Kālāma Sutta – Part 5

Continuing from previously,

He has made known — having realized it through direct knowledge — this world with its devas, maras, & brahmas, its generations with their contemplatives & brahmans, their rulers & common people; has explained the Dhamma admirable in the beginning, admirable in the middle, admirable in the end; has expounded the holy life both in its particulars & in its essence, entirely perfect, surpassingly pure. It is good to see such a worthy one.'”

Continuing from previous. Let’s cover the next word in this verse:

The opening of the sutta, then continues with elucidating and praising the Dharma a. According to this verse, the Dharma that Buddha preached was a direct knowledge of Buddha. Having realized it, Buddha taught the world that consists of men and other beings; beings that are existing outside the realm of men. And amongst mankind, Buddha taught the highly educated, other spiritual practitioners, common people, and even the elites. Therefore, Dharma is not specifically reserved for a selected few. It is suitable for everybody.

Next, the verse describes Dharma as admirable in the beginning, middle, and end. Admirable means good and good means it doesn’t cause harm. In that manner, dharma is not only good for an individual, it is also good for society, country, and even the world. For example, Buddha taught non-violence and that is good. Or the message of contentment prevents overconsumption.

Admirable Dharma or Good Dharma or Good message also means that Dharma is consistent, It is not contradictory.

Besides that, Buddha’s Dharma is practical and detailed. It also holds the essence. This means that the Buddha’s message is not superficial and it also allows us to understand the essence of his message. This is important because it prevents us from misunderstanding his intention for saying something. For example, in this Kalama Sutta, we have to understand the social background and the underlying conditions that caused Buddha to preach this message. In this case, Buddha taught the Kalama a skill to differentiate between good and harmful messages that are circulating around Ancient India.

The Dharma is good also because it is complete. In each and every teaching that Buddha gave, the Dharma is complete. Why do we say it is complete? Because it leads his audience toward new awareness, wisdom, and spiritual insights. The Buddha does not chat idly or frivolously.

Until here, we can imagine ourselves as Kalamas who heard about Buddha and the qualities of his message. From the above, we will have that confidence that our time spent learning this sutta will not be a waste of our time. This is because the Dharma is good, it is complete, and it is suitable for everyone! Good marketing huh?

So if we apply the same principle of the above praises in our modern life, we know what attracts people right? Can a businessman apply the above principle to his marketing campaign? Can we impress our interviewer by presenting ourselves with similar qualities? I know my spiritual teacher would frown at this. But I cannot resist sharing how dynamic Dharma can be. Although it is preferable that we use Dharma for enlightenment, the wisdom gained from Buddhist studies can equally be helpful to our secular pursuit.

Just a bit of a side track to spice things up. To be continued.

May all be well and happy.

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