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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

BUDDHA'S WISDOM

In the long chequered   history of human civilization, one man whose teachings created ripples in the world and  a religion  took birth by his name - Buddha.

According to Wikipedia,  Buddha was born either 563 BCE  or 480 BCE in Lumbini (a place in present-day Nepal) and died in 483 BCE or 400 BCE which means he probably lived about 80 years on this planet.  His marathon life helped the mankind to juice out his wisdom.

If we go into important landmarks of  Buddha's life, we see that except his birth, all other phases of  his life journey centered on  India only.

- He attained enlightenment at  Bodh Gaya, India
-  Gave his first sermon at Sarnath, India.
-  Finally, he left his mortal frame at  Kushinara or Kashia in Uttar Pradesh, India. 

His teachings / insights in nutshell are:

3 Great Truths:

1. Nothing is lost in the universe. Matter turns into energy and energy turns into matter.
2. Everything changes.
3. Law of cause and effect. We receive exactly what we earn, whether it is good or bad.

Four Noble Truths: 

1. Suffering is common to all.
2. We are the cause of our suffering.
3. Stop doing what causes suffering.
4. Path to end suffering is to get enlightened. 

Noble Eightfold Path:

1. Right View.  
2. Right Thought.
3. Right, Speech.
4. Right, Conduct.
5. Right Livelihood.
6. Right Effort.
7. Right Mindfulness.
8. Right Concentration.

So, no outside interference is necessary to blossom which is a self-driven process.