60 Quotes by Siddhartha Gautama - Buddha:
No one saves us but ourselves. No one can, and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.
The mind is everything. What you think, you become.
It is a man’s own mind, not his foe or enemy, that lures him to evil ways.
Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.
Just as a snake sheds it’s skin, we must shed our past over, and over again.
If the problem can be solved why worry? If the problem cannot be solved worrying will do you no good.
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path.
Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.
You only lose what you cling to.
You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.
Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.
Three things can not be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.
You yourself as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.
There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.
Patience is key. Remember: A jug fills drop by drop.
Pain in certain, suffering is optional.
Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.
There is no path to happiness, happiness is the path.
It is better to travel well than to arrive.
Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.
Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.
There is nothing so disobedient as an undisciplined mind, and there is nothing so obedient as a disciplined mind.
To understand everything is to forgive everything.
As the Fletcher whittles and makes straight his arrows, so the master directs his straying thoughts.
A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker.
When you realize how perfect everything is, you will tilt your head back, and laugh at the sky.
The way is not in the sky; the way is in the heart.
Better than a thousand hallow words, is one word that brings peace.
When you dig a well, there’s no sign of water until you reach it, only rocks and dirt to move out of the way. When you have removed enough; soon the pure water will flow.
Long is the night to him who is awake; long is the mile to him who is tired; long is the life of the foolish who do not know the true law.
An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast, a wild beast may wound your body, but an insincere friend will wound your mind.
In the sky there is no distinction of East and West; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.
However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act upon them?
Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it.
Doubt everything. Find your own light.
To conquer oneself is a greater task than conquering others.
Happiness will never come to those who fail to appreciate what they already have.
Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little.
Hatreds do not ever cease in this world by hating, but by not hating, this is an eternal truth.
Meditative, persevering, always striving, diligently, the wise attain nirvana, supreme peace.
Do not indulge in negligence, do not be intimate with attachment to desire. The vigilant one, meditative gains great happiness.
For the wakeful one whose mind is unimpassioned, whose thoughts are undisturbed, who has given up both virtue and sin, there is no fear.
Do not look at the faults of others, or what others have done, or not done; observe what you yourself have done, and have not done.
A fool who is conscious of his folly is thereby wise; the fool who thinks himself wise is the one to be called a fool.
That deed is well done that is not followed by regret, whose consequences are attained by joy, and happiness.
The effect of an evil deed, like milk, does not congeal all at once, it follows the foolish one, burning like fire covered with ashes.
As a solid boulder does not shake in the wind, the wise are not moved by censure, or praise.
The wise should abandon evil things and do what is good leaving attachments and entering into a life without attachment, the individualism that is hard to enjoy.
The thought is calm, the speech and actions are calm, in one who is liberated and gone to serenity by perfect knowledge.
Do not under estimate evil thinking that it will not affect you. Dripping water can even fill a pitcher drop by drop; a fool is filled with evil, even if one accumulates it little by little.
There is nowhere in the world, not in the sky, nor in the sea, nor in the depths of the earth, that one can escape evil deeds.
If you can make yourself as still as a broken gong, you have attained Nirvana, there is no agitation in you.
Motivate yourself by yourself; examine yourself by yourself. Thus self controlled and fully conscious , you will live happily.
Be free of the past; be free of the future, be free of the meantime; be transcendent. When your mind is completely liberated, you will no longer undergo birth, and old age.
It is better to walk alone; there is no companionship with a fool. Walk alone, like an elephant in the forest, with few desires doing no evil.
Take pleasure in vigilance, guard your own mind; extricate yourself from the way to misery; as you would an elephant stuck in the mud.
When one sees by insight that all conditioned states are transitory, one then wearies of misery; this is the path to purity.
There is no fire like passion, no captor like hatred, no snare like delusion, no torrent like craving.
Buddha, “The Enlightened One” was born Siddhartha Gautama in 623 B.C. in the sacred gardens of Lumbini located in Southern Nepal.
Siddhartha’s mother Maya is said to of had a dream of a White Elephant descending from the heavens, and entering her womb, indicating by local beliefs at the time that that child would be a pure, and enlightened being. Maya passed away seven days after he was born.
Siddhartha’s father was a king who brought Siddhartha before a holy man who prophesized that the young child would either be a king, or a great spiritual leader. Although the king insisted that his son would be a king, Siddhartha had other plans as he grew older, and his destiny took the latter path.
Buddha achieved enlightenment after meditating under a Bodhi tree for several days. He went on to teach all who would listen how to achieve Nirvana, and be free from suffering.
Students would often ask him, ‘Are you a deity?”
“No I am not.”, replied the Buddha.
“Are you a teacher?”, they asked.
“No I am not.”, replied the Buddha.
“What are you?”, they asked.
“I am awake“, said the Buddha.
No written records about Siddhartha have been found from his lifetime, or many generations thereafter. His stories have been handed down from his students, to new generations of those wishing to achieve Nirvana. The accuracy of these stories are still debated till this day.
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