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Buddha happiness

  1. 1. BUDDHA- HAPPINESS (Translated by Max Muller)
  2. 2. For centuries the world’s greatest thinkers have endeavored to find for the keys to happiness. Siddhartha Gautama was one of these. While still a youth Siddhartha arrived at the conclusion that wealth, power, and political prestige were not the true keys. He was in a position to know, for he was a prince of India, born about 563 B.C. At twenty-nine he renounced the luxuries of his father’s court and turned to the contemplation of the age-old questions concerning life and death and mankind’s suffering.
  3. 3. After six years of penance and meditation, Gautama believed he had found the answer to his questions. For the next forty years he wandered along the banks of the Ganges River spreading his doctrine among the people. He taught that self-indulgence, ill-will, and ignorance were the three great sins, and one could attain Nirvana, a state of mental peace, through the annihilation of all desires.
  4. 4. Because of his great religious teachings Siddhartha came to be known as Buddha, or “Enlightened One.” Today he is honored chiefly outside his native land. His many followers may be found all the way from Ceylon across eastern Asia to Japan. The Dhammapada is a collection of his teachings gathered by unknown recorder.
  5. 5. Let us live happily, then, not hating those who hate us! let us dwell free form hatred among men who hate. Let us live happily, then, free form ailment among the ailing! Let us dwell free from ailments among men who are ailing! Let us live happily, then, free from greed among the greedy! Let us dwell free from greed among men who are greedy!
  6. 6. Let us live happily, then, though we call nothing our own! We shall be like the bright gods, feeding on happiness! Victory breeds hatred, for the conquered is unhappy. He who has given up both victory and defeat, he contented, is happy. There is no fire like passion: there is no unlucky die like hatred; there is no pain like this body; there is no happiness like rest.
  7. 7. Hunger is the worst of diseases, the body the greatest of pains; if one knows this truly, that is Nirvana , the highest happiness. Health is the greatest of gifts, contentedness the best riches; trust is the best of relatives , Nirvana , the highest happiness.
  8. 8. The sight of the elect (Arya) is good, to live with them is always happiness; if a man does not see fools, he will be truly happy. He who has tasted the sweetness of solitude and tranquility is free from fear and free from sin, while he tastes the sweetness of drinking in the Law.
  9. 9. He who walks in the company of fools suffers a long way; company with fool as with an enemy, is always painful; company with the wise is pleasure, like meeting with kinsfolk. Therefore, one ought to follow the wise, the intelligent, the learned, the much enduring, the dutiful, the elect; one ought to follow a good and wise man, as the moon follows the path of the stars.
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