Gautama Buddha is known all around the world as a great spiritual guide. His discipline, focus and endeavor has been remarkable, and the fruits of his life have coalesced into one of the most peaceful religions of our time. The spiritual basis of Buddhism has helped hundreds of thousands of people to gain a different perspective and live a more meaningful life. His words of wisdom are still important today, especially in a world that prizes violence and anger over love and understanding. These words have withstood the test of time to remain relevant for each and every single one of us. Below are some of the most profound quotes from Buddha that can help change your life:
1. Share Happiness
Sharing our own happiness can be wonderful for us as well as the other person. If we are blessed with something, we sometimes feel afraid that it will be taken from us, and so we try to hold on to it as strongly as we can. Some of us feel that other people don’t deserve our blessing because they haven’t worked for it. These thoughts keep us from making the world a better and brighter place for everyone. Happiness, when given, strives to spread out and help everyone that it comes across without taking anything away from you.
2. Let Go Of Anger
Anger is one of the most destructive emotions that we can ever feel. It damages our peace of mind, and is also powerful enough to damage our body. We don’t gain anything by being angry, even though we think that it might help us feel better when we show it. The things we do in anger can have a terrible impact on us as well as the people around us. We may say things that cut our bonds, do things that hurt those we love the most and push everyone away till we end up alone. We only punish ourselves through anger, and no one else.
3. Always Find A Way To Help
One of the guiding principles in every religion is our service to others. When we help someone, we are taking them out of a difficult place in their life. Even a small act can go a long way. We never know what other people are going through and how much they are suffering, just as people never know what we might be battling. If we can all come together to help each other out, the troubles of the world could disappear.
4. Compassion Is Key
When we are among those that need our support, we can do well by providing them with our compassion. We normally feel sympathy for people that are in troubled times but our compassion is more powerful. Sympathy keeps us at a distance from others because we feel like we cannot relate to them. Through compassion, we relate and connect to others, and we are able to lend them a hand without looking down on them.
5. Take Action In Your Life
The ideas of fate and destiny have left a lot of people feeling like they have no control over their life. At this point, no one wants to work actively on their life because they believe that external sources will bring their life together, or take their life apart. To get where we want to be, we must work towards it. We cannot always depend on something or someone else to take control for us.
6. Fear Is Useless
The most detrimental thing we can do for ourselves is letting fear take over us. Fear comes from many things, but in the end, even the worst fear can be unfounded. We never know what can happen unless we try, and even in the worst case, things can work out in ways we might have never known or appreciated. The only thing standing between your success and you is a fear, which in the end, are just thoughts.
7. We Are Not Separate But Together
This message is important at this crucial time in history. We draw imaginary boundaries and distinctions that are extremely superficial, yet we lead our entire lives according to them. Things like the color of our skin, or our place in a geographical context are enough to kill, murder and rape innocent human beings. We must realize that all of us are from the same world, and we all feel the same things as each other. By knowing that we are all connected in every way, we can finally start healing this broken and damaged world.