25 Nov 09. Why did Buddha say Daana, Seela Bhavana (Giving, Observing precepts and meditation) do not lead to Nibbana. – 2ed part
Buddha Dharshanya 7.
In the last article I discussed why Giving (Daana) will not lead to Nibbana. If one generates a good thought or by “wishful thinking” expect to attain Nibbana it will not happen because in short – stopping thoughts is the way to Nibbana. The same applies to “Aayu wanno Sukam Balam”, a wishful thought of future “long life, fair colour, happiness and power”. In fact these lead in a direction exactly opposite to Nibbana.
It was also mentioned expecting various mundane things by giving and of course the common fallacy of wishful thinking of expecting to attain Nibbana will result in moving away from Nibbana.
In this article I will discuss how one moves away from Nibbana by observing “Seela”(precepts) to control his/her behaviour. “Seela” which is virtually “self control”, just like Daana (giving) and meditation were practised even before Prince Siddhartha was born. So it is not an original Buddha teaching. It is mentioned that when Siddhartha was conceived by Queen Mahamaya, she was observing eight precepts (atasil).
In his very first sermon Buddha had mentioned twelve times (virtually reminded the five hermits minute by minute) that what they practised before i.e. Daana, Seela and Bhavana and begging for food does not lead to Nibbana. Buddha stressed this fact so many times, in fact 12 times in order to release them from such wrong practises because these observances obstruct the path to Nibbana. Such misled practices bring about the concept of “Me” or “I” which completely mask the eye of Panna.
It is well known that after attaining Sothapanna (stream entry – the 1st stage of enlightenment), “Seelabbatha paramaasa” – sticking to self control and traditions , stops because what is seen by the eye of Panna (loosely termed the eye of wisdom) during such an attainment is that there is no person called “Me” or “I” in this body. i.e. “Anattha” in Magadhi and “Anathma” in Sanskrit. There should always be person called “Me” or “I” to observe “Seela”.
If that is the case how does observing Seela lead to stopping “Seelabbatha Paramasa” – a question every body should ask from Buddhist priests who actively encourage “Seela”.
In “Saddamma Prathiruupaka Sutra Buddha mentions “as precepts increase there will be less Arahaths (fully enlightened ones)”. However in the past 2100 years since Buddhism was invented (before that it was Buddha Darshanaya – Buddha seeing) “Seela” has become a hallmark of Buddhism. It is no wonder nobody has attained Nibbana since then.
Buddhaghosha who appeared later in the history also started his thesis “Visuddhi Magga” –“Seelehi Patiththaya naro sapanno” indicating that it is Seela which leads to Panna. This is totally contradictory to what Buddha has preached. The tripitaka has also been changed to accommodate his view. But the eye of Panna will see that there is no person is there to observe “Seela”.
How many people are aware of the negative result of Buddhist Priests forcing the innocent uneducated public to send at least one from each household for “Seela” observances. They will never see Nibbana where there is no “Me” or “I”. 99% of the people do not know even the meaning of “Sil Samaadan weema”. It means accepting. By whom?. “Me” or “I”. This is an obstruction created to attaining Nibbana where there is no “Me” or “I”.
Even if Buddha in various ways indicates in Kaalaama Sutra not to accept anything, the Buddhist Priests force the public to “Accept” – “Samadan”. Is this not a dishonour to Buddha’s efforts?
It is clear that by forcing public contrary to Buddha Message, to observe “Seela” by the Buddhist Clergy reaching Nibbana gets even more difficult.
This approach should be rejected by the Buddhist public. After all Buddha clearly rejected this approach to Nibbana in his first sermon to five hermits.
It should be noted that the path to Nibbana has been rediscovered recently and this path does not involve “Seela”.