Sawaddee Ka.. Today is Uposatha Day
When I was in girls school, my teacher, who became a monk for 3 months dedicated to his parents, still had shaved-head when came back to teach us..he loved to talk about Magha, once he said that Magha had 4 wives, he said " I have only 1 wife and she gives me so much headache ". We all laughed I miss this teacher, he was so gifted in telling Dhammapada/Jataka stories, made them so fun/entertaining.
Buddha's Poem #30/#31/#32 [By Yawares Sastri]
The great man, Magha, and his 33 friends
Built public roads and rest-houses
Also observed 7 obligations with 'Viriya'
After death, he was reborn as Sakka, king of devis and devas
A monk received kammathana from the Buddha
Went to meditate in a forest
He perceived a forest-fire to be like... the Magga-Insight
Burnt all the fetters....Nibbana realized!!
Bhikkhus who practice Tranquillity and Insight Development
Content with only a few wants, see danger in Samsara
Abandon all moral defilements..kilesas
Will be closer and closer to Nibbana
NOTE: 7 Obligations:
(1) he would support his parents
(2) he would respect the elders
(3) he would be gentle of speech
(4) he would avoid back-biting
(5) he would not be avaricious, but would be generous
(6) he would speak the truth
(7) he would restrain himself from losing his temper