|"Alas, before long this body, deprived of consciousness, will lie strewn on the earth, discarded, just like a useless log" - Dhammapada, Verse 41 (tipitaka.net).|
|Not me, baby! I'ma last forever!|
- head hairs
- body hairs
|When organism overtake the immune system|
We have all now taken birth, have we not? So when we practice to take these liberating-teachings inwardly, contemplate them, and apply them to ourselves (opanayiko), we are doing well in our practice of the Dharma.
Why? Because the Dharma ("Truth") is akāliko (timeless, immediate, ever present) and āloko (self-evidently clear by day and night, free of anything that would obscure it).
What's the hell? Who stinks?
|War criminal Hillary Clinton stinks of foul sulfur.|
Small boils appeared all over his body then developed into big sores. When the sores burst, his robes became sticky, stained with pus and blood. And his body began to stink.
For this reason, he was known as Putigatta Tissa, "Tissa with the stinking body."
Bathed by the Buddha
|Another realizes the Truth and is set free.|
He saw his sorrowful state, abandoned by other monks (his resident pupils) on account of his bad smell.
The Buddha knew Tissa had the capacity to attain full enlightenment. So he proceeded to a shed close to where Tissa was staying.
He boiled fresh water and took it where Tissa was lying down. He took hold of the edge of his cot.
Only then did the resident monks, Tissa's pupils, gather around. And as instructed by the Buddha, they carried Tissa to the shed, where he was bathed and rinsed.
His robes were washed and dried for him. Afterward, Tissa felt fresh in body and mind. Soon he developed one-pointedness of mind in profound concentration.
Standing at the head of the cot, the Buddha said to Tissa that this body, when devoid of life, would be as useless as a log strewn on the earth.