Monday, August 15, 2016

Lord Buddha's Final Words

When Lord Buddha was on his death bed he noticed his young disciple Ananda was weeping. 

'Why are you weeping, Ananda?' he asked. 

'Because the light of the world is about to be extinguished and we will be in darkness.' 

The Buddha summoned up all his remaining energy and spoke what were to be his last words on earth: 

"Ananda, Be a light unto yourself. 

Everything that arises passes away. 

Strive for what does not arise". 
       

4 comments:

  1. Tu Hi Nirankar........ you are strong Uncle...... People like me weak :(

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  2. Interesting. The translation I have heard is: "Behold, O monks, this is my advice to you. All component things in the world are changeable. They are not lasting. Work hard to gain your own salvation." I suppose these two interpretation have the same meaning.

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  3. The original Buddhist texts were written in a language called Pali.
    Every scholar translated them into different languages in their own way. I think as long as the meaning is same, it serves the purpose.

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  4. Interesting. The translation I have heard is: "Behold, O monks, this is my advice to you. All component things in the world are changeable. They are not lasting. Work hard to gain your own salvation." I suppose these two interpretation have the same meaning.

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