Sunday, August 30, 2015

On Buddha's message...'Choose your path'

A question on:  Choose your path:
"I am not clear about what Buddha's message signifies"

Buddha said:
"Know well what leads you forward
and what holds you back
and choose the path that leads to wisdom"
I believe this message is quite significant in both the worlds; materialistic as well as spiritual.
First, we must know what we want and choose our path wisely.
Once we do, it is important to make sure that we are moving forward, and not backward. We need to know if something is holding us back, such as false ego, jealousy, greed or excessive attachments etc. 

Later, Guru Arjun Dev, the fifth Guru also said the same; to choose the right path and keep moving forward towards the goal without turning back. He says:

ਆਗਾਹਾ ਕੂ ਤ੍ਰਾਘਿ ਪਿਛਾ ਫੇਰਿ ਨ ਮੁਹਡੜਾ ॥
ਨਾਨਕ ਸਿਝਿ ਇਵੇਹਾ ਵਾਰ ਬਹੁੜਿ ਨ ਹੋਵੀ ਜਨਮੜਾ 
"Aagaaha koo traagh pichhaa pher na muhdadha
Nanak sijh ivehaa vaar bahudh na hovi janmadha" (M:5)

"Look ahead; (move forward) don’t turn your face backwards.
Says Nanak, be successful this time, (by staying on the right path) and there will not be another birth; the cycle of reincarnation will end".

Buddha's message is same as all other saints and sages, Gurus and messengers: to choose the wisdom over ignorance, Truth over falsehood, Light over darkness and Spirituality over rituals.

'Asato ma, Sad gamaya 
Tamaso ma, Jyotir gamaya
Mrityurma, Amritam gamaya'

Lead me from falsehood to Truth
From darkness to light
and from death to immortality. 

  'Rajan Sachdeva'

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