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abroad for the good of the many, the compassion of the world. The Buddha set out again and visited several towns and villages. He finally came upon Pava and stayed with his devoted follower, Cunda the goldsmith. It was here that he ate his last meal. After the meal the Buddha became violently sick, but he bore his pains without complaint. The Buddha arrived in Kusinara towards evening. He lay between two sal trees. He laid on his right side with one leg over the other. This was the night of the full moon in the month of May, just as it was on his birth. One of his most devoted attendants, Ananda, cried out, ” My master is about to pass away from me- he who is so kind to me.” Buddha replied,” No, Ananda, don’t weep. Haven’t I told you separation is inevitable from all

near and dear to us. Whatever is born, produced, conditioned, contains within itself the nature of its own dissolution. It cannot be otherwise.” The Buddha addressed his monks and told him that his time was almost up. He then asked him if there was anything else that needed him to clarify. They all remained silent. Then the Buddha addressed his monks for the final time. He said,” Then, I address you now: transient are all conditioned things. Try to accomplish all things with diligence.” A week later his body was cremated. A dispute of the relics of the Buddha arose between the Mallas and the rulers of several different kingdoms. It was settled by an old Brahman who pointed out that it was wrong to quarrel of the relics of a man who had preached nothing but peace. With

consent from all parties, the relics were divided up into eight portions to the satisfaction of all. Stupas were built over all the relics, and great feasts were held in honor of the Buddha. This is the legend. This is the myth. Some say it is prophecy. It is without a doubt the word and philosophy by which many direct their lives. Is it merely a tale, loosely based upon real historical events, which reflect the philosophies of those who wrote her. These tales have been shaped by the distortion of time, and the legends have been shadowed by the thousands of years of tradition and dogma. This is a story, which is in essence historically more of less accurate, but which has much insight. One of the more trivial problems that I had with this story was how the Buddha attained his

enlightenment. It seems that he sat in a grove of sal tree’s and resloved to remain there until the attained his goal. This doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. I suppose he was pretty sure he was about to be thunderstruck when he made this decision. Did he feel himself warming up to the proposition, or did it come in degrees. Did he carry a Snickers bar with him in case enlightenment didn’t work out to the schedules that his body demanded? The part about Buddha attaining enlightenment is my favorite part. Mara approached him and said,” You are pale, emancipated, weak and near death. Give up to me and live! Is not life better than death?” The Buddha sat there, battered of body, crossed-legged, and essentially challenges Mara, the evil one, to a mortal combat. Mara

didn’t like the prospect of Buddha attaining enlightenment at all. The Buddha sat there supported by the ten paramitas, or virtues. He vanquished Mara and her dark armies. As she flew into the abyss with her legions behind her, the Buddha meditated for the rest of the night. In the latter part of the night he gains the, “superhuman divine eye.” With this he can see the passing away and rebirth of spirits. I guess he didn’t realize he had that particular superpower until he was in range of being able to see the death of some type of organism. First off all, it is interesting to note the comparision between Jesus Christ at the conclusion of his forty day fast during which time the devil tried to tempt him. Jesus himself was in an extraordinarily emaciated state at the time

of which the devil tried to tempt him with bread and all manner or worldly pleasures. He also rebuked the devil in the same manner as the Buddha did. It is interesting to note the comparisons between these similar stories in differing religions which happened at different times in different places but all have a similar element ringing true. I believe there is also a tale in Hinduism that involves forty days of conflict followed by enlightenment. 32c