My favourite Buddhist quotes
A few of my favourite Buddhist quotes and my rendition of what they mean
I was born and raised Hindu and still follow my religion very closely, however when I read the Teachings of Buddha some years ago, I felt very part of their way of life and seeing as most principles coincide with each other (Hinduism and Buddhism), I very much follow those teachings too. Just to clarify, I am open to all religions and their views, but chose to be guided by Hinduism and Buddhism as I relate most with them, we are not to judge or criticise anyone's beliefs. At the end of the day, it's about who you are, the morals you possess and the pure way you live your life.
1. "Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule."
This is so true, an example from my own experience would be about my best friends husband, someone who wasn't treating my best friend fairly, however much this angered me and made me want to react with anger/hatred towards him, I kept reciting the Buddhist teachings as a way to eliminate any kind of anger/hatred I possessed. When I would meet him, I had to free myself, let go of all anger and instead just express kindness and love. Having to do this was not easy, but for the sake of my friend it had to be done. This continued for months, until one day, my friends husband realised what he was doing and how unfair he had been to his wife and her family. He understood that he is only causing himself remorse and unhappiness by being a person who is carrying hate within himself, he also realised how he made a mistake in judging my best friends family and friends without truly knowing them. We could have all easily shown hatred towards him, but then what good would come out of that. Therefore, this quote shows, any kind of hatred shown and reciprocated will end up going round and round in circles, whereas when love is intercepted, it will break that cycle of hatred.
2. "Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind."
Another beautiful quote. Material possessions, successful jobs, high status, awards, riches... These are all things you may be happy to receive but once overrated and bragged about you lose peace of mind, due to the fact that you let them become a part of you, like they equate to who you are. There is nothing more unattractive than being arrogant and boastful about what you possess, of course there is nothing wrong with receiving these attributes, however when you achieve things just to show it off; you lose yourself in things less worthy. What will you gain when overrating? If it's money, relationships, status, it will all be lost, because it's not from the heart or with purity. In addition, being envious of others too will make you lose yourself and gain no peace, given that peace omits any kind of jealousy, envious behaviour and vigilance.
3. "No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path."
Quite self explanatory, but I like to talk, so I'll give reason as to why it's one of my favourite quotes and what it means to me. Although I think good advice and talking to others helps a person a lot, it's up to the individual whether they want to take that advice and manifest it into their lives. More often than not, many people just listen, feel motivated by it one day and then forget the next. There are optimists and pessimists, of course the optimists quickly try to pick themselves up and carry on, whereas it's a little harder to lift the spirits of a pessimist (trust me, I've been there) luckily I'm patient, so I'll continue trying until they realise. It's good enough to make a person realise what they need to do, or how to do it, BUT only they can make that step and save themselves. Learning from your own mistakes is also a good way to save yourself, you'd have to have walked the path in order to realise your mistake and experience the consequences of it.
4. "If you live a pure life, nothing can destroy you."
The key part of this quote is how to obtain living a pure life. This could go into immense detail, so I won't elaborate right now, not because I don't want to, but simply because I don't want this blog to go on too long. The basics of living a pure life, would be:
- Keeping your mind away from greed and your words faithful.
- Suppress and control desires and temptations. Human desires are endless. It is like the thirst of a person who drinks salt water: one gets no satisfaction and one's thirst is only increased.
- Respect each other and refrain from disputes; you should not like water and oil repel, but like milk and water mingle together.
- Realise nothing is permanent and learn from it the emptiness of human life. Do not cherish the unworthy desire that the changeable might become unchanging.
- Stay away from the three fires of the world - greed, anger and foolishness. Greed rises in want of satisfaction; anger rises in want of dissatisfaction; and foolishness rises from import thoughts.
- Resist lust. Of all the worldly passions, lust is the most intense. All other worldly passions seem to follow in its train.
- Serve others as if they're your own.
- Don't judge.
- Let go of ego
There are many more, but these are the main qualities of maintaining a pure life. Not that it's an easy task to change your thinking and way of life, but once you adapt your living, nothing or no one can destroy you.
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