Useful Hints for Sri Pada Pilgrims
Excessive cold at
the summit may cause hyperthermia (loss of body heat).
Proper and sufficient clothes should be taken along by
the pilgrims. Water resistant jerkins would be ideal to
keep the body warm. All this can be carried in a back
pack. Desist from using polythene bags.
Some biscuits, lozenges, toffees, sweetmeat, like aggala,
aluwa, Thalabola, two three packets of glucose and one
or two bottles of water will be very useful.
Climbing should not be done at one continuous stretch.
Journey should be broken at intervals for resting.
Climbing during night is more advisable.
Those visiting Sri Pada for the first time should climb
in a group led by a leader (Nade Gura) who is familiar
with the route.
Alcohol must be taboo. Any health problems should be
reported to the nearest first-aid centre manned by a
doctor, nurses and other medical staff as there are
several places like these.
The old and infirm should not visit Sri Pada alone they
should be chaperoned by an able bodied person.
The study of life
Continued from 10-01-2009
If others abuse you, put your mindfulness at the sound.
“Sound, sound.” Who are they abusing? They are just
abusing themselves, let it go back to them, don’t take
it in. Then your mind will be in a skilful state. This
is the first way to solve problems with elementary
meditation practice. This is how to solve problems by
recollecting on your life. You can reflect on yourself,
reflect on your mother, father and benefactors. With
meditation you can know the law of karma.
A person who is feeling greed will breaths one way, one
who is experiencing anger will breathe another way, one
who is deluded will breathe another way - very fast.
Jealous people have very strong body odour. People who
have wholesome states of mind, whose minds are at ease
and who use meditation to solve problems will not have
offensive body odour. Solving problems lies right here,
not in the books.
Dear scholars, technology cannot solve your family
problems. For this you must use the Buddhist teachings
and meditation. When meditation is used for solving
problems it is of great benefit. When you can read
yourself, teach yourself and use yourself, you will see
your own death and thus unravel your fixed views, your
mind will become wholesome and you will receive immense
benefits, Meditation is the Buddhist teaching that
There is both learning and insight. If you are depressed
by anything, don’t let that depression linger overnight.
You must get rid of that depression right now. The past
is just a dream, the present is the truth, the future is
uncertain. Don’t go digging up the past, don’t worry
over other people. What you should do is control your
speech wherever you go. Don’t be fainthearted, don’t go
reviving the past. Your duty lies in the present. Don’t
go grasping after the future and making plans, you will
always be disappointed.
Problems must be solved. Buddhism teaches that people
should solve problems, not make them. The reason people
make problems and cannot solve them is that they throw
out the Buddhist teachings, they neglect their true
duty, they throw out their social responsibilities,
that’s why society is so confused as to why we cannot
solve our problems. We must solve problems by ourselves,
from the place where they arise. If sadness arises,
breathe deeply, put your attention on the solar plexus,
and note “sadness, sadness”. Right then and there
mindfulness will say, “Why are you being sad? Sadness is
not right, we should correct it right now.” You must be
able to solve all kinds of problems as I’ve said.
You must note, “gladness, gladness.” Tomorrow you may be
going to receive big money, but just note “gladness,
gladness.” Why? Because you may be disappointed. You
should guard against disappointment. If you do not note
these things you are being careless. If you are
careless, when the things you love disappear, you will
be crying and wailing, you won’t be able to eat or
sleep. You may even want to hang yourself or take an
overdose of sleeping tablets.
This is where the practice lies: resisting your moods.
That which observes the mind is Sati, that which knows
is sampajanna. Look into things for yourself and solve
problems for yourself, don’t try to solve them with
others help. If you are angry at another person, ask why
are you angry? This is only your own bad karma, you are
merely showing your own faults. You want the other
person to meet destruction but you are only destroying
yourself. This is bad karma. This is what I want to
impart to you all. This is how to solve problems. You
must take responsibility for yourself, your own eyes,
ears, nose and your mouth.
The mouth is very important. Is your mouth controlled?
If you do not solve problems by yourself I guarantee
that even if you try to solve problems for a hundred
years you will not be successful, and you will only meet
with bitter disappointment. I leave this with you, your
personal responsibility. This is the results of
practising according to the Buddha’s teachings: and this
only the beginning.
May you all prosper and be happy!
(Courtesy -Advantages of
Chanting and how to Practice