Pd zaman Buddha Anomadassi ; seorg lelaki miskin merawat kedua ortunya yg buta dgn penuh perhatian.Ia tdk dapat berdana kpd Buddha. Kepada Siswa Utama Buddha, ia berlindung kpd Tiratana, dan berkeyakinan kpd Tiratana sampai akhir hidupnya, maka Ia telah mengumpulkan karma baik yg tak terhingga jumlahnya. Karena perbuatan baik ini, Ia terlahir dan terlahir di alam Surga dan alam manusia dalam kalpa yg tak terhitung dan seratus ribu siklus bumi, tanpa pernah terlahir di alam rendah.
Pd kelahiran terakhirnya, Ia terlahir sbg putra org kaya di Savatthi. Di usia 7 thn, saat bermain dgn teman2nya bermain di vihara. Seorg Bhikkhu mempersilahkan mereka duduk dan memberi mereka mengambil perlindungan kpd Tiratana dan pd saat Ia mengucapkan ," Buddham Saranam Gacchami, Dhammam Saranam Gacchami, Sangham Saranam Gacchami ". Ia tercerahkan Sempurna, Arahat yg dapat menikmati kebahagiaan Nibbana selamanya. Ia menjadi seorg Bhikkhu yg dikenal dgn nama "Saranagamaniya Thera".
An arahant. In the time of Vipassi Buddha he was a householder in Bandhumati, where he tended his blind parents. Being prevented by his parents affliction from joining the Order, he repeated the Three Refuges under a monk, named Nisabha, and honoured them throughout his life of one hundred thousand years. He was eighty times born as king of the gods. In this last life he was born in a rich family in Savatthi, and, having heard the Buddha preach, became an arahant at the age of seventy seven. Ap.i.74f.
During the life time of the Buddha, a person called, Saranagamaniya Maha Thera attained Arahatship by means of firm belief in the Three Refuges. Throughout the lives of the sixteen Buddhas, starting from that of Padumuttara Buddha, he never heard the four worlds of hell and lived in higher abodes such as human and deva abodes-.
Everyone Having Respective Past Causes:
There was a boy of seven years of age in Savatthi. The boy while playing with his friends went into the compound of the monastery - An Arahanta residing there, warmly welcomed them. He taught them the Three Refuges and preached suitable teachings to them.
As soon as he recited the word, "Buddham saranam gacchami", the boy was overwhelmed by ecstatic delight and it was for him like an abrupt awakening from a sound sleep; his intellectual quality, like alive coal covered with ashes, immediately achieved enlightenment. Due to this observance of the Three Refuges, he developed insight-meditation and attained an Arahatship there at once.
Every being has their own respective past causes; a repeated performance - in a certain intellectual life can be conducive to certain benefits in the whole rounds- of Samsara. Therefore, you should not think of it as a little value.
The One who Served Blind Parents
That boy was the one who served his blind parents in Bandhumati in the life time of Vipassi Buddha. He envied the life of bhikkhu whenever he saw them. He often thought to himself, "I have a duty to serve my blind parents; but how excellent my life would be if I were free of duty like others". Finally he gave up his wish and decided to take firm refuge in the Three Sarana-gamanas, "it is fruitless to long for what cannot be obtained; to die with the three refuges I may release from all of these sufferings". He approached an Aggasavaka, Nisabha Mahathera and took refuge in them in his presence. After his death, he was reborn in Tavatimsa abode.
Easy to Attain Spiritual Life
Through the lives of the Seven Buddhas, Vipassi, Sikhi, Vessabhu, Kakusandha, Konagamana, Kassapa, Gotama, he wandered in higher abodes due to his unwavering observance of the Three Refuges. As I said earlier he was reborn in the richest family of Mahasala clan in the life time of Gotama Buddha and immediately attained Arahatship even at the age or seven. How fabulous his life is!
Therefore, live and die with the Three Refuges! You may be guaranteed not to fall into the hellish worlds. There is no more excellent stanza than that simple one. Don't follow the strange ( modernized) stanzas which are not the Buddha's teachings, with the hope of being released from dangers and gaining specific goals. Indeed, the stanza Buddham Saranam Gacchami is called Sabbamangala Gatha meaning the stanza with is replete with all sort of auspicious glories
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