The Way Out
Three Old Men
- Truth is what Work
A great King,
Alexander & Diogenes
Thread becomes Bridge
Giver should be thankful
Lao Tzu and His
The scorpion & the Sage
Donkey's Common Sense
Jalauddin Rumi & Students
Meditation transform Anger
Goddess of Beauty
Buddha brother Devadatta trying to kill Gautam Buddha
But the majority, which is the little man, cannot tolerate a very evolved
being like Buddha. Buddha suffered many attempts on his life.
The story is very beautiful ....
One day Buddha’s own brother, Devadatta, who had become his disciple, wanted
Buddha to declare him his successor. Now, no buddha declares successors. It
is not a dynasty, it is not like wealth that the elder son will succeed to
it: You become a buddha. It is not a question of succession. Nobody is
”I am giving you as much attention as everybody,” Buddha told Devadatta.
”You become a buddha, it is not a question of succession. I cannot declare
you to be my successor. There are many enlightened disciples and you are not
This hurt Devadatta very much. He dropped the commune. He was also a prince,
and he had a small gang of followers in the commune. They also dropped with
him. He was thinking to create another commune in which there would be no
need for anybody to make him a successor, he would be the founder. But he
could not gather people; he had no light in his eyes, no grace in his hands,
no ecstasy in his heart. He was just hungry for prestige, power.
Slowly slowly, those who had come with him also deserted him. Most of them
went back to Buddha with apologies. Being alone he became furious, almost
mad. He wanted to kill Gautam Buddha, his own brother, and he tried.
Buddha was sitting on a rock meditating; Devadatta was hiding just behind
him up a big hill, and he rolled a big rock down the hill, directed towards
Gautam Buddha. It would have crushed the fragile flower of the Buddha. All
that is higher is fragile; a lotus flower, a rose flower – they have a
certain strength and beauty, but if you put them under a rock they will be
destroyed. Of course their fragrance will remain in the air.
The story is beautiful. It says that the rock came directly towards Buddha
and just as it was going to hit Buddha it changed its route, leaving Buddha
alive. It looks just like a parable, but one never knows. Rocks are also
alive, they grow, they have a certain sensitivity. Perhaps it is a factual
phenomenon, because many other things of the same category happened.
Devadatta became very mad, he could not believe how the rock changed its
course. Just one foot more and Buddha would have been crushed under it.
Devadatta’s father had a mad elephant who was always kept in chains. He was
very dangerous. Criminals who had been sentenced to death were thrown near
the cage of the mad elephant, and he immediately pulled them in, killed them
and ate them. They were keeping that elephant just to kill the criminals.
Devadatta got the key and asked the man in whose control the elephant had
grown up .... Still, even in his madness, the elephant remembered him and
always followed him. Wherever the man wanted to take him he could take him;
the elephant never harmed him. It is said that elephants have perhaps the
greatest memory system, they never forget. If you kill one elephant, a
husband, or a wife – they live in couples – never leave the other one alive,
otherwise the other one will find a way to kill you, wherever you go. Even
twenty years afterwards people have been killed.
The same is true about cobra snakes: they live in couples. Never kill one;
if you want to kill one, kill both. If you kill one the other will find a
way, wherever you go; years may pass, but he will find a way to kill you.
Their memory system is very strong.
Because this man had raised the elephant from his very childhood, even in
his madness the elephant remembered him – his love, his compassion.
Devadatta bribed the man and told him to take the elephant towards Buddha,
who was meditating outside the city in a mango grove. The man took the mad
elephant, who had killed many men; as they reached close to the mango grove
his chains were removed. The man who controlled him took him directly to
There was every possibility – they had not thought that anything else could
happen – that the
elephant would kill Gautam Buddha. But the elephant came near Buddha; with
his small eyes he looked at Buddha, and then, bending his knees, he touched
Buddha’s feet with his head. Neither the man who controlled him could
believe it, nor could Devadatta believe it. But such is the blindness of
man, that Devadatta continued to do something or other trying to destroy
Seeing these two phenomena he should have stopped. Even a mad elephant had
the sensitivity to see that this was not an ordinary man to be destroyed, he
was not a criminal. Even a rock moved, changed its course.
But Devadatta was much more unconscious than the elephant and the rock. He
continued for Buddha’s whole life to try to kill him. There is every
suspicion ... Buddha died of food-poisoning but nothing is on record; there
is every possibility that Devadatta’s hand was behind his death. The food
was given to him by somebody else, mixed with poison.
Maneesha, man could have grown to immense heights, to the Himalayan peaks of
consciousness, but because of the unconscious, stupid majority of people,
evolution is delayed continually. You kill one Socrates, you have delayed
evolution perhaps for one thousand years. You kill a Buddha by poisoning,
you have again delayed evolution for another thousand years. You kill al-Hillaj
Mansoor and you have delayed evolution.
Evolution is being delayed continually, because the majority cannot tolerate
anybody rising like an Everest – the highest peak of the Himalayas – in
consciousness, in love, in compassion. We have to create a great force of
thousands of buddhas. Only then there is a possibility of a quantum leap in
Source: " Yakusan: Straight to the Point of Enlightenment, Chapter 21 "