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This is a personal blog. Views and opinions expressed here are of author's and not intended to disgrace any religion, institution or individual. The writer(author) also admits that his views may not be necessarily same as those of others.

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Is Buddha under my feet?

Well!,  you know what?... Today I had a class(=period) with first year students from 2:15-3:15 (afternoon).  We were discussing on types of question; actually I was introducing them some basics on "Approaching and understanding written assignments". Everything went well, until everyone in the class was fully awakened in the last five minutes. Oh! I am not saying that my students reached Buddhahood...lol. I mean they were simply unusually active.

While discussing concepts, Suddenly, I remembered a statement:  "Buddha is under my feet" which I heard when I was a Student from one of the (national) teachers. So I said to the students: " Buddha can be under our feet. Justify." (I mentioned this just to arouse their curiosity and make the class lively while they can also start to analyze and understand the concept at the same time.)

All students seemed to be SURPRISED upon hearing my statement. I could understand that;even I had the same thought when I heard for the first time. I felt that the teacher was insulting religion, and the statement blasphemous. ERRRRRRRR.... this time, it was actually me who repeated that statement(though adapted). As expected, one student even stood and said "Sir, it might be insulting to the Buddha". But any way I explained, not to take the statement otherwise. I suppose they are all convinced not to take it negatively.

Now, let me get straight to the point. These days, who walks without wearing any shoes or slippers(there may be a few exceptions in the remote corners)?. Do You wear shoes? I do. Well, you know, almost all the insoles are leather. And leather actually is the modification of animal skins. And now, if that shoes serve to keep us safe from hurting our feet, they(shoes) do more than providing security especially if one is suppose to take a dangerous, thorny path. Even Buddhas have the intention and prayers for every being not to be in suffering. Also, it is said that every being has the Buddha nature deep within. Definitely, even that particular animal, who provided insoles for our shoes would have had Buddha-nature. So, don't you now feel that, a part of Buddha (=symbolic though) is under your feet?

Or do you believe Buddha exists everywhere? above; in front; behind; besides; within yourself or so? If it is everywhere, definitely Buddha (might) can also be under our feet.
Well, my explanation would not have been very convincing. Not necessary to believe me!

Anyway, when I say these sentences, please do not read me wrong. I don't intend, in anyway, to disgrace any particular Buddhas who have already enlightened. Do not sue me for "blasphemy". If you are hurt, it would only mean that you didn't get me right. My only point is, the way shoes serve basic purpose is somehow similar to the intentions every saviour (you think your own saviour) would have.

Oh yes! Just like Osho, who wrote Zorba the Buddha replied:  "perhaps you don't understand that Buddha is no body's personal property; and Buddha is not necessarily the Gautam Buddha who you have been worshipping for thousands of years in your temples. Buddha simply means 'the awakened one'. It is an adjective; it is not a personal name. Jesus can be called the Budhha; Mahavira was called, in Jaina scriptures, the buddha; Lao Tzu can be called a Buddha-anybody who is enlightened is a Buddha. The word Buddha simply means 'the awakened one" to the Sri Lankan ambassador  to the states(who condemned Osho for writing that Book and equating Buddha with Zorba), I would also apologize if you are hurt reading this. 
By the way I am a devout Buddhist myself. I have utter faith in Gautam Buddha and his teachings. 

(You might read my " Disclaimer sentences" at the top of my blog for more apology.)
note: this was written on Friday (August 10)


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  3. I am a Buddha and I am still walking around so not definitely under your feet...lol but yeah some Buddha's skin I might be wearing.