Buddha's Principle of Relativity - Mind Body Stress

Sometime they're out in the open and readily seen.

It seems the very silence does the talking.  The 'sound of silence' is a powerful word, indeed.
It seems the very silence does the talking. The 'sound of silence' is a powerful word, indeed.

Siddarth Gautama - The Buddha. Statues abound.

Here are a couple of paragraphs from my friend, Don G. Athukorola’s book, “Buddha’s Principle of Relativity – Mind, Body, Stress. Don, who is now well over eighty had been working on this volume for over ten years before he eventually ‘self-published.’ Don is is a Sri Lankan and it was my priviledge to help him with the editing of this very thought provoking manuscript where he purports that, Siddartha Gautama – The Buddha – hit upon the ‘Theory of Relativity,’ which he called ‘Dependent Origination’ or Paticcasamuppada (PS) 4,400 years before Albert Einstein.

And sometimes hidden away where they're sort of 'discovered.'

Switch off the radio, the iPod, the telly, and try sitting still in a garden.   You're ego won't like it, of course.  But show it who's boss.
Switch off the radio, the iPod, the telly, and try sitting still in a garden. You're ego won't like it, of course. But show it who's boss.

His influence is once again growing.

It is not for me to say whether or not this is correct. However, we do know that Buddha’s influence today is growing by the day – and this nearly four and a half thousand years after his physical form walked this planet.

Once these statues were rare in the West, now you can find them just about everywhere.

“Walk into almost any plant nursery today and you will find both on display and tucked away in various strategic points among the leaves and flowers, statues of The Buddha. You know the one. Turn back the clock fifty years and these statues were rare indeed. Now you see them everywhere. You find them in gardens, in townhouses, on verandas of villas. They sell them in K-mart! Sell them in all manner of stores all over the world- millions of them!

But they're very distinguishable - no mistaking who they represent.

Peace is always an internal thing.
Peace is always an internal thing.

There's something very peaceful about this statue

“Why is this so? Why, of all the garden ornaments, statues and the like, had the Buddha’s image become so symbolic? It isn’t that people who are buying them are all Buddhists. No, I think it is because there is something about a man sitting quietly, eyes closed and in peaceful repose, a figure representing peace and tranquility, that captures the attention of those of us who so desire peace and tranquility in our own lives. We sense the serenity, the unspoken blessings in the ambience that a garden-statue of the Buddha provides.”

Oh, and no, I’m not a Buddhist. But to get on...

Our opionions divide but we fail to realize opinions are NOT Truth.

If you go into our Hubpage Forum section you’ll find that the most numerous – and never ending – debates pertain to Religion. Everyone it seems, get upset by Religion. All manner of opinions are expressed here; sometimes quite heated opinions. But that is what they are: opinions – just as mine are here. However, one cannot help but wonder how peaceful our world would be if we took the advice purported to have come from Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha. Here, apparently, is what he had to say on this subject so dear to our hearts.

Sometimes they're very old - yes, and big!

Despite some of these statues being resented to the point of being blown up with explosives, they remain, steadfast as ever.
Despite some of these statues being resented to the point of being blown up with explosives, they remain, steadfast as ever.

Buddha was a very wise old guy...

Buddha’s Advice

Do not accept anything on hearsay;

Anything by mere tradition;

Anything because it accords with your scriptures;

Anything by mere inference;

Anything because it agrees with your preconceived notion;

Anything because it seems acceptable;

– or anything because I say so.

When you know for yourself these things are moral,

these things are blameless, these things when performed

and undertaken, conduce to wellbeing and happiness –

then do you accept and live accordingly.

You don't get this sort of statue erected in your honour unless you're held in very high esteem.

How could you not sense the peace and tranquility radiating from this giant Buddha?
How could you not sense the peace and tranquility radiating from this giant Buddha?

We can all make the world a happier place.

I believe that if we all did that, we would all be working towards something that would make the world we human beings inhabit, are far more peaceful, joyful and loving place. And, yes, I welcome your comments.

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lmmartin 5 years ago from Alberta and Florida

A wonderful hub, Tom. I remember Buddha statues being quite popular in the late sixties and early seventies, though probably not for the same reasons they are popular now... We were all too stoned in the sixties to need peace and tranquility. We thought we had it. Anyway, 'tis true that people today are more interested in the "idea" of Buddha. Not perhaps the thought and discipline required to truly understand. Lynda


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Tusitala Tom 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia Author

Thank you, Lynda. I was never stoned in the 1960s, rather, I was drunk. Come to think of it, I was in the 1950s, too. Well, maybe not all the time, but it certainly was a favoured pastime.


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Dee aka Nonna 5 years ago

Hey Tom, I find myself waiting for your next article and you never disappoint. I've said this before (I think I might write a hub about my experiences) my dad was Catholic, my mom Methodist and after my dad's death we joined the Baptist church where family was. In my youth and still today..I studies many of the major religion and Buddhism was one... I often call myself a Buddist-Baptist. LOL.. Thanks again for your wonderful insight.


newday98033 5 years ago

I have no doubt that Buddha understood relativity, because that is part of the game here. When the God visit happens, the system begins to reveal.

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