the Great, King of the World [Impermanence]
It is said that there are two ways to practice religion. One is
to live apart from the ordinary everyday world as a monk, a nun
or a holy one. Those who are sincere in this way have as their highest
goal the direct experience of complete Truth full Enlightenment.
other way to practice religion is within the ordinary world. Those
who are sincere in this way have as their highest goal the harmony
of an undivided world, living peacefully under a perfectly wholesome
ruler a 'King of the World'.
upon a time the Enlightenment Being was born and given the name
'Clear-sighted'. As he grew up he developed ten rules of good government:
absence of hidden ill will, absence of open hostility, harmlessness,
self-control, patience, gentleness, charity, generosity, straightforwardness
people of the world began to notice the wholesomeness and fairness
of Clear-sighted, who lived strictly according to these rules. Gradually
those in his vicinity volunteered to live under his authority as
king, rather than under the dishonest politicians of the time.
his reputation spread, every king in the world came to Clear-sighted
and said, "Come, oh lord, you are welcome, my kingdom is your
kingdom, advise me how to rule in your name."
Clear-sighted said, "Do not destroy life. Do not take what
is not given. Do not behave wrongly in sexual desires. Do not speak
falsely. Do not take alcohol that clouds the mind. My commands to
the world are only these five. As long as these five are obeyed,
my sixth rule is freedom for all to follow local customs and religions."
all the people on earth had come to live under his peaceful rule,
he became known as Clear-sighted the Great, King of the World. His
royal city, the capital of the whole world, was called Kusavati.
It was a beautiful and prosperous city with four magnificent gates
one golden, one silver, one jade and one crystal.
the gates, Kusavati was surrounded by seven rows of palm trees
a row with golden trunks and silver leaves and fruits; a row with
silver trunks and golden leaves and fruits; a row with cat's-eye
trunks and crystal leaves and fruits; a row with crystal trunks
and cat's-eye leaves and fruits; a row with agate trunks and coral
leaves and fruits; a row with coral trunks and agate leaves and
fruits; and finally a row with trunks and leaves and fruits of every
kind of jewel found in the world!
breezes blew through these marvelous palms the sweet sounds of gentle
music were heard throughout the city. This music was so enticing
and pleasant that some of the citizens were enchanted into stopping
their work and dancing for joy!
the Great, King of the World, had a couch encrusted with jewels
from the wonderful palms. After a long, righteous and peaceful reign,
he lay on the rich couch for the last time. He knew that his end
all his 84,000 queens, the one who loved him most was called, 'Most-pleasant'.
Sensing the state of his mind she said, "You rule over all
the cities of the world, including this beautiful Kusavati with
its four magnificent gates and seven rows of marvelous palms. Think
about this and be happy!"
King of the World said, "No, my dear queen don't say that.
Instead you should advise me to give up attachment to the cities
of the world and all they contain." Surprised she asked, "Why
do you say this, my lord?" "Because today I will die,"
Queen Most-pleasant started to cry, wiping away the tears as they
flowed. And all the other 84,000 queens also broke into tears. And
the king's ministers and his whole court, both men and women, could
not keep from weeping and sobbing. All eyes overflowed with tears.
King Clear-sighted the Great said, "Your tears are useless.
Be at peace." Hearing this the wailing subsided and his subjects
became silent. Then he said to Queen Most-pleasant, "Oh my
queen, do not cry, do not lament. Anything that comes into being,
whether it be a kingdom including the whole world, or just a tiny
sesame seed it cannot last forever. Anyone who comes into
being, whether it be the King of the World, or the poorest petty
thief all must decay and die. Whatever is built up, falls
apart. Whatever becomes, decays. The only true happiness is in the
moment when becoming and decaying are not."
this way the Enlightenment Being got them to think about what most
people don't want to think about that all things come to
an end. He advised them to be generous and wholesome. Then the King
of the World, like everyone else, died. He was reborn as a god in
a heaven world, where in time, like everyone else, he died.
moral is: "All good things come to an