SUFFERING FOLLOWS THE EVIL – DOER
The Story of the Monk Cakkhupala
Sarada Maha Thero
Manasa ce padutthena
Bhasati va karoti va
Tato nam dukkhamanveti
Cakkam va vahato padam
Mind precedes all knowables,
Mind’s their chief,
mind – made are they
If with a corrupted mind
One should either speak or act
dukkha follows caused by that,
As does the wheel the ox’s hoof
While residing at the Jetavana Monastery in Savatthi, the Buddha spoke this
verse, with reference to Cakkhupala,a blind monk.
On one occasion, Monk Cakkhupala came to pay homage to the Buddha at the
Jetavana Monastery. One night, while pacing up and down in meditation, the monk
accidentally stepped on some insects. In the morning, some monks visiting the
monk found the dead insects. They thought ill of the monk and reported the
matter to the Buddha. The Buddha asked them whether they had seen the monk
killing the insects. When they answered in the negative, the Buddha said. “Just
as you had not seen him killing, so also he had not seen those living insects.
Besides, as the monk had already attained arahatship he could have no intention
of killing, so he was innocent.” On being asked why Cakkhupala was blind
although he was an arahat, the Buddha told the following story;
Cakkhupala was a physician in one of his past existences. Once he had
deliberately made a woman patient blind. That woman had promised to become his
slave, together with her children, if her eyes were completely cured. Fearing
that she and her children would have to become slaves, she lied to the
physician. She told him that her eyes were getting worse when, in fact, they
were perfectly cured. The physician knew she was deceiving him, so in revenge,
he gave her another ointment, which made her totally blind. AS a result of this
evil deed the physician lost his eyesight many times in his later existences.
Do not believe in anything (simply)
because you have heard it.
Do not believe in traditions because they
Have been handed down for many generations
Do not believe in anything because it is
Spoken and rumoured by many.
Do not believe in anything (simply) because
It is found written in your religious books.
Do not believe in anything merely on the authority
Of your teachers and elders.
But after observation and analysis,
When you find that anything agrees with reason
And is conducive to the good and benefit of one and
Then accept it and live up to it’