When Gautam Buddha became enlightened, he had a doubt in his mind: How can I keep this to myself? When every human being is capable of experiencing this. When there are millions of seekers in the world and I have found what they are seeking, at least I should give them a few hints, a few guidelines, a little map, a guidebook. Keeping it to myself and not sharing it will be so uncompassionate, so inhuman.
For seven days continuously, he was troubled. He had never felt this trouble before. He had thousands of other troubles; they had all disappeared. Now there was only one trouble, one problem: How can I share this dimension of being with everyone? How to wake up people and shout in their ears so that something reaches their silences?
This is a beautiful story of How Gautam Budhha Started spreading his teachings and wisdom to the population and how the legacy of one of the greatest mystics of all time was created.
The story goes like this:
One fine morning Gautam Buddha was meditating under a Bodhi Tree. He looked bright as the sun and still as a giant rock. Some monks were passing by, when they saw this Illuminating being they stopped, intrigued and mesmerised by the mere presence of Gautam Buddha. They just sat there witnessing the silence of Gautama. After a little while, One of the monks couldn’t hold himself, he was so overwhelmed that he went ahead and touched Gautama’s feet. Gautama opened his eyes and saw these keen monks, they all were looking at him, with folded hands and tears in their eyes. Gautama acknowledged them with a gentle smile. The monk who touched his feet said “Hey enlightened master, who are you? Where have you come from? You have a presence like the sun? Your eyes has the depth of an ocean? Such a flowering, so rare, should not be mystery without leaving footprints for other people to find the source.”
Gautam Buddha said to them, his voice as intense as fire and as calm as a still lake “ For seven days I have been thinking of all the pros and cons of sharing my experience with others. I don’t see the point of speaking. People are deaf, people are blind. They can hear but they cannot listen. They see and yet they see only the nonessential. So why get into unnecessary trouble? ”
The monks were all ears, they were totally immersed in the words of this wonderful being.
Gautam Buddha said: “ Just Leave me alone. I have thought about it for seven days continuously. Those who are capable of listening to me will come to me without my speaking, and those who are not capable of listening to me, I can go on shouting from the housetops – they will simply report to the police, A controversial man is shouting from the housetops and this man is disturbing our peace and silence. They don’t even
But the monks were not so easily convinced.
They went and talked among themselves:What to do? – because this would be a calamity. A buddha remaining silent. And it would be the greatest insult to humanity if Buddha remained silent. It would be the greatest loss to the future, to the coming generations. They would never forgive us. Because only we know that he has arrived, it is our responsibility somehow to persuade him.
They came to a conclusion – and that conclusion Buddha could not deny. Their argument was very simple: they said,You are ninety-nine percent right. But have you thought about the few rare souls who may be thirsty, just on the verge and they need just a push? And what is the harm? – you are not going to lose anything. If only a few people can come to the same realisation as you, the world will remain in debt to you forever.
The monks said to Gautama, You cannot deny that there are a few people in the world who may be just on the verge, but nobody is pushing them, and they are afraid of the unknown. They need someone for whom there is no unknown. Your clarity and wisdom will help them to take one step, and that is all – They may also reach to the same state of realisation as you are. Don’t deprive us of this experience. Humanity is so poor. Make it just a little richer, just a little more beautiful.
A moment of silence. Buddha smiled and said, “For those few I will speak, although I cannot speak the whole truth. I cannot speak about the secret, but I can speak this much, so that they can move toward the truth. I can show them the light. I had not thought about those few seekers who are on the verge and have been waiting for long but now I will speak.”
Buddha closed his eyes, he was now ecstatic internally as the only doubt his mind had, was finally gone
How Gautam Buddha Became a Guru
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