This is another post sharing a Buddhist Miracle known as Sarira (Buddhist relic). Sarira is a crystalline substance that is produced or left behind after the cremation of Buddhist masters. Shakyamuni Buddha left many relics and they were distributed around the world and enshrined in stupas. Having visited Buddhist exhibitions or temples that showcase Sarira, I had come across types of Sarira known as Blood relic; and I had been wondering how does blood (liquid) turn into spherical relics? Today, I saw the answer and couldn’t wait to share with everyone.
Below is blood relic arising from blood samples of a revered monk (Luang Ta Siri)! If we wish to be skeptical, we may simply conclude that these little crystalline beads are planted by scammers. But I prefer to believe that they are genuine because by doing so, faith and delight arise in my mind. According to this devotee, these were blood samples taken during a medical checkup and were kept by the doctor (also a disciple). The blood turned into sarira. (to find out how Luang Ta Siri looks like, simply follow the facebook link
The miracles of Sarira manifestation only happen when a disciple is good in their practice. Sometimes, Sarira will multiply or it may simply vanish. Buddhists believe that we must possess virtues and merits before a Sarira will come to our possession. In the below picture, Sarira multiplied in numbers and grew in size.
More importantly, the accompanying exchange between a holy monk and another monk provides us an important lesson regarding Right Views towards sarira.
“Relics” A Dharma Teaching Given By Luang Pu Ha Subharo to the Bhikkhu SanghaWhenever Luang Pu Ha Subharo shaved his head, his disciples would often roll the stands of hair into circular shapes. Miraculously, after a period of time, these small, spherical shaped pieces of hair would transform to become transparent and reflective. Amongst these, some of the balls of hair would gradually crystallise. I myself, (the author) had previously obtained some of the scraps of toe nails that Luang Pu had snipped off. I placed them into a stupa and made offerings to it. After some time, some of these scraps of toe nails started to form spherical shares, while others combined into a linear form. Within these scraps, observations of crystallised objects could be seen. Even more miraculous was when Luang Pu went for a blood test in a hospital in Bangkok when he fell sick. After the test, Luang Pu’s kapiya (close student / assistant) instructed the doctor to preserve the remaining left over blood. Even after two years, the blood remained as perfect as it was before, uncontaminated and free from impurities. As such, many individuals often came to request Luang Pu for his shaved hair or toe nails that had been snipped off. In this story, a monk brought a large relic container when he paid his respects to Luang Pu, intending to request for some of these relics.
In this story, a monk brought a large relic container when he paid his respects to Luang Pu, intending to request for some of these relics.Monk: May I request Luang Pu to give me some of your hair to bring home, so that I can make offerings to it ? I was wondering if there are any additional leftover after you shaved your hair yesterday?Luang Pu: Why do you need my hair?Bhante：I wish to bring it back to use as a sacred object for remembering Luan Pu and the Ariya Sangha.Luang Pu: Aren’t you a Sangha yourself? Why do you need to go around searching for the Sangha ? Why are you venerating my hair ? Why are you venerating things that others throw away ? Do not steer off from the path that has been illuminated and taught by the Buddha. Do not be preoccupied with things that the Buddha himself never taught. The Buddha taught us to seek refuge within ourselves, to rely on ourselves.You have hands and legs, why don’t you achieve it yourself ? Why are you relying on others ? Many say that my hair transforms into relics. I have never asked them to bring these relics to me to let me take a look. I have only heard of such chatter. Even if my hair really transformed into relics, there’s nothing extraordinary about it. I am a human, so are you. If you wish to obtain it, you must practice yourself. That is far greater, and superior than begging for these relics from others. Why are you begging for it ? Begging for these things merely enhances the potency of your Three Poisons, Greed, Anger and Ignorance. By being obsessed with these relics, in the end you will lose touch and forget the Buddha’s teachings!Relics can engender faith in others. However, Dharma can inspire wisdom in us, and bring us happiness and benefits in this life, as well as the many lives to come. The relics you have kept, when you take them out to take a look, you will be elated, and overwhelmed by pride. This is whose relic, that is whose’s relic… Unknowingly, the Three Poisons are growing as you do so. By perceiving hair, fingernails, toe nails, bones as sacred objects and collecting as many of them as possible. In the end, even urine and the remains of Areca Palm also turn into Relics. Don’t you have yourself ? Bones, hair, fingernails, toenails… Don’t you think that it’s heavy enough to be carrying one’s own 5 khandha (1. Form · 2. Feeling · 3. Perception · 4. Mental formations · 5. Consciousness.), why do you need to carry the khandha of others?Luang Pu myself has already carried these 5 khandha for so long, and it has been extremely exhausting. Monk ! Our bones are already heavy enough, do not seek the bones of others to carry! All these weights are merely the encapsulations of Samsaric Suffering! Please remember my words of advice and utilise your time well and exert yourself diligently in practice ! That is much more superior than seeking the hair, bones, fingernails and toe nails of others to venerate, pay respects and make prostrations to. If you wish to accomplish these ( your own relics ), then you must make an effort yourself, rather than rely on others. Do you understand ? Advice from Luang Pu Ha, a renowned well practice forest monk.Below is a picture of of luang Pu Boonsong and Luang Pu Ha,the two great master.