Sanjay PS wrote: But one must remember it is said that when Prince Siddharth became a Samma Sambuddha , the mighty earth as a witness to the incredible achievement quaked out of reverence , which was felt across 10 thousand world systems .
Have i got a proof of it, no ! Faith , yes .
I've always taken that passage to be more of a "veneration by exaggeration" sort of thing, but you are of course free to believe that it is literal and I know that many do. I suppose it isn't too different from Christians disputing on how literally to interpret the Bible.
Anywho, back to topic I suppose:
Kmath, are you still at the same place on this issue as you where when you created the thread? I'm curious to know how this issue has developed for you.
A few years ago, it was understood that there was just one universe . The other day there was the program in natural geographic that highlighted that science has now found that our universe is not the only universe and there are many countless parallel universes such as ours .
Two thousand five hundred years ago the Buddha , discovered this fact and many more that science keeps discovering . The Buddha however said that , a Buddhas knowledge is akin to the incalculable leaves of a vast forest , yet what is of concern is of only the leaves that need fill a handful . The handful of leaves are only about suffering and only suffering , however beatific be the living .
Our lives as humans have limited longevity and limited depth of senses , hence , its only natural that many things will sound exaggerated . Take for example , had we been born 100 or 200 years ago , during this time should any of a fellow human being describe to us , about the happenings 200 years after , in good probability we would have rubbished it away . But we now know otherwise .
There are also these flying termites that come into being soon after a nights rain , their life spans being short , they dont get to see the morning sun, but instead are immensely attracted to artificial light . Its just that due to their limited life span , they will not understand that there is something called as a sun , with a light infinitely incomparable . Nor would they believe that there are other beings with seemingly endless life spans , extending into countless seconds or minutes .
Life and living will will always be relative. What matters is that there is sorrow, there is a cause of sorrow , there is an end to sorrow and there is this universal path leading to the end of sorrow .
Blind faith is of no use while walking on the path . Faith born of reason , always holds a person in good stead . My wife and me would never , ever kill an ant , be it someone saying , that by doing so , the life of our little boy and girl could be spared and traded . Yet we would not be upset , should we unintentionally walk over a tiny being .