Quote of the Day: Buddha

Powder by the Credit River - Streetsville, Ontario

Powder hanging out by the Credit River – Streetsville, Ontario

“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books.
Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.
Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations.
But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is
conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”
~ Buddha

This is a concept I try to share with those seeking answers to their various questions, whether they are open to it or not.

Most people seem to want to be led by hand to all the answers they seek. Even if a master, guru, or teacher may desire to be able to simply show a student or disciple the answer to their questions, all they can do is point the way. This is because truth must be experienced.

While the information provided in the things we hear, the beliefs held by vast majorities, the lessons written in religious books, the teachings of our elders, and the traditions of our cultures certainly are essential to knowing and growing, they are not the end goal. They provide the basis for each of us to be able to experience for our selves the truth of the answers we seek.

Even with the teachings I share, I never want anyone to take those lessons as ‘gospel’ and immediately welcome the ideas into their minds and hearts; I want people to take what I have to share, learn from it, take from it what they want and what feels right to them, and then use it to evolve and move farther along their own paths.

Don’t be afraid to learn and experience; the more you do, the more you’ll begin to understand that you had all the answers and all the truths inside you all along, you just needed to dig under all the layers of delusion that accumulate in the years of our growing up before the time that we begin to be ready to become truly self-aware.

Have a lovely and peaceful weekend, everyone!

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