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Samson and Delilah

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yawares
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Samson and Delilah

Postby yawares » Sat Jun 16, 2012 1:48 pm

Dear Members,

This amazing story was not in Dhammapada or Jataka. But I think it shows that
evil men and women of all nationality, all religion can do evil things without
shame the same way!!!

Delilah : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijvNHd_Gd3Y

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Samson and Delilah

Samson's mother and father were married for many years, but they had never had
any children. They prayed for a long time to have a child. One day an angel of
the Lord appeared to them and told them that they soon would have a son. "This
son is to be reared to be totally dedicated to God. He is also to be reared
under a Nazarite vow. He will do great deeds for your country in service to
God."

To be reared under a Nazarite vow meant that he never was to cut his hair, never
to eat raisins or grapes, not to drink wine and never to touch a dead body. He
was to live his whole life totally dedicated to service and to the will of God.

Samson grew to manhood with the strength of several men. He won great battles
single-handedly against the people known as the Philistines. The main god of
the Philistines was called Dagon and they had built a huge temple for Dagon
where they went to make sacrifices to him and to worship him.

Samson was very strong and fought many battles against the Philistines. He was
proud of his great power in battle against the Philistines. The Philistines
hated Samson because of the damage he caused to their cities and fields. At one
time he removed the gigantic gates of the city and carried them away on his
shoulders after ripping it off its hinges all by himself. Samson set their
fields afire and ruined their crops. In one battle he slew 1000 of the
Philistines all by himself using for a weapon the jawbone of a donkey that he
found on the ground nearby. After this great victory he became very thirsty and
prayed to God, "I have won a great victory for you and now I am about to die of
thirst. There is no water near here."

The LORD God answered Samson's prayer by splitting open the ground next to him
at the place called Lehi. A spring of cool, clear water started flowing from
that split in the ground. This spring was a source of water for hundreds of
years afterwards for thirsty travelers.

After this great battle God gave peace to the children of Israel. Samson became
the judge who ruled the country for twenty years afterward.

The Bible records that Samson broke all of his Nazarite vows. He drank wine, he
ate grapes, he touched a dead body and he did not dedicate himself totally to
the Lord God. When he touched a dead body he found honey in the dead body of a
lion. He scooped out the honey and ate some of it then took the rest of the
honey to his parents without telling them where he had gotten it.

Samson's great weakness was beautiful women. Samson fell in love with a
beautiful Philistine woman named Delilah. Night after night he visited her
residence to spend hours with her. He was hopelessly in love with her because of
her great beauty and charm.

When Samson fell for Delilah, a woman from the Valley of Sorek, it marked the
beginning of his downfall and eventual demise. It didn't take long for the rich
and powerful Philistine rulers to learn of the affair and immediately pay a
visit to Delilah. You see, Samson was judge over Israel at the time and had been
taking out great vengeance on the Philistines��"but that's another story. Hoping
to capture him, the Philistine leaders each offered Delilah a sum of money to
collaborate with them in a scheme to uncover the secret of Samson's great
strength.

Using her powers of seduction and deception, Delilah persistently wore down
Samson with her repeated requests, until he finally divulged the crucial
information. Having taken the Nazirite vow at birth, Samson had been set apart
to God. As part of that vow, his hair was never to be cut. When Samson told
Delilah that his strength would leave him if a razor were to be used on his
head, she cunningly crafted her plan with the Philistine rulers.

While Samson slept on her lap, Delilah called in a co-conspirator to shave off
the seven braids of his hair. Subdued and weak, Samson was captured.

Rather than killing him, the Philistines preferred to humiliated him by gouging
out his eyes and subjecting him to hard labor in a Gaza prison. As he slaved at
grinding grain, his hair began to grow, but the careless Philistines paid no
attention. And in spite of his horrible failures and sins of great consequence,
Samson's heart now turned to the Lord. He was humbled. He prayed to God��"a
first��"and God answered.

During a pagan sacrificial ritual, the Philistines had gathered in Gaza to
celebrate. As was their custom, they paraded their prized enemy prisoner into
the temple to entertain the jeering crowds. Samson braced himself between the
two central support pillars of the temple and pushed with all his might. Down
came the temple, killing Samson and all of the people in it. Through his death,
Samson destroyed more of his enemies in this one sacrificial act, than he had
previously killed in all the battles of his life.


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good/sad story??
yawares

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Re: Samson and Delilah

Postby manas » Sat Jun 16, 2012 7:49 pm

Hi yarawes,

I cannot bear much of the Old Testament if taken literally (such as 'god' ordering 'his people' to go and kill another tribe, etc...there are some very un-holy things put into god's mouth in the O.T...) But if taken metaphorically - we could see the whole thing as referring to an inner process that a person goes through on the spiritual journey. Maybe the 'enemies of god' represent the defilements, and the 'promised Land' represents the peace of a mind freed from all unwholesomeness, etc - although I must say I prefer the Buddhist scripures, where the distinction between actual and metaphorical is more clearly drawn!

As for the story of Samson and Delilah, I always found it very sad (when I read it as a boy), although I did find it inwardly inspiring how in the end, with his power gone due to having his hair cut, that nevertheless his final act of surrender to God was enough to give him his awesome strength back one last time, and bring down the whole building with everyone in it. There is, I must admit, something beautiful about how in his moment of utter weakness, he is able to rely on something greater than himself; looking at this in a Buddhist sense, 'the Dhamma is above all', and even though all things in the world arise and pass away, the Truth endures - and it's the only thing we can rely on.

kind regards

manas :anjali:
Then the Blessed One, picking up a tiny bit of dust with the tip of his fingernail, said to the monk, "There isn't even this much form...feeling...
perception...fabrications...consciousness that is constant, lasting, eternal, not subject to change, that will stay just as it is as long as eternity."

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Re: Samson and Delilah

Postby yawares » Sun Jun 17, 2012 1:24 pm

[quote="manas"]Hi yarawes,

Dear Manas,

I watched the movie SAMSON AND DELILAH with my mom when I was too young to understand.
But I liked HERCULES by Steeve Reeve(Mr.America) much more.

I love your comment/thank you very much,
yawares


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