|Buddha in the bleak (Johnkoukoulomatis.flickr)|
"Living thus, mindful and vigilant, a meditator who has forsaken selfish attachments may, by understanding, abandon suffering, rebirth, aging, sorrow, and grief [of every kind] even in this very life."
|Mayhem in Thailand (2013songkran.com)|
Who was Mettagū?
According to The Apadāna (ii.342f), Mettagū generously gave out alms worth sixty crores [crore = 10 million] of gold before joining Bāvarī. Aeons before that, during the time of the Buddha Sumedha, [the being who was later reborn as] Mettagū was a wandering ascetic living near Mount Asoka in the Himalayas, in a hermitage built for him by Vissakamma. There the Buddha Sumedha visited him. The ascetic gave him a bowl filled with ghee and oil. As a result of that great merit (the karma of generosity to a fully enlightened being), he was 18 times reborn as a ruler of devas and 51 times as a king in the human realm.