Buddha’s 3-Step Formula For Enlightenment

A Story Of Buddha

When Lord Buddha reached an enlightened state, he went completely silent for seven days. He didn’t utter a single word. All the other Gods began to worry and wonder what was going on with Buddha. After days of not speaking, they  begged him to say something.

He was so peaceful and radiated a light that they had never seen from him before. They believed he must have discovered something so marvelous that it had taken the breath right out of his lungs and the words right out of his mouth.

Finally after seven days, Lord Brahma approached Lord Buddha one more time and asked him, “Please, say something.”

Lord Buddha smiled and said softly, “Those who know it, don’t need to be told. For those who do not know, there is no point in telling them because they are ignorant. No amount of telling them will change what they know. They are of a small mind.” 

Lord Brahma went and told the other Gods what Buddha had said. They thought about it for many days. They knew Lord Buddha had more to offer the world than silence but they needed a way to show him this.

Finally they came to a conclusion. They told Lord Buddha that he was right, there are people who know and people who do not know enlightenment. But there are also a third group of people. These people have tasted and sought after enlightenment and are in the middle of the two others. They know some, but not all. And when they hear truth, they move closer to enlightenment.

Lord Buddha heard them and agreed. So he broke his long silence and began teaching all over India. He spent 32 years seeking the “middle group” of people who were ready and open to learn truth.

Buddha’s 3-Step Formula To Enlightenment

When you go through the teachings of Buddha there are a few things that stand out. These three in particular seemed to come up often in his words and are a tried and true path to reach enlightenment.

  1. Clarity of Mind. “If you let cloudy water settle, it will become clear. If you let your upset mind settle, your course will also become clear.”
  2. Purity of Heart. “Yet the teaching is simple. Do what is right. Be pure. At the end of the way is freedom.”
  3. Sincerity of Action. “Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” 

Of course, attaining enlightenment is not as simple as following a check list. But studying these truths is a great place to start.

Buddha believed that we have all been on planet earth many times in many different forms. Thus, your life and purpose is much bigger then what you can remember from your present life. Gaining perspective, a bigger picture, versus getting stuck in emotions of day to day is extremely important in order to learn what really matters.

What is your favorite Buddha teaching or quote? Share it below.

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