Above feature is Phra Somdej Wat Rakhang Somdej Toh. The redness was attributed to the sirih pinang (betel leaves and nut) that Ven. Somdej Toh chewed upon. It was believed that this phim came about due to a group of Chinese paid a visit to Ven. Somdej Toh and requested Ven. to make Somdejs that are red color for them.
Ittirit VS Boonyarit VS Kammarit
We still do till now, hear from some of our group members or others say,” I do so much dana already but yet my problems are not solved or I am still troubled!”.
There is many angles to approach this subject, let me share one with you.
Ittirit is what we use to make our lives better, may it be a solution or a product. Let’s take car as an example. A new car, with a newest technology or the best engine oil or the best tyres in the world. I am sure you will have a smooth drive and a comfortable journey, Or it is powerful or good pick-up, it may even be very fuel efficient. But I am sure with even the best specifications on the car with the best accessories cannot prevent an accident.
Boonyarit is how we cultivate ourselves to make our lives better. The best specifications on the car with the best accessories at most only improve only on the structural or physical level or performance level. Imagine on one hand, a driver with a bull mentality and rough handling and another, a driver that is mindful of his drive, patience, practise courtesy on the road and maintains his car well. Which would you prefer to ride with? The answer is obvious and isn’t that METTA. People will naturally choose those whom cultivates well. Virtues aren’t born in a day, it must be cultivated. And we must cultivate the right virtues eg. The 8 Noble Paths
We can wear the best Metta amulet but if we ourselves don’t cultivate right eg. we curse and swear often, how can we really have Metta? Amulets, kathas, holy water baths, rituals, danas etc only help 50% of the times but if we ourselves don’t put in the other 50% then we are being ignorant or being superstitious. Leaving our chances of betterment or improvements in life ONLY TO things like amulets, kathas, holy water baths, rituals, danas is plain stupidity. We MUST also put forth our best efforts with proper planning and execution. We must employ good logic, intelligence and above all wisdom. I am sure all of you have heard of the the wealthy devotees of Dhammakaya Foundation, who turned pauper.