Homage to the Blessed One, the Worthy One, the Highest Self—Enlightened One!
Polmukalane Pannasiri Himi
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The most rare gem of a human being that arises in this world after many aeons is our blessed Lord Buddha. According to the first sutta, in the Book of Ones (Eka Puggala Vagga) in the Anguttara Nikaya, our Blessed One is the only excellent being born into the human world for benefit of many, for the happiness of many, out of compassion for the world, for the benefit of both divine (devas) and human beings.
Additionally according to the other suttas in the Anguttara Nikaya, the birth of the Arahant, Tathagatha, Sammasambuddha in the world is a rarity. The Blessed One is born into this world as an extraordinary gem of human being. This Blessed One’s actions help many to end their suffering. The Blessed One is born incomparable, peerless, peering the peerless, unequalled, unequalling the unequalled, matching the matchless among the biped, two legged, human beings.
With the arising (birth) of the Blessed One, there also arises a great wisdom eye and the light of wisdom. The realization of the noble fruits of sovan, sakurdagami, anagami and arahath is made possible. No other being comparable to this excellent one arises anywhere else in the three world systems.
On this Vesak poya (uposatha) day when we recollect the three auspicious events in the life of the blessed Lord Buddha, training to remember his good qualities is a very meritorious deed. From Kings, great ministers, to ordinary people and divine beings (devas), all recollected his good qualities.
The goodness of a Lord Buddha that arises in the world after many aeons is endless and infinite. If an ordinary person or a Lord Buddha were to speak of the goodness of another Lord Buddha for an aeon, the aeon would end, but the goodness of the Lord Buddha could not be completely expressed.
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Meditation is the unification of the mind and should be done while utilising a special subject. Meditation should especially be done while contemplating a meritorious subject. The Buddhanussathi meditation in this sense, is one that brings great results. In the first sutta of the “Eka Dhamma Pali” in the Anguttara Nikaya, our Blessed One has expounded about the development of the Buddhanussathi meditation.
“Monks, one Dhamma when developed as a meditation, when developed thoroughly, leads to the turning away and dissenchantment from samsara, leads to non—attachment, cessation, ending, higher knowledges, to the realization of the four noble truths and the gaining of Nibbana.”
“Dhamma” — The word has many meanings, but in this context means “theme”.
“Samsara” — Never ending cycle of re—birth and death.
“Nibbana” — Enlightenment, unbinding, ending of samsara.