I – Introduction
It’s an existential meditation of our Existence itself, It deeply reveals that “Each Soul is potential divine. The goal is to manifest this divinity within by facing consciously, external and internal of our ‘one another binds us’ with nature in life.
Do this either by work or worship or psychic control or philosophy, by one or more or all of these and be free. This is the whole of religion. Doctrines or dogmas, or rituals, or book, or temples, or forms are but secondary details.
The mantra is: “How to bridge ours divisions with Divine Love within.“
II – Illustrated Story of Mulian Rescues His Mother or Mulian Saves His Mother From Hell
The 4 great disciples of Gautama Buddha:
- Shariputra (Sanskrit), or Sāriputta (Pāli), is a top master of Wisdom.
- Maudgalyayana: Maudgalyāyana (Sk.) or Moggallāna (Pl.), also known as Mahāmaudgalyāyana or Mahāmoggallāna. He is a top master of supernatural powers In Chinese Buddhism, the Mass that Maudgalyayana held to save his mother who had gone to the Hungry Ghost realm (one of the Six realms) is the foundation of ullambana (Ghost Festival).
- Mahākāśyapa:Mahākāśyapa (Sk.) or Mahākassapa (Pl.). He was a top master of ascetic training. After the death of Shakyamuni Buddha, he assumes the leadership of the sangha, compiled the Buddha’s sayings (suttas) with 500 other disciples (First Buddhist councils), and became the first man who preached the Buddha’s teachings directly.
- Ananda Ānanda (Sk.&Pl.) listened to the Buddha’s teachings the most among the disciples. Ananda means great delight. In the First Buddhist council, the suttas/sutras were compiled based on his memory. He lived to 120 years old.
Mulian Rescues His Mother or Mulian Saves His Mother From Hell is a popular Chinese/Asian Buddhist tale.
Maudgalyāyana uses his psychic powers to look for his deceased parents and see in what world they have been reborn. Although he can find his father in a heaven, he cannot find his mother and asks the Buddha for help. The Buddha brings him to his mother, who is located in a hell realm, but Maudgalyāyana cannot help her. When Maudgalyāyana tries to offer her food through an ancestral shrine, the food bursts into flames each time. Maudgalyāyana therefore asks the Buddha for advice, who recommends him to make merit to the Sangha and transfer it to his mother. The transfer not only helps his mother to be reborn in heaven, but can also be used to help seven generations of parents and ancestors.
On the fifteenth day of the seventh lunar month, which established the Ghost Festival. While Mulian’s devotion to his mother, it also reflected strong undercurrents of filial piety that existed throughout Indian /China/Asia Buddhism.
The story of ‘Mulian Saves His Mother From Hell’ goes beyond time and space’, then we can understand that:
– Hell and Paradise exist at the same time in the Earth.
– The Present linked to the past and prepare the future and only the present is real.
– Only to the limit of our ultimate effort that appears the divine love in unity together in God.
– So our practice of every day will be:
Make the whole world, Your own
NO one is Allien
-Karaluvinna, M. (2002), “Mahā-Moggallāna”, in Malalasekera, G. P.; Weeraratne, W. G. (eds.), Encyclopaedia of Buddhism, 6 (fasc. 3),
Michel Thao Chan
President and Founder of Cercle de Réflexion des Nations (CRN),
Secretary General of Sino-Europe Development Formation Culture (SED-FC)