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Along with the Buddha’s warning, Buddhist associations must make a statement regarding this “child angel” dolls to prevent further misunderstanding. -- NSTP Archive

“A SHAVEN head does not make one a monk. How can one who is full of desire and greed be a monk? Many with a yellow robe on their necks are of evil disposition and uncontrolled. Evil-doers on account of their deeds are born in a woeful state.”

This was the warning that the great enlightened Buddha stated 2,500 years ago as mentioned in the Dhammattha Vagga and Niraya Vagga.

The emergence of “child angel dolls” was reported in the media lately. It is believed that these dolls possess the spirit of a child after being blessed by a monk. However, it must be ascertained if these practices were actually performed by Buddhist monks.

Some belong to unknown beliefs. This practice is contrary to Buddhism.

One must have the correct knowledge and differentiate between the true teachings of the Buddha and those that have incorporated their traditions and superstitious beliefs in the religion.

Buddha’s teachings emphasise against accumulating bad karma. Meddling with spirits of children and even predicting four-digit numbers for gambling is not the Buddhist or Arya (noble) path. Buddha was against any evil deed. This is evident in passages of the sacred Dhammapada.

In the “Naga Vagga” section, Buddha commands man to avoid evil ways, where he says: “Take delight in heedfulness. Guard your mind well. Draw yourself out of the evil way as did the elephant sunk in mire.”

Buddha also taught that man should never do even a slight wrong and emphasised one should shun evil, where he stated “just as a merchant, with a small escort and great wealth, avoids a perilous route, just as one desiring to live avoids poison, even so should one shun evil things”.

Buddha taught that man should cultivate:

SAMYAG-DHRISTHI — pure vision;

SAMYAG-SANKALPA— pure thoughts;

SAMYAG-DHARSHANAM — watching holy things;

SAMYAG-VAAK — purity in speech;

SAMYAG-KARMA — pure deeds;

SAMYAG-SHURTHI — listening to holy words;

SAMYAG-JEEVANAM — living a pure life;

SAMYAG-SAADHANA — achieving the highest goal; and

SAMYAG-NIRVANA — pure realisation.

Buddha stressed non-violence and declared it to be the prime principle of virtue.

Along with the Buddha’s warning, Buddhist associations must make a statement regarding this “child angel” dolls to prevent further misunderstanding.

ARIFF SHAH R.K.

Penang

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