Holy Man Who Tried To Be Too Holy [Extremism]
Once upon a time, the Enlightenment Being lived in a world where
most religions were very similar. They taught that the way to remove
suffering from the mind was to make the body suffer instead. As
strange as it seems, most people thought that the holiest of the
holy were the ones who tortured their bodies the most! Since everyone
seemed to agree with this, the Bodhisatta decided to find out for
himself if it was true.
stopped living as an ordinary everyday person and became a holy
man according to the custom of the times. This meant that he gave
up everything, even his clothes. He went naked, with his body covered
only by dust and dirt.
he wouldn't be spoiled by the taste of good food, he forced himself
to eat only filthy things dirt, ashes, urine and cow dung.
he could concentrate without being interrupted by anyone, he went
to live in the most dangerous part of the forest. If he did see
a human being, he ran away like a timid deer.
the wintertime he spent his days under the trees and his nights
out in the open. So in the daytime he was soaked by the cold water
dripping from the icicles hanging from the tree branches. And at
night he was covered by the falling snow. In this way, in winter,
he made his body suffer the most extreme cold in both day and night.
the summertime he spent his days out in the open and his nights
under the trees. So in the daytime he was burned by the most severe
rays of the sun. And at night he was blocked from the few cooling
breezes of the open air. In this way, in summer, he made his body
suffer the most extreme heat in both day and night.
was how he struggled, trying to bring peace to his mind. He was
so determined that he lived his entire life in this way.
just as he was about to die, he saw a vision of himself reborn in
a hell world. The vision struck him like lightning, and instantly
he knew that all the ways he had tortured his body were completely
useless! They had not brought him peace of mind. Lo and behold,
as he gave up his false beliefs and held on to the truth, he died
and was reborn in a heaven world!
moral is: Even at the very last moment, "The
truth shall make you free."