zender wrote:The real historical Buddha (to be) was born to a standing woman who held the branch of a tree while the baby Buddha came out of her side. T'was a miraculous birth involving a white elephant and no vagina passage.
And as soon as he was born, he stood on the earth and took even steps, saying, "I am the best in the world. This is my last existence. I will have no birth again."
And the true factual history is that during those six austere years, he lived on a grain of rice a day, and later on nothing at all! So, we know that fat Chinese picture of him is FALSE MYTHICAL CRAP!
Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.
As with all buddhist sutras they are supposed to be eye-witness accounts from people who were there, actually saw what they saw and heard what they heard, and reported it. They are not meant to be taken as stories or speculation. They are like police reports absent of police corruption and confusion. You can find it difficult to believe and think they are untrue or mistaken, who cares.
Personally I don't pay much attention to such matters since it's not important and outside my experience. What is not outside my experience however are states of perfect concentration. It is not even slightly controversial to me and within my sphere of experience that a person can remain in a 1 week concentrated absorption without food or water or movement. There are deeper levels of concentration such as the 4th dhyana where the breathe itself is said to cease entirely and one can remain in this manner for months.
This is likely due to a particular gas produced in the human body which scientists have recently identified and are experimenting on. They can now cease brain and heart function in mammals for weeks and resuscitate them without harming brain nor heart function. The advanced meditators have a rough idea why this process might work in the way it does.
Having achieved all possible states of concentration I would expect someone like the buddha who is extremely mentally developed (you don't even what that means) to be able to endure for an extended period of time. This is not something special to me. I consider it as normal as driving a car is now seen as normal, though it didn't to people 100 yrs ago.
Less refined perfect states of concentration are now scientifically verifiable indirectly using brain scans. The most intelligent Harvard scholar tested could induce about 4 seconds of concentration on his mental object. This is very impressive for someone untrained. It means he heard nothing, saw nothing, he could induce enough mental lucidity on his chosen object for 4 seconds to not be distracted by anything else. Again, very impressive level of lucidity for someone untrained. Most people can not induce anything close to such clarity without training. Someone with training can do that for hours on end. It's not a trance, or a daze, or a dullness, it is a heightened mental focus that is so lucid alive and powerful that it excludes interruption from everything but the object you choose to examine (no sounds can disturb you, no stench of french fry or cheeseburger can distract you).
This of course has severe biological impact which is only now beginning to be research. I'm against it.