|Samsara is long and wearisome. Wake up.|
At that time Bahiya of the Barkcloth (Bahiya Daruciriya) was living by the seashore at Supparaka. He was respected, revered, honored, venerated, given homage, and provided with the requisites of a wandering ascetic.
"Bahiya, you are neither an arhat nor have you entered the path to arhatship. You do not follow that practice whereby you could be an arhat or enter the path to arhatship."
At that time a number of wandering ascetics were walking up and down in the open air. Bahiya of the Barkcloth approached them and said: "Where, reverend sirs, is the Blessed One now living, the Arhat, the Fully Enlightened One? We wish to see that venerable who is the Arhat, the Fully Enlightened One."
|The Buddha had golden skin and a bright aura|
On seeing the Blessed One, Bahiya approached, fell down with his head at the Blessed One's feet, and said:
- 'In the seen will be merely what is seen;
- in the heard will be merely what is heard;
- in the sensed will be merely what is sensed;
- in the cognized will be merely what is cognized.'
|In the seen, Bahiya, let there be only the seen.|
|A stupa for the Buddha, Topdara, Afghanistan|
Then they returned to the Blessed One, bowed, sat respectfully to one side, and said: "Bahiya's body has been cremated, revered sir, and a sacred mound has been made for it. What is his destiny, what is his future birth?"