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Dont Worship Me! Thats What Buddha Said

By  Dawood Kinney

As far back as I can remember as a child, I was always astounded by this universe in which we live; how everything works perfectly. I used to lie outside at night on my parent's lawn, staring up at the stars, just amazed at the unfathomable size of the heavens. And I also used to be amazed at how the human body just ticked along, heart beating, lungs pumping, with no help from me. And from that early time, I always in some way knew, there just had to be a Creator responsible for all this.

But then as I segued into my teens, it was much easier to succumb to peer pressure, and I lost interest in the Divine and instead devoted my time to alcohol, sex and the immature games of a young male growing up in America. Growing into young adulthood, my obsessions became money, power, a better house, a faster car, and a prettier woman--all shallow pursuits.

I lived this way for many years, slowly losing control of my life, thinking I was pursuing happiness when all I was getting was more depressed, more confused, and making more and more of a mess of my life.

At some point, my life just sort of spiraled to the bottom and I cracked. My immediate response was to turn to God, and, having been raised Catholic, it was to that church that I turned. At the time, I had been divorced and remarried and came to find out that the Catholic Church didn't want me. Hurt and angry, but also realizing a need for a spiritual order in my life, I turned to Buddhism.

The Buddhist sect I became involved with followed a Tibetan tradition, where importance is placed on gaining empowerments, which are basically blessings from various Buddhas. At some point I realized I was not really bettering myself, just running around gaining empowerments, performing elaborate rituals. All of a sudden, I realized that one of the last things the Buddha said before passing away was don't worship me. I realized this whole practice was BASED on worshipping not only "the" Buddha, but also all these other Buddhas. I became very discouraged and reverted to my old ways of indulgence in alcohol and other forbidden pleasures. And once again, I became very depressed, only this time with emotional side effects that began to manifest in very frightening ways and self-destructive ways.

When I was a young man, I was very much "into" the music of Cat Stevens (now Yusuf Islam). When I heard he had embraced Islam, I was in the U.S. Navy at the time and this was during the "hostage crisis" in Iran. So, I immediately drew the conclusion that Cat Stevens has become a terrorist, and I kept that belief for many years.

A couple months or so ago, i heard he was going to be interviewed on TV, and I wanted to hear about this crazy man who had left a great life to become a terrorist. Well, needless to say, I was just floored by the interview, because he was certainly no terrorist, but a soft-spoken, articulate, peaceful man who radiated love, and patience, and intelligence. The very next day, I began researching Islam on the Internet. I came across a lecture in RealAudio by a brother, Khaled Yasin, and well, this lecture really put me over the top.

(You may want to check out the lectures on this web page: http://islam.org/Radio/ch600.htm. The first one by Br. Khaled is really the one that did it for me, but the other two by Br. Yusef (Cat Stevens) really speaks to those of us who did not grow up in a Muslim society.). It all made so much SENSE, the existence of Allah was so SIMPLE to understand! How could I have been so st**id all this time???

Well, the more I learned the more I was convinced that this was truly the path I had been searching for. It contained the discipline--physical, mental, and spiritual--that leads to true peace and happiness. But most importantly, it contains that path to Allah, Subhanahu wa Taala. Pronouncing my Shahada was such a CLEANSING experience, and since this time, I have often just felt the presence of Allah (SWT) and just cried and cried and cried. How wonderful! Al-Hamdulillah!

I have received such a warm and embracing welcome from all Muslim brothers and sisters from around the world; I take great comfort in this, knowing that, despite any adversity or setback, I am literally surrounded by my Muslim family that will never abandon me as long as I remain Muslim. No other group of people has ever treated me in this way.

I still have a very long and arduous path ahead. Accepting the reality of Islam is the easy part, walking the Straight Path is the hard part, especially once one had firmly implanted himself in a society of unbelievers. But I pray to Allah every day for strength and guidance, and I just take it one day at a time, trying to improve in Islam little by little each day.

May Allah guide us, may He have mercy on us, and may He forgive us all our transgressions, both past and future.

Wasalam,

Dawood

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Quote abuzuhri Replybullet Posted: 21 December 2006 at 1:17am

Dear Readers and Peacemaker,

 

Many people in the East e.g India, China, South East Asia and Japan had mistaken That the Last Sage or Honored was Buddha while the Chinese viewed that Lao Tzu or Confucius Was their most prominent Sage that send by Heaven to uphold the true divine worship and establish a balanced social rule/law ethics for mankind.

 

But both these great Sages did not fulfilled what were foretold in this brilliant TEXTUAL PROOFS from the Chinese Classics itself That merit a deeper and extensive comparative study with Islamic view of Rasul-Khatamul Anbiya wal-Mursalin. Please enjoy your surfing and get reftreshed. It is true ? Go and verify it from the translation of James Legge !

 

 

DESCRIPTION OF A SAGE/RASUL

FROM CHUNG-YUNG (DOCTRINE OF THE MEAN-CHINESE CLASSICS)

 

It is only he , possessed of all SAGELY qualities

that can exist under heaven,

who can show himself quick in apprehension ,

clear in discerning , of far reaching intelligence ,

and all embracing KNOWLEDGE ,

fitted to exercise RULE ,magnanimous , generous

, benign and mild ( harisun /raufur rahim ),

fitted to EXERCISE forbearance ( hilm /sabr),

impulsive , energetic , firm , and enduring,

 

fitted to maintain a FIRM HOLD ( urwatul wusqa ),

self adjusted , grave ,

never serving from the MEAN / MIDDLE ( Istiqama )

and correct, fitted to COMMAND ( Amar ) reverence ;

accomplished , distinctive, and searching ,

 

fitted to exercise DISCRIMINATION ( furqan ).

All embracing is he and vast ( innaka ala Khuluqi  azim ),

deep and active as a fountain ( rahmata lil-alamin ),

sending forth in their due season his virtues

( rahma /syafaa ). p112.

 

He is seen , and people revere him ;

He speaks , and all people believe him ;

He acts and the people are pleased with him

( atiu Llah wa atiur Rasul ) ;

 

..therefore his fame overspreads the middle kingdom

( ummatan wasatan ) and extended to all foreign races.

Where ships and carriages reach;

Wherever the strength of man penetrates;

Wherever the heaven overshadow and

 

The earth sustains ; Wherever the sun and moon shine

( was syamsi wa qamar ) ; where the frost

and dews falls all who have blood and breath

unfeignly honor and love him. Hence it is said

He is equal of Heaven . p113.

 

Who can know him ,but he who is indeed quick in apprehension,

clear in discerment, of far reaching intellect and all embracing knowledge

, possessing heavenly virtue ( iman/ihsan).

 

The superior man accords / follow with the course of the Mean

( Middle Path ) . Though he may be all unknown , unregarded by the world ,

 he feels no regret ;  It is only the SAGE who is able for this ! p-55

 

The Way which the superior man pursues ,

reache s wide and far , and yet is secret / concealed. P-55

 

I think the above descrition went far beyond Budhha and Confucius/Lao Tzu.

Hence do not worship me and made idols of the past sages.

It is the coming of our Noble Last Messenger of Islam that fulfilled that picture.

 

Abu zuhri shin

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Quote ummziba Replybullet Posted: 21 December 2006 at 4:44am

Assalamu alaikum,

Brother Peacemaker, thanks for posting that story - a nice read and very interesting.

Brother Abu Zuhri, as always, your posts are so full of real faith affirming stories; thanks so much for your contributions.  I just love seeing Islam from your lovely eastern perspective!

Peace, ummziba.

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Quote peacemaker Replybullet Posted: 21 December 2006 at 5:36am
Originally posted by abuzuhri

Dear Readers and Peacemaker,

Many people in the East e.g India, China, South East Asia and Japan had mistaken That the Last Sage or Honored was Buddha while the Chinese viewed that Lao Tzu or Confucius Was their most prominent Sage that send by Heaven to uphold the true divine worship and establish a balanced social rule/law ethics for mankind.

 

But both these great Sages did not fulfilled what were foretold in this brilliant TEXTUAL PROOFS from the Chinese Classics itself That merit a deeper and extensive comparative study with Islamic view of Rasul-Khatamul Anbiya wal-Mursalin. Please enjoy your surfing and get reftreshed. It is true ? Go and verify it from the translation of James Legge !

DESCRIPTION OF A SAGE/RASUL

FROM CHUNG-YUNG (DOCTRINE OF THE MEAN-CHINESE CLASSICS)

It is only he , possessed of all SAGELY qualities

that can exist under heaven,

who can show himself quick in apprehension ,

clear in discerning , of far reaching intelligence ,

and all embracing KNOWLEDGE ,

fitted to exercise RULE ,magnanimous , generous

, benign and mild ( harisun /raufur rahim ),

fitted to EXERCISE forbearance ( hilm /sabr),

impulsive , energetic , firm , and enduring,

 

fitted to maintain a FIRM HOLD ( urwatul wusqa ),

self adjusted , grave ,

never serving from the MEAN / MIDDLE ( Istiqama )

and correct, fitted to COMMAND ( Amar ) reverence ;

accomplished , distinctive, and searching ,

 

fitted to exercise DISCRIMINATION ( furqan ).

All embracing is he and vast ( innaka ala Khuluqi  azim ),

deep and active as a fountain ( rahmata lil-alamin ),

sending forth in their due season his virtues

( rahma /syafaa ). p112.

He is seen , and people revere him ;

He speaks , and all people believe him ;

He acts and the people are pleased with him

( atiu Llah wa atiur Rasul ) ;

 

..therefore his fame overspreads the middle kingdom

( ummatan wasatan ) and extended to all foreign races.

Where ships and carriages reach;

Wherever the strength of man penetrates;

Wherever the heaven overshadow and

 

The earth sustains ; Wherever the sun and moon shine

( was syamsi wa qamar ) ; where the frost

and dews falls all who have blood and breath

unfeignly honor and love him. Hence it is said

He is equal of Heaven . p113.

Who can know him ,but he who is indeed quick in apprehension,

clear in discerment, of far reaching intellect and all embracing knowledge

, possessing heavenly virtue ( iman/ihsan).

The superior man accords / follow with the course of the Mean

( Middle Path ) . Though he may be all unknown , unregarded by the world ,

 he feels no regret ;  It is only the SAGE who is able for this ! p-55

The Way which the superior man pursues ,

reache s wide and far , and yet is secret / concealed. P-55

 

I think the above descrition went far beyond Budhha and Confucius/Lao Tzu.

Hence do not worship me and made idols of the past sages.

It is the coming of our Noble Last Messenger of Islam that fulfilled that picture.

 

Abu zuhri shin

@ Zhao Dong Qin

Assalamu Alaikum,

Jazak Allah Khair for your contributions, Brother.  Many Hindus are still waiting for Kalki Avatar (I don't want to go into details about him as this section is not meant for that). But, many others have embraced Islam after finding out that the characteristics of Kalki Avatar can only match that of Prophet Muhammad ( peace be upon him ). 

http://www.islamicity.com/islamiTV/?ref=1034

Peace 

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Quote peacemaker Replybullet Posted: 21 December 2006 at 5:42am
Originally posted by ummziba

Assalamu alaikum,

Brother Peacemaker, thanks for posting that story - a nice read and very interesting.

Walaikum Salam,

You are welcome, Sister. Jazak Allah Khair for your contributions.

May Allah guide us all.

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Quote abuzuhri Replybullet Posted: 21 December 2006 at 4:26pm

Thank you Umm Ziba and Peacemaker,

There are more new postings or essays on Islam, Zen, Buddhism and Sufism spread out in several forums. I cant keep track sometimes. Hope all my dearest enjoy and share it with new seekers around the world.

It is the fruits of more than 20 years struggle, research and travelling on the Path of Allah and many unforgetable encounters. Those who are blessed with extra surfing times and diligent are most welcome and invited to my humble teahut blog at http://abuzuhri.multiply.com

warmest regard and peace cai jian

abuzuhri shin

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