“Men/women of devout faith, the teachings which the Buddha expounded are all for the purpose of saving people from their suffering. Sometimes I spoke of myself, sometimes of others; sometimes I presented myself, sometimes others;
sometimes I showed my own actions, sometimes those of others. All my doctrines are true and none are false.” Chap. 16, LS
“Myself,” here means the Buddha and the world of Buddhahood. “Others,” being the other nine Worlds. [Hell, Hunger, Anger, Animality, Human, Heaven, Learning, Realization, Bodhisattva] explaining that our earthly passions are part and parcel of Health and Happiness as well as life’s challenges and sufferings. The great message here is that Buddhahood is not the end of the path, the Dharma Wheel is continually rolling through the heavens and on earth, always in flux and change, with a start, a middle and an end, within your karma, you are in control of the wheel. The Nine Worlds and Buddhahood are all fundamentally attainable, but never constant. This is a great lesson about life!
We are told the Buddha came with the message of compassion, and the medicine to alleviate suffering. So, it is in understanding the inter-dependent nature of life that makes way for eliminating personal doubt, pain and suffering. How wonderful. How many earthly passions are awakened in our first moments in this new world? What pathway of life did you choose in your early childhood and adolescence? How is adulthood and aging treating you. How do you come to make your choices, use your free will, as you develop through your Seasons of planting, sowing and maturing; as you prepare your life’s harvest. Are you capable of reaching beyond the desires of body and mind and to find peaceful means in your spiritual Nature?
“Sometimes I presented myself, sometimes others” How important that we give thanks for the discovery of the Ten Worlds of the Buddha Dharma, that we may see how to work out our personal growth, work towards wisdom and enlightenment. Which begs the question of whether we understand that our hope for happiness needs to extend to the energy required to think of others as well as our self? To honestly, say that if I am to find my whole self, I must extend my passion to help others understanding now that there is an way to end suffering and pain. I am responsible to assist where I can with the happiness of family members, friends and all people who enter my pathway.
“ I showed my own actions” here means studying the Buddha’ Way, reading the Lotus Sutra, questioning your capacity to fathom the depths of your own knowledge, so that you can open the broad doors to the mystic Law that governs our Universe, mother earth and life. Can you come to Realize, that in acquiring Buddha-wisdom you will have all the tools necessary to live lives of indestructible happiness and given the ability to help others. We will be given the gift of living in the higher rather than in the lower of the Ten Worlds, feeling the “bliss” of our Being, the reward of our efforts in our daily meditation.
What does the Buddha mean when he says “sometimes I show the actions of others?” Here is the realization that All people who come into your life may be mentors and teachers for you. Even the very person you do not like may carry the Buddha energy offering an opportunity to Learn and Realize from life’s challenges and sufferings. The quest always is “are you willing” to turn your poison into medicine, your doubts and passions into truth and action?
All my doctrines are true and none are false.” The Buddha is telling everyone here on mother earth, it is not about doctrine or debate, it is about acceptance. Which is why “A” is the first letter in our alphabet. But, how do you find out what is true for you? This is a great challenge in life and the Buddha tells us so. Life is not always easy, it takes diligence, it takes a strong belief system within. Faith is a revolution of inner Self. We all need to work on getting to that place of “non-backsliding” the place of “no doubt,” that we may find our happiness and turn our challenges, pain and suffering into joy and bliss, that we may then reach back and help others. This is the path to Buddhahood.
The lesson from the Buddha here is to have faith in your earthly passions. Work with them, turning them into health, happiness and the prosperity you deserve. Know that the Middle Pathway of the Buddha Dharma will lead to your wisdom and enlightenment, for you are truly a very special and wonderful person, men and women of devote faith. This is the Way of Earthly desires.
Thus It Has Been Shared, Respectfully, TM Henry