Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:OK. I' will bite. Carbon-dating could soon sort out the tooth from the fiction. However, there's too much money and influence at stake for that to be allowed to happen.
Paying homage to relics is a wholesome kamma, and if people want to do that, it doesn't matter too much if the relic is genuine or not. It is the volition that matters.
The Buddha was clear about how best to pay homage to him, telling Venerable Ānanda on his death-bed that one who practises his teaching the best reveres him the most.
Nowadays, worship is preferred to practice. Meditating for long hours is painful and difficult. Struggling to overcome the mental hindrances, to gain concentration and insight, requires all five of the controlling-faculties: faith, effort, mindfulness, concentration, and wisdom.
Queuing for long hours to pay homage to the tooth relic, only requires faith, and not a great deal of effort.
Pesala wrote:Paying homage to relics is a wholesome kamma, and if people want to do that, it doesn't matter too much if the relic is genuine or not. It is the volition that matters.
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