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@DanielSt said,

“The Buddha said himself, that seeing him can only be done through seeing the Dhamma, or, seeing PS.”

Can someone explain why this is so? How this should be understood?

To understand, read the two suttā below:

MN 28 The Longer Simile of the Elephant’s Footprint – Mahāhatthipadopamasutta
28.4 ← this is the link to the sutta below.
But the Buddha has said:
Vuttaṁ kho panetaṁ bhagavatā:
“One who sees dependent origination sees the teaching.
“yo paṭiccasamuppādaṁ passati so dhammaṁ passati;
One who sees the teaching sees dependent origination.”
yo dhammaṁ passati so paṭiccasamuppādaṁ passatī”ti.
And these five grasping aggregates are indeed dependently originated.
Paṭiccasamuppannā kho panime yadidaṁ pañcupādānakkhandhā.
The desire, clinging, attraction, and attachment for these five grasping aggregates is the origin of suffering.
Yo imesu pañcasu upādānakkhandhesu chando ālayo anunayo ajjhosānaṁ so dukkhasamudayo.
Giving up and getting rid of desire and greed for these five grasping aggregates is the cessation of suffering.’
Yo imesu pañcasu upādānakkhandhesu chandarāgavinayo chandarāgappahānaṁ, so dukkhanirodho’ti.

SN 22.87 With Vakkali – Vakkalisutta
3.2 ← this is the link to the sutta below.
One who sees the teaching sees me.
Yo kho, vakkali, dhammaṁ passati so maṁ passati;
One who sees me sees the teaching.
yo maṁ passati so dhammaṁ passati.
Seeing the teaching, you see me.
Dhammañhi, vakkali, passanto maṁ passati;
Seeing me, you see the teaching.
maṁ passanto dhammaṁ passati.


This is how Venerable Koṇḍañña “sees” the Dhamma:

SN 56.11 Rolling Forth the Wheel of Dhamma – Dhammacakkappavattanasutta
11.1 ← this is the link to the sutta below.
And while this discourse was being spoken, the stainless, immaculate vision of the Dhamma arose in Venerable Koṇḍañña:
Imasmiñca pana veyyākaraṇasmiṁ bhaññamāne āyasmato koṇḍaññassa virajaṁ vītamalaṁ dhammacakkhuṁ udapādi:
“Whatever dhammā rises with saŋ, all such dhammā is stop from rising.”
“yaṁ kiñci samudayadhammaṁ sabbaṁ taṁ nirodhadhamman”ti.

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