Monday, November 12, 2012

Who are Really Rich?

Really Rich are those who have gained a fine future!
Anāthapindika was a millionaire banker (setthi)  of Sāvatthi, who donated
the famous Jetavana Monastery to the Buddha, the Dhamma and his Sangha!

He had to cover the entire ground with gold to pay for it to prince Jetakumāra!

Venerable Sāriputta  thanked the householder Anāthapindika  with these verses:When one has faith in the Tathāgata, Unshakable and well established,
And good conduct built on virtue, dear to the Noble ones and praised;
When one has confidence in the Sangha and a view that has been rectified,
They say, that one is not poor then, that one's life has not been in vain!
Therefore the person of intelligence, remembering the Buddha's Teaching,
Should be devoted to faith and purity, to confidence in & vision if the Dhamma!
Just as the many rivers flow downstream and finally reach the mighty ocean,
As these rivers carry their waters to the sea. the great boundless mass of water,
Exactly so do the streams of merit reach any donor, any good & wise man, giver
of food, drink, & clothes, provider of housing, beds, seats, and coverlets...
Just as the rivers carry their waters to the sea!
One who has Faith in the Three Jewels, who purifies his behaviour by Morality
Having given to those, who seek the absolute, is Really Rich  - most wealthy -
even without a penny!

Anāthapindika was a millionaire banker (setthi)  of Sāvatthi, who became
famous because of his unparalleled generosity to the Buddha. As kammic result,
he was later reborn in the Tusita  heaven! The place of those who are content :-)

Sāriputta : The chief disciple (aggasāvaka) of Buddha Gotama.

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya. [V:384]
section 55: Sotāpattisamyutta. Thread 26: Anāthapindika
Who are Really Rich?
Have a nice & noble day!
Friendship is the Greatest! Bhikkhu Samāhita _/\_ ]

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