no it is not easily understandible, in fact it is impossible to understand, you must experience this state for yourself and in your own way. you are a combination of mind and matter(body) if you practice correctly you can learn to experience the body at the sub-atomic level (bhanga) the body will seem to dissapear and it will seem to evaporate into pure light. if the mind is pure enough, mind will seperate from body, (seperation of nama-rupa). at this point the sense of self,which is dependent on the body senses, evaporates and mind(pure awareness) is all that remains. there is no "I" to experience this realm of existance(which lies between samsara and nibbana) there is no-thing there but pure awareness. this i interpret as passing through the pearly gates(passing through the light of samsara into the dark no-thing ness of this realm) there is no time in this realm so the experience may appear to an onlooker as instantanious. when the experience is over the mind body connection is returned to normal, but the meditator has experienced death(this experience is what i call stream entry) the meditator is given fist hand knowledge of the non existent self. this knowledge changes their understanding of the teachings.
what lies beyond the pearly gates? heaven.
this is the truth as i have come to understand it, there is no doubt to me that this is the truth, you do not have to believe me, and if you disagree with me thats your choice, there is no need for me to argue with you, nor shall i.
it is my understanding that when the meditators knowledge of this experience has matured, he/she simply starts the process of meditation from the beginning working towards higher frutions.
i can only draw conclusions from the information you provide.
i believe i understand your views, but this is impossible to really know.
you said there were ten reasons the rules could be layed down (i could not find these) and you have not provided them. so my question, i'll re-phrase it, should a lost monk simply die of starvation? still stands.
i read a book called, mae chee kaew, you will find all the stories in there.
can you elaborate on your confusions, i feel what i've written is comprehensible.
this is what i've been arguing to cittasanto . how is the practice of meditation benefitted from these ancient rules. my position is this rule is meant to arouse compassion in others. ie; laypersons supporting the monastics, they otherwise may not do charitable acts, it also gives the monastic an opporotunity to spread the dhamma.