The Person who lives by the Dhamma!

March 2014 edition

The Person who lives by the Dhamma!

Article summary

In previous editorial we discussed about what Dhamma is in brief. So we can easily understand the deep meaning behind the famous Buddhist verse “The Dhamma protects the one who lives by the Dhamma”. Let’s discuss further on the same topic!

A person who lives by the Dhamma recognize the danger of forms he /she sees, sounds he / she listen, fragrance he / she smell, tastes he / she tastes, touches he / she feels and the thoughts he / she thinks before they trapped him / her.  That person recognize them as a trap and a bait which brings loads of troubles, inconvenience, stress and unsatisfactory feelings.

Real danger comes with the existence.  The craving makes you to keep in touch with the existence.  When there is existence means you have to go through the sicknesses, old age, all kind of changes, death and all kind of unsatisfactory feelings, stress, restlessness and other kind of known sufferings. 

So Dhamma is to cease the existence and get rid from the real danger.  It's not promoting suffering or the path of suffering.  Dhamma is promoting the happiness and the path of true happiness.   But unfortunately knowingly or unknowingly many are concentrating only on suffering & path of suffering. 

So Dhamma is to recognize the difference between the illusion & the reality. The dream and the awakening. And the one who lives by the Dhamma means the person who recognized that difference and practice that Dhamma to gain pure happiness.

That person doesn't pray for a healthy life or that person doesn't worry when he or she is sick.  Coz he / she knows the reality through dhamma.  When that person has to go through an accident or some another disaster that person has no worries as he / she knows the truth and lives by dhamma. 

There is no stress.  No restlessness.  There is no unsatisfactory feelings.  There is no expectations. There is no suffering and mind is at peace. 

The protection from the desires, hatred & ignorance is the protection we need actually. Coz when they are arise loads of troubles and restlessness also arise. So the protection which one should have is that the protection from an unhealthy mind which filled with desires, hatred and ignorance. Isn’t it?

If one has a shaking mind for each circumstance which we go through that person doesn't know the bliss of a peaceful mind.  So dhamma is to give you that peaceful mind which is not shaking through the profits or losses, wealth or poverty, suffering or comforts, critics or compliments.     

When one knows Dhamma that one begins to lives with that Dhamma.  Then his / her mind, body & words behave according to the Dhamma.  And Dhamma begins to guide him / her throughout the time which he / she come across any kind of forms, sounds, fragrances, tastes, touches & thoughts.  And Dhamma is in action to protect him or her from getting in to trap of 5 senses which brings the tiresome existence.   

So that the noble verse of "The Dhamma protects the one who lives by the Dhamma" actually means. Simply when you have common sense you are protected from many things. That’s exactly what happen when you lives by the dhamma. Because Dhamma means in another way is common sense.

Don't you think that you have to be hurry to realize such a wonderful Dhamma and get the real protection to life?  May triple gem bless you for the noble Dhamma and for the best!!!

Rajitha Viduransi | Kelaniya, Sri Lanka