Buddha The Revolutionary

BUDDHA THE REVOLUTIONARY
Buddha The Revolutionary

Preface

Buddha The Revolutionary – Buddha was indeed a revolutionary as he served the humanity in the best possible way. With time Brahmins of Hindu religion starting imposing too many rituals and rites. They played with the sentiments of people and made them afraid of god. The rich and prosperous supported the Brahmins as they could afford. However, poor and lower caste people were not able to follow this and thus being tormented or tortured by Brahmins.

Buddha in simple meanings gave them a philosophy and denied any ritual to be performed to be happy. He gave a philosophy about human life and multiple time conflicted the Hindu beliefs.

Buddha denied idol worship and he denied rituals are necessary for people. He denied the fact that there is a heaven or hell. He denied the concept of re-incarnation. He said this is one life you got and whatever good or bad you have to do, do it in this life.

Due to his simple philosophy people started following him. People were convinced and they respected Buddha. He acted as a revolutionary in the lives of many people.

Buddha the revolutionary

Siddhartha or Gautama Buddha, a prince and the founder of Buddhism, was born in India in 623 B.C ., when she was in dire need of a new prophet. Brahmin priests had inculcated superstitious rites, omens and spells into the ancient Indian religion. The teachings of the Upanishads gave way to cults and priest-crafts. Buddha, the great social reformer, asked people to live a decent life and to perform good deeds emphasising on ethics rather than on divinity. Buddhism is fundamentally a religion of moral codes.

Mahavir, the prophet and exponent of Jainism, was another social reformer against Brahmanical tyranny. He believed and preached the purest form of non-violence

The revolutionary religion of Buddhism swept over Brahminism and made its peaceful conquests not only of India, but also spread over half of the world. This is the first revolt of human spirit against the shackles of forms and rituals.

Quotes given for a better life and humanity

“Conquer anger with non-anger. Conquer badness with goodness. Conquer meanness with generosity. Conquer dishonesty with truth.”

– A Quote by Buddha

 “Drop by drop is the water pot filled. Likewise, the wise man, gathering it little by little, fills himself with good.”

– A Quote by Buddha

“If anything is worth doing, do it with all your heart.”

– A Quote by Buddha

“To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance.”

If you really want to live an unselfish life, you count yourself as nothing.

“If you find no one to support you on the spiritual path, walk alone.”

– Nobody is responsible for your spirituality. If you feel that your path is spiritual, and nobody joins you, continue alone.

“Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.”

– Your work today will decide your fate tomorrow.

“Hatred is never appeased by hatred in this world. By non-hatred alone is hatred appeased. This is a law eternal.”

“Not by rituals and resolutions, nor by much learning, nor by celibacy, nor even by meditation can you find the supreme, immortal joy of nirvana until you extinguish your self-will.”

“Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.”

Buddha the revolutionary

“He who sits alone, sleeps alone, and walks alone, who is strenuous and subdues himself alone, will find delight in the solitude of the forest.”

Buddha the revolutionary

“Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment are cherished in the mind. Anger will disappear just as soon as thoughts of resentment are forgotten.”

Buddha the revolutionary

“A mind unruffled by the vagaries of fortune, from sorrow freed, from defilements cleansed, from fear liberated — this is the greatest blessing.”

Buddha the revolutionary

“There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.”

Buddha the revolutionary

“It is easy to see the faults of others, but difficult to see one’s own faults. One shows the faults of others like chaff winnowed in the wind, but one conceals one’s own faults as a cunning gambler conceals his dice.”

The place where Buddha got enlightenment

I have published another article about Buddha and his place of enlightenment. He was in search of knowledge and no-body could fulfill his desire. He made many gurus, however, everyone tried to bound him with rituals. He was never able to get to the real reason for rituals. So, he ultimately made himself free from rituals and then he was able to get the knowledge.

He never looked at anybody down. He always tried to give the world a good message. However, when you move to later Buddhism, people created religion out of his teachings and divided themselves into many caste inside Buddhism.

If you wish to visit Bodh Gaya, read my article on the same: Bodh Gaya

External references:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Buddha

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