July 18th, 2016
Siddhartha Gautama or Gautama Buddha was 50 years after Confucius, 500 years before Jesus, 1,100 years before Mohammed, and 2,500 years ago.
Buddha taught that ‘no matter what the circumstances on the physical plane, you’ll end up losing everything you love; you’ll end up aging; and you’ll end up ill. YOU are your own Master!’ Buddha just shows the path, that’s All! What Buddha has found, we can find!
Raised in a palace with every luxury at his disposal. A Prince among a Clan of Warriors!
He was being prepared to be the next Emperor of India over 16 different Kingdoms.
His mother died when he was ONE week old as an Infant.
His father married him to his cousin when he was 16 years old.
When he was 29 years old, he NO longer desired the luxuries that he was exposed to. He finally goes outside the Palace with an attendant and experience THREE encounters: An OLD man, a SICK man, and a DEAD man.
He stated, “I will also experience these things. How should one deal with these? Why does the Human Family suffer? Is there a TRUE escape from the sufferings?”
He left the Palace leaving his Wife and Newborn Child on the quest for seeking to answer his question. He realizes that one does NOT gain without SACRIFICING. This is one of the hard Truths dealing with the existence of the Human Family: In order to gain ANYTHING, you must first LOSE EVERYTHING!
He encountered HOLY men teaching their own Spiritual disciplines.
He apprenticed himself to a Guru. After he realizes that the problems he encountered was still NOT solved, he went to another Guru. He ran into the same mystery. He realized that the Ancient Hindu practices ESCAPES the problems temporarily, and does NOT solve the problems. These practices does NOT lead to direct knowledge NOR deeper awareness.
After this, he starts practicing SELF-DEPRIVATION. He thought “If you punish the body sufficiently, you could escape its influences. You could transcend some of the limitations that the body seemed to impose”. He does this for SIX years.
On the SEVENTH year, he realizes that his question was still NOT answered. But he develops a strong COMPASSION for ALL living things. He discontinues SELF-DEPRIVATION realizing that you can NOT progress as an individual in this world.
He depended on two Gurus that did NOT help him. He deprived his mind and body which nearly kills him. He realizes now to find the answers to his questions, he must take the Journey within HIMSELF.
Through MEDITATION, he receives a Cosmic Vision of the workings of the Universe. At this point, he is AWAKENED as the Buddha. The Doorway to the Divine is through your body and mind. The future events has already happened. The past events are still happening. There is NOTHING but the HERE and NOW. There is NO where else to go. There’s NOTHING else to be but yourself. There’s NO destination. It’s NOT something to aim for in the Afterlife. It’s simply the quality of your present life NOW!
He is hesitant in teaching the people because of the people’s hard heartedness in India. Brahma/Abraham appeared to him in a vision and requested of him to teach what he had learned, exercising the COMPASSION of the Human Family. So, he did!
At age 35, he teaches the fundamental Law of ALL things called DHARMA! He taught of his own experiences from his heart. He did NOT teach of depriving one’s self NOR of indulging one’s self. He taught to “Seek a path between these two points” called the MIDDLE Way.
The problems and solutions of the suffering with the Human Family was answered to him in this Revelation: “Suffering is, in fact, DISSATISFACTION (NOT being satisfied) and, therefore, our mind is the cause of suffering amongst the Human Family. So one must comprehend one’s own CAUSE of suffering and NO one else can tell you this. How can one live with the DESIRES of their own mind. Desire MUST exist, however, and be implemented properly. So one develops principles for the mind to be led towards ENLIGHTENMENT.”
India has a CASTE system. The Brahman Priest were the TOP people. They were the ONLY ones who could mediate between the Divine Family and the Human Family. Next were the Warriors. This was the Caste from which Buddha came. Next were the Farmers. At the bottom were the Servants and then the Outcasts. It is the Hindus belief that whichever Caste you came from, you are HOTWIRED into the Universal Order of Nature with that particular Caste.
Caste was IRRELEVANT to Buddha. So was the Priests’ rituals. He says, “Focus on the Universe within. What makes you Noble is exercising good morals and disciplines towards others and yourself.”
He established communities where people could live together and help one another. It was open to ALL Castes. Males and Females alike. Women becoming NUNS started with Buddha. So did the Rosary Beads.
You did NOT have to become a MONK or a NUN. Greed, Anger, and Ignorance are the three poisons that makes the burning (or HELL for yourself), he says. Generosity, Compassion, and Wisdom will extinguish this burning, he says.
He did NOT expect his followers to believe everything he taught. He encouraged to be CHALLENGED and DEBATED with. He says, “Do NOT accept information out of DEVOTION to it, but rather by the EXPERIENCE it gives to you. Investigate based on SOUND RIGHT REASONING. If the information is CONTRADICTORY based on one’s own reasoning, you have the DIVINE RIGHT to reject it!”
He also stated, “Violence leads to Moor Violence!”
He performed miracles. He taught mostly for decades in Northeast India.
When he was in Old Age and sickly, he was offered a meal by a young boy. The meal was spoiled and he knew it. He took it and ate it, anyway, because it was offered to him and he did NOT want the young boy to feel bad.
He grew weaker after eating this meal and eventually made his transition.