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The Thathagatha�s Last Meal

Kumudu Gunathilaka

On His last journey to �Kusinara�, in the company of bhikkhus the Thathagatha came to �Pava�, and relaxed in the Mango grove of Chunda the Smith, one who attained the first stage of spiritual ascendant, Chunda visited the Master, and invited Him and the disciples for dana (meal) on the following day, at His residence. The Thathagatha accepted His consent by silence. Chunda prepared hard and soft-sweet rice and cakes, and a dessert of truffles, a kind of mushroom, closer to the surface. (�Kadaneeyam, Bojaneeyam and Sukaramaddawa). When all was ready, Chunda announced the Master.

The Blessed One, with His followers, went to the dwelling place of Chunda. After seeing the three varieties of food, the Master instructed Chunda to serve the bhikkhus with hard and soft food, and serve only the Master with �Sukaramaddawa�. After, they had partaken of their meals. The Thathagatha declared that, there was no one, who could assimilate that food, except Himself, and told Chunda, to bury the remain of �Sukaramaddawa�.

When the meal was over, the Master declared that �the two offerings of food, the present one offered by Chunda, prior to His Attainment of �Parinibbana�, and the offering made by Sujatha the countess, prior to the Attainment of Buddhahood, are of equal result; equal merit than any other offering.� The Master praised Chunda for his meal, and instructed His Bhikkhus to reaffirm Chunda, the meritorious nature of his offering, if someone happen to stir-up remorse in him by stating that, the Thathagatha passed away, as a result of consuming this meal.

When Buddhist practitioners consume flesh, fish and eggs, they subscribe to a chain of sinful events, its away of employing killing on otherwise. The supply increases due to the demand. Oneness of life, proclaimed by the Master, is an undisputable and observable phenomena, today. When the Compassionate. One tabooed killing, He stopped it at its roots. Once the Master forbade, slaughter and sacrifice of humans and animals to gods and devils, it was unlikely that a �Sothapanna� like Chunda, to offer a meal of pork, when the Master was weak, and ailing for several months, from a dire disease. Further, had Chunda slaughtered a pig for the last meal, it was unlikely that the Master would have spoken thus, of his offering.The Master, having delivered the sermon to Chunda, proceeded towards �Kusinara�. On His way, shortly thereafter, the dire disease fell upon the Master. It was dysentery, which was fatal. Some believe that, this �Sukaramaddawa� was a vegetable preparation using milk, as a dessert. The quality and quantity of this dessert, is a subject of controversy among the erudite, todate.

The �Deeganikaya� states that, Chunda got the pork from the market. Again, the commentator gives more weight to the fact that, this preparation to be of rice, mixed with five products of the cow. Some believe that, this was a chemical preparation, like jelly. However, these preparations were made towards dawn, at the residence of Chunda, and functioning of pork market, was impossible at this time. However, the Master did not forbid his followers to take any other meat even if they do not hear, see on suspect that they are specially prepared for them.

The morality of the Buddhist practice, is to accept any food, without preference. In this case, if Chunda offered pork, it should come as �Sukara-mansa�, as stated for all other animal flesh, and not as �maddawa�. When Ugga, the vesalian householder offered alms to the Master, pork was mentioned as Sukara-mansa�. Thus, in respect of the last meal offered to the Master by Chunda, it was stated as �maddawa�, because it represented truffles, and not pork.

The sickness of the Master, broke-out exactly ten months prior to His Parinibbana. This was of �Karmic� origin, as explained by the Thathagatha. When the �Bodhisatta� was a physician in a former birth, He purposely administered the wrong medicine, to the count he was treating, whose fee was in arrears, that caused the patient diarrhoea. This �karmic� reaction, affected the Master in his last days. On three successive occasions, the Master acquainted Venerable Ananda, about the time of His passing away. When the time was close at hand, fully conscious of His approaching, He proceeded to �Kusinara�. The Thathagatha warned us of blind orthodoxy, and allowed us unique intellectual freedom. Eating of flesh is unclean. It make the body prone to disease. The plainest, and the simplest form of natural food, is the most beneficial. Only an �Arhanth� can reveal now, what occurred in so distant past.

�Those living in the forest,
Peaceful and calm, of pure life,
Eating but, one meal a day,
How is it, they appear so radiant?�



Five precepts

By Daya Dahanayake

We Buddhists,
read the five precepts
at least twice a day.
When all the Buddhist
ceremonies start
all observe five precepts.
We just read them.
Without any feeling
But the five precepts are
Not just to read,
As parrots or manthrams,
They are to live a righteous life.
If one protects the
five precepts,
He�ll be a righteous man
If all the countrymen
Adhere the five precepts
They all will be righteous
men and women.
They�ll live peacefully
and happily.
If all the people, in the world
Protect the five precepts
There will be peace
In the world.
There will be no fear in them.
They can live happily.
As in Prince Dharmapala�s days.
No robbers or any harm,
any where.
No need of the three forces
No need of courts.
All can live without any fear.
So, all must try to live a
righteous life
Protecting the five precepts.
May there be peace in
the country!

නවම් පුර පසළොස්වක පෝය  

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