The Serpent of Dhamma
It is as evident as weary to see people who have spent half their lives poisoning themselves with the Dhamma. They do not understand what it is or what it is for. They only dedicate themselves to capture him to poison him and, not happy, they use him to corrupt all those who approach him by throwing it in his face.
It is a lie that the Dhamma is peaceful and affordable.
These fools think they are powerful because they handle the Dhamma, they have it to debate, to study, to entangle with it and they do not see what they do is poison and seek death.
Like everything that has power, the first thing to know is to handle it with great care and exclusively for what is needed and only the essential time. » Everything that leads to a moment more of existence is like the excrement that still very little smells very bad . «
And this is true for each and every part of the Dhamma. Once you learn to handle them, you get the power to move on to the next and you get rid of them forever. He never goes back.
Go accumulating vipers for having many and that these are continuously biting is foolish.
Only the one who has achieved the impossible can return to catch snakes only to teach others how to hold on and what they should be used for.
Collection of Medium Length Discourses MN 22. The simile of the snake
«Here, bhikkhus, some wrong men learn the Dhamma (speeches, stanzas, expositions, verses, exclamations, sayings, birth stories, wonders and answers to questions), but after having learned the Dhamma, they do not examine the meaning of those teachings . with wisdom By not examining the meaning of those teachings with wisdom, they do not get a reflective acceptance of them. Instead, they learn Dhamma just by criticizing others and winning debates, and do not experience the good for which they learned the Dhamma. These teachings, when mistakenly captured by them, lead to their damage and suffering for a long time. Why is that? Due to the misunderstanding of those teachings.
«Suppose a man who needs a snake, looking for a snake, wandering in search of a snake, saw a large snake and grabbed its coils or its tail. He would turn his back and hand or arm or one of his limbs, and that is why he would die or suffer mortal suffering. Why is that? Due to his misunderstanding of the snake. So also, here some wrong men learn the Dhamma … Why is that? Due to the misunderstanding of those teachings.
«Here, bhikkhus, some members of the clan learn Dhamma – discourses … answers to questions – and once they have learned the Dhamma, they examine the meaning of those teachings with wisdom. By examining the meaning of those teachings with wisdom, they gain a reflective acceptance of them. They do not learn Dhamma for criticizing others and for winning debates, and they experience the good for which they learned the Dhamma. These teachings, being correctly understood by them, contribute to their well-being and happiness for a long time. Why is that?Due to the correct understanding of those teachings.
«Suppose a man who needs a snake, looking for a snake, wandering in search of a snake, saw a large snake and caught it correctly with a split stick, and having done so, grabbed it correctly by the neck. So, although the snake could wind its coils around his hand or his arm or limbs, still, he would not die or suffer for it. Why is that? Because of his good command of the snake. So also, here some members of the clan learn Dhamma … Why is that? Due to the correct understanding of those teachings.
«Therefore, bhikkhus, when you understand the meaning of my statements, remember it accordingly; and when you do not understand the meaning of my affirmations, ask me or those bhikkhus who are wise.