A man observing moral precepts must avoid twenty types of women in order to keep his moral precept of abstaining from sexual misconduct. The twenty types of women are-the eight types who possesses her own sex and the twelve types who doesn’t possess her own sex or having husband.
The eight types who possesses her own sex are:
(1) A woman who is under the guardianship of her mother,
(2) A woman who is under the guardianship of her father,
(3) A woman who is under the guardianship of her parents,
(4) A woman who is under the guardianship of her elder and younger brothers,
(5) A woman who is under the guardianship of her elder and younger sisters,
(6) A woman who is under the guardianship of her relatives,
(7) A woman who is under the guardianship of her tribe or clan,
(8) A woman who is under the guardianship of her Dhamma friends,
The twelve types who doesn’t possess her own sex or having husband are:
(1) A woman who has been engaged to a certain man,
(2) A woman who is to be married to the king,
(3) A woman who has been purchased by a man and living with him as his wife,
(4) A woman who is willingly living together with a man,
(5) A woman who on being given properties is living together with a man,
(6) A woman who on being given clothing is living together with a man,
(7) A woman who is married to a man with the approval of the elders,
(8) A woman who formerly has to gather firewood and carry water but has now been taken as a wife,
(9) A woman who is slave as well as a wife
(10) A woman who is an employee as well as a wife,
(11) A woman who is a prisoner of war who has been forced to become a wife,
(12) A woman who is a prostitute.
If a man has sex with any woman of above twenty types who is under the guardianship of someone, he commits Kamesumicchacara Kamma, which is a heinous crime. The perpetrator will suffer the evil consequences such as being reborn in the four miserable realms, being reborn as a sexual pervert in the human world for many existences, and being separated from his loved ones.
Great and Small Offences
If one commits adultery with a person of high morality, the offence is serious; if the person has nomorality, the offence is not serious. For example, the youth Nanda, who committed adultery with a female arahat, Uppalavanna, fell into a fissure in the earth and was immediately reborn in Avici Niraya. Even if the victim lacks morality, the offence will be serious if the adultery is committed forcibly.
Four Factors of Kamesumicchacara Kamma
(1) The woman belongs to one of the twenty types of women whom one should not have sexual relationship.
(2) One desires to have sex.
(3) One makes the effort to have sex.
(4) One takes pleasure in having sex.
If these four factors are involved in committing adultery, one is said to have committed Kamesumicchacara Kamma.
The Consequences of Sexual Misconduct
Whosoever has sexual relation with any person other than one’s spouse is said to have committed sexual misconduct. That person will be reborn in one of the lower abodes when he dies. Even if he is freed from there and is again reborn as a human being, he will encounter the following evil consequences:
(1) Being disgusted by others,
(2) Having many enemies,
(3) Lacking in wealth and prosperity,
(4) Being deprived of happiness,
(5) Being reborn as a woman,
(6) Being reborn as a sexual pervert,
(7) Being reborn in the inferior lineage,
(8) Encountering disgrace,
(9) Having physical deformities,
(10) Being separated from beloved ones,
(11) Being inflicted with the loss of wealth.
On the other hand, the one who hand, the one who abstains from sexual misconduct, will enjoy the benefits which are the opposite of the above consequences.
The Benefits of Abstaining From Sexual Misconduct
A man who never has sex with another man’s wife or with a damsel under someone’s guardianship, and a woman who never has sex with another man other than her husband, will enjoy the following benefits:
(1) They have no enemies.
(2) They are loved by all beings.
(3) They get food, drinks, clothing, etc.
(4) They sleep soundly.
(5) They wake up peacefully.
(6) They will not be reborn in the four miserable realms.
(7) They will not be reborn as a woman or as sexual pervert.
(8) They can control their temper,
(9) They can act and speak boldly and frankly.
(10) They can live in dignity.
(11) They can live cheerfully and happily without having to cast down their eyes.
(12) They love and adore only the opposite sex, i.e., they never become homosexual.
(13) They are born with complete sets of organs and limbs.
(14) They possess prominent marks and features.
(15) They can live in confidence.
(16) They can live happily.
(17) They have no anxiety and no worry.
(18) They are free from danger.
(19) They are never separated from their loved ones.
Title- The Stories Demonstrating The Evil Consequences of Breaking Precepts (3)
The Story Illustrating The Consequences of Committing Adultery
Ananda, the younger brother of Gotama Buddha, fulfilled the ten perfections for a hundred thousand worlds. In one of his lives in this world, he became a rich goldsmith’s son. In this life he associated with bad companions and committed adultery several times.
When he died he was cast into Roruva Hell where he was tortured for many years. After that he was born as a monkey who had its genital bitten off as soon as it was born. After that life, he was born as a goat and then as a calf which were castrated when they grew up. In the next existence he regained the human life but was born as a sexual pervert. After that he attained celestial existences as female deities for five existences thanks to his wholesome kamma, but he did not attain malehood because of the unwholesome kamma of committing adultery. Then he was born as Princess Ruca in the human realm. Only after that, he regained manhood.
Title-The Story Illustrating The Benefits of Keeping The Five Precepts
The Story of Dhammapala
Once in a village in Kasi Province, all the villagers gave charity, maintained good morality and observed the moral precepts on Uposatha days. Consequently they never died young; they usually died in their old age.
The son of the headman in that village went to study at Takkasila City. While he was studying there, a young son of the professor died. The young Dhammapala inquired why the professor’s son died young. The others asked him: “Don’t you know that everyone must die one day either in the early age or in the old age? Doesn’t anyone die young in your village?” The young Dhammapala replied, “Of course, they die, but they never die young”.
When the professor heard the strange words of the young Dhammapala, he was surprised and he wanted to find out what the young Dhammapala said was true or not. So he left the youth to look over his pupils while he himself went to the Dhammapala Village, taking along some bones of a goat. On reaching there, he went to Dhammapala’s father and showing the bones, said, “Your son Dhammapala had passed away and had been cremated. Here are his bones”.
His father and other relatives replied, laughing: “These bones cannot be my son’s. They must be the bones of a goat or a dog”. “Although every man is subject to death at any age, why are you an exception to this rule?” asked the professor.
The headman explained thus: “Here in our village of Dhammapala, all the villagers usually give charity and keep the precepts; we abstain from all evil deeds. Besides the youths usually obey the elders. We all perform voluntary work for the welfare of our community. Thus no one dies young in our village”.
Then the professor paid obeisance to the headman and admitted: “Your son didn’t die. I come here to inquire the truthfulness of your son’s remark that no one dies young in this village”. The professor inquired about the meritorious deeds performed by the Dhammapala villagers in further detail and returned home.
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