We can learn numerous life-inspiring lessons from the life of Siddhartha Gautama, the eminent spiritual guru and founder of Buddhism. He is known as Supreme Buddha which means the “awakened or enlightened one.” Siddhartha is the primary figure in Buddhism. Buddha’s life, principles, and teachings were immortalized by his disciples after he died. Life’s lessons from the enlightened one are meant to help us in understanding life more meaningfully. Here are five out of the many words of wisdom from Siddhartha Gautama that we can all emulate.
Buddhism averred that “A jug is filled up drop by drop.” This proverb denotes that a person requires a lot of patience to succeed in life. People tend to achieve success as the container is gets loaded every second. By starting small and working hard, you will surely reap what you sowed in the end. However minus the staying power and sacrifices, you can never fill up your jug. Buddha infuses in our minds that endurance is a virtue wherein life starts small before flourishing.
According to the Supreme Buddha, “The mind is everything. What you think you become.” Fill the mind with the proper thoughts to live fittingly. Our manner of thinking determines our actions. In like manner, our actions influence the results. The right judgment will get us what we strive for. On the other hand, incorrect thinking can destroy us. Changing our minds means transforming our lives.
Our thoughts have an effect on reality. Again, Buddha articulated in his teachings that the human mind encompasses all things. If we desire to create a positive reality, we are compelled to satiate our judgment with good things. As the saying goes, “any man who speaks or acts evil can expect pain to follow him. However, if a man talks and acts with pure intention will expect happiness as the end result.”
Your thoughts influence your actions. These actions dictate outcomes. In other words, things originating from correct thinking generate positive conclusion. Buddha also resides human beings that wrongdoings take place because of the mind. He encourages us to live happily, positively, and fruitfully leaving all negative feelings behind.
“However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?” Many people remark that “talk is cheap.” When we ponder on this statement, we realize their point. To make progress fast, you need to act quickly as well and on a daily basis. Otherwise, you will not attain prominence. Greatness is designed for all of us. Nonetheless, only those who act unfailingly can experience this excellence. An age-old adage goes like this: “God gives every bird a worm, but he doesn’t throw it into their nest.” Buddha once quipped, “I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.”
We must know how to forgive and let bygones be bygones. The Buddha Journey denotes self-forgiveness and letting go of past faults. We can liken anger to fire that burns us down slowly unless we are willing to forgive. People who harbor feelings of resentment in their hearts remain captives in their own dungeons. We cannot move on and enjoy life completely by living in this darkness.
“It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.” People capable of surmounting themselves are greater than the powerful. This means conquering the mind and controlling how we think. Buddha stated that “It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe that lures him to evil ways.”
You must avoid your thoughts from being tossed like waves of the ocean. Avoid assuming that you if a thought comes out, it comes out. This is true. One cannot prevent the inevitable. However, it is possible to set aside thoughts contrary to the lifestyle you wish to live. Conquering yourself means the victory belongs to the conqueror.