Buddha, or before becoming Buddha, a man who called himself Siddhartha Gautama set out on one of the most spiritual epics that anyone has ever dared to venture.
Within the 6th and 4th century of BCE, Gautama had spread so much profound wisdom across Eastern India that he was given the name Buddha which means “The enlightened one”. Even now we find ourselves bathing in his infinite wisdom that still hold strong till this day.
Buddha believed that it was important to verbalize his teachings rather than have writing them down.
The same could be said about Jesus as well as Socrates, it was vital that we communicated wisdom instead of putting it all down in a book. It wasn’t until 400 years after Buddha’s death was the first transcript to have unveiled his teachings in text form.
As to how Buddha became so wise was when a young child presented milk and rice pudding to him as an act of compassion.
Buddha realized that there had to be more than mortifying your body or even starving yourself for that matter. In which Buddha meditated for 49 days by vowing that he would never move until he finally discovered the truth of reality.
All of his wisdom now resides in all who carry an open mind and heart for the reality that is being able to be enlightened. In addition, here are 20 lessons of wisdom that Buddha can teach you.
1. “In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.”
2. “In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.”
3. “No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”
4. “Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.”
5. “Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.”
6. “To understand everything is to forgive everything”
7. “Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.”
8. “A jug fills drop by drop.”
9. “The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.”
10. “However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?”
11.“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.”
12. “Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.”
13. “We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”
14. “Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.”
15. “The mind is everything. What you think you become.”
16. “I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done.”
17. “It is easy to see the faults of others, but difficult to see once 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.”
18. “There has to be evil so that good can prove its purity above it.”
19. “Hatred does not cease through hatred at any time. Hatred ceases through love. This is an unalterable law.”
20. “Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.”