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With each passing day, the Buddha’s teaching that ‘beings who know their parents are like the dirt on their fingernails’ always echo around us, like a cold whip lashing forgotten souls, startling them awake.

Picture a tiny bit of soil in a fingernail compared to the earth’s soil World Honored One used to illustrate the problem that truly filial people in the world are very few, very rare, making us suddenly feel heartbroken. So few and so rare, it is very likely that we will be out of that number, becoming unfilial or unfilial as a child. Yet, for a long time, I still thought that I was a true filial piety. Are you exaggerating when people with filial piety in the world account for such a low percentage?

Those who think carefully and thoroughly about the matter will realize for themselves that most of us are filial, love our parents, expect to be reciprocated, but for a multitude of reasons and different conditions. then that filial piety is still there but has not turned into filial piety, or is it only partially expressed. Then when the opportunity passed, that yellow leaf soon soon left the branch, the purple autumn cloud suddenly disappeared, leaving a lot of problems in the heart, regretting many things. Only then did we realize the profound teaching of the Blessed One, secretly accepting that we were not originally unfilial, but in fact the word filial piety was not complete.

Buddha’s profound teaching on filial piety to parents

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“Once, the Buddha was living in Loneliness Garden, the forest of Ky-da trees, the country of Sa Ve. At that time, the Blessed One took some earth from his fingernails and said to the bhikkhus:

-What do you think, is the soil on my fingernails much, or the land in this great earth?

The bhikkhus said to the Buddha:

-World Honored One, the soil in the Blessed One’s fingernails is very little, very little, and the earth in the great earth is immeasurable, until it is impossible to compare with numbers or examples. The Buddha told the monks– stilts:

– Beings who know that they have parents are like dirt on their fingernails; The number of sentient beings unknown to the mother and father is the same as the earth in the great earth.

Beings who know that there is an elder of the recluse or brahmin lineage, and who do what needs to be done for good in this life and in another life, fearing sin, often giving, fasting and observing precepts, are like dirt on their heads. nail; The number of sentient beings who do not know that there is an elder of the samana or brahmin lineage, doing good deeds needed in this life and in another life, afraid of sin, often giving alms, fasting, and observing precepts is like living in a residential land. great earth.

Those who do not kill, do not steal, do not engage in sexual misconduct, do not lie, do not speak with two tongues, do not speak harshly, do not speak falsely, are like the soil on their fingernails; The number of sentient beings who do not keep the precepts is like the earth in the great earth… After the Buddha finished speaking this sutra, the bhikkhus heard what the Buddha taught and happily served it.”

(A-functioning Sutra, number 442 [trích])

New or good, filial piety and filial piety go hand in hand, it’s not easy. Many, many of us thought we were curious, but we weren’t. If not, hurry up and race against time because there is still time. Don’t let one day we have to regret our procrastination and promises. ‘Things who know their parents are like dirt in their fingernails’ is a koan that reminds us that we have to put in a lot of effort and try our best to do all we can for our parents before it’s too late.

Along with filial piety to one’s parents is respecting the elders, doing meritorious deeds, fearing sins, giving alms, fasting, and observing the five noble virtues of Buddhists (not killing, not stealing, not stealing, etc.) no wrong conduct, no lying, no drunkenness), these virtues, though easy to know, are also very difficult to do. Although it is difficult, if you can do it, it will be precious and have deep good roots. Therefore, when reflecting and comparing with real life, if anyone has ever been grateful and grateful to his parents, knows how to respect his teacher, knows how to give alms, knows how to observe noble precepts, that is a blessing. big newspaper, please cherish and preserve.

Every day that passes, Buddha’s teachings ‘beings who know that they have parents are like dirt on their fingernails’ echoing around us, like a cold whip lashing forgotten souls, startling them awake. So no more promises, do not hesitate any longer, filial Buddhist children should do immediately and always do what they can for their parents, respectable benefactors and friends from all over the world in this temporary life. this abomination.

Quang Tanh.

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