He’s been holding the “hope” stone for years. It’s hope that the flower will grow and be happy. It’s hope that all animals who visit are healthy, well fed and happy. It’s hope for happiness in general. I figure that since he has his eyes closed and never moves, I may as well put him t work.
See, when I look at Buddha I see a guy who goes to a movie (life) and refuses to watch the film. He gives up all responsibility and just takes care of himself. If we all did what Buddha did we would already be extinct, which isn’t a bad thing, it’s just the way things would be. No one to fill the begging bowls, no children to indoctrinate. All the people in the world would sit and then sit some more. Women might not be allowed to sit, never being good enough, and always distracting men from concentrating. We could all iron our faces, so we were scarred, like the woman who wanted to be a Buddhist nun. None of the monks could stop fantasizing about her, she was too pretty, so that’s what she did to herself, so she could study. When she was ugly no one cared if she was around. None of the men burned themselves, or did anything at all to control their desires, but that’s the way things always are. Nothing ever changes. Not really. So yeah, Buddha doesn’t do anything for me. Especially after leaving his wife and kids to find himself. LOL I seriously doubt that he ever went back to check on his family, but why would he? What could they possibly have to do with him? His minions were what was important. So if I see the Buddha on the road I’m going to be asking a lot of questions. I love it that all these guys don’t want followers and yet…the minions wait on them hand and foot.
Sure Siddhartha was horrified when he saw all the poor people outside the gates of his compound, who wouldn’t be? So, the prince left his family and sat under a bodhi tree and well, you know the rest. Enlightenment, followers, the whole thing. I’m not sure how he helped the poverty stricken, however. Ommmmmmmmmmmm….