Siddhartha Gautama, popularly known as Buddha was born in a royal family in Lumbini, near the border of modern-day Nepal and India, about 2,600 years ago.
Buddha was a teacher, philosopher, and spiritual leader. Although born in a royal family as a prince, he realized that all these luxurious experiences could not provide lasting happiness or protection from suffering. After a long experimental and spiritual search, he went into deep meditation, where he realized the nature of mind.
During his meditation, all of the answers that he was unable to seek for a long time became clear, and he achieved full awareness of the mind, thereby becoming the enlightened one Buddha. He achieved the state of unconditional and lasting happiness which is called the state of enlightenment, of Buddhahood.
This enlightened state sets him free from distractions of life and emotions. For the rest of his life, the Buddha helped people to attain the same state of mind with his teachings.
Buddha Quotes On Life & Love
“In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”
“Love the whole world as a mother loves her only child.”
“If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path.”
“Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.”
“Happiness is a journey, not a destination.”
“There is no path to happiness: happiness is the path.”
“It is better to travel well than to arrive.”
“Meditate … do not delay, lest you later regret it.”
Top Famous Buddha Quotes On Death
“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.”
“To be angry is to let others’ mistake punish yourself.”
“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
The world is afflicted by death and decay. But the wise do not grieve, having realized the nature of the world.”
“Life is uncertain; death is certain.”
“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”
“All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If the mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain?”
Buddha Quotes on Meditation
“Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”
“Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment are cherished in the mind. Anger will disappear just as soon as thoughts of resentment are forgotten.”
“There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.”
“There has to be evil so that good can prove its purity above it. ”
Buddha’s Early Life
At this time of great potential, Siddhartha Gautama, the future Buddha, was born into a royal family of Nepal, close to the border with India. Buddha born as an exceptionally intelligent and compassionate child. He grew up tall, strong, and handsome with time. The Buddha belonged to the Shakyas clan. A holy priest predicted that he would become either a great king or a great spiritual leader. His parents prevented him from going out of the palace so that he could not come across the unsatisfactory nature of the world.
They wanted him to become a powerful ruler for their kingdom. They surrounded him with every kind of pleasure. At his service, five hundred ladies were kept and every opportunity for sports and excitement was available for him. He mastered the royal combat training and even won his wife, Yasodhara, in an archery contest.
Suddenly, at the age of 29, Siddharth was confronted with impermanence and suffering. One day, while he was on a rare outing from his luxurious palace, he saw a person badly sick. The next day, he comes across a decrepit old man, and finally, he saw a dead person. Seeing all these natural happenings, he became very upset to realize that one day, a time will come when old age, sickness, and death would come to everyone he loved. Siddharta had no refuge to offer them.
The next morning the prince walked past a person who was meditating and sitting in deep absorption. His eyes met with the meditator and suddenly he felt his mind linking with him. Siddhartha stopped right there. In a flash, he realized that the ultimate happiness that he had been seeking outside his body must be within the mind itself. That was the first time when he gets the enticing taste of mind fullness, a true and lasting refuge, which he knew he had to experience himself for the good of all.
After the first encounter of Buddha with the meditator, he decided that he had to leave his luxurious royal palace. He left his royal responsibilities and his family in order to realize full enlightenment. One day, he left the palace secretly and went off alone into the forest. In the next six years, he came across many proficient meditation teachers. He learned from their teachings and mastered their techniques. But, on the way to enlightenment, he found that the meditators or teachers showed him only the mind’s potential but not mind itself. Finally, he reached a place called Bodhgaya. There, he decided that he will remain in meditation until he knew the truths of life from which he could benefit all beings. After remaining in meditation for the next six days and nights, he reached enlightenment on the full moon morning of May, a week before he turned thirty-five. He was able to seek all the answers he had been searching.
The moment he reached enlightenment or full realization, all his blended feelings and stiff ideas faded away. Buddha experienced the all-encompassing here and now. All separation in time and space disappeared. All the differences in Past, present, and future, near and far, faded away. He became timeless and his mind filled with awareness. Now, he knew everything as to how one can reach an enlightened state of mind. He then became Buddha, which means, the Awakened One.
After he got enlightenment, Buddha traveled on foot throughout northern India. He passed on his teachings to others, constantly for forty-five years. People of all castes and professions, whether kings or courtesans, were drawn to him. He answered all the questions and make them aware about ultimate reality of life.
Throughout his life, Buddha always encouraged his students to question his teachings. He asked his disciples to confirm through their own experience whether his teachings are real or not. This non-dogmatic attitude still characterizes Buddhism today.
These Buddha quotes will help you enlighten your mind. They may not be effective as Buddha himself, but can definitely bring some positive change in the way you understand life.