Remove negativity from your heart

Remove negativity from your heart

By MAULANA WAHIDUD... | 6 August, 2016

A milkman, deeply influenced by Gautam Buddha insisted that the Buddha visit him and share his nuggets of wisdom. In lieu of this, the milkman offered to present milk to the Buddha. He agreed. When the Buddha set out to visit the milkman he took with him a container in which he intentionally put some mud. 

The milkman took the container but just as he was about to pour milk into it, he realized that the container had impurity. The milkman cleansed the container, removed all the impurities and then poured milk into it. He then presented the contained to the Buddha. Upon getting the container, the Buddha rose to leave. Surprised, the milkman asked the Buddha why was he leaving before imparting wisdom. The Buddha replied that he just did that. Unable to comprehend it, the milkman urged the Buddha to explain the learning to him. 

The Buddha told the milkman that our heart is similar to the container and the thoughts that preoccupy us are like impurities in the container. In order to attain wisdom, we must purify our mind and make it free of all impure thoughts. The Buddha asked the milkman to cleanse himself of his impure thoughts for only then would he be able to imbibe any further learning. 

 What is this impurity? It is nothing but negative thinking. When a person lives in a society, he repeatedly undergoes unwanted experiences that arouse negative thought. These negative thoughts bring about all kinds of evil such as hatred, malice, dishonesty, revenge and finally violence. A person whose mind is filled with negative emotions is like a polluted container. Such a person cannot draw divine inspiration. Inspiration comes only to a purified soul. One who is not a purified soul would remain devoid of divine inspiration.

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No! No! Never!Maulana Wahiduddin makes the wrong use of the Buddha story. The Dharma of the Buddha - it never was a religion like Islam - is a mysticism, with a contemplative discipline based on the Yoga of Patanjali which Muslims reject as a pagan, or infidel, practice. This contemplative discipline consists of a psychological process of negation. The Buddhist does not create Nirvan. He is essentially Nirvan. He only negates what covers, or hides, the nirvanic essence. The Muslim does not negate anything. His faith consists in a process of addition, of coordinating, by following the straight path as is laid down in the very first Sura. These laws are not devised by Man, but they have a celestial source. They are conceived and written by Allah in the heavenly Book. They are perfect and conformity to them, which is the duty of the Muslim, means following the straight path for the good life. These laws cannot be modified or abrogated by Man using his reason. In Buddhism the contemplative follows his personal experience. The milkman in the story would be guided by his own experience in the elimination of his impurities. The difference is immense between the negation exercise taking place in the mind of the milkman and the Muslim conforming to external laws written by Allah and transmitted to the Prophet. It is conformity to the external Sharia which commands the religiosity of the Muslim. The Quran does not teach the removal of impurities. It enjoins the faithfulness to the law, to the Sharia, which is final, because its source and authority is divine. No Mullah in a mosque would quote Buddha or refer to him to make a ..... Muslim point! Nor is Maulana Wahiduddin demonstrating , in this blog, some kind of tolerance or broad-mindedness in an allusion to a story of Buddha. Buddhism had been in existence for a thousand years before the birth of the Prophet. It had spread all over the broad Middle East up to Greece. But there is not a word of Buddhist influence in the Quran and in the hadiths. The question still is relevant: what action does the Muslim today take to remove his impurities? And why would the Muslims have answered the call to destroy Buddhism wherever they encountered it, particularly in India? I ask Maulana Wahiduddin: if you really think Buddhist stories can have relevance to Muslim piety, then what is your view of the iconoclastic fury which brought about the disappearance of Buddhism in so many countries, and the consequent moral and cultural impoverishment of all Humanity? Because a legalistic, exclusive, excluding, violent dispensation is superior to a mystical, peaceful, humane, beautiful way of life? Would you write a blog about this matter? To whom is the present blog offered: to the Buddhist or to the Muslim?

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