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Type of Buddha's relics

According to the explanation in Dīghanikāya Aṭṭhakathā (Sumaṅgalavilāsinī), the author separated the Buddha's relics into 2 main groups:

1. Navippakiṇṇā-dhātu are Buddhas relics which retained their original bone like form after his cremation. They are 7 pieces: 1 frontal bone, 4 teeth and 2 collarbones.

2. Vippakiṇṇā-dhātu are Buddhas relics which did not remain in shape but broke into tiny parts. They are dissipated in various places.

The ancient author separated the Vippakiṇṇā-dhātu by considering their appearance into 3 groups:

1.The colour of the jasmine bud
[In pali called Sumanamakulasadisā]

They can be estimated about 6 Doṇa*

2.The colour of Mutta (burnished moonstone)
[In pali called Dhotamuttasadisā]

They can be estimated about 5 Doṇa*

3.The colour of the golden powder
[In pali called Suvaṇṇacuṇṇā]

They can be estimated about 5 Doṇa*

*Doṇa is the name of an ancient measurement. 1 Doṇa is about 1 litre.

To consider by size, they can be separated into 3 groups

1. Small size as about cabbage seed
[In pali called Sabbakhuddakā Dhātu Sāsapavījamattā]

*some textbook said this size is in jasmine bud colour

2. Medium size as about seed milled rice broken into two parts
[In pali called Mahādhātu Majjhe bhinnatadulamattā]

*some textbook said this size is in Mutta colour

3. Big size as about green bean broken into two parts
[In pali called Atimahatī Majjhe Bhinnamuggāmattā]

*some textbook said this size is in golden powder colour

* Phrachaolieplok Scripture.

Some knowledge of Buddhas relics colour



As the explained in Sumaṅgalavilāsinī, the jasmine bud colour and golden powder colour can be easily found and identifed but for the Mutta colour it is quite confusing.

Mookda in Thai comes from the word Muttā in pali, in Thai dictionary it is said mookda can be pearl or can mean the name of one precious stone which is smoky colour. Hence, somebody identifies it as moonstone. If we consider it to be pearl, we can hardly find them.

However if we consider it as "the moonstone which has already burnished" it can be possible that mookda may not be pearl but may be the Buddha's relics which are white as has and pearl like tones. The same applies to the golden powder colour, any yellow colour type can be classified into this group.

The floating relics



The ancient teacher said the Buddha's relics and his disciples' relics which are not too big can be floated. When floating on the surface of water there appears a depression to support them. Moreover a radius can appear around the Buddha relics.

Whenever floated, the Buddha's relics can attract and float together even if they are far from each other. For this reason, there is the story talking about anybody who pays the regular high respect to the Buddha's relics, they can attract pieces to be in one place together.

There is the prohibition from the teacher not to test the Buddhas relics by floating as it means to look down on our Lord Buddha.

*refer to the article of Khunying Sureephan Maneewat about herself to apologize to the Lord Buddha after her intention to test by floating them.

Note : About the year 2003, an elder friend visited our website and told about her case when she took the Buddha's relics to bath. She put them into the prepared water, they sank directly into the bottom of the container. Her friends who investigated around asked for the floating as being told before. Then, she made a wish and suddenly the Buddha's relics floated up on the surface of water.

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