Right now it is raining in College Station,TX... it reminds me of the beautiful song 'RHYTHM OF THE RAIN'.
Johnny Tillotson : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9UPa5zYLpc
The Cascades : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BMUzCBW ... re=related
[Translated from the Pali by Daw Mya Tin,MA]
While residing at the Jetavana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse (46) of this book, with reference to a certain bhikkhu who contemplates the body as a mirage.
On one occasion, a certain bhikkhu, after taking a subject of meditation from the Buddha, went to the forest. Although he tried hard he made little progress in his meditation; so he decided to go back to the Buddha for further instruction. On his way back he saw a mirage, which, after all, was only an illusive appearance of a sheet of water. At that instant, he came to realize that the body also was insubstantial like a mirage. Thus keeping his mind on the insubstantiality of the body he came to the bank of the river Aciravati. While sitting under a tree close to the river, seeing big froths breaking up, he realized the impermanent nature of the body.
Soon, the Buddha appeared in his vision and said to him, "My son, just as you have realized, this body is impermanent like froth and insubstantial like a mirage."
Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:
Verse 46: One who knows that this body is impermanent like froth, and comprehends that it is insubstantial like a mirage will cut the flowers of Mara (i.e., the three kinds of vatta or rounds), and pass out of sight of the King of Death.
At the end of the discourse the bhikkhu attained arahatship.
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