Sunday, June 10, 2007

Story Of Enlightenment

Last Sunday, I devoured Deepak Chopra's latest book, BUDDHA, A Story Of Enlightenment. It is an engaging tale and does not suffer from also trying to detail the beliefs of the Buddhists. I discovered some thought provoking statements:

"...seething cauldron of emotions; every person-except for only small infants-was immersed in a fog of confusion, a dense blanket of fears, wishes, memories, fantasy and longing."

"...fear, temptation, disease and death."

"Demons' work is to amplify the mind's suffering. Demons enter the mind when we resist them."

"The stronger our efforts to fortify ourselves against temptation, the stronger temptation has us in its grip."

"Whatever can run can also stand still."

Gautama: "What shall I do first?" Hermit: "Be quiet."

"Each person carried an invisible burden. Everyone walked or rode with their lives on their shoulders, a pack of memories that spilled over with disappointment and sorrow. And always there was the pall of age and sickness, the endless worry over money, the unceasing doubts about the future."

"I've never seen anyone think their way to heaven."

"When all else fails, whatever is left must be right."

"Karma is the body's endless desires. Karma is the memory of past pleasure we want to repeat and past pain we want to avoid."

"Why should you continue to do more of what doesn't work in the first place?"

"Two journeys had to be made without companions: the journey to your death and the one to enlightenment."

"The mind can make anything happen."

"Buddha had revealed a truth that every person could recognize: suffering is a fixed part of life."

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