Importance of a well-directed mind
always admires the capability of his followers to see
the life through wisdom.
He says that wisdom is a sharp and powerful weapon that
can be used to attack “Mara”.
The Buddha, compassionately points it out to us in the
following manner. “Knowing that this body is but a pot
of clay, keeping the mind as firm as a fortified city,
Mara should be attacked with the weapon of wisdom. One
should protect his conquest without attachment.”
Man is a mysterious being with inconceivable
potentialities. Latent in him are both saintly
characteristics and criminal tendencies. They may rise
to the surface at unexpected moments very strongly. How
they originated we know not. We only know that they are
dormant in man in varying degrees.
Within the powerful mind in this complex machinery of
man are also found a store house of virtue and a rubbish
heap of evil.
With the development of these respective
characteristics, man may become either a blessing or a
curse to humanity. Those who wish to be great, noble and
serviceable, who wish to sublimate themselves and serve
the humanity both by example and by precept and who wish
to avail themselves of this golden opportunity as human
beings, endeavour their best to remove the latent vices
and to cultivate the dormant virtues.
To dig up precious gems, embedded in the earth, men
spend enormous sums of money and make laborious efforts,
and on many occasions even sacrifice their lives. But,
to dig up valuable treasures latent in man, only
persistent effort and enduring patience are necessary.
Even the poorest man and woman can accomplish this task,
for wealth is not an essential prerequisite to the
accumulation of transcendental treasures.
The Buddha says, “whatever harm a thief may do to
another thief, whatever harm a foe may do to another
foe, an ill-directed mind can cause far greater harm to
This shows how dangerous and harmful our own mind to us
when it is ill-directed due to ignorance of wise
teachings of the Most Compassionate One.
Again, the Fully-Awakened One shows us the immense
benefits of the mind when it is well-directed through
practising the noble teachings of the Buddha who had
perfect wisdom. He points out it thus: “The service that
a well-directed mind does to a man, neither mother nor
father nor any other relative will ever do.”
These invaluable utterances by the Buddha have been
enlightening us for over 2,500 years and hence it is
high time for us to use our time and life to the maximum
to reap the best results of this noble human life.
The Buddha always admires the capability of his
followers to see the life through wisdom. He says that
wisdom is a sharp and powerful weapon that can be used
to attack “Mara”. The Buddha, compassionately points it
out to us in the following manner.
“Knowing that this body is but a pot of clay, keeping
the mind as firm as a fortified city, Mara should be
attacked with the weapon of wisdom. One should protect
his conquest without attachment.”
The Buddha very clearly shows us the impermanance of
this physical body although we look after it with great
affection and unlimited lust.
The Fully-Awakened One says “Like a useless piece of
firewood cast aside, this body, devoid of consciousness,
will lie on the ground in no time”.
The Buddha has shown us the way and indicated for us the
path to be followed. When we accept Him as our teacher,
our guide and, above all, our exemplar, it is because we
have faith in Him. Because we accept the fact of His
Enlightenment, has told us that life is a process of
incessant change, of unceasing suffering and containing
nothing that is changeless or immortal.
If we strive to see the Buddha through realising and
His wisest and noblest teachings, we will doubtlessly be
able to enjoy the bliss of Nibbana in this very life.
May all beings be happy.