Title- Facts Concerning Five Moral Precepts (#5 -Facts Concerning “Surameraya Precept”) & Related Story


 

 

Everyone should abstain from taking intoxicants and narcotic drugs such as alcohol, hashish, cocaine, marijuana, and heroin, because it can result in heedlessness to do meritorious deeds.

 

 

 

Four Factors of Surameraya

 

 

 

(1)    It is an alcoholic drinks or intoxicants.

(2)    One has the intention to take it.

(3)    One makes the effort to take it.

(4)    One actually takes it.

 

 

 

The Consequences of Indulging Intoxicants

 

 

 

Intoxicants and narcotic drugs such as alcoholic, liquors, opium, cocaine and heroin are addictive. Consuming any of these leads to the drunkenness, forgetfulness and lack of common sense. These in turn lead to murder, lying and adultery, etc. It leads tendency to commit all evil deeds indeed.  Moreover the user of intoxicants or narcotic drugs will enjoy poor health, die young and will be reborn in woeful abodes.

 

 

 

Even when he is freed from there and is again reborn as a human being he will encounter the following evil consequences:

 

 

 

 

(1) Lack of intelligence,

(2) Being lazy,

(3) Lack of mindfulness,

(4) Being ungrateful,

(5) Lack of moral shame and moral dread, and

(6) Insanity.

 

 

 

 

On the other hand he who abstains from consuming intoxicants will enjoy the benefits which are the opposite of the above evil consequences.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Benefits of Abstaining From Taking Intoxicants

 

 

 

If one abstains from taking alcoholic drinks and narcotic drugs, one will attain a blissful existence after one is death, and also enjoy the following benefits:

 

 

 

 

(1)    Being intelligent,

(2)    Being diligent,

(3)    Being mindful,

(4)    Being grateful to one’s benefactor,

(5)    Having moral shame and moral dread, and

(6)    Having propensity to do good deeds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Title- The Stories Demonstrating The Evil Consequences of Breaking Precepts (5)

 

 

The Story Illustrating The Consequences of Indulging In Intoxicants

 

 

Once the Bodhisatta was born in a wealthy family possessing eighty crores of silver coins. He performed the meritorious deeds of giving charity and keeping good morality. When he died, he was reborn as Sakka, the king of devas, in Tavatimsa.

 

 

 

 

His son squandered the wealth left behind by him indulging in intoxicants. When the son had used up the forty crores of silver coins, he dug up the forty crores buried under the ground. He built a liquor house and led an easy life associating with drunkards and indulging in intoxicants. When he was drunk, he let acrobats and dancers entertain them and presented one thousand silver coins to each.

 

 

 

 

Soon he had spent all the money and was reduced to a poor beggar. Finally he died miserably.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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