Originally posted by Visitor2012
If you are trying to rid yourself of desires, then the desire for enlightenment has to be gone as well. You fail before you start. The realization
of this, is the purpose of the attempt. But most seekers, fail to realize this, so they stay on the hamster wheel, believing that they are holy,
righteous and on the path to somewhere better. In reality, you can not travel to where you already are, if Buddhist teachings don't lead you to
discover this on your own, then you are in for a long ride on the spiritual hamster wheel.
Enlightenment is the transcendence of the mind, once the mind is transcended... Enlightenment no longer exists, nor is it needed. However,
enlightenment as a goal...a distant future achievement..is an illusion. True Buddhist teachings should lead you to discover that yourself. The koans,
tricks, and impossible commandments were meant to lead you safely through the barrier of insanity into sanity. And to lead you into the profound
realization that you ALREADY ARE that which you're seeking.
It is a sad thing to see Buddha being rejected by majority of his own people, but accepted only by foreigners. As his teachings proved true, only then
gradually did more indians accepted him. The saying that a prophet will rejected by his homeland but accepted by others had proven true, time and time
And unfortunately, even before his body ran cold, many different interpretations of his teachings abound.
Sometimes, one must put a hand and say stop.
Buddha had taught to question everything, even his teachings, so as not be imposed by the experiences of one human and ultimately enslaving oneself to
that human's experience, when spiritualism is largely based upon personal experiences.
Challenge the words of the speaker, or one will forever run on another's mental hamster wheel.
Buddha did not achieved enlightenment by NOT seeking for it. He had to make mistakes, almost starved himself dead on a wrong path by the supposed
indian gurus. Only upon reflecting on his mistakes in deep meditation in his quest for enlightenment did he achieved it, by realizing it was actually
'within' himself. - his human body and his soul.
Upon achieving enlightenment, he had wanted to stop, but he realized he needs to share it with others, for enlightenment's first spark is compassion
for others. And thus saved many, and revered even today in this age of reason, as a true teacher, taught with simplicity, to be understood in
simplicity and nothing convoluted that raises more questions than answers that stupified one as other hypocrite ego filled gurus tried to do.
A young college kid graduated with a diploma in finance. He went into that field, made tons of money, married, had kids, owned poshed houses and
stocks investments. He thought he had fulfilled his life mission, achievement and enlightenment - that money frees oneself.
One day, the financial crisis struck. He lost everything, even his own kids as his wife sued for divorce. He was reduced to living off the streets -
beggind daily for his meals. If finally dawned on him all that he believed in was only a transcent illusion - he finally found enlightenment through
Many sought to reman in stasis, afterall, upon realizing all is an illusion, so why bother to continue on? Might as well just let the human body rot
and await for the end, and finally nirvana.
But an enlightened few will review their own lives, step by step, to find the mistakes made, and to correct them, so that by their existance, they
will HELP others to avoid their mistakes, earn karma and gain a better rebirth and a future nirvana.
Buddha's teachings was based upon compassion for others as its central tenet, unlike other gurus who shut themselves off selfishly from the world to
await the end believing that they will achieve nirvana, which is wrong.
Epirides,a great philosopher, who lived during 4th century BC, is a master of logic and reason. Even he, with his fautless logic, could not prove OR
disprove the existance of God. He thus explained that it is better not to discuss such issues as it will only cause hurt and harm to others.
Unfortunately, other athenians call him an atheists, as today's atheists used him as a poster boy stupidly.
Equally, Buddha did not prove OR disprove the existance of God. Despite many attempts by his followers to shed light on the issue, he only taught them
to focus on the more critical issues of living, resolve them so that progress and evolution can happen.
Biblical commandments are the moral and ethical guidelines to help the hebrews, christians and muslims to know God and progress/evolve. It never
enslaves, as mankind do have free will. Only man interpretations enslaves.
Unfortunately, in 300BC, Buddha's India era, there was a warrior vedic Hinduism & a caste system to tread with.
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