Sunday, 9 April 2017
Bowing in six directions
The Buddha told Sigala, " Bowing is a practice can foster happiness for both the present & the future. " The Buddha further told that as he bowed to the East he could contemplate gratitude to his parents. When he bowed to the south, he could contemplate gratitude to his teachers. Bowing West, he could contemplate love for his wife and children. Bowing to the North , he could contemplate love for his friends. Bowing to the down , he could contemplate gratitude to his co-workers. Bowing up , he could contemplate to all wise & virtuous persons.
The Buddha taught thereafter taught Sigala the Fifth Precepts & how to look deeply at the things in order to avoid acting out of greed , anger, passion or fear. The Buddha further told Sigala to avoid the six actions which lead to ruin --1) abusing alcohol 2) wandering through city streets late at night 3) frequenting places of gambling 4) visiting places of depravity 5) loitering with persons of poor character, and 6) succumbing to laziness.
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