The 16 dreams


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These 16 dreams came to King Pasenadi on night during his sleep. But these dreams were strange dreams and it has troubled him because he does not know whether if those were sign of bad omen that would bring misfortune to him and his kingdom. However, when he approached the Buddha for an explanation, the Exalted Ones revealed one by one what those dream were meant to be. It would be good for us to know how those dreams, which happened about 2,600 years ago can relates to events that are happening around us today.

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The 16 dreams

  2. 2. World Disasters of Today• If you read the newspaper you are sure to see reports of situations around the world confirming events foretold by the Buddha through the dreams of Kind Pasenadi 2600 years ago
  3. 3. King Pasenadi• Son of King Maha Kosala• Smart and deligent• Same age as the Buddha• Were good friends since small• Visited the Buddha regularly• Seek advise on spirituality and personal affair• One night King has 16 dreams• Surprisingly he could remember• This is remarkable
  4. 4. Queen Mallika• Daughter of a garland maker• Beautiful & good, loved by the King• Has great wisdom• King trusted her for her judgment• Common sense, generosity• Genuine desire to help the poor• Enormous faith for the Buddha• exerted influence on the King• Successfully brought about sensible changes for the people
  5. 5. King Pasenadi of Kosala once had 16 frightening dreams. His courtchaplains, brahmin advisers, offered to interpret them.As the king recounted the dreams, the brahmins looked worried. Wringingtheir hands they said, “These dreams portend one of three calamities: harmto your kingdom, your wealth, or your life.
  6. 6. The Brahminical "solution" they offeredwas a ritual animal sacrificeQueen Mallika advised him to seek outbest of all brahmins in the human anddeva worlds, the Buddha, rather thanthe advice of his court brahmins.Thanks to Queen Mallika, the king hashis fears allayed by the Buddha.
  7. 7. The 1st DreamThe King:-Lord, I saw four black bulls came together from the fourdirections with every intention to fight. A great crowdgathered to see them fight, but they were bluffing anddispersed. What will come of it?
  8. 8. The Blessed Ones:-“This was a dream of the distant future when rulers are stingy, citizens corrupt, theworld upside down, and good is declining while bad is increasing.At that time, no rain will fall from the heavens, monsoons will forget theirseason, crops will wither, and famine will spread across the land. Immense cloudswill gather, farmers will rush to bring in the rice they had spread to dry in thesun, workers will take their tools and hurry to repair the reservoir walls. Thunderwill roar, and lightning will flash from the clouds.However, just as the bulls in your dream did not fight, these clouds will retreatwithout giving rain. This is what shall come of this dream. But this dream applies tothe remote future.What was the second dream, sire?”
  9. 9. The 2nd DreamThe King:-Lord, my second dream wasabout tiny trees and shrubsthat burst through the soil.When they were only a fewinches high, they floweredand fruited.
  10. 10. The Blessed Ones:- “Sire, this dream will be realized in future when the world has fallen into decay and the average human lifespan is short. Passions then will be so strong that even very young girls will live with men, get pregnant, and have children symbolized by the flowers and fruit.”
  11. 11. The 3rd DreamThe King:-I saw cows suckling fromtheir own newborncalves.
  12. 12. The Blessed Ones:- “This dream will come when age is no longer respected. In the future young people will have no regard for parents. They will handle the family estate themselves. If they please they will give food and clothing to the old folks. The aged and dependent, will survive only by the favor and whim of their own children, like big cows suckled by newborn calves.”
  13. 13. The 4th DreamThe King:-Men unyoked a team of strong, sturdy oxen, andreplaced them with young steers, too weak to draw theload. Those young steers refused to pull. The wagons didnot move at all?
  14. 14. The Blessed Ones:- “In the future, in the days of corrupt rulers, unjust and stingy leaders will not honorwise leaders skilled in diplomacy. They will not appoint experienced, learned judgesto the courts. On the contrary, they will honor the very young and foolish and appointinexperienced and unprincipled judges to the courts.Naturally, these appointees, due to ignorance of statecraft and the law, will not beable to bear the burden of their responsibilities. Because of incompetence they willhave to throw off the yoke of public office. When that happens, the aged and wisewill remember being passed over. And even though they are able to cope with thedifficulties, they will refuse to help, saying: ‘It is no business of ours since we havebecome outsiders.’ They will remain aloof, and the government will fall to ruins. It willbe just as when young steers yoked instead of a team of sturdy oxen.”
  15. 15. 5th DreamThe King:-I saw an incredible horsewith a mouth on eachside of its head being fedfodder on both sides.That dreadful horse atevoraciously with both itsmouths.
  16. 16. The Blessed Ones:-“In the days of corrupt and irresponsibleleaders, covetous people will be appointedjudges. These despicable magistrates, blind tovirtue and honesty, will take bribes from bothsides. That is, they will be doublycorrupt, eating with two mouths at once.”
  17. 17. The 6th DreamThe King:-I saw people holding out abrightly polished goldenbowl, which must havebeen worth a fortune. Theywere actually begging anold jackal to pee in it. ThenI saw the repulsive beastdo just that.
  18. 18. The Blessed Ones:- “In the remote future, when immoral rulers from royal lines mistrust the established administrators, preferring instead the low of the country. Because of the rulers’ blindness, nobles will decline and the low will be raised to the status of leaders. Naturally, the great families will give their daughters to them in marriage. The union of the noble with the ignoble will be like the urinating of the old jackal into the golden bowl.”
  19. 19. The 7th DreamThe King:- I saw a man braiding rope.As he worked, he droppedthe finished rope at his feet.Under his bench, unknownto him, lay a hungry pregnantjackal kept eating the ropejust as fast as he braided it.
  20. 20. The Blessed Ones:- “In far off days women will crave men, strong drink, extravagantclothes, jewellery, and base entertainments. In their profligacy these womenwill get drunk with their lovers and carry on shamelessly. In so doing they willneglect their homes and families. They will pawn household valuables, sellingeverything for drink and amusements, even the means of future earnings. Just as the hungry jackal under the bench ate the rope of the rope-maker, sothese women will squander the savings earned by their families.”
  21. 21. The 8th DreamThe King:-At a palace gate there stood a big pitcher full to thebrim. Around it stood many empty pitchers. From alldirections there came a steady stream of peoplecarrying pots of water they poured into the alreadyfull pitcher. The water from the full pitcher keptoverflowing wastefully soaking into the sand. Still thepeople came and poured more and more water. Nota single person even glanced at the empty pitchersmore in need of filling.
  22. 22. The Blessed Ones:-“In the future when the world is in decline, the country will grow weak, and itsleaders will be poorer and more demanding. These rulers in their poverty andselfishness will make the whole country work exclusively for them. They will forcecitizens to neglect their own work and to labor for them.For the rulers’ sake they will plant sugar cane, make sugar-mills, and boil downmolasses. For the rulers’ sake they will plant flower gardens and orchards and gatherfruits.They will harvest the crops and fill the storerooms and warehouses tooverflowing, but they will be unable even to glance at their own empty stores athome. It will be like filling and overfilling the full pitcher, heedless of theneedy, empty ones.”
  23. 23. The 9th DreamThe King:-I saw a deep pool with sloping banksovergrown with lotuses. From all directions, awide variety of animals came to drink waterfrom that pool. Strangely, the deep water inthe middle was terribly muddy. But the waterat the edges, where all those thirstycreatures had descended into the pool, wasunaccountably clear and sparkling.
  24. 24. The Blessed Ones:-“When rulers grow increasingly corrupt, ruling according to their own whim andpleasure, they will not make judgments according to what is right. Being greedy, theywill grow fat on lucrative deals and bribes. Showing no mercy or compassion to theirpeople, they will be fierce and cruel.These rulers will amass wealth by crushing their subjects like stalks of sugar cane in amill and by taxing them to the last cent. Unable to pay these oppressive taxes, citizenswill abandon villages, towns, and cities and flee like refugees to the borders.The heart of the country will be a wilderness, while the remote areas along theborders is filled with people. The country will be just like the pool, muddy in themiddle and clear at the edges.”
  25. 25. The 10th DreamThe King:-I saw rice cooking in a pot but never getting done. By‘never getting done’ I mean that it looked as if thecooking were going on in three distinct stages sharplydelineated and separate from each other: One part ofthe rice was sodden, another part was hard andraw, and the third part looked like it was perfectlycooked.
  26. 26. The Blessed Ones:-“In days to come leaders will become corrupt. The administrators [noble caste] willfollow the leader’s example and so will the elite educated class [brahmin caste]. Thetownspeople, the merchants, and at last even the laborers will become corrupt.Eventually, everyone in the country, the sages and even the devas of the land, willbecome immoral. Even the winds that blow over the realm of such a corrupt leaderwill grow cruel and lawless. Because even the skies and the spirits of the skies overthat land will be disturbed, they will cause a drought. Rain will never fall on the wholeterritory at once. It may rain in the upper districts, but in the lower it will not. In oneplace a heavy downpour will damage the crops, while in another area the crops willwither from drought.The crops sown within a single country -- like the rice in the pot -- shall have nouniform character.”
  27. 27. The 11th DreamThe King:Lord, I saw rancid buttermilkbeing bartered for precioussandalwood worth a fortune ingold.
  28. 28. The Blessed Ones:-“In the distant future, when my teaching is waning [note the Buddhas teaching waspredicted to remain uncorrupted for 1,000 years], there will be many greedy, shamelessmonastics, who for the sake of their bellies dare to preach the very words in which Ihave warned against greed!Because they desert the liberating-Dhamma to gratify their stomachs, and because theysided with holders of various views, their preaching will not lead to nibanna. Their onlythought as they preach will be to use fine words and sweet voices to induce lay believersto give them costly robes, delicate food, and every comfort. Others will seat themselvesbeside the highways, at busy street corners, or at the doors of rulers’ palaces where theywill stoop to preach for money, even for a pittance!Thus these monastics will barter away my teaching that leads to liberation from sufferingfor food, robes, or coins! They will be like those who exchanged precious sandalwoodworth a fortune in pure gold for rancid buttermilk.”
  29. 29. The 12th DreamThe King:-Lord, I saw dried gourds sinking in the water.
  30. 30. The Blessed Ones:-“In the days of unjust rulers, when the world is upside down, when leaders favor thelow rather than the noble, the low will become great leaders, while the nobles willsink into poverty. In the leader’s court and in the courts of justice, the words of thelow alone will be recognized.Like the dried gourds, they will be firmly established. In the assemblies of monasticsit will be the same. Whenever there are inquiries about proper behavior, rules ofconduct, or rules of discipline, only the counsel of wicked, corrupt monastics will beconsidered. The advice of modest monastics will be ignored. It will be as when theempty pumpkins sank.”
  31. 31. The 13th DreamThe King:-Lord, I saw hugeblocks of solidstone as big ashouses floatinglike dried gourdson water.»
  32. 32. The Blessed Ones:-“At a time of corrupt rulers who honor the low, who become great leaders, while thenobles fade into obscurity. The nobles will receive no respect, while ignorant upstartsare granted honors.In the ruler’s court and in law courts, the words of nobles, learned in the law, willdrift idly by like those solid stones. They will not penetrate deep into the hearts ofpeople.When the wise speak, the ignorant will merely laugh at them with scorn, saying‘What is it these individuals are saying?’ In the monastic assemblies as well, peoplewill not respect the excellent elders. Their words will not sink deep but will drift idlyby, just like those rocks floating on water.”
  33. 33. The 14th DreamThe King:-Lord, I saw tiny frogs, nobigger than miniature flowers,swiftly pursuing huge blacksnakes and devouring them.
  34. 34. The Blessed Ones:-“In future days when the world is declining, at that time human passions will be sostrong that husbands will be thoroughly infatuated with childish brides. Men will loseall judgment and self-respect.And being completely smitten, they will place their infantile wives in charge ofeverything -- servants, livestock, granaries, gold and silver, everything in the house.Should the over-fond husband presume to ask for some money or a favorite robe, hewill be told to mind his own business and not to be so inquisitive about property inher house.These abusive young wives will exercise power over their husbands as if their menwere hired servants or slaves. It will be like the tiny frogs that gobbled up the bigblack snakes.”
  35. 35. The 15th DreamThe King:-Lord, I saw a village crow, a vilecreature with all the tenvices, attended by anentourage of Mallardducks, beautiful birds withfeathers of golden sheen.
  36. 36. The Blessed Ones:-“In the reign of weakling rulers there will be some who know nothing aboutgoverning. They will be fools and cowards who understand neither battle nor the artof leadership. Fearing that they may be deposed in a revolt or revolution, they willelevate even their servants, bath-attendants, barbers, and the like [that is, loyal butshockingly unqualified people] to positions of power.These rulers will ignore the real administrators. Cut off from favor and unable tosupport themselves, the real administrators will be reduced to kissing up likesycophants to the upstart rulers, as when the cow had regal Mallard ducks for aretinue. And, sire, your sixteenth dream?”
  37. 37. The 16th DreamThe King:-Lord, I saw goats chasingleopards and eating them. Atthe sight of goats in thedistance, the leopards werestricken with terror and fled tohide in thickets quaking withfear. Such was my dream. Whatwill come of it?
  38. 38. The Blessed Ones:-“This dream too will not have its fulfillment until the time of immoral rulers. The lowwill be raised to important posts and will become the favorites of the administration.Real administrators will sink into obscurity and distress.Gaining power in courts of law because of such favor, the low will claim the ancestralestates of the impoverished traditional leaders, demanding their titles and property.When the real owners plead for their rights in court, the ruler’s minions will havethem beaten and tortured, then taken by the throat and thrown out with words ofscorn: ‘That ought to teach you to know your place, fools!’ they will shout. ‘How dareyou dispute it? The ruler shall hear of your insolence, then we will have your handsand feet chopped off!”
  39. 39. The Blessed Ones:-“At this, the terrified nobles will agree that black is white and that their own estatesbelong to these upstarts. They will then hurry off and cower in agony and fear.Likewise, at that time, unprincipled monastics will harass good and worthy reclusesuntil the worthy ones flee from the monasteries to the forest. This oppression of realnobles by the low and of good monastics by bad ones will be like the intimidation ofleopards by goats. However, you have nothing to fear from this. This dream like theothers only refers to the future.”
  40. 40. The Buddha added….When the Buddha had reassured the king andexplained the dreams, he added:“It was neither truth nor love that prompted thosebrahmins to make the prophecies they did. It wasgreed and selfishness that led them to prescribe suchanimal sacrifices.”
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