Four Noble Truths

At some point of our lives if not before, everyone begins to wonder who we are, what are we doing here, what’s the meaning of life.
If we look around we can see that people have different lives. People are unfortunately divided into rich and poor, beautiful and ugly, mortals and celebrities ,mentally retarded and averages, extremely smart and mean . But who decides what kind of life will we have?
Our parents? I doubt that, every parent wants the best for the child.
God? On what basis would God have decided that I deserve peace of mind and rich life and you, poor and full of worries?
Based on what? Because in heaven i grazed his sheeps, washed his feet every day, gave all i had to the church so they can live in abundance while i eat potatoes and turnips every day?

In fact there is no one, not even God can take the credit for good things that happen to us and for less good things are God’s mysterious ways.
What if we are deserving/earning our lives because of ourselves?

Causality is certainly the most logical explanation for our lives. We are Listening to this all the time, what goes around comes around, Life is an echo, what we send out comes back but in daily life it is easier to blame others for our problems.
I get it. It is difficult to accept that a child who was hit by a car deserved to die. You are right, the child didn’t deserve to die, but neither did the man, who were shot by a robber.
That man was a child once too and neither deserved to be sexual molested by his father but he was anyway, and also betrayed by his mother.
So who decided for this boy how his life will end and for this man what a childhood he had?

We should understand the difference between deserve and earn because this leads to understanding of Causality. If we all had lives before this one we could create the causes for this harm and premature and violent deaths happening to us and others. So we can understand why the child was hit and died of car and the man died of a violent death caused by a robber. In that case we earned the bad consequence with our previous negative actions.
So that is why we must keep our three powers pure,  must stop/abandon negative actions of our three doorways of our body (doing), speech (talk) and mind (think/the beginning of all actions) and engage into good conducts .

Nobody wants to suffer, nor animals, We all want to be happy, we all seek happiness so we are all in this together. It is good to know and understand the causes of suffering that is why i decided to highlight this topic. Happiness is inside job after all.

I know many people who are relying on fate, but again, who made that  fate for you, me, others, but we?  Sometimes here and there we can find, hear and see some good and wise sayings so here is one, very good although from SF movie: ” There is no fate but what we make ” 🙂 famous John Connor from the future.

And for those who finds repulsive everything about any religion, hear what Albert Einstein said: ” If there is any religion that would cope with modern scientific needs it would be Buddhism ” or better we say Buddhism is the science of the mind.
Why? Because the supreme goal of Buddhism is the purification of the mind, the cessation of suffering and the attainment of Nirvana or lets say absolute happiness – a dimension beyond time and space. I know it is very lofty goal for most of us, but it is primarily because we cannot fully comprehend the magnificence of this state until it is achieved.

At early point of my life i just couldn’t accepted this life as we think of, see, hear, feel and touch is all there is. I always felt that there was a veil blocking my view and behind that veil was something very very important. But how to remove the veil or even better how to spot that veil so i can remove it. So i was exploring since my childhood looking for the answers on my questions and explanations of some certain happenings from my childhood and latter.  That feeling of something all embracing is very hard to describe in words. Lets say i believed because i felt it with all my being that there is something. So i explored everything from life, science and religion point of view that the era of information  offered me and i realized that what i am looking for is not out there. It is in me. It was in me all the time and that veil is not a real veil of some fabric material but my own mind. The veil created by obscurations and delusions of my own mind. So through the information i gathered also from quantum physics i end up in old texts of buddhism where i found instructions – literally, how to cope with own mind so then i started bridging science and buddhism.
By taming the mind we can transform ourselves and slowly uncover the veil of ignorance.
And here i found the most problematic, life-seeking answer, finding what that mysterious veil is. My ignorance it is.

The four noble truths are not only religious matter but should be our understanding of the source because can actually leads us to the awareness of our doings and consequences.
When we realize the faults of our wrong doings, negative actions and simply refrain from doing these negative actions we have the opportunity to change the quality of our lives, our future, We can change the future by merely changing our mind, our reactions on conditions, our  attitude. By the effort of refraining from negative/wrong doings we are basically setting up the new mind setup which will help us to improve not only ours but also lives of all other beings.

Considering the four noble truths in general and the fact that none of us wants suffering and we all desire happiness, we can speak of an effect and its cause on both the disturbing side and the liberating side of the four. True sufferings and true origins are the effect and its cause on the disturbing side of things that we do not want; true stoppings and true pathway minds are the effect and its cause on the liberating side of things that we desire.

The truth of suffering: 
We experience many different types of suffering. All are included in three categories: the suffering of suffering, the suffering of change, and all-pervasively affecting suffering. The suffering of suffering refers to [the feeling of unhappiness and thus to] such things as headaches and so forth. Even animals recognize this kind of suffering and, like us, want to be free from it. Because beings have fear of and experience discomfort and unhappiness from this kind of suffering, they engage in various activities to eliminate them.
Suffering of change refers to (the feeling of tainted happiness – happiness deriving from disturbing emotions and attitudes – and thus to) situations in which, for example, we are sitting very comfortably relaxed and, at first, everything seems all right. But, after a while, we lose that feeling (of happiness). It changes and we become restless and uncomfortable.
All-pervasively affecting suffering is the third type of suffering. (Of the three types of tainted feelings, it refers to a tainted neutral feeling. On a more general level, it refers to the tainted aggregate factors of experience – forms of physical phenomena, feelings of a level of happiness, distinguishing, other affecting variables, and types of consciousness that derive from disturbing emotions and attitudes). It is called “all-pervasive” because it acts as the basis for the first two types of suffering.
The third kind of suffering is the root of all suffering.

The truth of suffering or true causes of suffering:
Concerning this, Buddhism maintains that there is no external creator and that even though a Buddha is the highest being, even a Buddha does not have the power to create new life. [In other words, a Buddha cannot create the all-pervasively affecting suffering of the tainted aggregates of a future rebirth. So now, what is the cause of suffering?

Generally, the ultimate origin is the mind. Specifically, the mind that is influenced by disturbing emotions such as anger, attachment, jealousy, naivety, and so forth is the main cause of rebirth and all its related problems. However, there is no possibility of ending the mind, of interrupting the mental continuum itself. Furthermore, there is nothing intrinsically wrong with the deepest, subtlest level of mind [the clear light mind] itself. (By nature, it is completely pure). However, the deepest mind can be influenced by disturbing emotions and negative thoughts. Thus, the question is whether or not we can fight and control anger, attachment, and the other disturbing emotions. If we can eradicate them, we shall be left with a pure mind that is free forever from the causes of suffering.

The truth of the cessation of suffering:
As we have seen, the root of all disturbing emotions and attitudes [and the karmic impulses to think, speak, and act upon them] is our grasping for the existence of things to be truly and findably established by their own self-natures. Therefore, we need to investigate whether the mind that grasps for the existence of things to be established in this way is correct or whether it is distorted and cognizes phenomena incorrectly.

When we eliminate the disturbing emotions and attitudes, the cause of all suffering, we eliminate the sufferings as well. This is liberation, or the true stopping of sufferings: the third noble truth.

The truth of the path leading to the cessation of suffering:
Since it is possible to achieve this true stopping that lasts forever, we must now look at the method for bringing about its attainment. This brings us to the fourth noble truth: true pathway minds or “true paths” leading to true stoppings of sufferings.
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