By Acariya Maha Boowa Nanasampanno
The EARLY YEARS, the center YEARS, A center published, 497 PAGES
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Our status as human beings is a very noble one; so, avoid all animal-like behavior. Otherwise, you’ll sink below the animals, and be much more wretched as well. When you eventually fall into hell, your tortuous existence there will be far more grievous than that of any animal. ” That said, he left his seat and returned to his hut, taking no further interest in anyone. He always spoke very sparingly. In an entire day he might say only a few sentences. On the other hand, he could endure many hours of sitting and walking in meditation.
But now, his mindfulness no longer abandoned him, and therefore, he was no longer adversely affected by the influences around him. This whole episode clearly shows the disadvantages of not having a wise teacher to guide one. Misjudgments occur without timely advice and direction in meditation. Ācariya Mun was a perfect example of this. Having no teacher can lead to costly mistakes that can easily harm the meditator, or, at the very least, delay his progress. During Ācariya Mun’s early years as a wandering monk, people showed little interest in the practice of kammaṭṭhāna meditation.
During that early period, such enlightening experiences were shared by country people all over Thailand. Traveling far and wide, and determined to practice correctly for the sake of Dhamma, dhutanga monks always managed to impress people and do them great service. They didn’t depend on publicity to get out their message. They relied instead on their exemplary behavior14 as a natural means of gaining public interest. A dhutanga monk who is concentrated on Dhamma considers wandering in search of seclusion to be an indispensable part of his personal practice.
A Spiritual Biography of Acariya Mun Bhūridatta Thera by Acariya Maha Boowa Nanasampanno