Enlightenment



Seeking Answers




We are always looking for something and when we find it we can describe it as enlightenment.


The something we are looking for though is hard to define as it is a shift in how we were thinking from before to after when the light comes on and we can see the answer.


It is a shift in our consciousness when we have found a meaning which we did not have previously, usually relating to spiritual thoughts which help in answering our questions regarding why we are here and what life is all about.


In my younger days my light use to come on when I had learned a new skill or someone explained something to me which I had not understood previously.


As I have aged I can see the deeper meaning has an importance which my youth just failed to comprehend. Life was for living and the world was there for me to enjoy.


Now I feel as if I have to give something back.


I remember seeing a film on the life of Buddha when he was looking to resolve the problems of existence after his father had kept him in a luxury lifestyle trying to shelter him from the outside world.


He was credited with introducing the Middle Way of meditation while he was under a Bodhi tree when he became enlightened.


Strange co-incidence Buddha started his teaching in Varanasi a town in Uttar Pradesh which is where I worked for a while and I have to admit being in India enlightened me in lots of ways.


For the record Buddhism is based on four truths or concepts


The reality of suffering (Pali dukkha)


Suffering is caused by cravings and desires (tanha)


Suffering can be ended by breaking our attachment to desires (nirodha)


The path to the ending of suffering is by following the eightfold path (magga)


By following this path desires will be extinguished and nirvana will be achieved.


Nirvana is the ultimate goal when perfect serenity, compassion and wisdom are attained by the eradication of all desires.






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