Saturday, October 3, 2009

Sumedha: His Wealth in Charity

The Buddha Gotama was the lineage of Cakya King. Sumedha the hermit, Bodhisatta of Gotama endowed with the ten perfections (paramis) from that time onwards. Four asankheyyas and one hundred thousand kappas ago, there lived a young boy named Sumedha, the Buddha-to-be in the city of Amaravati.

His ancestors were wealthy families. His mother was very virtuous and a virgin lady without relation with other caste. At the age of 16, he completed a course of study. While he was still young the two parents died. Sumedha inherited his parents' colossal assets. The family treasurer kept the legacy for him. When the time was right, the treasurer made over the financial properties to him.

On account of this, Sumedha considered, “My forbears amass only wealth in succession. Upon death nothing could be taken along.” He was deeply affected by this truth, and made a decision that I might act as to take it along with me. Therefore he thought that he would give away his wealth in charity and made himself a hermit. Then he said, “Take it as you need it!” and renounced every things, and left for the Himalaya. At that place, he saw a monastery and robes which were created by Vissukama, registrar-cum-carpenter of Sakka, the deva-king, and then he was ordained as a hermit.

The hermit Sumedha had practised meditation more and more. Within seven days he attained jhana (intense concentration of mind) and abhinana (transcendental knowledge). If one got Jhana and died, he reached the realm of Brahma. With also abhinana in the very life, he could bear through the earth and the air. Sumedha the hermit thus was wandering in the sky by the power of abhinana.

Sumedha was taking delight in jhana and abhinana. At that time Dipankara the Buddha had arose in the world. One day, Dipankara the Buddha, while on his wandering together with his disciples of Arahants, had reached the city of Rammaka which is neighbouring to Amaravati. People in Rammaka also requested Dipankara the Buddha and 400,000 arahants to accept food offerings from there. On the other hand, the people busied themselves preparing the road which will be used by the Buddha and his disciples. Some of them are putting up decoration, strewing the road-surface with white sand and adorning the roadsides. As a result of that, Sumedha the hermit roaming in the air saw the people rebuilt the road and flied down on land to make inquiry about the event. He knew that Dipankara the Buddha would arrived, so they're preparing the old road.

The hermit was elated at the news and he took responsibility for one part of the worst damaged road. He was filling up the muddy road with the earthling. Before finish, the Buddha arrived at this place. Not to let the Buddha walk on the mud he covered the mud with his robe and tanned leather on which he laid prone himself as a bridge, doing obeisance to the Buddha with his hands put together in anjali.

Posted by Nyan U.

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