This is a reverse. It is an idiomatic expression. Both are right. At first you said absolute Dhamma exists.

Actually the Way, the Goal, and Enlightenment are nothing but the one who has purified oneself with wisdom, who perceives the world as it is with wisdom without getting attached to the world. One may call this the Way, the Goal, and Enlightenment or whatever. The problem is only that one has degraded oneself from the Way, the Goal, and Enlightenment. That's all. And this is because one does not train oneself in that direction.

The Buddha himself was enlightened of the Way, the Goal and Enlightenment, not from elsewhere. He did not bring them from any other sphere. Infinite knowledge is the true acquires this knowledge by himself, so his knowledge is called Sabbannuta nana. The later generation of disciples learn this from the Buddha's earlier disciples. How can one say that the Way and the Goal have degenerated? They are not degenerated.

Many people today are afraid of that. They are afraid that the Teachings will decline from Thailand, being afraid that some political ideologies will tamper with them and destroy them. But truly the one who is so afraid does not realize that he himself is not able to live up even to the five precepts. There, the Buddha's Teachings in himself have deteriorated, isn't that right?

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