The less than noble path...or probing the robe in the 21st century
|Ignoble path...the road well travelled|
The beliefs of Christ were considered anti-establishment at the time and loving your enemy was piffle and hogwash. So what happened…the Prince of Peace was crucified but he had the last laugh by resurrecting himself.
Priests and monks are supposed to follow in the great traditions of their noble mentors and emulate the strengths of loving kindness and compassion.
Due to weaknesses of human nature, men (and some women) who don the robe find that they metamorphose into something un-holy. They wear the robe, preach the doctrine and practise very little.
It’s hard to be noble all the time so why bother even trying?
After enduring all the hardships of being moneyless which he found a lot easier than having untold wealth, he finally came to rest under a banyan tree. Under this, he found enlightenment and wanted to share it with all and sundry. The latter was the problem.
After all this Siddhartha chap or Buddha might have gold buried somewhere…..what fool would walk away from that much wealth?? He must have some gold coins stashed under his loin cloth.
|Man does not live by bread alone|
|Far East Idol|
So they went along with the Great One's theories and began calling their shack a temple. They slept like babies…afternoon naps…to the sound of Sidd’s melodic chanting…aah this was the good life – no work or responsibilities! They could leave their children behind in the safe knowledge that they were following in the Great One's footsteps.
But there was something missing from this near perfect existence…..love from their neighbour.
The Great One was oblivious since he had told them that he was soon to leave this world. His disciples were grief stricken as they were left (or lumbered) with the onerous task of passing on the doctrine.
Well....of course they were proud to do so....but they'd tweak it here and there.....and since lack of interesting food was an issue they made it a rule that every family would be required to bring food to the temple to be known as alms giving to monks. There were hundreds of families of every income level so they were in for a daily feast!!
And so it went on through the centuries, sexual misdemeanours as practiced by members of the clergy went undetected and unchallenged until the 21st century – 2012 to be precise. A girl who grew up to be an accomplished and intelligent woman has had the courage to out her robed abuser.
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