The Story of Kala, son of Anathapindika

While residing at the Jetavana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse (178) of this book, with reference to Kala, son of Anathapindika, the well renowned rich man of Savatthi.

Kala, son of Anathapindika, always kept away whenever the Buddha and his company of bhikkhus came to their house. Anathapindika was afraid that if his son kept on behaving in this way, he would be reborn in one of the lower worlds (apayas). So, he enticed his son with the promise of money. He promised to give one hundred if the youth consented to go to the monastery and keep sabbath for one day. So, the youth went to the monastery and returned home early the next day, without listening to any religious discourses. His father offered him rice gruel, but instead of taking his food, he first demanded to have the money.

The next day, the father said to his son, “My son, if you learn a stanza of the Text from the Buddha I will give you one thousand on your return.” So, Kala went to the monastery again, and told the Buddha that he wanted to learn something. The Buddha gave him a short stanza to learn by heart; at the same time he willed that the youth would not be able to memorize it. Thus, the youth had to repeat a single stanza many times, but because he had to repeat it so many times, in the end, he came to perceive the full meaning of the Dhamma and attained Sotapatti Fruition.

Early on the next morning, he followed the Buddha and the bhikkhus to his own house. But on that day, he was silently wishing, “I wish my father would not give me the one thousand in the presence of the Buddha. I do not wish the Buddha to know that I kept the sabbath just for the sake of money.” His father offered rice gruel to the Buddha and the bhikkhus, and also to him. Then, his father brought one thousand, and told Kala to take the money but surprisingly he refused. His father pressed him to take it, but he still refused. Then, Anathapindika said to the Buddha, “Venerable Sir, my son is quite changed; he now behaves in a very pleasant manner.” Then he related to the Buddha how he had enticed the youth with money to go to the monastery and keep sabbath and to learn some religious texts. To him the Buddha replied, “Anathapindika! Today, your son has attained Sotapatti Fruition, which is much better than the riches of the Universal Monarch or that of the devas or that of the brahmas.”

Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:

Verse 178: Far better than sovereignty over the earth, or far better than going to the abodes of the devas, or far better than ruling supreme over the entire universe, is (the attainment of) Sotapatti Fruition.

Excerpted from: tipitaka.net at Dhammapada Verse 178

permission

permission
pəˈmɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
noun: permission

the action of officially allowing someone to do a particular thing; consent or authorization.

“they had entered the country without permission”

synonyms: authorization, consent, leave, authority, sanction, licence, dispensation, assent, acquiescence, agreement, approval, seal of approval, approbation, endorsement, blessing, imprimatur, clearance, acceptance, allowance, tolerance, sufferance, empowerment, freedom, liberty; More informal: the go-ahead, the thumbs up, the OK, the green light, say-so;

“you must get permission from your manager for all absences”

an official document giving authorization.

plural noun: permissions

“permissions to reproduce copyright material”

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin permissio(n- ), from the verb permittere ‘allow’.

jurisdiction

jurisdiction

noun ju·ris·dic·tion \ ˌju̇r-əs-ˈdik-shən \

1 : the power, right, or authority to interpret and apply the law

a matter that falls within the court’s jurisdiction

2  a : the authority of a sovereign power to govern or legislate
b : the power or right to exercise authority : control

3 : the limits or territory within which authority may be exercised

— jurisdictional adjective
— jurisdictionally adverb

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Examples of jurisdiction in a Sentence

The court has jurisdiction over most criminal offenses.

His attorney claimed the court lacked jurisdiction in this matter.

The matter falls outside the jurisdiction of this court.

territory under the jurisdiction of the federal government

He was arrested in another jurisdiction.

The Compensation Culture

I think it fair to say that I am not, nor have I ever been, overly fussed about having a lot of money. I am not a cash addict, it is not something that particularly lights my candle and in so far as I can tell I have never had $ signs rolling cartoon like in my eyes. Some are a lot keener on money that I am. For them it is a driver. They seek compensation and remuneration for their efforts. I am reminded of the CEO in the company I co-founded, he often was harping on about how he should be compensated.

If you are in a supermarket and are stupid enough to trip over and hurt your wrist you might sue for compensation. If someone offends you in public, you might sue them in the courts to get redress. Someone must Pay! This of course gives rise to a whole bunch of insurance scams. People go on holiday and fake food poisoning etc. You might shag someone famous and then demand cash to keep quiet about it. There is a lot of manipulation associated with money.

We may even compare pay packets at the urinal. And we can feel very hard done by if our pay packet isn’t as big as someone else’s. Financial reward can be an obsession for some. It is a strange and varying thing our orientation towards money.

Back when I was stupid enough to be applying for jobs it was always a sticky question. “What remuneration level are you seeking?” “I don’t know, {and don’t care over much} something consistent with the job?” They were already starting to negotiate. My lack of expectation was inconsistent with their expectation that I would have expectations.

People make a lot of demands in respect of payment.

Having cued this up:

How important a factor in life, to me, is money?

Do I subscribe to the “someone must pay” compensation mentality?

It is just and fair?

Am I upset if someone earns more than me?

Cash Pay Off Dream 21-5-18

Here is last night’s dream.

The dream is set in a hospital waiting room. It is nicer than your average NHS one. I am waiting there for something.

In walks someone from my past, R. I have not spoken with R for about a decade, so I am surprised to see him.

He walks over to me and with no hello says; “I wanted you to have this.” He puts down on the small table which is between us a letter envelope. It is stuffed to the brim with high denomination UK currency. It is so full that the leaf to the envelope is open. He gesticulates for me to pick it up.

I pick it up and hand it back to him. “I do not want nor need this, thank you”.

He takes it off me and then places it again on the table.

“I want you to have this.”

“No, I don’t want it, thank you. If I take it, you will have power over me.”

I again hand the envelope back to him.

I turn my back on him and walk away. I can see that he is very nonplussed by all of this.

Dream ends.

A Juncture

Been gardening this afternoon and weeding out nettles. You have to get the roots, or the darned things come back.

It seems to me that whenever I try to do something, like this blog for example, somebody cannot resist meddling. Which tends to suggest that it is a stupid thing to do, pretty much anything I mean. If it makes people pissed off, then as there is already enough anger in the world, maybe it is better that I didn’t do it. And if people can’t resist snooping, then for their sake it is better that I don’t give them anything to snoop on. That way at least I won’t be a party. One of the things to decide about is this blog. I can dissolve it just as I did with eigenoptics ltd.

I need to decide whether to listen to the doctor or the advice leaflet. The doctor said don’t do anything other than clear liquids for the 36 hours before the sigmoidoscopy {scheduled for Tuesday afternoon}, in effect a partial fast. The leaflet says carry on as normal and simply do the phosphate enema a couple of hours before. I can’t wait for that arse cleaning experience.

I need to decide about the alcohol questionnaire. I could fill it in truthfully and kick off that whole palaver again, I could lie, I could refuse. It might be interesting to see if they would go ahead with the procedure if I refused. It could make for an interesting piece of intensity. “If you don’t fill it in, we can’t do the procedure.” “OK, see you, bye.” There could be a life and death bluffing game. “If you don’t do as you are told we won’t check you for cancer.”

At a bit of a juncture, methinks…

I am a little sad with this state of affairs if I am honest.

Hmnn.

Some Unprovable Statements

If it is a national trait to indulge in we know best thinking, espionage, socio-political skullduggery, power games, getting all uppity and offended, the preparation and enactment of cunning plans, then that will have a karmic impact. As ye sow, so shall ye reap. The answer is to stop indulging in these behaviours and try to find different approaches. Ramping them up does not and will not reduce the karmic impact.

How people treat me and behave towards me will have a greater than expected ongoing karmic impact. That impact may be far-reaching and long-lasting. I am not an ordinary being.

I am getting more than a little fed up with people sending these nasty angry emanations in my general direction and making plans as to what to do with me, without consulting me.

If you have a “Sith” mind-set the more you apply “Sith” thinking the less likely it is that you will ever be free.

Karmic impact is not always instant. Sometimes it takes a long time to bear fruit. What one appears to have gottten away with may in fact be in a gestation stage. The fruit may arrive when you are least able to cope with it.

If you dabble deep in the dark-side and get yourself lost, that is your own doing, by and large. If you are stupid enough to direct those efforts at a person who might be able to help you, you will destroy the very thing which might have helped you back.

There is nothing quite like a little light to bring out the dark in some people. Strangely light amplifies dark and vice versa.