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Dhp 01:09 - Lust Pierces The Hearts Of The Undeveloped

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Dhp 01:09 - Lust Pierces The Hearts Of The Undeveloped

Even as rain penetrates an ill-thatched house,
so does lust penetrate an undeveloped mind. (13).
Even as rain does not penetrate a well-thatched house,
so does lust not penetrate a well-developed mind. (14).


Once the Buddha was residing at the Veluvana monastery in Rajagaha. His father King Suddhodana repeatedly sent messengers to the Buddha requesting him to visit the city of Kapilavatthu. Accordingly, the Buddha made the journey in the company of a large number of Arahants. On arrival at Kapilavatthu, he related the Vessantara Jataka to the assembly of his relatives. On the second day, he entered the city, where he recited the verse beginning with 'Uttitthe Nappamajjeya...' (i.e. one should arise and should not be unmindful...) His father attained Sotapatti upon listening to this verse. On arrival at the palace, the Buddha recited another verse beginning with 'Dhammam care sucaritam...' (i.e. one should practise the Dhamma...) the King attained Sakadagami. After the almsgiving he narrated the Canda Kinnara Jataka, with reference to the virtues of Rahula's mother, who had been the Buddha's wife before his renunciation.

On the third day, the marriage of Prince Nanda, the step-brother of the Buddha was being celebrated. The Buddha went to Nanda's house for alms and handed his alms bowl to Prince Nanda. Then the Buddha departed without taking back the bowl. So the prince had to follow the Buddha because it would have been disrespectful to return the bowl. The bride, Princess Janapada Kalyani, seeing the prince following the Buddha rushed forth and cried out to the prince to come back soon. At the monastery, the prince was admitted into the Order as a bhikkhu.

Later, the Buddha moved into the monastery at Jeta Park in Savatthi. While residing there Nanda was discontented and half-hearted and found little pleasure in the life of a bhikkhu. He wanted to return to the life of a householder because he kept remembering the words of Princess Janapada Kalyani, imploring him to return soon.

Knowing this, the Buddha, by supernormal power, showed Nanda the beautiful female devas of the Tavatimsa world who were far prettier than Princess Janapada Kalyani. Nanda was told that he could have one of them if he strove hard in the practice of the Dhamma. Other bhikkhus ridiculed Nanda by saying that he was like a hireling who practised the Dhamma of the sake of a beautiful girl. Nanda felt very much tormented and ashamed. So, in seclusion, he strove diligently in the practice of the Dhamma and eventually attained Arahanthood. As an Arahant, his mind was totally released from all attachments, and naturally his mind was purified of lustful thoughts of any kind. This had been foreseen by the Buddha right from the very beginning.

Other bhikkhus, having known that Nanda was not happy in the life of a bhikkhu, again asked him how he was faring. When he answered that he had no more attachments to the life of a householder, they doubted Nanda and they informed the Buddha about the matter. The Buddha then explained to them that previously, the nature of Nanda was like that of an ill-roofed house, but now, it had developed and was like a well-thatched dwelling. From the day Nanda saw the beautiful female devas of the Tavatimsa world, he strove to gain release from samsara - the cycle of birth and death. The Buddha then confirmed that Nanda had indeed won the ultimate goal of a bhikkhu by realising the Four Noble Truths and becoming an Arahant.

At the conclusion of the discourse, many bhikkhus were benefited and realised the Dhamma.

Teaching Focus: It is quite necessary that a house should have a well-thatched roof. If the thatching is weak, rain seeps through the house. Just as a badly thatched roof lets in the rain, the uncultured temperament too is open to passions. The temperament that is not cultured is penetrated easily by lust. (13) When the house is well protected by a well-thatched roof, it is not harmed by the rain, because rain-water cannot seep though it. In the same way, the well-cultured temperament too does not allow passion to come through. Therefore, the well-cultured temperament cannot be penetrated by passions. (14)

Verse Translation (best effort)
Tiến Việt Như mái nhà vụng lợp, Mưa liền xâm nhập vào. Cũng vậy tâm không tu, Tham dục liền xâm nhập. (13) Như ngôi nhà khéo lợp, Mưa không xâm nhập vào. Cũng vậy tâm khéo tu, Tham dục không xâm nhập. (14)
Le Français De même que la pluie pénètre dans une maison au mauvais chaume, ainsi le désir pénètre un coeur non entraîné. (13) De même que la pluie ne pénètre pas dans une maison au chaume en bon état, ainsi le désir ne pénètre pas dans un coeur bien entraîné. (14)
Deutsch Wie in ein Haus, das schlecht gedeckt, der Regen ungehindert dringt, so in ein Herz, das nicht geübt, der Reiz der Sinnenwünsche dringt. (13) Wie in ein Haus, das gut gedeckt, kein Regen ungehindert dringt, so in ein Herz, das gut geübt, kein Reiz der Sinnenwünsche dringt. (14)
Español Así como la lluvia penetra en una casa mal techada, la avidez penetra en una mente no desarrollada. (13) Así como el agua no penetra en una casa bien techada, la avidez no penetra en una mente bien desarrollada. (14)
Pу́сский язы́к Как в дом с плохой крышей просачивается дождь, так в плохо развитый ум просачивается вожделение. (13) Как в дом с хорошей крышей не просачивается дождь, так в хорошо развитый ум не просачивается вожделение. (14)
Magyar Nyelv Mint a rosszul fedett házat elárasztja a zivatar, a fegyelmezetlen lelket elárasztja a szenvedély. (13) Mint a jól befedett házat zivatar nem árasztja el, a jól fegyelmezett lelket nem önti el a szenvedély. (14)
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The product of multi-generational paternal dysfunction, I practice healthy recovery (sobriety date December 11, 2001).  I am endogamous in my close personal relationships and belong to a variety of tribes that shape my worldview (in no particular order):

☯ I participate in and enjoy most geek culture. ☯ I am a practicing Buddhist and a legally ordained minister. I like to believe that people of other spiritual/faith systems find me approachable.  I am a member of the GLBTQA community -- I married my long-time partner in a ceremony officiated by Jeralita "Jeri" Costa of Joyful Joinings on November 18, 2013, certificated in King County, Seattle WA. We celebrate an anniversary date of February 2, 2002.  I am a service-connected, disabled, American veteran (USAF).  I am a University of Houston alumnus (BBA/MIS) and currently studying as a post baccalaureate for an additional degree in Philosophy and Law, Values, & Policy.  I am a retired Bishop in the Church of Commerce and Capitalism; the story arch of my prosecuting and proselytizing the technological proletariat is now behind me.  I am a native Houstonian (and obviously Texan).  At 50 years old, I am a "child of the sixties" and consider the 80's to be my formative years.

As I still struggle with humility, I strive to make willingness, honesty, and open mindedness cornerstones in all my affairs. Fourteen years of sobriety has taught me that none of "this" means a thing if I'm unwilling, dishonest, or close minded.  Therefore I work hard on the things I believe in --

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While change and the uncertainty of the future may be uncomfortable, I do not fear the unknown; therefore:

    • I believe I must be willing to make difficult choices, that those choices may not be all that I desire, and that such may result in undesirable (or unintended) consequences;
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I undertake to abide the five precepts of Buddhism; therefore:
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  3. I believe in abstention from sexual misconduct.
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Suicide, major depression, borderline personality, and alcoholism are feral monsters ever howling at my doorstep. However, despite my turbulent and tragic past, rare is the day where I have to rationalize, defend, or justify the actions of that person I see looking back at me in the mirror...

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