Sunday, September 13, 2009

Upstream: the Children's Cleverness

Aging will happen to each and every one of us because of its natural process. After the filial duty, their body and mind are tired and become very old. They have been afflicted with physical weakness and mostly illness.

It is the best time for children to repay their parents. The children must strongly wish to show gratitude and give help to their parents. They make sure that their duties to parents have been done completely. In this case, it will take a vast amount of patience not to have any grudge against parents.

If near and preferred, the children have a lot of duties to their parents such as:
[1] paying homage and honour
[2] bathing and anointing
[3] taking care of clean clothing and bedding
[4] preparing food, drink and feeding
[5] washing their feet and massage
[6] telling the words of inspiration and encouragement.

In the 'Buddha's Words', by Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi, the Buddha said,

Monks, I declare that there are two persons one can never repay. What two? One's mother and father. Even if one should carry about one's mother on one shoulder and one's father on the other, and while doing so should live a hundred years, reach the age of hundred years; and if one should attend to them by anointing them with balms, by massaging, bathing, and rubbing their limbs, and they should even void their excrements thereby that would one not do enough for one's parents, nor would one repay them. Even if one were to establish one's parents as a supreme lords and rulers over this earth so rich in the seven treasures, one should not enough for them, nor would one repay them. For what reason ? Parents are of great help to their children; they bring them up, feed them and show them the world.

Posted by Nyan U

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