Why did the Buddha choose not to live of Light?

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Why did the Buddha choose not to live of Light?

Post by Lucas Oliveira » Wed Jan 25, 2017 3:36 pm

Why did the Buddha choose not to live of Light?

"Devas, on seeing me, said, 'Gotama the contemplative is dead.' Other devas said, 'He isn't dead, he's dying.' Others said, 'He's neither dead nor dying, he's an arahant, for this is the way arahants live.'

"I thought: 'Suppose I were to practice going altogether without food.' Then devas came to me and said, 'Dear sir, please don't practice going altogether without food. If you go altogether without food, we'll infuse divine nourishment in through your pores, and you will survive on that.' I thought, 'If I were to claim to be completely fasting while these devas are infusing divine nourishment in through my pores, I would be lying.' So I dismissed them, saying, 'Enough.'
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Living on light: woman attempts to prove humans can live without food
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Re: Why did the Buddha choose not to live of Light?

Post by Grigoris » Wed Jan 25, 2017 4:28 pm

Lucas Oliveira wrote:Living on light: woman attempts to prove humans can live without food
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/ ... thout-food
The title should read: "woman fails miserably while attempting to prove...
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Re: Why did the Buddha choose not to live of Light?

Post by Aemilius » Wed Feb 08, 2017 10:34 am

"All beings subsist on nutriment", -this, according to the Buddha, is the one single fact about life that, above all, deserves to be remembered, contemplated and understood. There are four nutriments according to the Dharma, see http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el105.html
Body and mind are empty of self-existence/own-nature, because they depend on food/nutriment.
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Re: Why did the Buddha choose not to live of Light?

Post by AlexanderS » Sun Feb 12, 2017 6:03 pm

Because then you would probably have a lot of practioners dying of hunger trying to emulate him.

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Re: Why did the Buddha choose not to live of Light?

Post by climb-up » Fri Feb 17, 2017 4:58 am

AlexanderS wrote:Because then you would probably have a lot of practioners dying of hunger trying to emulate him.
That was compassionate of him!
Grigoris wrote:
Lucas Oliveira wrote:Living on light: woman attempts to prove humans can live without food
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/ ... thout-food
The title should read: "woman fails miserably while attempting to prove...
huh!
I've heard of highly developed Taoist masters doing this (allegedly), but otherwise that is too ridiculous for words!

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