Updated: Jan 22
There are many interesting lessons to be drawn from the story of the Buddha. It is a story of transcending the difficulties that challenge humanity. The Buddha sought truth and peace through greater consciousness, or what is often referred to as 'awakening' or 'enlightenment'. In such a state, life is known for its truth and 'existence' is greatly enhanced.
There is no knowledge without sacrifice. To gain anything you must first lose everything ~ Buddha
The story of the Buddha holds many of the answers to the biggest questions associated with existence. Through a range of methods, meditation, mindfulness and being present, the Buddha arrived at a place of peace, understanding, wisdom and knowledge; a place where the truth of human existence was revealed.
The Buddha teaches us one of the most important life lessons: acceptance. By accepting that which comes our way, we remove a tremendous amount of mental struggle that only adds to our burden. By 'going with the flow' we learn to tame a restless mind that seeks control and dominance over us. As Eckhart Tolle teaches, we should become observers not slaves to our thoughts.
Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth ~ Buddha
Mental struggles are often worse in the face of personal challenges or difficulties. During such periods, the mind often 'runs riot', flooding us with thoughts and scenarios, some real, most imaginary. What the Buddha teaches us is that thoughts are just thoughts and the only power thoughts have, is the power we give them. The Buddha asks us to free ourselves from such a limited, one dimensional and 'untruthful' existence. Instead, the story of the Buddha calls on us to rise to a higher level of human existence where we are 'awakened' and unafraid.
Nothing can harm you as much as your own thoughts unguarded ~ Buddha
No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path ~ Buddha
After many years of indulgence at his father's court, the Buddha said that he 'left a home to become homeless, wounded by the enjoyment of the world and longing to obtain peace'. It is that search for peace that many of us are, directly or indirectly, engaged in over the course of our lives. To achieve that peace, first quieten your mind, learn to be still within yourself, be an observer of your thoughts, accept what comes without judgement, without a single harsh word for yourself. Have compassion for yourself. Let go. Accept. Trust.
Whoever sees me sees the teaching, and whoever sees the teaching sees me ~ Budda
The Story of the Buddha