Spiritual Reflections on “The Four Noble Truths” by Gautama Buddha – Enlight8

There were many ascended masters that have come and gone. There was Jesus of Nazareth, Lao Tzu, Saint Germaine, and countless other prophets and truth-sayers. One of these ascended masters was Gautama Buddha.

Though many of the ascended master have not written their teachings, preferring instead to voice their teachings to their disciples. And no medium of recording (audio or video) existed then, therefore many of their teachings, written and re-translated, could have become detached or veered from the true essence of their master’s intention.

The Four Noble Truths is one of those teachings that have come from the Buddha that I think, in its current state, needs examination into its true intention. This is my own writing of how the Four Noble Truths could be re-examined.

This is my reflections on the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path.

1. First Noble Truth: Life and suffering.

This is often written as “All life is suffering” and other versions that imply that life itself is suffering. I think it can merely refer to life as having inevitable suffering and not encase life as “suffering” in general.

I think the Buddha simply talked about the unavoidable suffering that is within life. No matter where we look, there are things in life that we may be happy about and those that we may not be happy about. Suffering in itself is caused by looking at the things that cause as more pain and suffering.

It is often translated that this means “to live is to suffer” and this is not the case. The Buddha was implying that as we are conscious into his reality, we adhere to its rules and that there are duality. The good and the bad, ying and yang, night and day, and so on. We adhere to this when we came into this reality. But not all of this reality is suffering, it is just part of the whole.

In the Tao, verse 27 goes:

and is not intent upon arriving.

A good artist lets his intuition

lead him wherever it wants.

and doesn’t reject anyone.

He is ready to use all situations

and doesn’t waste anything.

This is called embodying the light.

What is a good man but a bad man’s teacher?

What is a bad man but a good man’s job?

If you don’t understand this, you will get lost,

however intelligent you are.

This is the great truth.

The First Noble Truth declare that if we agreed to go be in this reality called life we will be faced with duality.

2. Second Noble Truth: The cause of suffering is attachment.

This Second Noble Truth is one of the truths that may have been misconstrued. The cause of suffering being attachment is not the deepest truth. Attachments are labeling things as “good” or “bad.” This is not the problem in itself. Attachment is just the result of this labeling.

The deepest truth that most esoteric knowledge know is that the cause of suffering is JUDGEMENT. When we judge the things in our life as either “good” or “bad’ we construct this duality. Based on our judgment, we create suffering. Therefore HOW we judge things is the likely cause of our suffering.

As Jesus of Nazareth has put it: “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.” This is more than just a general interpersonal advice, but it rings true that judgment, “how we judge” things is the root of attachment (mostly created by others and mostly created by our ego) and is the root of our human suffering constructs.

3. Third Noble Truth: The cessation of suffering is attainable.

I think we can just say that this statement should read: “The cessation of judgement is attainable.”

I think this is where many of the teachings go on to proclaim dispassionate dogmas and others to end suffering. But now that we can pinpoint judgement as a cause of our suffering, it is pretty simple now what can be done to cease the suffering. We question our judgement.

Many current masters such as Eckhart Tolle and Byron Katie have written about ways to bring forth ways we can face this question.

Byron Katie called it “The Work” and in her book she puts this inquiry into four questions:

Byron Katie’s “The Four Questions”:
1. Is it true? (Yes or no. If no, move to 3.)
2. Can you absolutely know that it’s true? (Yes or no.)
3. How do you react, what happens, when you believe that thought?
4. Who would you be without the thought?

Here is an example of Byron Katie using inquiry to examine judgment.

Eckhart Tolle also faced suffering head on and came to similar conclusions. His book “The Power of Now” and “The New Earth” and various others are enlightenment in a book readily available now.

“When you deeply accept this moment as it is, no matter what form it takes, you are still, you are at peace.”

– Eckhart Tolle

4. Fourth Noble Truth: The end of suffering judgment is contained in the eightfold path.

This is eightfold path is actually a great condensed lesson of many other lessons out there. And it is similar to the ten commandments and perhaps every other wisdom of advice that many other philosophers, spiritual teachers, authors, and others have said.

Here are thoughts on the Eightfold Path:

Right View: Our beliefs and actions have consequences. Death is not the end. (Note: The right view must include the inner-knowing of the universal laws of reality such as “The Law of Attraction” and others.)

Right Resolve: Loving kindness and adopting a spiritual life knowing that this reality is of impermanence. Striving to create a loving reality always. (As Jesus taught: “Love thy neighbor as thyself”).

Right Speech: Aim to speak of truth and be mindful of your words. Words can lead to judgment and suffering, therefore, speak with integrity and speak to lead to salvation.

Right Conduct: No killing or injuring, no taking what is not given. Action with the right conduct and integrity

Right Livelihood: Have only what is essential. Live and work in a job with good intentions for humanity. Lead and have work that benefits humanity not bring humanity down.

Right Effort: Be on guard to question your thoughts and actions. Meditation will arm you with the right effort. The effort is something that will require proper intention. As the Tao often states, strive for the middle path.

Right Mindfulness: Become more mindful of your thoughts, of your judgment, and of the true reality. Impermanence is the true reality and this teaching is to do meditations so that one is conscious and mindful of the now.

Right samadhi (concentration): This is more of concentration and focus. It is often translated as meditation and unification of mind. This teaching brings the idea of focusing on what you as a creator that exists in this reality must do. This could be finding your mission in life and concentrating on getting it done and living your legacy.

I hope you enjoy this reflection on the four noble truths and may it inspire you in your spirituality and journey.

Hyderabad: 23-year-old artist carves Lord Shiva, Gautam Buddha on pencil lid

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Hyderabad: 23-year-old artist carves Lord Shiva, Gautam Buddha on pencil lid

Hyderabad (Telangana): One can only wonder how a barely one-centimeter long pencil lid can be used as an art canvas, but a 23-year-old miniature micro artist from Hyderabad has done the unbelievable by carving both Lord Shiva and Gautam Budha on it.

Dheeraj Kolla, an event manager by profession, developed his interest into a passion and is now a mastered miniature artwork. He carves different types of designs on the pencil lid but continues to explore various outlets for his talent. “I am an engineering dropped-out student. I thought education is not the only way to lead a life and wanted to do something different. In my childhood, I would carve on chalk pieces which everyone does. In my engineering, I wanted to be something special so I browsed and found this lid carving. Later on, I too gave a trial on pencil lid art. Now,  I am even doing eggshell carving and plan to do book carving,” Kolla told ANI.

“Another of my achievement was carving 18 letters on a lid for which I got into books of world record. Now I am even trying for Guinness World Record but I dropped that thought as they asked some charges for that,” he added. However, the journey of the artist has not been easy, “I would get many taunts from my neighbours when I started this work as I was not focusing on my studies, but my parents never listened to them and were there for me.” Kolla has also been recognized by President Ram Nath Kovind for his work, whom he met when he went to Jagruthi walk.


“President was very impressed by my work and called me backstage and took a photograph with me, that was a really a wonderful moment for me,” he said. Kolla said he is also active in social work, wherein he gives one meal to one person per day and shares the picture on social media to inspire other people to do the same. “In this way, around 50 members have started providing a meal to the needy and till now I have supplied for 270 days,” Kolla said.

Gautam Buddha: Life History, Teachings, and Contributions

Relevance of Buddhist Teachings in the Modern World:

Buddhism has something to offer and is relevant in all times. According to Dalai Lama, “Buddhist science and Buddhist philosophy have a great deal to offer to everyone. We don’t need to look at, or be interested in, Buddhist religion in order to benefit from the teachings and insights that are available in Buddhist science and philosophy.” If it is observed, Buddhist science deals with human psychology; it is an in-depth analysis of how the mind, emotions, perception work. It also deals in the area of logic, and insights into cosmology. On the other side, Buddhist philosophy deals with reality – our comprehension of reality and how one can deconstruct fantasies and projections about reality. With a detailed study about this, one can find both Buddhist philosophy and science to be helpful in training the mind and developing a more beneficial attitude toward life. So even if someone does not accept Buddhist as a religion but learns to live according to its teachings can lead a happy and blessed life.

Contribution of the Buddha and Buddhism:

Buddha has been a prominent influencer in the history of ancient India. The life story of Buddha and his teachings helped the country undergo major social and political changes. The founder of Buddhism Religion has contributed significantly in shaping our constitution as well, here are what can be affirmed as the life achievements of Gautam Buddha:

National Unity:

Nothing brought Indian subcontinent closer in political and social field than Buddhism. The religion promoted a sense of national feeling amongst the Indians and it somehow shattered the dominance of the caste system which stood in the way of the achievement of this unity. It was mainly due to this unity and social harmony that the Mauryas could establish a powerful empire. This contribution of Buddhism has been recognized by E. B. Havell when he stated “In social and political sphere Buddhism has played the same role in cultivating a national spirit in India which Christianity did in 7th century to integrate the diversified elements of Saxon Hierarchy.”

Curb on the Violent Spirit:

Buddhism emphasized Ahimsa or non-violence, which greatly affected the people. It is well known that Emperor Ashoka, under the influence of Buddhism gave up on war and started to practice Ahimsa.

Contact with Outside World:

Buddhist religion in India became the first religion to go trans-border with the support of kings like Ashoka and Kanishka (majorly). The religion spread to countries like China, Japan, Mongolia, Myanmar, Indonesia, Tibet and Sri Lanka. According to J. N. Sarkar, “Due to the spread of Buddhism in foreign countries, foreigners considered India as a holy place and the sources of their religion. This contact with the outside world also promoted political and commercial relations with these countries.”

A Simple and Comprehensible Religion

According to K. M. Panikar, “To the common man this (Buddhism) was indeed a new gospel. There were no secret mantras, no expensive yagas or sacrifices and indeed no difficult doctrines as in the Upanishads.” And thus, it turned out to be a religion that could be easily followed by the common people.

Added to the Morals and Values:

Buddhism came attached with lessons of morality, and directed people to practice virtues like charity, purity, self-sacrifice, truthfulness, control over passions, non-injury to living creatures in thought and action. It is not that these were not known to the people as they have been mentioned in the Upanishads but it was Buddhism that put these virtues in actual practice.


Buddhism made a significant contribution in the field of education also. The Buddhist Sanghas and Viharas served as centres of education for students from far off destinations, including foreign countries, came here to receive education. Nalanda, Taxila and Vikramshila which gained reputations as great educational centres were actually originally only Buddha Viharas.

Development of Art:

A commendable contribution in the field of art, architecture, sculpture could also be seen by Buddhism. The finest architecture example can be seen in the form of viharas, mandaps, yajnashalas, altars as well as stupas. It has to be noted that Buddhists were the first ones to erect cave temples. The method of the Buddhist art was of a continuous narration and the technique used was one of the memory picture.

The story of neglected birthplace of Gautam Buddha, Siddharth Nagar

The government at center and state have fought several elections, promising the construction of Ram Temple at Ayodhya. The magnitude of concern showed for the birth-place of Lord Rama is inversely proportional to that of the birth-place of Lord Buddha. Sidharth Nagar is the birth-place of Lord Buddha and it is struggling for attention from the government.

About Sidharth Nagar

Sidharth Nagar is a district in Uttar Pradesh. It is near the India-Nepal border. It is known for the ruins of Shakya Janapada is one of the most backward districts in India. This is the center of trafficking scams as the district shares its border with Nepal. Siddharth Nagar is also near to the city of “The CM” – Gorakhpur. It has a high rural population with agriculture being the source of bread for the families.

Siddharth Nagar is completely opposite to what the Siddhartha or Lord Buddha desired. Its citizens are living in trenches of poverty. The civic amenities are almost dysfunctional in the city. Black-outs are quite frequent in the city despite claims of electrification by our Prime Minister. Recently, two AK-47 rifles went missing from near the India-Nepal border. Siddharth Nagar is always in the headlines due to wrong reasons only.

Siddharth Nagar – Deflating Government’s claims

Despite the presence of BJP governments in the center and state, the development didn’t reach Siddharth Nagar. It deflates all the claims of Modi and Yogi governments. The frequent blackouts deflate the scheme of 100% electrification claim of the government. The uncontrolled trafficking of weapons and people gives a glimpse of law and order in the district. Siddharth Nagar also failed miserably in civic amenities. According to a story done by Amar Ujala, there are streets which sink in darkness post dust due to unavailability of street lights. Public toilets are only on paper with open defecation a dark reality. Swatchh Bharat Abhiyan hasn’t reached Siddharth Nagar yet. In spite of these flaws, the government is focussing on cattle safety as it is evident in the instructions given by the Deputy of District Magistrate.

Buddhists are not in high numbers and cannot be categorized as a vote-bank. Due to this, the government is treating the birth-place of their Lord Buddha in such a way. No promise ever made for the development of Siddharth Nagar. It could become one of the major tourist attraction due to its historical significance. Due to negligence that potential seems a lost cause.  The citizens of Siddharth Nagar have lost all hopes with the government and now they just want them to provide basic amenities. Even for that too, cows have become the priority.

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Gautama Buddha Facts

  1. Gautama Buddha was born in Lumbini, the western part of Nepal in the 6th Century B.C. He was a founder of Buddhism (a nontheistic religion that encompasses a variety of traditions, beliefs and practices largely based on teachings attributed to Gautama Buddha).
  2. His real name was Siddartha Gautama. The name Gautama Buddha was given when he got enlightened.
  3. Siddartha Gautama was a prince, His father was King Suddhodana, leader of the Shakya clan, and his mother was Queen Mayadevi. He was raised by his mother’s younger sister Maha Pajapati after his mother’s death seven days after childbirth.
  4. Gautama Buddha was only 16 when his father reputedly arranged his marriage to a cousin of the same age named Yasodhara.
  5. “Rahula” was the only son of Gautama Buddha.
  6. At the age of 29, Prince Siddhartha left Nepal in search of a way to end rebirth, old age, disease and death.
  7. Gautama Buddha was the one who figured out a way in which people could do to be freed from suffering and sorrow.
  8. Alara Kalama and Udaka Ramaputta were two of the teachers of Gautama Buddha.
  9. “Bodh Gaya is the place where Gautama Buddha attained unsurpassed, supreme Enlightenment.
  10. After his awakening, the Buddha met two merchants, named Tapussa and Bhallika, who became his first lay disciples. Later on more than 1,000 disciples joined them and formed “Sangha”.
  11. He made 5 monks sit in front of him and delivered his first sermon known as “Setting in Motion the Wheel of Law”.
  12. Rahula- Son of Gautama Buddha became the youngest monk at the very age of 7.
  13. THE FIVE PRECEPTS of Buddhism are:
    1. No killing – Respect for life
    2. No stealing – Respect for others’ property
    3. No sexual misconduct – Respect for our pure nature
    4. No lying – Respect for honesty
    5. No intoxicants – Respect for a clear mind
  14. Gautama Buddha died in Kushinagar, India at the age of 80 (BCE 563-483).
  15. Among the 32 main characteristics, it’s mentioned that Buddha had blue eyes.
  16. Buddha’s spot of enlightenment underneath the bodhi tree is still preserved to this day.

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A Philosophical Colossus – Gautama Buddha • J.J Hughes

This post is not promoting any one particular religion, or religion as such, as I prefer to leave it to your own interpretation of WHO or WHAT constitues a PRIME CREATOR, or if you choose to disagree completely. That’s a highly personal choice and suffice to say that anyone or any system that demands your blind loyalty and/or obedience  and allegiance is not aligned with the fundamental concept that we are all sovereign beings on our own sacred paths, regardless if we choose to believe in a GOD/HIGHER POWER/PRIME CREATOR or NOT. Five hundred years before Jesus Christ first dipped his toes into the Sea of Galilee and a full two and a half thousand years before Rhonda Byrne brought us all the precepts of “The Secret”, as delivered to us through the internet, a book and film, one man strode this earth, like a colossus, spreading his message of love, understanding and inner strength. That man was Gautama Buddha – the founder of Buddhism and one of the first of the great philosophers and leaders of world thought. Over this and the next three blogs I will introduce you to the simple philosophies of this profoundly wise man and demonstrate the impact he has had on our modern-day world with many of his ancient precepts which are now taking deeper root in our consciousness. In future blogs I will look at some specific precepts of Buddhism, not as a religion, but as a way of living and interacting with the Universe. Buddhism, like Hinduism, which was beginning to emerge at the same time, both have their roots in Vedic principles. Today, however, I want to concentrate on the man himself – Gautama Buddha (born Sidharrtha Gautama). There is plenty of argument about when Buddha was born and when he died but there is little argument about the difference he made in the society of the time. Born sometime between 583 and 480 BCE, Buddha is said to have died somewhere between 483 and 400 BCE at age 80, but his legacy stretches across the centuries to this very day. He was born in Lumbini, of the Shakya Republic in what is now modern-day Nepal, into a wealthy influential family but as he grew up he became especially upset at the extent of suffering in the world, so he renounced his privileged life. Buddha [which means Enlightened One] became a monk, a mendicant (a beggar), a sage, and whilst sitting in contemplation under a fig tree – (the Bodhi Tree of Awakening) he had insights that became the basis of his philosophies, teachings and religious/spiritual leadership His main impact on the society of the time was to teach that there was a “middle way” between typical sensual self-indulgence and severe self-discipline and denial, which was the common belief amongst the people of the region. The basic concept Buddha brought to the world was the idea that the purpose of life was to seek “ultimate enlightenment” as described in Buddha’s discourse – “The Noble Eightfold Path” . There are many tales of Buddha’s life. How many of them are true or not is perhaps moot; what matters most are the teachings and the philosophies he has left behind. One particularly famous event occurred, it is told; of Buddha seating himself under a “pipal [old sacred fig]” tree, in Bodh Gaya, India. He vowed to never arise from that tree until he had found the “truth” . His companions decided Buddha had just given up and left him to it. After forty-nine days of meditation, at the age of thirty-five, he was said to have attained “enlightenment” at which point he became “The Buddha” or the “Awakened One” . It is said, at that time, that Buddha completely understood and had insight into the “Four Noble Truths” and thereby achieving freedom from the endless cycle of rebirth, suffering and dying again, which is a key concept in Hinduism. He would later develop this idea into training the mind (meditation or “dhyana” ) as required to take a person to nirvana. Nirvana is characterised as the process of extinguishing the fires of desire, hatred, and ignorance that keep the cycle of suffering and rebirth going. Once Nirvana has been reached it is said a person has lost all personal identity and no boundaries remain to the mind. In this state the person is said to possess the “Ten Characteristics” belonging to every Buddha. As I said earlier, I will be delving much more into the actual study and beliefs of Buddhism in the next blogs, suffice it to say that Gautama Buddha and his Buddhism; like Jesus Christ and Christianity, and Muhammad and Islam, has stood the test of time. After two-and-a-half millennium have passed there are said to be almost five-hundred million practising Buddhists in the world, the bulk of them in Asia. That makes it the world’s fourth largest religion behind Christianity, Islam and Hinduism. Meanwhile, it is deeply sad to witness, some of the ways in which humanity has perverted their pure thoughts, and ideals for life, to their own means. Buddha’s teachings of peace, love, respect and self-introspection, one day came to be totally ignored, by some of his followers, intent on racial or cultural genocide. The same points can be made about the other religions also. It is deeply disappointing that a religion which greatest precept is; “love thy neighbour as thyself,” should use their beliefs to subjugate, dominate, or completely eliminate whole other classes of humanity. We are surely reaching a stage on this beautiful planet where religious tolerance needs to flourish, and we focus on our commonality, community and connectedness rather than our divisions/barriers and illusions of separateness.    Before I go today, I want to share some of Buddha’s insights that have made a direct impact on my life. Like Einstein, Buddha is one of those historical figures who are attributed with many more “quotes” than they probably ever made in their lifetime. That aside, however, these ten quotes that I share here are, in my opinion, guidelines for life and for achieving personal fulfilment, whether or not, you follow the full precepts of the Buddha’s teachings. I’ve always said; “if just a large enough proportion of humanity followed these precepts, what a wonderful world we would live in.” You will not be punished for your anger – you will be punished by your anger. He has the most, who is most content with the least. Every day is a new day! No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again. No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path. Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world. Pain is certain –suffering is optional. The only real failure in life is to not be true to the best one knows. Give, even if you only have a little. Happiness does not depend on what you have or who you are. It solely relies on what you think. Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.  Gautama Buddha That last quote is one that took me, personally, a while to come to grips with but when I finally realised, I had to let go of my anger, what an enormous difference it made in my life. When we let go, we create space for something new and better to arrive! As you may have guessed, I’m a big fan of  “The Buddha ”  and that this has just brushed the surface of his teachings. Over the next few weeks we will delve a little more deeply into three aspects of Buddhism that particularly fascinate me: The Cycle of Rebirth (Reincarnation):   Samadhi / Dyhana (Meditation), and; Sila – Buddhist Ethics (Ways of Living) Be sure to catch these next three blogs. You can sign up here to ensure you never miss a single one of our blogs, and of course if it all gets a bit yawn inducing, you can always switch us off! Even if Buddhism doesn’t appeal to you, personally, as a religion, I reckon you’ll find something of interest to your everyday life in these up coming articles. You may wish to catch up on some of our earlier blogs, hop-on here:

Gautama Buddha – The Eightfold Path and the Chakras

I would say that in the East we have a tendency toward greater self-mortification and in the West we have a tendency toward greater self-indulgence. We do need the Middle Way.

Gautama taught that this Middle Way leads to six conditions of consciousness. They are insight, wisdom, calmness, higher knowledge, enlightenment and nirvana.

The Four Noble Truths of Gautama Buddha

Gautama Buddha proceeded to teach his disciples the Four Noble Truths: First, that life is dukkha, “suffering.” Second, that the cause of this suffering is tanha, “desire” or “craving.” Third, that suffering will cease when the craving that causes it is forsaken and overcome.

This state of liberation through the cessation of suffering leads to nirvana, which means literally extinction or blowing out—the blowing-out of the not self. The Fourth Noble Truth is that the way to this liberation is through living the Noble Eightfold Path, or the Middle Way.

The Eightfold Path of Gautama Buddha

The first step on the Eightfold Path is to have right understanding, or right views. The second is right aspiration, right thought, or right resolve. Third is right speech. Fourth is right action, or right conduct. Fifth is right livelihood. Sixth is right effort. Seventh is right mindfulness, and eighth is right concentration, or right absorption.

These eight points of self-mastery are the endowment of your Holy Christ Self. Know this Holy Christ Self as your Real Self, and know your Real Self as possessing all of these attributes. Know that your Real Self has developed them to the full level of Christ-mastery and adeptship and is waiting for you to receive them.

As you put on these attributes in daily striving and attentiveness to the precepts of the Law, you are putting on the robes of righteousness of your True Self. You are putting on your deathless solar body, which Jesus referred to as the wedding garment. You weave this wedding garment by the practice of these eight right attitudes.

Eight Points of the Law

These eight points of the Law fulfill the seven rays of the seven chakras and the eighth ray and chakra, which is the secret chamber of the heart.

1 – Right Understanding

Heart Chakra wallet cardThe first is right understanding, right viewpoint, right perspective—being centered neither to the left nor the right in relative thinking but being centered in God. This is a quality that is developed through the heart chakra and the third ray, whose color is pink and may intensify to a deep rose. The heart chakra has twelve petals.

We remember the prayer of Solomon: “Give me, O Lord, an understanding heart.” Right understanding, or right views, is described as knowledge of the Four Noble Truths; having views free from superstition or delusion; having penetrating insight into reality, or emptiness. Gautama Buddha said to his disciples: “What, now, Brothers, is Right Understanding?

“When … the disciple understands Evil and understands the Root of Evil; when he understands Good and understands the Root of Good; this is Right Understanding.

“What now … is Evil? Killing … is evil. Stealing is evil. Unlawful sexual intercourse is evil. Lying is evil. Slandering is evil. Using harsh language is evil. Vain talk is evil. Covetousness is evil. Cruelty is evil. Wrong views are evil.

“And what, Brothers, is the root of Evil? Greed is the root of Evil; Anger is the root of Evil; Delusion is the root of Evil.

“And what, Brothers, is the root of Good? Freedom from Greed … freedom from Anger … freedom from Delusion is the root of Good.”

When we think about the conditions of consciousness of greed and anger, we can objectively see them and determine whether they are in us or not.

But when it comes to delusion, we are self-deluded by our own desires, by our own pride and ego.

We are so much a part of the ego and its pride and its desires that we do not know we are in a state of delusion until increment by increment we catch a higher insight and we observe ourselves mounting an inner spiral staircase, if you will, to a point of enlightenment that, if we are observant, we recognize we did not have yesterday. And if we are wise, we will write down the experience and the insight and anchor into it and take another step.

Freedom from self-delusion is a great necessity on the Path. We need to pursue it with all intensity in our prayer and our thought and our daily consideration of the steps we take and what we do.

2 – Right Aspiration

Solar Plexus Chakra wallet cardThe second step of the Eightfold Path is right aspiration, right thought, or right resolve. This point corresponds to the six-petaled seat-of-the-soul chakra, which is the abiding place of the soul. This is the chakra of the seventh ray, the violet ray, which has many shades, from violet-pink to purple.

This is a right attitude that must be had by the soul if the soul is to return to the Christ Self and to the I AM Presence. 

The soul’s aspiration must be centered in Godin having right thought, right contemplation upon the law of God and the right resolve to accomplish her mission in life.

This resolution is the use of desire constructively—setting one’s desire, setting one’s sail and moving in that direction consistently, day after day after day.

3 – Right Speech

Throat Chakra wallet cardThe third step of the Eightfold Path is right speech, which relates to the throat chakra. The action of right speech is therefore the right qualification of this ray of power, which is the first ray, the ray of the will of God. The throat chakra has sixteen petals; its color is blue.

With right speech we therefore affirm right desire.

Right speech includes abstaining from lying, slandering, harsh or abusive language, vain talk or idle chatter. Right speech is speech that is kindly, open and truthful.

Gautama said to his disciples,

“What, Brothers, is Right Speech? A man, Brothers, has overcome lying and he abstains from telling falsehood. He speaks the truth, he is devoted to the truth, he adheres to the truth, he is worthy of confidence, is not a deceiver of men…. Thus he brings together those that are at variance; establishes those that are united;… he delights in concord; it is concord that he spreads by his words.

“He has given up harsh language…. He speaks words that are free from rudeness, soothing to the ear, loving, going to the heart, courteous, rejoicing many, elevating many.

“He has overcome vain talk…. He speaks at the right time, speaks in accordance with facts, speaks to the point. He speaks about the Dharma [the law and the teaching] and the Discipline of the Order; his speech is of real value and agrees with its object.

“He bears in mind the injunction which says: ‘In meeting one another, Brothers, there are two things that ought to be adhered to: either conversation about the Truth or holy silence.’

“This, Brothers, is Right Speech.”

4 – Right Action

base of the spine chakraThe fourth step is right action, or right conduct. This is the base-of-the-spine chakra. It is the white ray; the chakra has four petals.  The base-of-the-spine chakra is a physical chakra.

Action and right conduct are the physical outpicturing of all that we contain in our heart, in our mind, in our soul, in our desires, in our being.

It is the energy by which life is sustained and life is continued.

5 – Right Livelihood

Seat of the Soul Chakra wallet cardThe fifth step is right livelihood, and it pertains to the solar-plexus chakra, which has ten petals. It is the sixth ray of purple and gold, the ray of service and ministration.

Right livelihood is living honorably by a profession that does not harm any living thing and not choosing an occupation that is not conducive to spiritual progress. It is what we do in life, how we give of ourselves to one another, to society, to our nations.

Right livelihood must be based on right desire, and the solar plexus is the chakra of desire. Wrong desire breeds wrong livelihood.

6 – Right Effort

Third Eye Chakra wallet card Right effort, the sixth step, is established as right focus through the third-eye chakra, which has ninety-six petals. It is the fifth ray, the emerald ray.

By the All-Seeing Eye of God we focus. And as we focus on what our effort will be each day, the direction of our serving and our striving, we must have purity of desire in the inner eye. We must not lust after another, be jealous of another, want what someone else has.

Right effort is based upon a direct relationship with God. Right effort entails right exertion in self-training and self-control. Right effort is following what are called the “four right efforts.”

We must make an effort to “end existing evil.” We must make an effort to “prevent new evil.”

We must make an effort to “cause new virtue.” We must make an effort to “increase existing virtue.”

7 – Right Mindfulness

Crown Chakra wallet cardThe seventh step is right mindfulness. It is the attribute of the thousand-petaled lotus of the crown chakra. This is the second-ray chakra, and its color is yellow.

Right mindfulness is always moving to establish oneself in the Mind of God that was in Christ Jesus that was in Gautama Buddha and all those who have attained that oneness.

It is having an active, watchful mind, an alert mind that tends to details and masters them. Right mindfulness is the captain of one’s ship. The crown must be opened, because when one has illumination and then full enlightenment, one can direct the courses of all of the seven rays.

8 – Right Concentration

secret chamber of the heartThe eighth step is right concentration, or right absorption. This relates to the secret chamber of the heart, an antechamber of the heart chakra. This eight-petaled chakra is the place of the threefold flame.

The secret chamber of the heart is the place where you meet the Master, the Guru, the Lord Gautama Buddha.

Right concentration is upon God and upon the Highest Self and upon the point of Light. It is earnest contemplation on the deep mysteries of Life.

It is mental tranquility and the absence of distraction. Right absorption is the absorption of the mind and of the soul in God and in the Teacher. Without right concentration and absorption, we do not attain the full bonding of our souls to the Christ.

In Buddhist teachings, this eighth step involves meditation and proper breathing, as well as the techniques of Hinduism’s raja yoga (known as “the royal road to reintegration”).

It is a means of finding integration in all of the chakras and in the I AM Presence through direct personal experience of God within by the science of the spoken Word.

Paths of East and West

The teaching on the Eightfold Path is commonly ascribed to Gautama Buddha. In truth, it is the teaching of all of the Gurus who preceded him in the lineage of Sanat Kumara and all who followed him.

It is also the teaching of Jesus Christ. Each one of these steps we can also find in Christian teaching.

The paths that have been evolved in East and West are for the selfsame purpose of placing the hand of the soul in the hand of the Christ Self.

For only thus can the Way be illumined by right knowledge, right aspiration, right speech, right behavior, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness and right absorption.

Gautam Buddha University gets decked to welcome Chancellor Yogi Adityanath

Saurabh Kumar

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will be visiting Gautam Buddha University on 3rd July. University is all set for his welcome and last minute preparation are being completed. This will be the first time in the ten year history of the University that the Chancellor will be addressing the new session and three and a half thousand students of the University. There will also be 150 foreign students from 12 different countries that are enrolled in different courses in University.

For welcoming the UP CM, students of GBU will planting three and a half thousand saplings in first campus. There after a 40 minute address will be given by chancellor to university students.

While other universities of the state are headed by Governor of the state and he is the Chancellor, but in GBU state head is designated as the Chancellor. In year 2008 during the inauguration, then Chief Minister Mayawati had visited the campus but did not address the students. Students are very much excited for hearing the speech from their Chancellor for the first time.

University establishment is continuously focusing over making the campus environment friendly. For this a emphasis on promoting cycling in the campus was always there and some efforts regarding this was also taken but the efforts could not be converted into results. After Dr Prabhat Kumar took the charge of VC he turned the project into reality and now university had signed a deal with Hero Company.

As per this deal company will provide 200 cycles that can be used for riding around the campus. All the cycles are specially designed that can be accessed through a app that can be downloaded in the mobile phone. A 30 minute ride will cost 5 rupees that will be automatically deducted from students account after scanning the QR code through mobile app that was labeled over the cycle. For this there are 14 different cycle stand constructed in the campus for where student can use it. As all the cycle are equipped with GPS it will be very use to track location so that it can’t get misplaced. The other unique feature that the cycle carries is that, its tyre will not lose air pressure and it will never get punctured.

Under the agreement, the company will be responsible for the maintenance of bicycles and two employees of the company will be deployed in the university. Ten percent of the profit in the month will be given to the university and this money will be used as a student welfare cell in the university. For now university had received 85 cycles and rest will also be delivered soon.

Chief Minister will reach University through helicopter For this maintenance & checking of the helipad is being done. The main program of student address will be organized in auditorium that was equipped with a seating arrangement of 2200 people. The university is making additional arrangements to accommodate other students. Regarding all this a meeting of the officers was chaired by VC Dr. Prabhat Kumar in the university .

During meeting other senior officers, including District Magistrate BN Singh , Senior Superintendent of Police Dr. Ajay Pal Sharma remained present . Officers were briefed about the program and schedule of Chief Minister. All officers were informed about their work0. Entry for common people will be barred. If rain occurs in that case chopper may not get flying permission so CM will be taking road to reach the campus. So administration has also been instructed to remain prepared for road route as well to avoid any displeasure in the program.