BUDDHA OF COMPASSION.
The huge love and compassion of Buddha pushed him to look for a permanent solution to all human problems and the end of suffering. Amazing as it sounds that was his task. He discovered the bitterness of life; but not as his own suffering (He was a prince, he had luxury, servants and he was away from all human problems and suffering) rather he felt the suffering of others. This is why he is known as a real Buddha of Compassion. (If you would like to know more abot his life please check link on the bottom).
Human beings are full of selfishness and that is the reason they think of their own happiness all the time. People are capable to do anything to achieve what they think is happiness, even when… they might be wrong. Sometimes people betray their own family and friends or even their own personal values and dignity.
It is really interesting to study the life of such a Great Master called: The Buddha; it is also really good to understand, at least, a bit of his love and teachings.
THE FIRST NOBLE TRUTH: WE ALL SUFFER.
There is something really wrong in those creatures that we call “Humans.” Sometimes animal show more concern about pain and this is really sad: Animals kill for two reasons: Defense or to eat. Humans do that to robber or for envy, etc. Even worst, sometimes, they kill without any reason!!!
People are not aware of pain, even when they are very smart. People are blind because of their selfish desires. They had created a world where they are the center of everything and they do not care about others.
If people know what pain is, if they feel pain… then, why do they make others to suffer? It is so easy to say: “We all suffer.” The matter is the root of pain and the reason to cause suffering, even to the people who they love.
Yes, all creatures suffer in one way or another way. Pain and suffering are part of what we call life. What kind of life is that anyway? Maybe people do not even know what life is or what life is for. I think, it is only my opinion, I think people do not know why they are alive. Actually, that is what was taught in ancient times.
THE NEED FOR REFLECTION AND LOVE.
Suffering is the outcome of something that people do not want to study. Usually people just want to have an empirical knowledge, but not a practical knowledge. The first one comes from a person, a book, internet, etc. The latter comes from within (Jnana Yoga).
Taking ideas from other people is not real knowledge. True knowledge comes from inner reflection. Whoever wants to have it most learn deep meditation. Deep reflection comes from deed meditation.
One of the reasons why the world is a mess is this one: The planet lacks deep thinkers, deep philosophers. All those who are pretending to fix the world, but do not know how to meditate, will never fix this planet. They will always have their own priorities and their own interest. Love is beyond our own priorities and our own interest. Love is the force that makes you live for others, not for you.
The Great Masters taught to others so they can become masters too. A real Master is pure love beyond our understanding. Love comes from inside, not from outside.
Love moved Siddhartha to become a Buddha. No, he was not looking to be a master; he was looking how to help others. That is a big difference. Those who meditate to become masters will never be masters. They lack love, real love.
No, learning to love others is not an easy task. It is easy to love those who love you; but it is not easy to love those who hate you. A Great Master said: “Love your enemies.” But, his disciples, after 2000 years of his teachings, are far from loving others, even when they preach to do so.
Suffering is the cause of more suffering. Peace and love can help us to fade suffering. Both (Peace and love) most come from within.
THE SECOND NOBLE TRUTH: DESIRE IS THE ROOT OF SUFFERING.
Desire? We can say there are two types of desire:
- Non-Selfish desire.
- Selfish desire.
The first one comes form real love. Love, here, means to help other beings, to care for others, etc.
The second one comes from selfishness, which is the root of many problems.
A spiritual yearning, for example, is marvelous as long as its root is love. Nevertheless, sometimes it comes from selfishness, then it is not pure.
The problem with selfishness desires is that people do anything, even stealing or killing , to get what they want. Selfishness desires are a poison to the soul. It does not mean that you can not have what you want. We all have the right to fight for what we need as long as we do not hurt anyone. Buddha talked about having the proper means to be alive. Having a job is important and you can get whatever you want because you work for it. Getting things from stealing or deceiving is totally wrong and the cause is a selfish desire.
Yoga philosophy teaches us to love others and to care about other beings. A yogi cannot harm by any means, but in self-defense only. Therefore, having something by wrong means is never acceptable.
Selfish desires comes from an impure mind. That is the reason to clean our mind through deep meditation. A yogi learns to control his/her senses. It might seen really difficult, but it is a matter of patience and perseverance.
A yogi meditates on his/her desires (Non-selfish and selfish desires) to understand his/her nature. A yogi looks for the inner truth and all selfish desires are obstacles to achieve total freedom and real blessing. That is a task nobody can do, but the yogi himself/herself.
Buddha, for example, went from a life of total comfort to a life of total poverty; from a life with three palaces to a life in the forest. He experimented the extremes and finally he discover THE MIDDLE WAY. The matter is not to go to any extreme; it is fanaticism. The matter is to understand slowly our own nature.
Life is beautiful! Nature is amazing! The universe is wonderful! A selfish mentality cannot see the beauty within each moment of life. A selfish mentality is so limited and hollow. There is a huge potential within all human beings; but selfishness blind them all.
Those how are trapped into selfishness should learn to practice Karma Yoga and develop Bhakti Yoga to change the way they perceive life. Life is not a bunch of concepts, ideas and opinions within the mind. Life is beyond all concepts, ideas and opinions about life.
Do not let your own mind to blind you and open your heart to real love beyond human concepts. Meditating in our own selfishness is a need for the soul because it is a huge load on top of the soul. Let your soul be free from all those ideas of life and getting more and more without limits. You will die and you will not be able to take anything.
It is better to learn to be free, to be human, to love others and have a peaceful heart.
HAPPINESS AND PLEASURE.
- Happiness comes from inside and pleasure from outside.
The first one is a inner state. Shakespeare said: "Happiness depends on inner circumstances." It is the fruit of inner peace and tranquility. This is beyond any physical object or person.
- Happiness is freedom and pleasure is slavery.
Happiness, being an inner state, does not depend on objects or persons. It does not create dependency. On the other hand, pleasure depends on having something or someone and therefore, it creates dependency.
- Happiness last a long time and pleasure last a short time.
Happiness last for a long time because it does not depend on anything, it comes from within. Nevertheless, pleasure ends when we lose the object or person that causes pleasure.
- Happiness brings comfort and pleasure addiction.
Happiness is comfort by itself and it brings comfort. Anything that creates dependency creates addiction, so pleasure is not an exemption.
Whoever wants to be happy most go beyond physical objects and/or persons, that person most look inside in his/her own inner realm.
Happiness cannot create pain and, on the contrary, it releases pain or it makes it tolerable. Pleasure is just the opposite: It brings pain and it makes pain stronger. Why? Because it creates dependency, it last a short time (Then you need to look for more pleasure), addiction comes as an outcome.
All dependency, all addictions create pain because slavery is suffering. Buddha said: "Life is like a coin. On one side it shows you pleasure, but on the other side it is pain." Anything that produces pleasure will bring pain sooner or later. When the person who makes you happy goes then pain comes. When you lose something you like then pain comes.
Real happiness does not depend on anything or on anyone. It is within and wherever you go it goes with you because it is inside of you!
DESIRE GIVES BIRTH TO PLEASURE!
The more desires (Selfish-desires) a person has the more he will suffer. Nobody can make all his/her desires to come true. Not even really rich people can have everything. usually they lack real love, something that money cannot buy.
This anxiety for satisfying all desires takes people to suffer more and more. They end up really confused and frustrated. Happiness is only discovered through deep meditation and getting into a real deep state of inner peace and blessing. Atman is happiness beyond human limitations! Atman is inside of every human being. Everything else is Maya (Illusion).
THE THIRD NOBLE TRUTH: NIRVANA EXISTS!
The Great Masters, such as Krishnamurti, emphasizes the idea that there are two types of people: Ignorant and sages. The first ones are those who do not know the path and, therefore, they are totally trapped into Maya. The Sages are those who are free, or almost free, from Maya.
Samadhi is a inner state of blessing beyond the mind and human understanding. Samadhi is understood only through direct experience, but not from intellectual data.
Samadhi is an state beyond Maya, beyond the mind. It is the mind which is trapped into Maya. The mind usually is controlled by selfish desires. Almost everything we want comes from selfish desires. Then we get trapped into Maya: The Illusion to Think we are separated from others.
Nirvana is cessation of all those selfish or human desires. Nirvana is pure love without condition. Nirvana is absolute freedom, far away from any concept or idea.
some people are able to experiment inner peace when they practice meditation. That is not Samadhi. It is far, far away, from Samadhi. Nevertheless, that experience is great. A deep meditation can lead a person, after years of practicing, into Samadhi and the experience of The Void. Then Nirvana is experimented.
People talk a lot about love, but pure and genuine love is experimented in Samadhi when a person gets into Nirvana. The latter is not a place and never far from anyone. It is within you. Usually nirvana is translated as "Heaven." It really is so. The Great Master from the Gospels was asked where heaven was and his answer was: "In the midst of you!" Sometimes that was translated like this: "Among you." But even on the that translation he is not talking about a place and he is pointing out right where people are: "Among you."
Nirvana is everywhere because it is within each human being. Maya is taking it away from us and selfish desires are the bait. Whoever wants total freedom or absolute happiness most understand his/her more inmost desires.
Whoever is looking for total freedom or real happiness in the world is totally mistaken because freedom and happiness are within us!
THE FOURTH NOBLE TRUTH: THE EIGHTFOLD PATH.
This are the eight steps toward enlightenment and liberation:
1- Right view
2- Right intention
3- Right speech
4- Right action
5- Right livelihood
6- Right effort
7- Right mindfulness
8- Right Samadhi
Enlightenment comes as a result of "Inner silence" via meditation. Liberation comes from understanding Maya (Illusion) and the power of Mara (The Ego).
Modern psychology call Subconscious to the inner thoughts we are not conscious of. That is Mara who, form the cave of Plato, salves people to pleasure with the power of desire!
Let us explain this path in a very simple way, so we all understand a bit: