesn’t mean anything. A dry branch has no ability to provide shade, but if it represents the love of home, it has the ability to embrace, nourish, and protect immensely, without which people will become barren and old. lack of vitality. The Buddha’s saying gives us an inexhaustible idea of homeland, who we are, what we do, we still have a homeland, even when we expand our homeland to infinity, it also starting from a particular homeland.
The Buddha is the best example of a simple life
Many people think that this sentence was not said by the Buddha, but maybe later, the editors of the scriptures included it, because it contains in it the self-centered thinking, which is the distinction between homeland and non-homeland. , so that what belongs to the homeland overcomes all, in stark contrast to the spirit of no-self and equality that the Buddha preached. However, if viewed from an opposing perspective, that is, depending on the situation, depending on the type of disease that has its own solutions, a clear spirit of the Buddha’s teachings, the above statement of the Buddha is still acceptable. . Before becoming a Buddha, being a Bodhisattva must be a human being, we cannot go to Buddha without having a homeland, without a mother in our hearts. The Buddha is teaching us about filial piety.
We are surprised that the Buddha made such a statement that is said to be self-centered, but we would be extremely surprised if we heard that our homeland was in trouble and the Buddha did not have a reaction. Who does not have a homeland, so the love for the homeland is something everyone knows. In the context of Venerable Bhikkhu pulls troops over to destroy the Shakyamuni family to take revenge, with certain respect for the Buddha, if you know the Buddha still has the most affection for his homeland. determined, certainly Bhikkhu-ruly will retreat. Considering the situation, this saying is most appropriate in such a hot oil context, don’t take it far from its context.
Homeland and mother
At this point, I suddenly remembered Do Trung Quan’s poem, “If one doesn’t remember the homeland, it won’t grow up to be a human”. Humans are not only raised with rice and money, with rudimentary materials, but also with spiritual values, specifically here the love of the homeland. What belongs to the homeland is forever attached to the paint, because it is a part of our life, if we lose it, we cannot live. The road at the end of the village, the banyan tree at the top of the village, the bamboo strewn of the empty river, the harvest field, the kite of childhood, the mother’s lullaby… these are the eternal concrete images of the homeland and have been transformed into crystal materials. absolute god in every human being.
Everyone has a homeland, just like everyone has a mother, the image of a mother is inseparable from the image of the homeland, in other words, the homeland is the wallpaper for the mother to appear, so that every time I think of In the homeland, the image of an old mother who is always in the sun and rain, suffering and working hard, reappears. The picture of our homeland is beautiful because in the center of that picture is the image of our mother. That is why the motherland is also called the motherland. That’s where we were born, where we were buried and cut our navel, but when we grow up and go everywhere, the land still retains the original nipple, allowing people to go away to embrace the silhouette of their homeland forever.
Homeland is also the place where for generations his fathers have made efforts, devoted themselves and given it to us. It is the place where we go through a childhood with many happy and sad memories, and the lullabies of our mother from the time we were still in the cradle to our homeland, our country, will be the eternal words that follow in our footsteps every step of the way.
I go all human life
Not going all the mother’s lullaby.
It is the mother who has turned an unknown land into a sacred echo of the homeland, it is the mother’s material that makes the image of the homeland capable of being moved to infinity, especially for those who are far away, always in pain. an idea of home. “The foreign land is narrow and narrow / Homeland is a little vague”, the space of mind has covered the physical space. Even though our hometown is small and insignificant compared to anywhere else, it still has the ability to hold and support our soul to infinity, and only in that place can we find happiness and peace. Even those who have to go far for life and do not live in their home land, the notion of home is also the driving force for them in a foreign land.
The end of the truth is simplicity, a simplicity that in order to get there, people have to go through countless ups and downs of sublime complexity. The motherland is the mother, so the images of the motherland are also the images of the mother in the simplest degree. Vietnamese proverbs show this very clearly. “Old mother is like a ripe banana”, or “an old mother is like a banana with three flavors, like sticky rice with one, like sugar cane reed”…
Mother is a symbol of love, so she is also extremely simple, so simple that people often forget their mother, like forgetting a treasure in their hand, only to see the world fall when they lose it. The son set out to find the Buddha in order to satisfy his will to live, having spent nearly a lifetime of hard work and suffering, and still could not find his body. One early morning, following the echo of the source, I went back to the old roof to see the old mother waiting by the door since time immemorial. The strange thing is that the image of the old mother is similar to the image of the Buddha that is mysteriously told in the ear any night. Turns out, if Buddha is love, simplicity, tolerance… then you don’t have to look far, but right at home.
“The fox died for three years but still returned to the mountain”, that is an idiom that expresses the original aspiration in each of us. The mountains are the fox’s home, so that’s where he always turns, and even death as the ultimate annihilation won’t stop him from turning back to the mountains. We will wonder, three years is a long enough time…