วันพุธที่ 9 กันยายน พ.ศ. 2552

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Mantra and Sutra of Usnisa Vijaya Dharani that Eradicates Karmic Obstruction

At that time, the usnisa (crown of head) of the Tathagata instantly radiated multiple rays of light, illuminating the world in all ten directions.  The light rays radiated five colours - green, red, yellow, white and black.  The brightness was enormous and full of radiance.  The light then shone in the clockwise direction and returned to shine at the abode of Buddha, circling Him three times before entering His mouth.
After Buddha gathered the rays of light, He smiled and said to Lord Sakra, "Lord of Heaven, please listen attentively.  During the infinite asamkhyeya eons ago, there was a Buddha named Vipasyin Tathagata, Arhat, Samyak - sambuddha, Gifted in Knowledge and Conduct, Well - gone One, Knower of the Worlds, Unsurpassable Knight, Taming Hero, Teacher of Gods and People, Awakened One and World Honoured One, complete with ten epithets of a Buddha.  Vipasyin Buddha, after His affinity to deliver beings in the world had ended, entered Maha Parinirvana.  During His Dharma Image Age, there was a country called Varanasi.  In the country, there was a Brahmin who passed away after his wife gave birth to a son.  This child depended solely on his mother for his upbringing.  When he grew up, he became a farmer.  They were so poor that his mother still had to go around begging food for him.
At one time, his mother failed to obtain food and it was well past his mealtime.  The son became very angry and hated his mother for causing him hunger and thirst.  With feelings of anger, he continuously and accusingly questioned while waiting for his mother, "What has happened today that Mother still hasn't brought me my food?"  He then cursed angrily,  "My mother is not even fit to be compared to an animal.  I know that the mothers of pigs, dogs, jackals, monkeys, pythons, crows and vultures take care of their young with such love and care, never letting the young ones be starved or thirsty, and not even straying away for a while from their young ones.  Why hasn't my mother come?  I am so hungry and thirsty and yet she hasn't even brought the food!"
Not long after he had these accusing thoughts, his mother managed to beg for some food and hurried back to the farm.  She consoled the son.  Just as they were sitting down to have the meal, a pratyekabuddha suddenly appeared in the form of a bhiksu, and flew in the sky from the south to the northern direction.  The boy saw this strange phenomenon and was full of respect and admiration.  He immediately stood up and putting his palms together, prpstrated and requested the pratyekabuddha to descend.  The pratyekabuddha accepted his request.  The boy excitedly and happily set up a seat from white cogongrass, presented wonderful flowers that were clean and pure, and also with both hands, offered part of his food to the pratyekabuddha respectfully.  After the meal, the bhiksu proclaimed the core teaching of Buddha Dharma to him and he was happy.  Owing to this cause and affinity, the boy later became a monk and was appointed as the monk who managed miscellaneous matters in the temple.