Luang Pu Wat Paknam Bhasichareon,
the light of Dhamma to mankind (episode I).
The 124th birth anniversary of the great master Pramongkolthepmuni (Sodh Candasaro), the former abbot of Paknam temple and the re-discoverer of Vijja Dhammakaya, the genuine teaching of the Lord Buddha which had been lost for more than 2,000 years, is coming in a few days. If we view his birth only as a kind of natural birth of humans, we will find nothing special.
The word “stop” made Angulimala, who killed 999 people, stop killing and he renounced a mundane life to become a Buddhist monk. Finally, he could attain Arahanthood, the highest achievement in an ascetic life and the entrance to Nirvana.
Moreover, in practical terms, the word “stop” has an even more profound meaning in meditation especially where it means ‘to stop our mind from wandering anywhere else except the center of the body’.
They practiced it often until they discovered that the sphere became brighter than the light from many mid-day suns combined. Later, Luang Pu clarified the meaning of the word “stop” further by stating that if we stop the mind in that completely still state, we will attain Dhammakaya (the inner body of enlightenment). And if our mind becomes one with the Dhammakaya, we can progress further and attain Nirvana like the Lord Buddha himself did. Moreover, we can connect with a countless number of Lord Buddhas in Nirvana.
Therefore, anyone who reads or studies the Dhamma of the Lord Buddha and has faith to practise the Dhamma but sees no result from practicing it, it could mean that he has not yet reached the profundity of the Dhamma. For this reason, when we read Buddhist Scriptures and would like to be proficient in what we study, we have to find a good teacher. Otherwise, we are likely to misinterpret the true Dhamma and may perform wrong deeds like Angulimala before meeting the Lord Buddha.
Luang Phaw Dattajeevo searched all Buddhist scriptures but found no meditation technique to attain Dhammakaya. The word “Dhammakaya” appears in the scriptures but no one could explain what Dhammakaya was, thus, nobody knew the way to practice this meditation technique of the Lord Buddha and attain Dhammakaya.
Besides discovering Vijja Dhammakaya, Luang Pu also kindly taught his disciples to attain it so that they could prove its existance and be the witnesses of the Lord Buddha’s enlightenment. And it is Luang Pu’s benevolence that guides us to know about “Dhammakaya” and the ultimate goal of life, and for that we should express our gratitude.
Luang Pu held Dhamma and meditation as dear as his life and set guidelines for his followers to practice. Understanding Dhamma profoundly takes time and needs practicing. He encouraged his students to practice meditation and dhamma seriously, since only people who took it seriously would attain the real dhamma.
Before his death, he was aware that after he would die, people who had enough wisdom to understand Dhamma would still be waiting for pure knowledge of Buddhism, but without his guidance, they would not know the true meaning of the Teachings, for example the diference between merit and sin. So he taught his disciples to bring Vijja Dhammakaya to people around the world before he passed away.
So, we have to do what he guided us towards and it is our duty to bring his teaching to people around the world. People who understand and follow his teachings will find true happiness and inner peaceand they can open themselves a door to heaven.