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Dhp 01:13 - Happy Are The Righteous

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Dhp 01:13 - Happy Are The Righteous

Here he is happy, hereafter he is happy.
In both states the well-doer is happy.
“Good have I done” (thinking thus), he is happy.
He is happier still when he is reborn in a blissful state. (18)

In Savatthi, at the house of Anatha Pindika and the house of Visakha, (both of whom were well known devotees of the Buddha) a large number of bhikkhus were regularly served with alms. At the house of Visakha, the offering of alms food was supervised by her granddaughter. At the house of Anatha Pindika, the supervision was done, first by the eldest daughter, next by the second daughter and finally by Sumana Devi, the youngest daughter. The two elder sisters who had already realised Dhamma were married off and went to stay with their husbands, leaving their youngest sister to carry on the meritorious work at their father's house.

One day, Sumana Devi was very ill and she requested to see her father. Her father came, and she addressed her father as 'younger brother' and passed away soon after. Her form of address kept her father wondering and made him uneasy and depressed, thinking that his daughter was not in her right senses at the time of her death. So, he approached the Buddha and reported to him about his daughter's remark. The Buddha explained that Sumana Devi had been in her right senses and fully self-possessed at the time of her death. The Buddha also explained that she had addressed her father as 'younger brother' because her spiritual attainment was higher than her father's. She had attained the second stage of Sainthood whereas her father was only at the first stage. The Buddha also told him that Sumana Devi had been reborn in the Tusita deva world.

Teaching Focus: The person who has done good and virtuous deeds rejoices in this world. Gone to a pleasant state of existence after death, he rejoices exceedingly. This way he rejoices here and in the next world. In both worlds he rejoices realizing that he has done virtuous deeds. (18)

Verse Translation (best effort)
Tiến Việt Nay sướng, đời sau sướng, Làm phước, hai đời sướng. Nó sướng: ‘Ta làm thiện’, Sanh cõi lành, sướng hơn. (18)
Le Français Il est joyeux dans cette vie, il est joyeux après cette vie, celui qui fait le bien, dans tous les mondes il est joyeux. "J'ai fait le bien", encore plus est-il joyeux, allé vers les états heureux. (18)
Deutsch Hier ist er froh, und nach dem Tode ist er froh, wer Gutes tat, ist froh an beiden Orten. "Das Gute habe ich getan" - so ist er froh, mehr macht ihn froh, daß guter Weg gegangen. (18)
Español Goza ahora y goza después. En ambos estados es verdaderamente feliz. «He actuado bien, se dice feliz. Además, abocándose a un apacible estado es feliz. Así el que bien obra. (18)
Pу́сский язы́к В этом мире ликует он и в ином – ликует, в обоих мирах творящий добро ликует. «Добро сделано мной!» – ликует он. Еще больше ликует он, достигнув счастья. (18)
Magyar Nyelv Örvendhet a tetteiért ideát s örvendhet értük majd odaát aki jót tesz, mert az égbe kerül, s boldog lesz: "Helyesen tettem ezt!" (18)
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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 --

  • I believe we can always achieve more if we collaborate and compromise.
  • I believe that liberal(ism) is a good word/concept and something to be proud to support.  The modern, systematic corruption of liberal ideas is a living human tragedy.
  • I believe in a worldview founded on ideas of liberty and equality. The pragmatism of this site and my journey is rooted in both classical and social liberalism.
  • I believe in democratic elections and institutions including a media free of commercial and governmental bias.  Liberty and equality perish when a society becomes uneducated and/or ill-informed.
  • I believe in diversity of life and ideas.  Life and ideas can only flourish when the gene pool is vast and abundantly differentiated.
  • I believe in advancing balance in civil, social, and privacy rights such that all of humanity is continuously uplifted.
  • I believe in separation of church (spirituality) and state (governance) -- with neither in supremacy nor subjugation.
  • I believe in private (real or tangible) property explicitly excluding ideas, knowledge, and methods; such non-tangibles, by natural law, being free for all humanity and emancipated at conception.

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;
    • I believe we must be willing to make mistakes or be wrong; and I am willing to change my mind if necessary.
I undertake to abide the five precepts of Buddhism; therefore:
  1. I believe it is wrong to kill or to knowingly allow others to kill.
  2. I believe it is wrong to steal or to knowingly allow others to steal.
  3. I believe in abstention from sexual misconduct.
  4. I believe it is wrong to lie or to knowingly allow others to lie.
  5. I believe in abstention from non-medicinal intoxicants as such clouds the mind.

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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