Arahants

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    • #34434
      TripleGemStudent
      Participant

      Theruwan Saranai all,

      It’s mentioned that any lay person who attained Arahanthood must ordain as a bhikkhu within 7 days. Can anyone please share the source where it mentions this? Thank you.

      with Metta,

    • #34435
      SengKiat
      Moderator

      Greetings! @TripleGemStudent,

      It’s mentioned that any lay person who attained Arahanthood must ordain as a bhikkhu within 7 days.

      The below text is in a book:

      In the fifth year after Enlightenment, when the Buddha was residing in the (kutagara) Pinnacle Hall near Vesali, he heard that king Suddhodana was nearing death. He went to the death chamber and delivered a sermon. Having listened to it the king attained Arahantship. As he was too old, he did not join the order but enjoyed the bliss of Emancipation for seven days and passed away, (if a person attains the final stage of Sainthood that person cannot remain a lay person but either pass away or join the order).

      This maybe the text which gives the idea that any lay person who attained Arahanthood must ordain as a bhikkhu within 7 days.

      With mettā, Seng Kiat

    • #34439
      Lal
      Keymaster

      Yes. Waharaka Thero has explained it the following way:

      A householder or a layperson cannot bear “the Arahanthood.” One must become a bhikkhu and wear the yellow robe within 7 days of attaining Arahanthood.

      – The following is an analogy: A heated heater coil will be fine as long as it is submerged in water. If that heater coil is taken out of the water, it will burn.

    • #34444
      TripleGemStudent
      Participant

      Thank you SengKiat and Lal,

      Just wondering what book is SengKiat quoting from?

      The reason for asking what I did is because I’m coming across “Youtubers” claiming that they have attained Arahanthood when according to the Buddha Dhamma that I have come to understand/know, they clearly have not.

      I was thinking that it would be a compassionate thing for me to at least attempt one time to try to get them to really question themselves if they really have attained Arahanthood. To me, it’s never too late for one to admit their mistakes and possibly walk on the noble 8 fold path in the future.

      But after observing the P.S. of these people, I feel they might have gone too deep into their delusions or the anatta nature. Even though I haven’t attempted to reach out to these people yet, but for some reason I feel that no matter what I say or try to tell them, it won’t reach them. If I’m not careful, they might even end up hating me. Instead of trying to do good, I end up doing harm . . . One of these teachers says/teaches Nibbana is Sansara . . .

      The worse part is these people also have followers. I was planning on warning them, but after seeing their comments praising these claimed Arahants. If I did such a thing, they might end up hating me as well.

      In mundane terms, it’s sad to see such things happening while feeling anatta (helpless) to do anything for these people, besides metta bhavana.

      In supramundane terms, to me this seems like an example of the meaning of Dhamma. What one must bear. Seems like the way it is. . .

      From what I have understood so far, the most practical thing that I can do for others is to contemplate on the Dhamma and do metta bhavana.

      with Metta, Theruwan Saranai.

    • #34445
      SengKiat
      Moderator

      Greetings! @TripleGemStudent,

      Just wondering what book is SengKiat quoting from?

      The book’s title is Guide to the study of Theravada Buddhism – Book 2 on page 38.

      With mettā, Seng Kiat

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