Religion of peace
I am a free-thinker. So, i am not bounded to any one religion. There are so many religions in this world, that we have heard or might not have heard. Among them, I know few of them like Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Jewish. Every religion is good and tries to keep peace and harmony in its community. But, there are few religions which come out of their big or small community only and tries to keep peace and harmony in whole humanity irrespective of religion. That religion in my thought is Buddhism. I know Buddha is not god, Jesus Christ is not god, Muhammad is not god, Krishna and Ram is not god. They are human beings same as us. They were died like as we will die tomorrow. They were great persons of their time. But, their work has been remembered for many many years. Because, they worked for humanity, they thought about humanity. They sacrificed their life in search of truth and enlightenment. Whenever, i get frustrated and diverted from my life, i go through the preaching of Buddha and its enchantments. I get peace and relief. It frees me from worries and sorrow. I feel like my eyes are wide open again to see this world, understand the people behavior.
Some of the preaching of Buddha that keeps reminding me to be in right path are,
1. No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again.
2. Never mind others’ right or wrong. Just stay out of others’ disputes and be responsible to take good care of your own mind.
3. Pain is a good sign which means you will soon get reborn. We will wake up because of pain, and we will change because of awakening and life will move forward because of change. The less you blame others, the more powerful and happier you will be.
4. Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.
5. If you want to fly, give up everything that weights you down.
6. The death of the ego will be the beginning of your real life.
7. The real test of compassion is not what we say in abstract discussions but how we conduct ourselves in daily life.
8. Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again.
9. Do not resist or cling to experiences. Enjoy pleasant experience while they last; to resist them leads to conflict. When pleasant experience end, let them go; seeking to repeat them leads to frustration and disappointment. When unpleasant experiences arise, tolerate them; fighting them leads to hate and resentment. When unpleasant experiences end, let them go; dwelling on them leads to misery. When neutral experience arise, accept that they have arisen; when they end, acknowledge that they have ended. To rise above pleasure and pain, be a witness of experience: it changes, it is uncontrollable, it is never fully satisfactory – this is a fact. Seeing and accepting this fact leads to wisdom, detachment, peace and contentment, which leads to happiness.
10. The fortunes and misfortunes which you are experiencing today, all originated from your past deeds, cause and effect. The ‘past’ are fixed but you can cultivate merits from now on for your future.
11. Karma is not something complicated or philosophical. Karma means watching your body, watching your mouth and watching your mind. Trying to keep these three doors as pure as possible is the practice of karma.
12. Happiness is not about getting what you want all the time. It’s about loving what you have and being grateful for it.
13. Generosity is the most natural outward expression of an inner attitude of compassion and loving-kindness.
14. The essence of compassion is a desire to alleviate the suffering of others and to promote their well-being.
15. When you see faults in your actions, speech or thoughts you must guard yourselves.
16. This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
17. Be the change you wish to see in the world.