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NEKKHAMMA

THIRD PRE-REQUISITE FOR BUDDHA-HOOD

 

Nekkhamma is the third of the Ten-requisite for Buddha-hood. "Nekkhamma" literally means "Renunciation".

After bringing home to one's own realization and experience that all worldly desires means sorrow in the end, a person gives up his home, his attachment to his wealth and other properties, his wife and children, his friends and relatives and last but not least his beloved parent, and seeks livelihood as a monk or a recluse it is called "Renunciation".

If the spirit of such person be minus devotion, energy and knowledge in the search for Truth, and if such course is adopted as a means of escaping troubles or fears he may have encounter, or with the hope of earning a bare livelihood which he would not, as householder, be able to obtain, that cannot be real "Renunciation".

Real "Renunciation" brings the seeker to a Sila position, and he who is of good Sila can attain states of mental alienation called Jhana. He considers the household life as the medium for the development of lust, without destroying which man cannot realize freedom.

Worldly desires based on craving; cruelty to living beings based on anger; and the misleading of one's own path through ignorance are all destroyed by real "Renunciation".

 

"Let non find faults in other. Let none see omissions and commissions in others. But let one see one's own acts done and undone."

Dhammapada, Pupphavagga Verse 7

 

 

 

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