August 19, 2016

The significant and noble fullmoon day of Tazaungmon, the Samaññaphala Sutta Day

The significant and noble Fullmoon Day of Tazaungmon (The Samaññaphala Sutta Day) falls on 26th November 2015. The Month Tazaungmon, meaning carrying the light to dispel the darkness of ignorance, comprises both worldly and spiritual features.
It is associated with the Kattika planet or its guardian spirit called Dahani. Traditionally, it was the festival of lights to honour the planetary deity. However, as the Republic of the Union of Myanmar is a predominantly Theravada Buddhist country, such kind of workshop is transformed into a Buddhist type. Instead of honouring the Kattika a planet and its deity, the Myanmar Buddhists pay respect with lights to the Compassionate Buddha and the Culamani Ceti in Tavatimsa Abode.
It is believed that all medicinal spirits came forth to the king of guardian spirits who dwells in the mesali plant and paid homage to him on this fullmoon night of Tazaungmon. Myanmar people, therefore, use to eat a kind of dish prepared with mezali buds to dispel various kinds of diseases, and offer it to their friends, relatives and neighbours.
With reference to the Buddhavaggiya Brothers, the Buddha proclaimed the Kathina celebration of robe-offering for needy Bhikkhus, and traditionally it is held in every part of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar in this auspicious month. Matho-robe offering ceremony, weaving of the robes before dawn, and offering them to the Images of the Buddha, also occur in various religious centres on this fullmoon night of Tazaungmon.
It is also remarkable that the right-hand disciple of the Buddha, the Venerable Sariputta attained Parinibbana in his native village on this fullmoon day of Tazaungmon and the left-hand disciple of the Buddha, the Venerable Maha Moggallana on the full waning day of this month.
Even in the fullmoon light of Tazaungmon, King Ajatasattu and his royal physician, Jivaka, together with their followers, went forth to see and pay obeisance to the Buddha and 1250 Bhikkhus in Jivaka’s mango grove. They had a great chance to hear Samaññaphala Sutta, the benefits of entering the Sangha Order. Being pure and peaceful in his mind, king Ajatasattu became endowed with the Threefold Refuges of Buddhism. Because of killing his own father, Bimbisara, he could not obtain the higher Paths and Fruitions. Thus, one can also meditate on the virtues of the Sangha Order during this sacred month.
These supernormal themes, if properly meditated upon, will give noble joy and inspiration for the attainment of Final Bliss, Nibbana. And supreme peace and genuine happiness will surely prevail all over the world as long as we perform good deeds, say good words and entertain good thoughts in this very suspicious month.


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