Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Were there sex toys in those days?


Tripitakas -- Three sacred scriptures in Buddhism.
VinayapiTaka -- The treatise dealing with discipline.
pAtimOkka (praatimooksham?)-- Fornightly confessional and corrective Review Meeting of monks and nuns about the status of their discipline.
Bhikkunii pATImokka -- -do- for nuns.
pAcittIyams -- Atonements, and reparations.
bhikkunii pAcittIyams -- -do- for nuns.
bhikkunI nissaggika pAcittIyams --Confessions and atonements for intentional deviations.
Chapter 1 lasuna vagga
No. 2 kAmAsakti kAryaM -- An act which indicates interest in sex. The following need pAcittIyam (confession and atonement).

1. Growing pubal hair.
2. tALaghAtakam (Artificial sexual intercourse).
3. jAtumaddakam (A sex tool or toy made of shell lac).
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4. A nun while cleaning her vulva with water should not insert more than two phalanges. She has to confess and atone, if she violates this upper limit.


Blogger's Comments
Were there artificial sex tools in those days!

What a shameful rules are these! No wonder, in a few centuries, the number of bhikkunis (nuns) has come to nought. Buddha himself might not have imposed this type of harsh rules and codes.

Is this not an excessive interference into personal medical issues?
Were these things occurring so too frequently, that a rule has become an imperative need?

These oppressive rules might have been the handiwork of some sadist Head of some convent. Rules themselves can be contagious!

Oh nuns - Don't spin yarn.


Tripitakas -- Three sacred scriptures in Buddhism.
VinayapiTaka -- The treatise dealing with discipline.
pATimokka (praatimooksham) -- Fornightly confessional and corrective Review Meeting of monks and nuns about the status of their discipline.
Bhikkunii pATImokka -- -do- for nuns.
pAcittIyams -- Atonements, and reparations.
bhikkunii pAcittIyams -- -do- for nuns.
bhikkunI nissaggika pAcittIyams --Confessions and atonements for intentional deviations.
Chapter 5 Cittagaara vagga
No. 22 : A bhikkuni spinning Yarn has to undergo paacittiyam. (A nun spinning yarn has to confess and undergo atonement).


Blogger's Comments
What a rule is this!
Does it make any sense?

It is true that the words 'sinful' and 'sacred' are too abstract. They do not have proper definitions. They depend on the beholders' eyes and minds.

Gandhiji regarded spinning as a very sacred activity. He, everyday spent , some time on his charkha (spinning wheel).

Spinning is a very productive work in my personal view also. Spinning yarn and weaving coarse as well as fine garments, supplemented the income of rural families medieval and British India. The development of composite textile mill machine weaving at Glasgow and Manchester struck a death blow on the fine art of Indian spinning and weaving. Fingers of Indian weavers were severed so as to make them unfit to carry on spinning and weaving activity and thus convert India into a textile importer from being a leading textile exporter. The East India Company levied adverse taxes on India to benefit the British Textile Mills.

The Buddhist code of conduct for the Bhikkunis seems to be very unkind to mankind!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

What a terrible rule


Tripitakas -- Three sacred scriptures in Buddhism.
VinayapiTaka -- The treatise dealing with discipline.
ATimokka -- Fornightly confessional and corrective Review Meeting of monks and nuns about the status of their discipline.
Bhikkunii pATImokka -- -do- for nuns.
pAcittIyams -- Atonements, and reparations.
bhikkunii pAcittIyams -- -do- for nuns.
bhikkunI nissaggika pAcittIyams --Confessions and atonements for intentional deviations.
Chapter 6 aRAma vagga -- Chapter 6 Hostel Group.
No. 35: That nun who gets her genital blisters (abscesses, herpes, lesions, warts etc.) /balmed (ointment applied) /cleaned/ bandaged / opened / removed surgically with the help of a man and without the consent of the society -- she needs confession and correction.


Blogger's Comments
What a rule is this!

Is this not an excessive interference into personal medical issues?
Were these things occurring so too frequently, that a rule has become an imperative need?

Genital herpes and warts might have been common in those Centuries where the convents lacked basic sanitation facilities and water. A humane and sympathetic approach was necessary and ought to have been adopted instead of treating the nuns as sinners.

Surgical acts need not have been viewed with suspicion.

What a person will meditate for six years or twelve years

Common Universal Consensus is that Buddha meditated for twelve years under a banian tree and realised himself.

What is that there to spend twelve years to meditate on for twelve years? It is not advanced mathematics. It is not nuclear physics or quantum physics. It is not deep brain stimulation surgery. It is not piloting an aircraft or controlling a spacecraft. It is not DNA analysis or genetic engineering. What was that Buddha did for twelve years under the banian tree at Maha Bodhi?

Learning simple skills and things may take longer time than learning complex systems and theories.

Examples : 1. Stitching button-holes, while learning the craft from a tailor. 2. Making earthen-pots. 3. Manoeuvering a boat of split-palm-stem boat on Kolleru waters in West Godavari District of A.P. 4. Chasing a buffalo in the River Godavari or Krishna for taking it to graze in islands. 5. Making Mysore Pak sweet without making it too loose or too hard. 6. Milking a cow or buffalo.

This list of simple-appearing but difficult-to-learn things, is only illustrative and not exhaustive.

Buddha didn't either learn the simple things, or the complex things, or the simple-looking complex things, or the complex-looking simple things.

(I am not quoting manoeuvering rafts on Nayagara Falls or the Upper Yough River or the Cheat Canyon because they are worldwide well-known as real challenges taking long time to learn. They do not appear simple. They appear difficult and are really difficult.).

Today is Buddha Poornima (Full moon-day of the lunar month Visakha - moon will be in conjunction with the star Alpha Libra). Buddha's birthday is celebrated all over the world.

Ms. Swapna Chopra, a columnist of our local newspaper Deccan Chronicle wrote:


"... For the next six years Siddhardha remained immersed in deep concentration. It was a harsh , merciless practice. To subjugate his body he would eat almost nothing, at times only a single grain of rice. ...he ended his penance by accepting a bowl of kheer (a preparation of cereal boiled in milk) from Sujata ... went to sit under a Bodhi tree. ... ... Six days later he realised his true Nature and that of Reality. ....... there was a sense of conclusion and supreme connection. ..."


What is there for a sense of conclusion or supreme connection? The end to any existence whether that of a daily laborer or the Pope/Swami/Imam, is physical change of form owing to chemical reactions in the body and consequent decay. This has recently been adequately demonstrated by the death and burial of Sathya Sai Baba, a Godman of Puttaparti who amassed billions by conjurations and thaumaturgy.

Every one of us know that desire is the root of misery. The only thing is we refuse to accept it in totality and get rid of the desires and the consequent miseries.

Suppose an adamant person like me says : "I accept that desires cause misery. I am also willing to dance/laugh/revel when things turn favourable and brood/lament/sulk when things turn unfavourable. This is the very essence of existentialism. There is no need for me to become an escapist or a stoic."

It can be as good as or as bad as a philosophy like Buddhism.

Pretending to be a Buddhist monk may be easy. But living like a Buddhist monk does not remove misery from life. Living like a real monk is worse than real misery.

The PrAtimoksha rules and regulations relating to 'nisagga pAchayitta' prescibed for the Buddhist monks and nuns adequately demonstrate this imposed enforcement of misery on the poor innocent bhikshus and bhikshun`is.

(To continue).