Buddha: The Dhammapada
Gautama Buddha was the founder of what we know as Buddhism, a
spiritual tradition that is recognized throughout the world as one
of compassion, peace, and understanding. Like his final words:
"Be a light unto yourself",
Gautama Buddha’s teachings were often simple phrases that carried
profound thoughts and implications. When the words of the Buddha
were gathered together, a special collection was made The Dhammapada
or The Way of Truth.
Introduction to The Dhammapada
This is again such a blessed moment in time for me, where lives are
coming together and the whole guidance of this wonderful existence
becomes even clearer. In this introduction I want to show you how
precisely we are guided life after life and how magnificent all is
connected with The Dhammapada as the connecting thread.
Past lives connecting and culminating in this life.
I had just finished the mantra-music part of this website and wanted
to take a break. After waking up, meditating and having my first cup
of tea I mostly get a clear guidance about what to do that day. I
write it down and when I feel the time is there, I will start.
But no break. My inner voice or Buddha or Osho or the Source (all
the same) told me clearly to start writing about Buddha’s
Dhammapada. Meditating on this I saw suddenly how past lives were
connecting and somehow were culminating in this life.
People often say I don’t believe in reincarnation or past lives, but
belief is for the blind and it is dangerous. Those who can see just know
with certainty. Even if you look from a scientific viewpoint, so
many things in my life can only be explained by the way past lives
work out in this life and I see it the same with my
‘anam caras' (soul friends)
I could write a book about this, but the subject is Buddha and the
I know now from so many evidences that I have been with the Buddha
in one of my past lives, but when I went to Osho in January 1979 I
knew some past lives, but not that one.
a light unto yourself
One of the greatest contributions of Buddha to this world has been
His saying: “Be a light unto yourself. Don’t be a believer, don’t
believe what I am saying. Discover it for yourself!” And when my
spiritual Master Osho gave the name Deva Deep to me, which means
Divine Light, Lamp, he said exactly the same: “Remember the
saying of Buddha: Be a light unto yourself” This has always
been a guiding light in my life. Going with the masses is easy.
Finding your own unique individual way is much more difficult and
takes a lot of courage, but is very rewarding. Buddha also said:”
They shall reach the topmost height”.
This is also a main topic in Chapter 1 of the Dhammapada the twin
verses. Buddha show us that there are two different paths to choose
the easy road, which the crowds take or the 'road less traveled by'.
Robert Frost's famous lines from "The Road Not Taken" provide a
model for the crossroads at which every human being stands:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Why can't a person just pass by the easy road and take "the one less
traveled by" if it leads to permanent happiness? The obstacle is the
mind. It is one's mental state-that determines which of these
possibilities a person will act on. The mind can be said to be a
product of the human being's evolutionary drive to look out for
himself first. Its natural response to any situation is to take the
easiest, least unpleasant course to personal fulfillment. The Buddha
calls this swimming with the current, taking the easy path traveled
by the many. To find happiness, one has to go against the current,
against every selfish impulse.
The cosmic joke in this cosmic play is that everything in life
contains a paradox. So what looks as the easy path is full of
disappointment, frustration, depression, burnout etc, while 'the
road less traveled by' gives such a joy and fulfillment.
The endless journey of the soul
These were the last words of the Buddha and the first words of Osho
and ShantiMayi to me. In this way re-connecting me with the Buddha energy
Osho says later in the Dhammapada: "No true master ever dies, he cannot die. Death does not appear for
masters, does not exist for them. Hence they are masters. They have
known the eternity of life.
Whenever you can love a master, a master like Buddha, immediately you are
And of course that is happening all the time. The most wonderful
experience I had when Osho was very ill in Poona and He didn't came
out for a long time. For me this didn't make any
difference, on the contrary I felt his presence so strongly all the
time and as I feel it now also. From that moment I knew He will
always be with me.
Yes the presence of the masters you really connected with, will
always be with you on the endless journey of your soul. They will
keep guiding you, as I experience so strongly. The same with your
anam caras, you will meet them
again and again on your soul's journey.
Discovering the Dhammapada again
When I was in Poona (1979/80)
Osho started speaking almost the whole period about the Dhammapada of Buddha. What an infinite blessings
these two great Masters joining their energy together.
In Osho case it happened several years later literally and Osho
spoke in his
discourses about that.
In the night Buddha and Osho merged their energies an incredible
bright beam of light came into my room, coming from no visible
source. The next morning Osho told what has happened during this
merging and said that two of
his sannyasins (disciples) had the same experience.
Also ShantiMayi spoke in the time I was with here in India a lot
about Buddha’s Lankavatara Sutra, the Heart Sutra and the Medicine Buddha.
Living the essence
Not I make a leap in time to 2001. After being with Osho and
ShantiMayi in India, I had the feeling that the way religion in India
was lived, consisted most of the time of empty rituals which didn’t anything
to change the consciousness of the people. I experienced almost
everything around me as unconsciousness acts of people. To give an example,
you have a very holy Guru (Saint), and you go to her and do pranam
for her (bow and touch her feet) and ask for her blessings. Then you go outside, take the
garbage bin full of shit and dirt and throw everything over the head
of the holy saint. Looks absolutely crazy but that is exactly what
the Indians are doing with their holy Mother Mata Ganga, the holy
Walking from Neelkant, a very holy Shiva pilgrim temple to
Rishikesh, also a very holy place, you will walk through a forest
literally covered with plastic bags and rubbish of hundred of
And every tree has a sign: buy this, drink this and so on.
So I decided that there must be another way of living the Essence
and went to Thailand, first going to
Ayuthaya, Sukhothai and
Pitsanulok. It was coming from the Hindu hell in the Buddhist
Beautiful Buddha statues in magnificent temples in an absolute clean
environment with beautiful gardens and ponds with Lotus flowers.
Amazing. No loads of mutilated beggars, no garbage everywhere, no
shouting people and no taxi/rickshaw drivers who wanted to cheat you
as much as possible.
So this really felt like coming home in such a beautiful harmonious
and peaceful environment.
The Radiance of a Buddha statue
Osho said this about the Radiance of a Buddha statue:
Just looking at the statue of Buddha you will feel some serenity
within you - the proportion of the Buddha, the body, the posture,
the way he is sitting, the half-closed eyes. You just sit silently,
look at the statue, and you will start falling into a silence....
It is certainly an experience to sit silently in a Buddhist
temple watching a statue of Buddha, just looking at it. And you will
be surprised that you start feeling certain qualities - tremendous
silence, a great beauty. The centering of the statue somehow creates
a synchronicity: you start feeling centered, calm and quiet....
In the East a statue is not made for its own sake: it is made as
a code language for the centuries that follow. Scriptures may
disappear, languages may change and words may be interpreted.
Doctrines can be wrongly interpreted, commented upon. There may be
dispute about theories - and there have been - so they thought there
must be a different way than language....
Objective art means it has been created deliberately by one who
knows what he is doing, who brings something from the other
dimension into this world, some form. Just watching that form, a
form will arise in you, a song. Just singing that song, you will
become something else, a mantra....
(Note the radiance coming out of the cedi, with relics of Buddha, is just as I took the
I experienced these cedis as huge energy transmitters).
As usual Osho describes in his eloquent way what I experienced in so
many Buddhist temples.
The same strong experience I had also in Myanmar, a mysterious
and beautiful country with such an amazing friendly people. It shows
again the power of Buddhism that even people can be so heart
touching in difficult living conditions.
The Source told me also that I had to take pictures of 10.000 Buddha
status and publish these on my website and that then my last karma
would be dissolved. So I did. And yes, I feel very blessed in every
Dhammapada revealed again
I went several times back to Thailand, also in the end of 2006 and
at a certain moment I was in Pai in North Thailand, a very touristic
place. I didn’t like it very much and asked myself why I was there?
After that I was drawn to a little shop and found the book: THE
DHAMMAPADA by Eknath Easwaran. I was so touched by the profound
truths in this book and the way Easwaran introduced every chapter. I
knew that has been the reason to come to this place. For me the
holyday could be over there, but savoring this book I continued and
more profound experiences came later also.
I give you a taste of a part of the introduction of this book, which
I can highly recommend it to you.
You can read it also via Google Books
"Our life is shaped by our mind, for we become what
we think." That is the essence of the Buddha's
universe and the whole theme of the Dhammapada. If we
can get hold of the thinking process, we can actually
redo our personality, remake ourselves. Destructive ways
of thinking can be rechanneled, constructive channels
can be deepened, all through right effort and
meditation. "As irrigators lead water to their fields,
as archers make their arrows straight, as carpenters
carve wood, the wise shape their lives."
"The universe is hostile," Wernher von Braun once said,
"only when you do not know its laws. To those who know
and obey, the universe is friendly." When understood,
the Buddha's universe too is anything but alien and
inhibiting. It is a world full of hope, where everything
we need to do can be done and everything that matters is
within human reach. It is a world where kindness,
unselfishness, nonviolence, and compassion achieve what
self-interest and arrogance cannot. It is, simply, a
world where any human being can be happy in goodness and
the fullness of giving.
We have the path to this world in the Dhammapada.
The opening sentence has of course great implications:
"Our life is shaped by our mind, for we become what we think."
As I have seen so often, when I tune in at a certain frequency, the
process will continue. So I found later a copy of a magazine called
Happinez with a review of the movie (just coming out then)
the Secret, based
on the same principle. But too much focused on the material plane and
what can I get (and of course then it doesn’t work mostly).
For commercial reasons Esther Hicks (I experience Abraham-Esther
Hicks as the source of
the law of attraction) was removed in the second
edition of the Secret (I have them both). The only real truth in
this movie is stated by another woman who emphasis the importance of
love and gratitude. And this combination is indeed a strong positive
manifesting force as also the experiments of
Emoto with water and my own
At this moment I feel so much love and gratitude for Buddha, Rumi,
Osho, ShantiMayi and others from whom I have received so much, that
I HAVE to share it.
Back home I got this movie and later on also movies and books of
Abraham-Esther Hicks who expanded this same principle (the law of
attraction) to a higher plane,
ending in for me the highest peak the
of God action, which I see all the time in action in my life.
"Joy follows a pure thought like a shadow that never leaves".
Abraham-Esther Hicks simple state the law of attraction as you will
attract everything, corresponding with your vibrational level. So
the only way to attract more of what you want is to change your
vibrational level. To give one example how do this: a week ago I had
one of the most difficult depressing
transits possible. I
have made many horoscopes and I have seen a lot of people becoming
depressed under this transit. When I felt the energy coming, I said:
"Oh no, I will not give any attention to you, you shut up".
As Osho explains clearly later you can't fight against darkness you
only have to bring light in. So I focused my whole energy on what
can I give to this world and the
mantra-music part of this website started unfolding. I
posted it at the maximum of this difficult transit and of course the
whole of existence reacts on what you sent out, amplifies it and
sent it back to you. So there I was sitting in bliss, love,
gratitude, peace and so on. These are just ways of indicating
somehow this blessed state, but of course this state is beyond this
all. This is what the second verse of the Dhammapada states so
2 Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Joy
follows a pure thought like a shadow that never leaves.
This is a long introduction (and I have it kept really short!) but I
wanted to show you how wonderfully we are guided life after life and
how magnificent all is connected.
As Abraham expresses it so beautifully: The Universe adores
you; for it knows your broadest intentions. You have come
to earth with great intentions, and the Universe constantly guides
you on your chosen path.
And also the wonderful book I found in Egypt:
The Zohar, states the same:
Humanity was endowed by the Creator with the power to influence
and determine the very nature of the universe, from the quantum
level to the birth and death of stars. The instrument of this great
power is nothing more than our consciousness, and our realization of
the capabilities that are within our grasp.
Kabbalah teaches that our thoughts, feelings, and especially our
spiritual awareness determine events in the external environment.
What takes place in our minds and hearts is the ground state of the
physical realm. This view, it is interesting to note, is also
expressed in the so-called Copenhagen interpretation theory of
quantum mechanics, as articulated by Niels Bohr.
LISTEN TO YOUR INNER VOICE AND GO FOR IT! Be a light unto yourself!
For thousands of years the great beings have transmitted the same
message and show us our unlimited potential. It is only for us to
accept this great gift and start using it.
But again and again certain things are ONLY possible in a certain
time-window (in astrology we call that transits) so LISTEN TO YOUR
INNER VOICE AND GO FOR IT!
In most cases it is really: now or never (in this life)!
I am almost in the middle of my marvelous Uranus
conjunct Jupiter transit. This transit means in a new, creative and
original way, with the aid of digital technology, helping by
expanding of the consciousness of humanity. And that is exactly what
I am doing now by making and expanding this website and several
other projects I am working on. (This is a long lasting transit of
about one year. Introduced in Egypt by a shorter but equally
beautiful Jupiter trine Uranus transit).
Do you think for a moment that I knew that this whole website would
evolve in this way when Osho asked me in the Sinai in Egypt to start
this publishing process? Of course not, but I followed this inner
voice and see what has came out of it. And it is expanding all the time. And this is only one of the projects I am working on.
alpha and the omega
I asked the Osho Zen Tarot for a card for phase two of
this project, which ends here.
I got the card IX
This card is a beautiful synthesis between the title of
An All-One Planet Guide for the Inner World
and the main theme: Be a light unto yourself.
Another example how everything fits seemingly together:
the alpha and the omega.
Description: The humble figure in this card glows
with a light that emanates from within. One of Gautam
Buddha's most significant contributions to the spiritual
life of humankind was to insist to his disciples, "Be a
light unto yourself ." Ultimately, each of us must
develop within ourselves the capacity to make our way
through the darkness without any companions, maps or
Every time I think this revealing process is finished, a new
insight comes. In 1974 I did a psycho synthesis group with a
wonderful woman Grace Stern. In one of the exercises we did I
made a spiritual journey trough the whole inner landscape. I
ended standing on the top of a huge mountain with a kind of
bright Divine Light in my hand. This light spread over the whole
earth and changed the consciousness of the planet. I felt the
importance of this divine vision and made a movie, inspired by
this vision, called: Pheadra and it really worked on the people
who saw it.
When Osho told me in 1979 about the meaning of my name Deva
Deep, Divine Light I immediately saw this vision again. Now many
years later it looks like this vision is actualizing, if you see
This enhances again the importance that if you are blessed with
having this kind of divine vision to take it as a guiding light
and step by step you will be guided to your ultimate flowering.
It looks that this blessed existence always wants to confirm
everything. Seven days after writing this I went to
Ingrid-Imana, who had cooked a fine ayurvedic dinner for me. She
had the latest Happinez and the main theme was inspiration,
about which I also had written a lot these days. And also (not
difficult to guess) a beautiful article about Buddha with
prominent: "Be a Light Unto Yourself".
this article inspire you.
Blessings to you.
Continue to The Dhammapada: The Way
of the Buddha, Vol 1 Chapter #1 Verse 1-10
Chapter title: We are what we think. Discourse by Osho
The complete Dhammapada as text or
A Homage to Buddha, Osho and other
When the disciple is ready the Master will appear