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My Dear Friends.....


There are seven types of people who live in this world.

Some sink in the water and never come up.
Some float, but sink later.
Some keep on floating.
Some look for the right direction to go, while floating.
Some swim to the required direction.
Some swim and come to a safe place.
Some swim to the end.

Some sin. They are permanent infidels. Unquestionably, they would be reborn in hell and suffer. They are like the people who sink in water and never come up.

Some are full of meritorious deeds, modesty, courage, faith and wisdom. But before long their devotion vanish. Such are like persons who float and sink later.

There are some who are full of meritorious deeds, modesty, courage, faith and wisdom; but, who never weaken. They are like people who are floating.

There are some who are full of meritorious deeds, modesty, courage, faith and wisdom; who have got rid of the first three fetters(Sanyojanas) of the mind; (non- existence of self, doubt about the Buddha and his teachings, clinging to rites and rituals), attaining ‘Sothapannaship’ (Stream Enterer), the first of the four stages of enlightenment. They are like the people who look for the right direction to go, while floating.

There are some who are full of meritorious deeds, modesty, courage, faith and wisdom; who have got rid of the first three fetters(Sanyojanas) of the mind and weakened lust, hate and delusion to a greater degree attaining ‘Sakadagami’ (Once Returner), the second stage of enlightenment. They end their suffering in this world itself. They are like those who swim to the required direction.

There are some who are full of meritorious deeds, modesty, courage, faith and wisdom; who have got rid of the five lower fetters of the mind; (non- existence of self, doubt about the Buddha and his teachings, clinging to rites and rituals, sensual desire, enmity) attaining ‘Anagami’ (Non-Returner), the third stage of enlightenment. They are abiogenetic and reborn spontaneously in a “pure abode”. They are like those who swim to a safe place.

There are those who have swum to the end in this Buddhist order. They are full of meritorious deeds, modesty, courage, faith and wisdom; who have got rid of all the ten fetters of the mind; (non- existence of self, doubt about the Buddha and his teachings, clinging to rites and rituals, sensual desire, enmity, lust for material- rebirth, lust for immaterial- rebirth, conceit, restlessness, ignorance ) attaining ‘Arahanthship’, the final stage of enlightenment. They, upon death, would never be reborn again.


(Anguththara Nikaya- Udakopama Sutta)
roots2life roots2life 46-50, M 1 Response May 14, 2012

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OMG On and on this lil ditty goes, where it stops, I as a non-buddhist, doesn't know...but it was

thought provoking

just plain provoking

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