May 25, 2018

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A VIEWPOINT ON SUFFERING, THE CAUSE OF SUFFERING AND THE PATH LEADING TO THE ANNIHILATION OF SUFFERING IN MODERN TIMES. (Một góc nhìn về sự khổ, nguyên nhân khổ, con dường diệt khổ trong thời hiện đại)

Chanhtuduy.com: Professor – Avinash Kumar Srivastava from India who is now my learner with the yoga name Tantra Sutra Daka, has sent me an article on the topic of “the Four Noble Truths” from his perspective. I would like to introduce you his writing

Avinash Kumar Srivastava

(Tantra Sutra Daka)

Revered Guru Jee

Om Mani Padme Hum

Tantra Sutradaka (from India)

Yesterday night I had a sound sleep not because of the cold wind and sprinklings of droplets of water from the sky that cooled the temperature, made the atmosphere calm, quite, cozy and comfortable and relieved us from the scorching heat spread by the brightest sun of the summer days, but because I became free of the tension of getting released my literary Magazine in Hindi and the annual function was solemnized nicely. Now I am free to write the comments.  In the absence of my mobile it has become very difficult for me to connect the net even in my college as either its wi fi connection of is so slow that it becomes difficult to open my mail and read the lesson or post the comment, or my system has gone too weak to connect the net. Normally these days I am using the net of my nephew’s mobile for half an hour, which helps me to either read the lesson or post the comment. However, I am happy that I have completed the comment to post it and become tension free too.

I woke up very early in the morning, started for a walk and was welcomed by the fresh, fragrant and soothing mild breeze of the east. The chirping of the birds, Koo-Koo melodious sound of the cuckoo, moo of the cow and morning sounds of very many animals and birds were presenting the music of Divine Orchestra and their movement on the earth and sky were like a Divine painting or colas on the canvas of the nature. The cumulative effects of all these made me light and fresh from within. After coming back to my house I found a missed call of my mother- in- law. I called her back. I heard her very feeble voice, saturated with pain of loneliness. She talked to me for a good length of time. She was concerned for her loneliness and  her offspring’s negligent behaviour towards her, as all the time she rings her son, daughter and grandsons and granddaughters  but most of the time her calls remains unattended and if received a brief talk takes place. Even at Kolkata she feels lonely as both her daughter and son-in-law do not stay in the house in the day time because of their job. In the evening they come exhausted. After a brief talk they retire on the bed. Next day again very early in the morning the same routine is repeated. My wife’s brother is in army and posted in Kashmir, very disturbed and sensitive place from security point of view, and he has hardly any time to talk with her, though he is very caring and sensitive towards maintaining the relations and he loves her mother too.

However consoling her I replied very sympathetically, “Our children too have grown adults, earning and are standing on their own feet, engrossed in their own job and their children, rendering us alone and isolated. This is the way of the world, which has become the ethos of the global society today.” Though I said it spontaneously but it is the bruit fact of the modern mechanical society. People are in huff and hurry amidst the hue and cry of the world. No one has time and patience to listen to the others because of our busy schedule and self-centered nature. But my talk with my mother-in-law reminded me of the lesson shared by my Guru and sent by my friend entitled “ANSWERS TO DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY OF A FILIPINOCATHOLIC” wherein Mr. Boying Baguio complained our Guru regarding the ill treatment of his children against him. This compelled me to ponder over this modern problem and search the reason remedy of this global tragedy through the Buddhist way of life. Since, the Buddha has propounded the Four Noble Truths of The Suffering, There is cause of suffering, The Suffering can be eliminated and there is a path leading to the cessation of sufferings. I shall like to analyze and interpret this modern problem in the Buddhist fashion.

1, There is suffering:

Professor – Avinash Kumar Srivastava in the International seminar on Buddhism in Varanasi (Banaras)

In this context the so called ill treatment of the younger generation towards their elders and parent, is the suffering in hand. :- This is the basic fact that the good number of younger generation today are ignoring their parent and the older generation (if not insulting), and the old people in the family feel ignored, isolated and alienated in their own family. They feel it an ill treatment and callousness for them. On the contrary children feel forlorn and thrown away in this world even after parental backup as their expectations is not being achieved even after a tough struggle. And whatever they achieve they give the credit to their own acumen and struggle not to the parental grooming and support. And thus, the difference in their attitude and behaviour is creating a generation gap. Since the so called, expectations of the both are frustrated and thus they suffer. This is the greatest suffering of the modern global society, as suffering is nothing but impended volition.

I too happen to meet a young boy in a foreign land who came to attend a socio-religious and academic conclave from America to his motherland. While talking to him I came to learn that his grandparents are still alive and living in another city alone, which is not too far from the place he was staying. On asking whether he will go to meet his grandparent with whom he has not met for very many years, to my great amazement, he emotionlessly replied no. He further explained he had paucity of time and money both. I was wonder struck. Morals, customs, family norms and traditions as well as socio-religious institutions that are older than human memory are melting under our eyes like superficial organs of our society. The family that nursed and cherished the basis of social order has broken into pieces. Homes that were built for sacrifices to shelter the sons and daughters are silent and desolate. The children’s loyalty is scattered to the wondering task. Oh, the father and mother are left alone in their black houses with vacant chairs and every room is echoing with the absence of the family sound. Value, virtue and human sentiments have evaporated like the water droplets on the red hot iron. To me this is one one of the greatest tragedy of the modern man, which comprises the First Noble Truth in Buddhist terminology.

2,There is cause of suffering: 

Now let us consider how the great transition through which we are passing has caught and changed our morals. As the matter of fact, the change of morals in a global society is an endless change of single personalities stung one one the other. It consists in the intra-working of the groups grasping in such a manner that young and old react differently on a single stimuli, morally opposed to each other. Now the million Dollar question is, what is that sufficient cause of this unceasing becoming in which we find ourselves involved in the ethical dilemma? And the answer is the rapid industrialization and globalization along with some other economic conditions. Let us examine it.

When we caste our glance over the history of human civilization we come across two profound transitions that caused moral changes. One was passage from hunting to agriculture and other was passage from hunting to industry. And in each case the moral codes, which served the older society’s welfare were transformed chaotically under new regime.  Man’s transformation from hunting to tillage created a demand for new virtues and moral codes of conducts. Industriousness, thrift and peace were considered more vital than bravery, violence and war of hunting age. Men women and children worked together in a farm hence cooperation kindness and respect for elders, love, compassion and discipline emerged as new values. Status of women changed. Now she became the pivot of the family. Children became the helping hand of their parent and the grandparents, the day their adolescence was complete. Thus our moral codes of conduct are rooted in the rural milieu. Man matured on the farm at the very early age- both in mind and self-support. At the age of twenty he understood all the tasks of his life, and his life’s struggle started.

This agricultural normative continued for about two thousand years. Then suddenly factories appeared. Men women and children began to leave home and family authority and unity, to work as individual and individually paid. Children attain their maturity very late. They are groomed in crèche, Received the school and technical education in the colleges, by the time they become able to earn an income they have to leave their parental authority to the freedom of irresponsible individual life. Even if they did not go off of their own accord the call of job and wage, the migration markets and factories and trade tear them from home and the normative reign. And thus the old agricultural moral has fallen to pieces, and the urban world ceases to be judged by it any more.

Now the basic cause of the moral change is the industrial revolution. It is instrumental in almost every modern moral flux. It weakened the moral influence of the family and led the replacement of puritan asceticism and restrain on every pleasure and perversion. The rise of science and technology along with Darwinian fever attacked over religious belief. When the youth found that religion and the elders are denouncing their modern pleasure they found thousands reasons in science for denouncing religion.

The fetal factor in the change of ethics and social norm is the First World War. It broke down our habit of cooperation and peace, which had been framed under the reign of industry and trade. It accustomed men to brutality and promiscuity. It returned thousands of men to their countries Centre’s of moral infection. It cheapened the value of life by its wholesale killing and prepared the psychology of gangs and crimes. Vietnam was a worst hit state of this world war.

Last but not the least the invention of TV mobile and others I. T. instruments have made the human relations strained. While watching T. V. serials or news; surfing internet, Facebook, or chatting on Messenger youths ignore their family members and friend as unwanted hindrance. Mobile disturbs our moral sense organs too. In our brain system there is an Insula which generates compassion, love, affection and sympathy in us. The regular use of mobile affects it adversely. Those who use it extensively start losing the moral feelings and often become immune of it. This is the reason that youths, all over the world are becoming indifferent of moral reasoning and human sentiments.

3, The Annihilation of Suffering:

At Tan Son Nhat Airport, Vietnam

Finally it can be said that there may be very many causes of our moral change in the rapid transit from farm and house to factories and city streets, but we must try to understand the young and the coming generation, which have and are replacing us very rapidly. Their lives and problems are very different as they are in the grip of industrial revolution. It has transformed their custom, their garb, their work, and their conduct.  Hence it will be unfair to judge them through the majoring rod of our old moral codes of conduct derived from the age of yore. On the contrary the hard fact is that the moods of most of our elders have not changed. Their senility finds it hard to forgive the youths. However, it seems desirable for the elders to find some time to contemplate upon the variability of Good and try to understand the fluid relativity of morals. Otherwise it will be gross unfair to them. The words ‘Morality’ and ‘Immorality’ are in flux between mooring and the new ones yet to be found. We do not know what they should mean and how they may be redefined to help us understand the human conduct in an industrial and urban era.

It is apparent from the above discussion that today most of the people live their life as carelessly as they do, without caring others. They do not rightly know the conditions in which they find themselves. Rather they persuade themselves that they have emerged out of absolute nothingness of their own. At the time of death they will again disappear without leaving any trace. This ignorance born egotism has made them not to care others specially the older generation. These hurt the elders and make them prejudice for the Youngers and they reciprocate accordingly. This continuity of a chain of reactions is the basic cause of suffering between the two generations.

Today we are standing between two worlds, one is dead and the other is hardly born. Our fate is a chaos for a generation. We are conscious like Confucius that moralities of restraint and fear have lost their hold upon the modern man. There is a need of new natural moral code that is based on intelligence and be able to convince both, the older and the younger generation. The time has come to scrutinize our assumptions and our habits in order to build for ourselves a system of life and thought which may be consistent with the experience and the demand of the day. It is again very difficult rather impossible to slash down our all ethical codes of conducts declaring them obsolete and reconstruct a new one. It is again very unwise and impossible to roll back the entire industrial developments and to arrive at the agriculture age or rural milieu. Now it is a million Dollar question how to arrive at the solution to reconcile the problem of the modern man and their generation gap.

4, Path leading to annihilation of suffering:

For solving this basic modern problem one will have to look into their real position and thereby recognize with sufficient clearness that they are aimlessly and without plain wandering through the world in all its heights and depth under the perpetual self-delusion. Now the time has come to make them recognize the possibility of escaping forever from this circle of suffering. This is the Fourth Noble Truth which constitutes the cap and crown of the mighty structure of the Buddhism. But in this newly emerged situation, Buddha’s Eightfold Path, though universally accepted a perfect path for eradication of sufferings, become austere and difficult for a modern man to follow in a normal way. The mind is considered basically responsibly for all sorts of problems. Today most of the persons are having stress and strain. The Buddha was in know of this fact that it is very difficult to control and purify it. Secondly, it is again very tough to undergo the meditational practices. But the Buddha gave a clue when he says that a wise man should guard the mind as guarded mind is conducive to happiness. The Tibetan yoga and our revered Guru have developed this idea and provided some easy steps for skipping away from mental stress and strain and keeping the mind in the congenial atmosphere.

As we know that mind is fickle and makes a man restless. It hardly remains in the present. It roams either in past or in future. Even if it is in the present it roams in the different directions, now here now there, now on fictitious and adventitious ideas. And the basic need for the happy life is to live consciously in the present. For that our Guru has advised to walk on the Mani Mantra. If it is followed honestly the mind will not wonder here and there as well inauspicious thoughts will not erupt. Even if it crops up it will be driven out slowly and stealthily. With the absence of evil thoughts the stress and strain will be release and mind will become calm and cozy. With this mind set one will never irritate other as well get irritated. This will make one’s attitude mild and positive, instead of pessimistic. Our Guru always say to come out of the pessimistic bent of mind as it take a person in a perilous condition.

Secondly, Tibetan Yoga provides an unique method for generating compassion for all the things and the beings of the world. Since the secret of one’s future is hidden in one’s daily routine, Guru has suggested certain change in our everyday life. He has asked us that before doing anything you must pray for the wellbeing of others whether it is man or any other creature of the universe. For instance we are asked to think or speak before eating, “May all sentient beings have the Buddha food.” While drinking, “May all the sentient beings may have the Buddha Amrit”and so on. The regular practice of all these radically transforms ones personality. Unbounded compassion is generated in him. It also creates sympathy and empathy for other. If both the generation is full of compassion, sympathy and empathy both will understand each other and there will not a problem of generation gap. Their sympathetic ray will unite all the sentient beings in one organic whole.  This practice, on the one hand, unites the entire members of the biotic community and feel their pain and pleasure on the other, it relieves them from their past ignorance based Karmic fruition.

Once our Holy Guru Sri Dalai Lama Jee has said, “In order to create a positive action we must develop a positive vision.”   Accordingly our Guru suggests us to read and comment on the lesions of Song Nguyen Tantra House or Chanh Tu Duy.com. Its proper and regular study will drive out negativity from our mind and create a proper and positive vision wherein there is no scope of discrepancy in our thought and action as well our mild behaviour will create a congenial atmosphere in the house and outside. One will be incapable of doing any wrong. His mind will be saturated with pious thinking.

To conclude with I would like to quote one verse of the Dhammapada;

“Refrain from committing any sin, do good and auspicious work.

Purify one’s mind. This is the teaching of all the Awakened on(the Buddha)”

May all sentient being be at peace and happiness

Reverently Yours

Tantra Sutra Daka

  1. Nguyên Thành says:

    Dear Tantra Sutradaka (Avinash Kumar. S),

    I am thankful for your article. It is a nice and profound one with the introduction written by the style of realistic depiction. Your sympathy and empathy with your mother-in-law shows your compassion and Buddhist wisdom in a nice article.

    By the historical arguments and logical reasoning, you make the deep analysis on “The Four Noble Truths” in modern times. From your reference, readers contemplate the old and new ethical values so that they have right thoughts in their minds and find the solution to solve the problem of the generation gap at the present time.

    Your article expresses your high appreciation for the noble spirit of helping those who have good condition to come to Song Nguyen Tantra House work out their own salvation and it is the right perspective on the path of the cessation of suffering taught by the Buddha, and has now been simplified by the pedagogical method which is highly practical. It is Pure Mind Yoga.

    After reading this article, I am pleased that you have a clear understanding of what I have written on chanhtuduy.com. I acted as a confidant, just like the same heart and mind of Ziqi and Bo Ya in enjoying the melody. My deep gratitude to you, a learner who lets me feel that “happiness comes from being understood”. How happy I am.

  2. Tantra Sutradaka says:

    Revered guru jee

    Om Mani Padme Hun

    With my folded hands, bow head and surrendered personality  before you I can say only one thing. It is your blessing.

    Reverently yours

    Avinash Kumar srivastava

    (Tantra Sutra Daka)

     

    • Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin phép được dịch comment của đạo hữu Tantra Sutradaka sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      “Kính bạch Thầy tâm linh tôn quý.

      Om Mani Padme Hum.

      Con xin được chấp tay, cúi đầu đảnh lễ Thầy với lòng tôn kính.  Con chỉ muốn nói một điều: tất cả đều nhờ sự để tâm, gia hộ của Thầy.

      Con kính đảnh lễ Thầy!

      Con – Avinash Kumar Srivastava

      Tantra Sutradaka”

  3. Tantra Mahadeva says:

    Greeting Dr Avinash Kumar

    Grateful for your words in this article. You have expounded very well on the four noble truths. Happiness truly sprouts from clear undersranding of the dharma.

    May all beings benefit from the pure dharma and find the true path of wisdom.

    Om Mani Padme Hum

  4. Dr. C H Lakshmi narayan. says:

    Guru is my guide

    Buddha is my life

    Dharma is my way

    Sangha is my Spirit

    Respected Guruji, I bow my head at the lotus feet of Guruji.

    I beg pardon of Guruji and my Dharma friend, writer of this article,  if I say that it is very difficult to understand the basic Noble Truths of Buddhism in this  p H d thesis like  article for lay Dharma Practicioners  or lay beginner Practicioners when it is difficult to understand for scholars  themsthem ! As it is written, it should not be a lesion rather than lesson about Buddhism for all types of educated  or uneducated class of people of Dharma

    Practicioners of Chanhtudy.com. This is my personal sincere feelings after reading this article, not with any bad intentions of  disrespecting the writer.! It is a very good article  to be discussed and assessed at University  PhD  level. Please excuse me if my comments  hurts any body’s feelings.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Long live our beloved Guruji for upholding Dharma.

    Dr C H Lakshminarayan.

    ( Tantra Nirvadeva )

    • Tantra Sutradaka says:

      Respected my Dhamma brother

      Good evening

      I am really very sorry to hurt your sentiments through my article. It is true that common man may feel a little bit difficult to understand it. I shall try to be simple in my expressions in future. So kind to you for your valuable suggestion. Thank you.

      Your Younger brother

       Tantra Sutra Daka

       

    • Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin phép được dịch comment của đạo hữu Tantra Nirvadeva (C H Lakshminarayan) sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      “Đạo sư là người dẫn đường cho con

      Phật là cuộc sống của con

      Pháp là con đường của con

      Tăng là tinh thần của con.

      Kính bạch Thầy tâm linh tôn quý!

      Con xin cúi đầu đảnh lễ dưới chân sen của Thầy.

      Con xin sám hối trước Thầy và con xin lỗi đạo hữu Tantra Sutradaka, tác giả bài viết này vì con thấy rằng Phật tử cư sĩ, những hành giả mới thực hành sẽ rất khó hiểu về những chân lý cơ bản của đạo Phật được nêu ra trong bài viết này, trong khi đó, bản thân những học giả đọc bài viết của đạo hữu Tantra Sutradaka cũng thấy khó hiểu. Cách viết của đạo hữu Tantra Sutradaka nên dễ hiểu hơn để không gây ra sự cản trở cho tất cả người học học  Phật pháp trên chanhtuduy.com, không phân biệt tầng lớp trí thức hoặc không phải trí thức.

      Đó là cảm giác trung thực của con sau khi đọc bài viết này, con không hề có bất kỳ niệm tưởng xấu là không tôn trọng tác giả bài viết. Đây là bài viết rất hay khi được thảo luận ở cấp độ tiến sỹ ở trường đại học.

      Con xin lỗi nếu comment của con làm tổn thương bất kỳ ai.

      Om Mani Padme Hum.

      Con cầu nguyện Thầy trụ thế lâu dài vì sự nghiệp hoằng dương chánh pháp.

      Con – C H Lakshminarayan.

      Tantra Nirvadeva”

      • Kính bạch Thầy!

        Con xin phép được dịch comment của đạo hữu Tantra Sutradaka sang tiếng Việt như sau:

        “Thưa pháp huynh Tantra Nirvadeva  – Dr C. H.Lakshminarayan,

        Đệ xin lỗi vì bài viết của đệ làm cho huynh cảm thấy khó hiểu. Nhiều người cũng cảm thấy khó hiểu khi đọc bài viết của đệ. Đệ sẽ viết đơn giản, dễ hiểu hơn trong những bài sau. Đệ cảm ơn huynh đã cho đệ lời khuyên giá trị.

        Pháp đệ – Tantra Sutradaka.”

  5. Mật Thủy says:

    Dear Tantra Sutradaka,
    Your writing is quite long, but it can’t make me stop reading to the end. How clever you are to take your real life to teachings of Buddha (the Four Nobles Truths), then connect to the marvelous methods innovated by Guru in Song Nguyen Tantra House. From that point, I find that our Guru’s guiding always helps us look “life is dharma, dharma is life” more easily and automatically turn to action in daily activitives.
    Sincerely thank Guru for guiding us with passion and wisdom.
    May Guru and his consort good health and live long for the sake of all sentient beings.
    Thank Tantra Sutradaka for your sharing.
    Om mani padme hum!

  6. Tantra Amishuta says:

    Thank you for sharing this article it was very rewarding to read. Om mani Padme hum

  7. Dear Tantra Sutradaka,
    I am delighted to read your article. I highly appreciate your concern on the social problems, especially, the problem of generation gap, which cause the suffering for all beings for ages.
    I agree with you that when technology and science fast developed, although human beings get benefit from such development, there appear many problems. We can not fight against the law of nature, the law of development in society in modern time. The most important thing is that we should find out the solutions to our problems in modern times. The development in society including science and technology aims at the betterment in life. We should not keep suffered from stress, strain, misery caused by the development in modern life.
    Buddhist path is seen as the perfect way to cease the suffering but how to apply Buddhist teachings into modern life is the most importance. Obviously, the way to sit in meditation for hours a day cannot applied in the busy life at present times. Living far away from home to pursuit the isolated life is not suitable with the modern life with much media means. Abandoning job, family and responsibilities for society and family seem not be the Buddhist qualities of compassion. In addition, human beings cannot leave all relationships and job for coming to the monastery to learn the Dharma.
    The methods or ways to cease the suffering in modern life seem not found out. And human beings seems to live in the suffered life and the generation gap seems bigger and bigger. Human beings’ mental and spiritual life seem got stuck. People in mordern life are wandering in the dark house filled with suffering but not find the way out.
    Luckily, Pure Mind Yoga innovated by Guru with 6 marvellous practices opens the gateway to the world of sympathy, understanding, love, compassion and wisdom to purify the mind leading the happiness and ceasing the suffering in mordern life.
    By your logic explanation and trustworthy arguments, we find out that Guru’d six marvelous pratices, especially, recitation Mani along steps, meditation on bodhicitta and read and comments on chanhtuduy.com and the exploitation of modern technology like mobile phone, internet… support learners the effective, simple ways to purify the mind and free from suffering. Then the solutions to problem of generation gap and other suffering caused by the fast development in modern life are found out effectively by the wisdom and compassion of Guru through his innovation of Pure Mind Yoga.
    Now, we enjoy every moment at present and live a happy life due to Guru’s 6 marvellous practices. In Song Nguyen Tantra House, learners who read and comment diligently get the happiness in family, society, at workplaces and in life. The old generation and the young generation get on well in the happiness of Dharma, husband and wife, father and son, mother and daughter live happily together, connecting the Guru for the ultimate goal of being free from the suffering in Samsara.
    I highly appreciate your deep devotion towards Guru and the treasuring of the Dharma when you find out the wish fulfilling jewel from connecting Guru in this life. Your humble attitude and your deep gratitude to Guru is the good example for me to look back myself.
    Thank you so much for your sharing.
    May Guru and his consort have a good health and live long for the sake of all sentient beings
    May Tantra Sutradaka get all legitimate wishes and get at ease and happy on the path to enlightenment.
    May all sentient beings achieve the happiness of Buddha’s nature
    Om Mani Padme Hum

  8. Mật Chánh Tấn says:

    Dear Tantra Sutradaka,

    I would like to express my delight to read your article, which mentions about the topic of “Four Noble Truths” and related to the society today.

    From the story of your mother-in-law, you have cleverly associated with Buddhism lesson “Four Noble Truths”. The feeling of loneliness, the alienation of the elderly in the family and the depression of young people in society nowadays have indicated a great gap between the two generations. And with clear points and demonstrations, you have proved that the change in moral values and expanding gap between two generations mainly caused by human wars and the lack of sympathy, compassion to other people. Because of greedy, constant craving of things without stop, jealousy that makes people do not feel happy with their present. From the issue and the cause of human suffering, it has raised an urgent question in today society: how to solve modern human problems and solve the gap between generations?

    Fortunately, we have the opportunity to be instructed by the holy Guru. Through the analysis in your article, I understand the benefits to learn Pure Mind Yoga, to be taughted by the holy Guru the simple methods, which are easy to practice and help to answer the urgent question above. Thanks to the Guru’s teaching, we have the opportunity to understand and learn “Meditation on Bodhicitta”. Gradually, we have chance to develop our compassion for all sentient beings in the world through daily activities. Eventually, the negative emotion as well as the insensitivity to the situation of others will no longer exist, and only compasion, sympathy, empathy would be placed in our mind, which help to shorten the distance between the generations. In addition, the holy Guru has compassionately created Chanhtuduy.com, which allows us to be acquired with knowledge of Buddism just by reading and commenting articles on Chanhtuduy.com. And thanks to that, we can gradually eliminate negative thoughts, replacing them with positive and right thoughts.

    Thank you Tantra Sutradaka for sharing the article. It help me to realize my fortune to learn Pure Mind Yoga, to be taught by the holy Guru and having the opportunity to follow the path of liberation under the teaching of the holy Guru.

    May Holy Guru and his consort have a good health and live long for the sake of all sentient beings.

    May Tantra Sutradaka get joyful and successful on the path to enlightenment.

    May all sentient beings get the happiness of Buddha’s nature.

    Om Mani Padme Hum!

  9. Tantra Upatissa says:

    Dear Guru thanks for sharing this article.

    And thanks to our Dharma friend for writing this article and explaining the modern day problems which leads to unhealthy relationship between parents and their children.

    Developing IT Technology and gadgets like smart phones are the main reason for this generation gap.

    But on the contrary side these smartphones are most powerful devices which are very helpful in these modern days and have become important in day to day life.

    Now the question is to how to overcome them and use them efficiently.

    It’s simple but people should be willing to do it.

    Children’s at very young stage should be thought to wake up early in the morning and practice meditation at least one hour a day. They should be able to dedicate at least one hour of their life in early morning which will have a very good impact on their entire day. And if it becomes a habit in their life I believe to a certain extent they can overcome these modern day problems.

    And in rest of day if they can practice Dharma in every activity they do like eating, sleeping, walking etc as taught by our Guru their lives will be even more beneficial for others around them.

    Thanks respected Sutradaka for sharing your family and modern world problems.

    May you and your family get Buddha’s blessings.

    May Guru and his consort live long and protected and get enlightened.

    May all beings be free from suffering and get enlightened.

    Om Mani Padme Hum..

  10. Bishnu Prasad Das says:

    Respected Guru Ji and

    Dear  Prof. Mr.Avinash Kumar Srivastav Ji

                              I have no words to give comments on your article…Its very true and practical now a days…we have forgotten our culture and basic responsibilities. Who are responsible for these? Only WE are. We are running after  money, wealth, power, prestige, position and followers. Before blaming any one  it is the time to rectify ourselves and teach our future generations how to behave, how to lead a peaceful life…..But when water comes down from hill top  and creating a  narrow way to proceed towards  lower level and gradually  going down and down to join with a river. Can we back that water to its originating place? No  it is not possible normally. When a child born he/she do not aware about the world and the parents…gradually he/she grown up and follow the culture/behavior from home, relatives, school and environment.

                 When he/she start school we always imposed lots of task / homework and always force the child to score best percentage…..we made our child a machine or say computer to fetch/ score good marks …now a days parents expected 99.99% of marks from their son/daughters. Its became a competition. Think once are they( Kids) getting  time to learn anything except reading? Why they engaged with Cell phones? Even what are the roles of parents? Are they properly guide their kids?  No, parents have no time for kids, even they do not allow kids to share some times  with grand parents. They engaged themselves for watching TV world cup match, TV serials, attending kitty parties, taking drinks in home doing all nonsense affairs before kids, earning money from illegal sources etc.  Finally kids became a  headache for parents. They forgets Humanity, they like to lead their life at their own way. This is our Karma Fala, our ill / improper guidance. We should sacrifice for them or else we face this.

                Last year I had been to Bhutan. Its a very nice country on the north of India. I saw 90% of Bhutanese are following   Buddha Dharma, They use to wear the national dress of Bhutan , they are far away from modern society, they are very discipline. Royal Government of Bhutan has imposed some street rules rules for the citizen of Bhutan. They have moral responsibilities for their family members. They don’t like to watch TV like Indians. They are the happiest people among world. Bhutan is the pollution free country and the Royal Government do not allow foreigners to stay permanently in Bhutan. They are very much nature friendly. Do you know the population of Bhutan? It is limited within 7,00,000 only. Likewise our Government should take some initiatives.

               In April 2018, I had been to Indonesia, Bali and I saw the culture of Bali and we should follow them…They are very modern but never forgotten  the culture of family. Humanity and culture is every where. We all tie with  Dharma and we should follow the Dharma.   

                 Modernization is badly required for us…we can not spent our  life like the people of 18th century, because our life style changed, our attitude changed. Our population forced us for modernization or else we all die without food, …is it possible to cultivate food like 18/19 th century old method ? Internet and IT sector has great efforts for our day to day life. Modernization is like a knife with both side sharpness, we should handle it carefully for our benefits, to cut vegetable to cook, not to kill any one for robbery or any personal enmity. Who will teach these? Only we through our Dharma and Karma…

    I am really sorry if i hurt any one…my poor knowledge and my mind  limited. Pls. ignore my mistakes. With all my  respect Prof. Avinash and Guru ji.

    Om Mani Padme HUn 

  11. Tantra Sutradaka says:

    Respected my Dhamma brother

    Dr C. H.Lakshminarayan (tantra Nirveda)

    Good evening

    I am really very sorry to hurt your sentiments through my article. It is true that common man may feel a little bit difficult to understand it. I shall try to be simple in my expressions in future. So kind to you for your valuable suggestion. Thank you.

    Your Younger brother

     Tantra Sutra Daka

     

    • Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin phép được dịch comment của đạo hữu Tantra Sutradaka sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      “Thưa pháp huynh Tantra Nirvadeva  – Dr C. H.Lakshminarayan,

      Đệ xin lỗi vì bài viết của đệ làm cho huynh cảm thấy khó hiểu. Nhiều người cũng cảm thấy khó hiểu khi đọc bài viết của đệ. Đệ sẽ viết đơn giản, dễ hiểu hơn trong những bài sau. Đệ cảm ơn huynh đã cho đệ lời khuyên giá trị.

      Pháp đệ – Tantra Sutradaka.”

  12. Dr. C H Lakshmi narayan. says:

    Dear my Dharma friend Tantra Sutra Daka,

    I am really very sorry for hurting your feelings as I think my comments are usually straight forward, direct , sharp, and some times sarcastic which I know that it is my weakness and trying to correct myself!

    That is why I am interogating and introspecting myself—- Am  I like that novelist Jing yong  about whom  Guruji narrated at length about his writing causing

    displeasure to the honest, sincere and devoted Buddhists  ?

    Sir, I beg your pardon sincerely,if my comments  hurted your  and other Dharma friend’s feelings.

    Yours sincerely.

    Dr C H Lakshminarayan

    ( Sutra Nirvadeva)

     

    • Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin phép được dịch comment của đạo hữu Tantra Nirvadeva (C H Lakshminarayan) sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      “Thưa đạo hữu Tantra Sutradaka,

      Tantra Nirvadeva xin lỗi đạo hữu vì comment của Tantra Nirvadeva làm tổn thương đạo hữu, bởi vì Tantra Nirvadeva thường hay viết thẳng, trực tiếp và đôi khi còn dùng nhiều từ ngữ làm mất lòng người khác. Tantra Nirvadeva biết đó là điểm yếu của mình và đang cố gắng để điều chỉnh, sửa đổi bản thân mình.

      Đó là lý do tại sao Tantra Nirvadeva luôn tự vấn và quán xét  bản thân mình là liệu bản thân mình có giống như Kim Dung mà vị Thầy đã viết trong bài về cách viết của Kim Dung gây bất mãn cho những Phật tử trung thực, chân thành và tận tâm với Phật pháp.

      Thưa đạo hữu, Tantra Nirvadeva thành thật xin lỗi đạo hữu Tantra Sutradaka và các huynh đệ khác nếu như comment của Tantra Nirvadeva làm tổn thương đến đạo hữu và các huynh đệ khác.

      Trân trọng,

      Dr C H Lakshminarayan

      ( Tantra Nirvadeva)”

  13. Salvatore Antonio Fois says:

    Venerebol Guru.

    My name is tantra siramitra.

    And the world still going around, we need technology, and thanks to the enternet, we can follow the Holly Dharma from, very far away country’s, like we are doing know, with the kindness of our Venerebol Guru, children’s the are like the branch of a tree, wan the are bending you must put it straight, while the young, by putting a straight stick next to it, orels if you let him grow bent wan is big it’s to laitar, you just can’t make it straight any longer, our loved children’s the are exactly the same, and the Holly Dharma is the Supreme medicine that it can cliar all elliness from our mind stream.

    OM MANI PEDME HUM……

     

  14. Dear Tantra Sutradaka!

    I enjoy reading your article. Your sharing proves that Buddha’s teachings not something unfamiliar with this modern life. It also helps me to revise our Guru’s teachings about applying Dharma in life, that Dharma is not separated from life. I’m so happy and greatful to be His disciple in this life.Specially, I admire your devotion to our Guru. Despite of your position as a Professor, you always show your humble in every comment, even when writing to Dharma brothers.May Triple Gem’s blessings through Guru’s transmission come to you and your family on this Vesak 2562.  Om Mani Padme Hum!

  15. Susan says:

    Thankss very much for your article. Your article are very  resonable.  We are so busy for working and often ignore our parents. So sorry  for my parents. And I like your article. I will to read completely though I have so  many works to do.

    Best regards

    Susan

  16. Susan says:

    Thankss for your article. I think I should do some change to think more for our parents.

    Best regards.

  17. Boying Baguio says:

    Dear Holy Guru,

    My greetings..

    May all our brothers and sisters in chanhtuduy.com have a wonderful moment.

    To our brother Tantra Sutra Daka, thank you for such an amazing and meaningful article you have shared.

    The gap between the new generation and the previous ones is undeniable. It may not in all though, but it manifest in general all over.I am totally in favor on your idea that the advancement of technology gives a great affectation in human life. First, let us try to think about how the technology has been contributing to us now. Our life might be in an easier ways but unknowingly it builds up a distance, if not a barricade, between us and the older ways of people’s modest way of lifestyle. We have now computers that makes our works faster, more reliable and accurate, easier ways of making works done. We have now gigantic machines who can build a useful highways, bridges, buildings and other structural matters wherein we can make our comfortable life be more secured and easeful.

    Secondly, television has been so influencial nowadays. Channels are hundreds through cables wherein you can choose what programs you wanted to stare all throughout the day. The movies are so amazing that they seem to be so realistic with the use of some gadgets that makes our entertainment more fun. Other thing is of course, the most magical invention of the man’s lifestyle nowadays, cellphones. You can use it anytime, anywhere, any ways you wanted to.

    Those inventions of human talents and skills gave a hundred percent more comfort to us now, compared to that of what was the usual ways of living 20-30 years ago. It is supposed to be a favorable one, of course. But what’s the downside? I think the most important ways of living has just vanished as we go along the path of advancement. Human morality. It may not be on all part, not to all of us beings, but most. The raising up of buildings and industries compromises a lot to our naturalistic environment. Demolition of mountains for the creation of machineries, business sites, hotels and other recreational structures. Industries of some materials that leads to poisoned earth’s atmosphere, gives pollution to where other beings, like birds in the sky, fish on the oceans and oxygen for us all earthlings.

    Another thing is the availability of programs in our televisions. What are the most things that people tend to sit with their snacks in front of their tv? Well, this matter varies from one place to another, I’m sure. But let me share what I see on my place. Most of my fellow are very much fond of watching movies that should be given censorship. Youngsters should be limited to such a degree of stories and exposure to violence and sensual shows. But what we got from local channels that are available to all? Wars, sex, drugs, family problems, children’s rebellion to their parents, or sometimes to the society. You can’t blame companies, of course, it is where they got audiences. Stations are competing for rates through the numbers of their subscribers. What is even worse sometimes is that news are not actually accurate enough.

    To go further, let us look how cellphones makes its contribution to many. It is indeed acceptable that it makes people get connected easily and accessibly. To those who are in a far distance, they get closer with their communication. Unfortunately, to those who are foot apart, are getting far from each other. So vague, but it’s true. And I guess it is in this manner that our brother Tantra Sutra Daka makes his point about being unmannered referring to our youngsters. In my previous practice as a Catholic, we used to pray before we take the food laid in the table, or in anywhere and anytime we are about to eat meals or snacks. Nowadays, people take pictures of their foods before they eat. Sadly, not only young generations but also oldies. And yet, sometimes, they can’t take their first taste without posting it in facebook first. Funny but it’s true. It happens most in my place. I can’t think of what’s really their point, in posting their food in fb and showing it globally. Some have their own personal reason, for sure. Another thing, some are happier to chat and text friends who are away from other places than spending times sharing moments directly to whom they are sitting with in front of them. Yet, cellphones are being abused in most often ways this days. Facebook makes the utmost reason for android phones, I believed. And what it is in FB? For most youngsters, they used it for flirting. For some businesses, they use it for competing against others. For other individuals, some used it for gossips and destroying morals. Internet has been filling up the key to immorality due to its wrong used. For this part, I don’t put the blame to the inventor of it, but to the users who are being misguided. Facebook was the key for me to know Buddhism, and I am not denying my debt of gratitude to it. My respect to Mr Zuckerberg.

    Nevertheless, technology has never been that bad. It is the ignorance of its proper use that make things not good. It has been grateful having those fellow beings who are gifted with such knowledge and they have the will to share their inventions. The questions lies to those who have the wrong ways of manipulating it. Same ways as to those who are losing their morals that has been camouflaged by the advancement of life’s status. Indeed, life is a continuous change that we have to go along with, there is a growth the lies in our everyday, as what the holy Guru says that it should be recognized. But this change should be guided with wisdom and accuracy to prevent from suffering. The Noble Eight Fold Path should be synthesized in each and every one of us. It is a powerful tool to get along with through this living to maintain the morality and proper usage of our existence, despite of the advancement that we have towards human life. Our eagerness and availability to secure guidance from our Gurus and commitment to ourselves to seek enlightenment makes this world to its best stability.

    Morality, so far in my opinion, has never been lost yet. Some has just forgotten how to manifest it. And as I can see, there are still ways and hope that it can be re-exist. Each individual can make a difference in one way or another. As what Ghandi said…Be the change you want to see in the world.

    My deepest appreciation to our brother Tantra Sutra Daka. Please never get tired to share your opinions and ideas.

    To the Holy Guru, may you keep on sharing wisdom for our enlightenment.

    My acknowledgement to my friend Mat Dieu Hang who render her hands to my way towards chanhtuduy.com.

    May all of us and other beings be in peace, love, happiness, and be free from sufferings.

    I am Tantra Maruta, from the Philippines.Om Mani Padme Hum

  18. Ahmed Khan says:

    Dear Guru,

    Thank you for sharing this article and thank you to dharma friend for writing it.

    This article has made me think a lot about the relationship between the younger generation and the older generation, and how Buddhism can help us in this modern world.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    • Nguyên Thành says:

      When you have appropriate methods to practice the Dharma daily,  you find it easy to get the true happiness in modern life. 

    • Kính bạch Thầy! 

      Con xin phép được dịch comment của bạn đọc Ahmed Khan sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      “Kính bạch Thầy! 

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã cho con đọc bài viết này. Cảm ơn đạo hữu đã viết bài viết này. 

      Bài viết này làm con suy nghĩ nhiều về mối quan hệ giữa thế hệ trẻ và thế hệ già và phương thức để đạo Phật mang lại lợi ích cho con người trong cuộc sống hiện đại này. 

      Om Mani Padme Hum. ”

       

       

  19. Elana Dower says:

    Thank you blessed Guru for sharing this article and to our dharma friend for writing it.

    This is spot on and really resonates with me. The North American culture is saturated in social media use and entertainment. So much so, people define themselves and are validated by how many likes the photo of their coffee got. Silly I know, but true! In some ways it feels as if many people have become like empty shells without substance. The art of conversation has been lost, people are impatient and lack compassion and common sense is not so common anymore.

    My friend just said not too long ago that Facebook is ruining the new generation of children because the parents are constantly on their devices and have tuned out their children and are not doing their job as parents.

    I see all too  often small children in the supermarkets in the carriages with tablets staring at screens instead of talking with their parent about what’s on the shopping list, what should they eat that day, what foods are beneficial to health and which are not. Families at restaurant for dinner and no one is talking all ages have their tablets and phones out. No one asks about how the other’s day was.

    My husband has a friend who lives alone and does not have a partner and instead shares every small detail of his life on Facebook and claims he is content on his own. We are often concerned what his life will be like if he continues this way in 10, 15, 20 years from now?

    It is true that the demands of today’s world puts a tremendous strain on the working/child rearing demographic of people in the world. Everything costs more, and we get far less for or hard earned money than ever before. On top of that many people, even highly educated people have to work several jobs to feed their families. Everything moves too fast and the media is largely to blame. We are told how we are supposed to look, act, how much money we should have, what car we should drive, what house we should buy and so on. People here are set up to fail and are fighting a losing battle.

    I take great comfort in my daily practice and studies because it allows me to s-l-o-w things down and let the chaos dissipate. I see mothers in the park on their phone while watch my kids play and i touch the beads of my mala and recite in my mind om mani padme om. I think about nature and all things and all people everywhere and feel connected to all of it. It is a great comfort to be a on a path that helps me get closer to enlightenment. I see joy in my children because they are learning to understand the connection between themselves and all life, as a result they are laughing, dancing and singing everyday.

    In my experience the path of the buddhist life feels like such a stark contrast to much of modern living. People consume and want and need while dharma students let go, simplify and release.

    I was talking to me husband this morning about time. How we here in the US say so frequently “I wish I had more time” “I have to balance my life” we obsess over time and perfection. Work and play, work and rest. And I said to him that I think its a trap of the mind, because time is infinite you can never have enough. Time also does not stand still for us so it not something we can acquire so we can not “have time”. This morning while i was brushing my teeth i felt myself let this perception go just a bit and felt very joyful and at peace. As if I had been blessed. I thought about Buddha sitting under the Bodhi tree. Time meant nothing it was the process that was precious. We try to cram too many thoughts, feelings, actions, messages, posts, pleasures in one day as if the world is coming to an end when we don’t see that time is on our side. Because things are ever changing so we may too evolve to be closer to buddha and closer to enlightenment. So whether time brings suffering to joy we must act to decide what we will do with our suffering or joy and be ready for what the next moment brings our way.

    It is beautiful that Tanra Sutra Daka took the time to speak to his family member I am sure it meant the world to her and brought her much joy.

    May all our dharma friends be blessed and find themselves closer to enlightenment today.

    Om Mani Padme Om

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