Buddha Teaching

The Noble Medicine Taught by Lord Buddha


Buddha: "Monks! Doctors give medicines to treat the diseases caused by the imbalance in the Pitta, they give medicines to treat diseases caused by the imbalance in the Kafa, they give medicines to treat diseases caused by the imbalance in the Vata. There is medicine. I do not say that there is no medicine, but this medicine sometimes works and sometimes doesn't work. So, I'm going to teach you a noble medicine that always succeeds and never fails. From that medicine beings which take birth can be free from birth, beings which die can be free from death, beings which age can be free from aging, being which are suffering from things like pain, agony, frustration can be free from pain, agony, frustration, etc... Listen to it very carefully, I'm now going to speak about it."

 

Monks: "As you wish Lord!"

 

Buddha: "Now what is that medicine which always succeeds and never fails, with that medicine - beings which take birth can be free from birth, beings which age can be free from aging, beings which die can be free from death, beings which are suffering from pain, agony, frustration, etc.. can be free from pain, agony, frustration, etc..?

He who has the right vision, all the wrong visions in him are automatically treated by it! Various evil mental formations that arise due to the coming of wrong vision are also treated by the right vision and such characters are developed which are needed!

He who has the right solution, all the wrong solutions are automatically treated by it! ...

He who has the right speech, evil speeches are automatically treated by it. Various evil mental formations that arise due to speaking of evil speech are also treated by the right speech and such characters are developed which are needed!

He who has right deeds, wrong deeds are automatically treated by it. ...

He who has the right concentration, wrong concentration is automatically treated by it. ...

He who has the right knowledge, it automatically cures the wrong knowledge he has. Various evil mental formations that arise due to having the wrong knowledge are also treated by the right speech and such characters are developed which are needed!

Monks this is the noble medicine that always succeeds and never fails. That medicine from which beings which take birth are free from birth, beings which age is free from aging, beings which die are free from death, beings which are suffering from pain, agony, frustration, etc.. are free from pain, agony, frustration, etc..."

Tikichhaka Sutta/ Virechana Sutta of Anguttara Nikaya Tripitaka


 

This teaching by lord Buddha starts in a very interesting way. First Buddha says that doctors give medicines to cure diseases that are caused due to imbalances in the body. Then he also tells "There is medicine. I do not say that there is no medicine." Then he talks of teaching a noble medicine to the monks which always succeeds and never fails and revealing the suspense Buddha finally says that the medicine for wrong visions and problems associated due to wrong vision is the right vision. Medicine to wrong deeds is doing right deeds. Medicine to wrong speech are speaking right speech and so on! So, the medicine is to develop/ have the right vision, the right solution, right speech, right deeds, right concentration, the right knowledge to treat the conditions which arise due to these things being wrong! This thing appears to be very simple but it is very beautifully expressed by lord Buddha.

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