Buddha Teaching

Buddha says "I will kill that person"


Kesi who used to give training to horses, went where Buddha was and he prostrated before Buddha. Seeing him sitting there Buddha asked him "Kesi you are known as an able person who can give training to horses, how do you tame a horse while giving training?"

 

Kesi: "Lord! I tame some horses in a kind and civilized way, I tame some horses in a rude way and sometimes I tame them by mixing both kindness and rudeness.'

 

Buddha: "But if a horse is not tamed by treating in both kind and rude way, what do you do?

 

Kesi: "If that horse isn't tamed by both kind and rude methods then I kill that horse."

 

Buddha: "Why so?"

 

Kesi: "So that it doesn't shame my teachers! Lord, you are unparalleled in taming people. How do you tame a person? "

 

Buddha: "I tame some people in a kind way, I tame some people in a rude way. I tame some people by mixing both kindness and rudeness.

While taming them in a civilized way I tell them - 'This is good behavior, such are the results of good behaviors. This is a good speech, such are the results of good speech. This is a good thought, such are the results of good thought. These are Godly characters, these are Humane characters...

While taming them in a rude way I tell them - 'This is bad behavior, such are the results of bad behaviors. This is a bad speech, such are the results of bad speech. This is a bad thought, such are the results of bad thought. This is suffering, this is hunger...'

While mixing both kindness and rudeness - 'This is good behavior, such are the results of good behaviors. This is bad behavior, such are the results of bad behaviors. This is a good speech, such are the results of good speech. This is a bad speech, such are the results of bad speech. This is a good thought, such are the results of good thought. This is a bad thought, such are the results of bad thought.
These are Godly characters, these are Humane characters... This is suffering, this is hunger...' "

 

Kesi: "If a person isn't tamed even by mixing both kindness and rudeness what do you do to that person? "

 

Buddha: "If a person isn't tamed in a kind way or in a rude way or by both ways then I kill that person, Kesi."

 

Kesi: "But it is not suitable for Buddha to take the life of any creature but still just now you told me 'I will kill that person Kesi' "

 

Buddha: "It is true that Tathagatas do not take the life of any creature. But if a person is not tamed by using kind ways, is not tamed by using rude ways, is not tamed by using both ways then Tathagata considers him unfit to give training or knowledge. This is what it means to be fully killed in both life and discipline (ie, it means he is killed)."

 

Kesi: "Yes, Lord yes! If a Tathagata doesn't consider a person unworthy to give him knowledge then it means that he is fully destroyed, He certainly dies. Blessed I'm Lord! Just like a hidden object is revealed by correcting the position of that object, showing the way to those who have forgotten the way, or like taking a lamp in the darkness so that those who have eyes can see, Buddha by through various ways has made Dhamma clear to me! I take refugee of Buddha, I take refugee of Dhamma, I take refugee of the Sangha. Buddha, please consider me that a common disciple has come to your refugee from today for forever."

Kesi Sutta, Anguttara Nikaya, Tripitaka

 


This conversation between Lord Buddha and horse trainer Kesi is very delightful to read. Here, Buddha talks with Kesi in the same way as Kesi talks with Buddha. From here, we understand the ways Buddha uses to tame/train people. Even the rude method Buddha uses are like -"This is bad behavior, bad speech, bad thoughts. Such are the results of these." then what to talk of kind methods. From here we can also understand that there are some people who can't be tamed by using any methods. Tathagatas consider such people unworthy of teaching. That is the death of that person. It is not like Buddha does such a thing to that person out of anger. Tathagatas have huge compassion even to them also but they are such that they can't get Dhamma. 

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