I admire your great faith in monks and in the mere form of a monk. I just wonder what would the Nagas etc do if they saw you with a piece of a lawyer's suit ?
haha, there should be some good lawyers...
anyway, it's not just my faith to monks, it's simply what Buddha said in sutra:
white lotus sutra:
when Buddha Shakyamuni was a boddhisattva, he vowed that when he attains Buddhahood, in his teaching the robe will have five qualities:
1. even a Buddha's disciple made many mistakes, as long as he can respect robe, he won't leave three yanas' path and will be liberated.
2. Deva, Naga, human or non-human, if they respect robe, they will be liberated through three yanas' path.
3. human or non-human, if they hold a piece of robe and respect it, they won't face hungry.
4. When beings against and attack each other, if they can think about the supreme of robe, they will generate compassion naturally.
5. If one hold a piece of robe and respect it, one will not fail in battle.
............... A dyed robe is the sign of holy beings. If one respect those who wear it, unlimited merit will generate; if one generate even one bad thought to those who wear it (Buddhas, Arhats, and monks), unlimited negative karma generated....
that's what the Sutra says.
These bodhisattava vows should be seen in the context of the Karuna Pundarika Sutra, in it there are also some fabulous vows of brahmin Manavaka, who was a bodhisattva too,...
later I found that Karma Chagme alias Raga Asya tells us that there is an indian Dzogchen lineage named after brahmin Manavaka !!? (in the book Spacious Path to Freedom), this is by the way, but very interesting.
One could write a whole book about robes, or even many books. If you really think that the robe itself has magical powers, are these powers independent of the person wearing the robe ?
In many suttas Buddha Shakyamuni is against this kind of ritualistic magical belief systems ! In Dhammapada He says that only a moral person is worthy of the Ochre coloured robe! In Diamond sutra He says that where there are signs there is deception, and that therefore one should see and realize the Dharmakaya beyond signs.
Have you read any of the vast material about robes in Vinaya?
The robe could preferably be found in a rubbish heap or even taken from a corpse in a cemetery. The robe Shakyamuni was wearing under Bodhi-tree was a taken-from-a-corpse type.
Some traditions place great emphasis on the fact that it must be stitched together from pieces, but are these pieces taken from rubbish heaps nowadays, or do they just cut new fabric to pieces ? The latter is certainly more likely the case.
Commentators have explained that "dyed" means "made unattractive", so it is found in a rubbish heap and then dyed or rather discolored
. In modern times this would be equivalent to wearing discarded clothes, or clothes thrown away by others.
The robe existed before Siddhartha, the other ascetics wore a similar kind robe, did they not ? When Siddhartha starts His life of a wanderer He adopts an existing type of clothing, this type of clothing is common to all the shramanas.
You could also study the robes that exist in various parts of the ancient and modern world, like in Greece (himation), Rome(toga) and even in Ethiopia etc, where they also have this same indian type of clothing.
What makes a robe the robe with magical properties
in your opinion? When we know that certain evolution or development has taken place, and today's tibetan or other robe is not
like it was during Sidhhartha's time?