We must do pay back with METTA to their debt - Myoma Myint Kywe

We must do pay back with METTA to their debt
Myoma Myint Kywe

“No matter how much you try, you can never completely repay the kindness of two people: your mother and father.”
-The Buddha (BC 623-BC 543)
The most important people in our lives are our parents. If we cannot obey our earthly parents, how are we to obey teaching of Buddha? As we learn to obey, we learn to be wise in making our decisions in life. As we learn to obey, we learn to open up our eyes, ears, ad heart to Buddha's doctrine for us.

Obedience is the first step in living a true Buddhist life. You may not agree with your parents' some decisions, but you must try to obey your parents’ decisions begins with showing them respect. Children learn how to become ethical decision makers when parents focus on ethics, not just rules.

Children not only need to love their parents, but also maintain the teaching of parent and ethics that build strong character. We must be prepared to respond to their noble gratitude. We need to show our parents we love them so much.

1.   Our Parents taught us about MORALITY
2.   Our Parents taught us about HONESTY.
3.   Our Parents taught us about do the BEST.
4.   Our Parents taught us about LOGICAL ARRANGEMENT.
5.   Our Parents taught us about SELF CONTROL.
6.   Our Parents taught us about RELIGION.
7.   Our Parents taught us about DILIGENCE.
8.   Our Parents taught us about WISDOM.
9.   Our Parents taught us about JUSTICE.
10.   Our Parents taught us about TRUTH. 
11.   Our Parents taught us about POLITENESS. 

If children don’t respect to parent and insult to their parent, they will suffer miserably due to the debt that must be repaid. 

Because we owe an overwhelming debt of gratitude to our parents, we must repay the debt of gratitude firstly by appreciating our parents. We should know how good they are to us. Additionally, we must repay that debt of gratitude to them. In Buddhism, this concept is described in these words: katanyu and katavedi, which represent the pride and dignity of a child.  

We should NOT forget the debts of gratitude we owe to our parents.
Gratitude towards parents is an important virtue in Buddhism as the relationship with one’s parents as a profound impact on one’s spiritual growth.   
With regard to the debt owed to one’s father and mother, the two fluids, red and white, of the father and mother come together to become your body. You dwell within your mother’s womb for 240-270 days, a period of nine months during which your mother on thirty-seven occasions undergoes suffering that is close to death. And the pains she endures at the time of birth are almost too great to imagine, the panting breath, the sweaty steam rising from her forehead till it reaches the Brahma heaven. After birth, she provides you with 180 and more measures of milk; for a period of three years you romp/play about the knees of your father and mother. So, when you come of age and take faith in Buddhism, you must first of all think of paying the debt you owe to your father and mother. 

There are two people that we can never completely gratify in our life in this world. We can never completely please them. Do you know who they are? They are our mothers and fathers. Everyone wants to repay completely gratify their parents. How can we gratify them? There are three ways to do this.

The first way is to put our mother on our right and our father on our left, by washing their clothes and bodies, feeding them every day and making their beds every night. Even if we are spend our whole life helping and caring for them we’ll never completely repay them because they are our benefactors and worthy of our respect.

The second way is to act like a king. As a king want to fully repay his parents and show them his gratitude, he give them all his money, gold, land and power which he belong to because they are his benefactors and worthy of his respect. Even if we do like this as a king, we’ll never completely repay them because they are our benefactors and worthy of our respect.

The third way is through Faith, Morality, Liberality, Concentration and Wisdom. We must encourage our parents to have all of these. If they don't have them then it is our duty to help them and encourage them in all these things.

We send them our merits, bless them and pray for them, Even if they are passed way. If we can do this third way, we can show our gratitude to our parents as a part of gratitude towards them but not complete yet.

(The third way is that Saddhā=Faith, Sila=Morality, Cāga=Liberality, Sammādhi=Concentration, Pann̄ā=Wisdom: if our parents have no faith in believing truth, we should encourage them to have faith. If our parents have no morality in regarding their behavior, we should encourage them to believe in morality. If our parents have no generous act or liberality, we should encourage them to believe in giving or generous act or liberality. If our parents have no concentration, We should encourage them to have concentration. If our parents have no wisdom, we should encourage them to be wise or to have wisdom. If we can do this third way, we can show our gratitude to our parents as a part of gratitude towards them but not complete yet.)

The debt of gratitude we have towards our mothers and fathers is not easy to repay. As an analogy, even if you were to carry your mother on one shoulder and your father on the other for 100 years, caring for them by various ways such as helping to massage and bathe them, and even clearing their waste, this would not repay their kindness.

Our parents are the ones who brought us in the World. We should love and appreciate them as much as we can because one day they will be gone. We must love our parents. You should say with loving voice intonation forever.

One of the greatest titles in the world is parent and one of the biggest blessings in the world is to have parents to call Mother and Father

Our parents are the ones who brought us in the World. We should love and appreciate them as much as we can because one day they will be gone. We must love our parents. You should say with loving voice intonation forever.

I think back to my parent. I had to say in my mind about gratitude of my parent repeatedly. Excuse me, allow me to share with my personal heart yearn, feeling and thoughts.

In Loving Memory of My Beloved May May and Phay Phay

(May May in Burmese language is Mommy in English language.
Phay Phay in Burmese language is Daddy in English language).
(In loving memory of my father who passed away on 22th September, 1983. His name is Myoma U Than Kywe. He was the one of the leaders of the Panglong Conference along with National Leader General Aung San that initiated the formation of the new nation of Union of Burma in February 12, 1947.

In loving memory of my mother who passed away on the 22th September, 2012. Her name is Daw Ahmar (a) Daw Myint Myint Win ). She has practiced  insight meditation of Mogok Vipassana since1983 until she died. She also explained and taught  many children in her surroundings.

….You are so good to me infinitely good since I was born 14 April 1960….You gave me life; you gave me your heart and your shoulder when I needed to cry…..You gave me hope, when all my hope is gone and you gave me wings so my dreams can fly... You gave me your words, you gave me your voice, you gave me your everything, each breath time of your life…You are the best thing that ever happened in my entire life without you; I wouldn't bless to come in this world. You were there whenever I need help and support, you taught my faith to survive and be a good person! Believe me, if I haven't stop talking about how precious you are to me until I die…that won't be good enough to make you see how I do appreciate it...But all I can say which I hope you would believe every word I say because I mean it in every sense of word that my love for you will live in my heart until NIRVANA / Nibbana (eternity) is through and I thank you for everything you've done to me so much”. (In the Buddhist tradition, nirvana is described as the extinguishing of the fires that cause suffering. These fires are typically identified as the fires of attachment (raga), greed (lobha), aversion/anger (dosa) and ignorance (moha or avijja). When the fires are extinguished, suffering (dukkha) comes to an end. The cessation of suffering is described as complete peace.
Bhikkhu Bodhi states: The state of perfect peace that comes when craving is eliminated is Nibbana (nirvana), the unconditioned state experienced while alive with the extinguishing of the flames of greed, aversion, and delusion).

I shall never forget my beloved parent and their GRATITUDE. I love them forever. My sibling and I love our beloved parents forever. Phay Phay and May May, take our METTA and merits, we will send METTA and merits to you. As a Buddhist, in my Shrine Room in front of Buddha Statute, we pray for you to be free from all kinds of " dukkha - samsara " and share all our Merits to you... (Ah-hmya...Ah-hmya...Ah-hmya)...We pray you may rest in peace until attain Nirvana. We believe that their Nirvana gate was opened.

Ah-hmya is a Buddhist term that literally means "share the merits from the good deeds". 
If you really want to honor and help your departed ones, then do some meritorious deeds in their name and transfer the merits to them. According to Buddhism, good deeds or 'acts of merit' bring happiness to the doer both in this world and in the hereafter. Acts of merit are also believed to lead towards the final goal of everlasting happiness. The acts of merit can be performed through body, speech or mind. Every good deed produces 'merit' which accumulates to the 'credit' of the doer. Buddhism also teaches that the acquired merit can be transferred to others' it can be shared vicariously with others. In other words, the merit is 'reversible' and so can be shared with other persons. The persons who receive the merit can be either living or departed ones.

Saṃsara is a Buddhist term that literally means "continuous movement" and is commonly translated as "cyclic existence", "cycle of existence", etc. Within Buddhism, samsara is defined as the continual repetitive cycle of birth and death that arises from ordinary beings' grasping and fixating on a self and experiences. Specifically, samsara refers to the process of cycling through one rebirth after another within the six realms of existence, where each realm can be understood as either a physical realm or a psychological state characterized by a particular type of suffering.

Dukkha is a Buddhist term commonly translated as "suffering", "anxiety", "stress", or "unsatisfactoriness".The principle of dukkha is one of the most important concepts in the Buddhist tradition. The Buddha is reputed to have said: "I have taught one thing and one thing only, dukkha and the cessation of dukkha." The classic formulation of these teachings on dukkha is the doctrine of the Four Noble Truths, in which the Truth of Dukkha (Pali: dukkha sacca;) is identified as the first of the four truths.

We are also taught that the debt of gratitude children owe our parents for what our parents have done for us cannot be repaid to them whatever our children might do in return our parents.

We all had a very different childhood experience.  For some it was incredible. Our parents were consistent, loving, and honest. You MUST tell your parents “Thank you SO much before they die.

Even if one should carry about one's mother on one shoulder and one's father on the other, and so doing should live a hundred years.... Moreover, if one should set them up as supreme rulers, having absolute rule over the wide earth abounding in the seven treasures - not even by this could one repay one's parents….. This is the real truth.

Every parent do a lot gratitude for their children: they bring them up, provide them with love, food, security and introduce them to the world… 

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