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Buddha was born under a tree, he gained jnana under a tree, he taught under a tree and he left his body under a tree. For that reason, he liked trees very much. Buddha ate only once in a day. He once said, that the one who eats once (a day) is a yogi, the one who eats twice is a bhogi, and the one who eats three times is a rogi.
Anand was Buddha’s younger stepbrother. One time he told Buddha, ‘Though I have done so much sadhana in your presence, the thought that you are my elder brother does not leave me.’
Then Buddha said, ‘You won't attain jnana unless that thought goes.’
Anand asked Buddha, ‘If you die where should the cremation be done?
Buddha quickly said, ‘Anand, this is a place (village) isn't it? There will be a cremation ground here, isn't it? If anyone dies in this village, they will burn the body there, won't they! Let the cremation be done there. It isn’t even necessary to remember the spot where Buddha died.’
Nevertheless, after Buddha died, twelve kings came and apportioned Buddha’s ash into twelve parts. They then each took one part to their kingdoms and built twelve pillars to house the ashes in.
When Buddha came to his house for bhiksha, his father Suddhodhana felt bad.
Then Buddha told his father, ‘You feel bad because I am asking for alms and I feel bad because your ignorance hasn’t left.’
He did not have any desire to be king or even have the thought of who would rule the kingdom after him. If there are no desires, there will not be sorrow. If one searches inside for the reason of that sorrow, it goes. But because we don’t do that, we just go about hanging onto trees and snake hills.
It is not enough just to be good. There should also be intelligence.
* It is difficult for a big, businessman who sold flowers in one place to thereafter sell wood in the same place. Similarly, the Buddha had to return to the place as a beggar in which he used to be King.