The relationshipbetween men and women varies in different religions. Some religionsconsider women as part and parcel of a complete family. Others do notallow women to take any decision regarding to the family. The societyat large condemns some aspects that are seen as disgrace to thesociety. The paper seeks to discuss Canto 4 of Asvaghosa’s life ofBuddha, the Prince Siddhartha and his companion Udayin having adisagreement over whether the prince is right to scorn the women whohave tried to seduce him.
Asvaghosa want us toagree with Siddhartha because the teaching of traditional Buddhistdoes not allow dishonest and immorality. The women want to make surehe does not inherit his father throne. Siddhartha wants to be hisfather successor and his father has a plan that would prevent himbecoming his successor. As a successor to be a Buddha one has to bemoral upright and when Siddhartha is seduced by a group of women heterms it as evil. Udayin argues with Siddhartha that men can lie totheir women so that they can attain what they require. Udayin baseshis argument by stating that women are human beings who are senselessand their motives is to enjoy. It implies that the women are treatedas inferior in the society or evil and portrays feminist betrayal.Udayin further argues that the relationship that exists between menand women has to reconsider lies and high standards. In his argumenthe states that the physical pleasures should be above the moralstandards of people (Jessi 1).
In this regard,Pandu of Kiru warns that one should not sleep with a woman who he hasnot married. Violation of the rule implies that death is the penaltybased on the fact that he or she has allowed sex pleasure to controlhim or her. This shows that Udayin is not a man who observes themorality rather consider physical pleasure to control him withoutminding the consequences.
Siddhartha issomeone who is wise. Buddha is someone who is supposed to be guidedby the moral standards that are set in the society so that others canemulate from him (Jessi 1). The Buddhist tradition considers someonewho with high integrity as part of the society. Someone who cares thewell being of other people and observes the moral standards isdepicted as a wise person in Buddhist society. Siddhartha is someonewho is honest, kind to others, fair when dealing with the women whoare seducing him and lastly committed to observe the moral standardsthat guide the society. Selfishness is not encouraged as a Buddha andthus Udayin stating that women should be treated as senseless humanbeings is fugue and undermines the Buddhist tradition.
Truthfulness isencouraged for the married partners and thus Buddha should not lethimself be seduced by women. Honesty pays and the sexual pleasuresshould not let one undermine the Buddhist traditions (John 15). Arelationship that is not committed and is not truthful should not beestablished according to the Buddhist. Additionally, the Buddhashould live exemplary life and physical pressures should be out ofhis life.
Dishonest foundationis not part of Buddhist traditions and when udayin argue that thesexual pleasure is needed implies that he is dishonest and goesagainst the traditions. Selfishness and dishonest makes the couple tobe worthless because they have deceived each other (Living Buddha20). As a Buddha one should not be dishonest and selfish according tothe teachings. Buddha must consider his action since choice hasconsequences. Unacceptable morality is not part and parcel of thetradition teachings and thus one should life a live that others willemulate. Kindness, honest, truthfulness, commitment and love toothers are some of the traditions teaching that an individual shouldembrace.
Siddhartha is a wiseteacher that other people can emulate. He is able to discern good andevil in the society and this is the reason he does not allow thewomen to seduce him. He observes the tradition rule and regulationsthat states that he should be honest to others and truthfulness. Bybeing committed to become a wise teacher he does not want thephysical pleasures like sexual pleasure to violate the moralstandards that are set. He is not ready to let immorality to lead himbut rather observes the rules and regulations according to theBuddhist traditions. It is imperative that Siddhartha is going to beBuddha if he continues with those features based on the fact that hehas shown that he is committed and be successor of his father. It isthe role of the parents to make sure that their children follow theirfoot path by guiding them. If the parent’s lives exemplary lifethat the children can emulate from indicates that they are going tobe upright and truthful in their life. Honest, kindness, truthfulnessand commitments should be instilled to the children so that they canobserve the moral standards that govern the society.
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