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.