teacher of men and Gods.
the Dhamma we have a perfect teaching, and in the Buddha we have a perfect
teacher, and the combination of these two meant that within a short time
of being first proclaimed, the Dhamma became remarkably widespread. The
Buddha was the first religious teacher who meant his message to be proclaimed
to all humanity.Who made an absolute effort to do this. The Buddha was
universal. He told his first disciples to spread the Dhamma far and wide.
We are his disciples.
Dhamma was compassion. He said: "Whatever has had to be done by a teacher
out of compassion, for the welfare of his disciples, I have done for you."
He saw humans as being limited by their greed, tormented by their hatred
and misled by their delusion. To be free of this delusion, the compassionate
Buddha turned into a tireless and skilful teacher. Buddha's purpose was
to lead to a clearer understanding.
In Buddhism, Nirvana can only be attained through understanding. As such, those who came to hear the Buddha teach and who became his disciples tended to be the better educated lay men and women, and the intellectuals. The Dhamma, the Buddha said, had "to be understood by the wise who are each for himself.
Buddha's motive in teaching the Dhamma was compassion and his compassion was infinite. His efforts to proclaim it or explain it to otherswere tireless. The Buddha's greatest gift to mankind was the truth and his compassion motivated him to give it to all who were willing to receive it.
a few months before his final Nirvana he said:
I would still not finish explaining Dhamma. Even if you have to carry me about on a stretcher there will be no change in the lucidity of wisdom. If anyone were to speak rightly of me they could say: 'A being not liable to delusion has arisen in the world, for the good of the many, for the happiness of the many, out of compassion for the world, for the good and the happiness of gods and men.'"