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Thought for Today:
"All that we are, is the result of what we have thought."
Siddartha Gautama, the man known to history as The Buddha, was born in Northern India (modern-day Nepal) in 563 B.C.E. He was a prince and the son of King Suddhodana and Queen Maya. The Buddha=to-be grew up in a world of privilege and seclusion from the suffering of the world.
This was ordered and ensured by his father after the prophets in his court told him that his son would either be a great king who would rule the world or a great world-savior. The prophet informed the king that his son would be the latter, if he was exposed to human suffering. The king did all in his power to prevent his son from exposure to anything that would interfere with his son becoming a great ruler.
While in his late 20s, Siddartha witnesses an old person, illness, and death for the first time in his life. He is greatly dismayed, realizing that he too was subject to these forces. Then he encounters a holy man and he immediately understands that if these terrible things exist in the world, there must be a way to overcome them. He decides to leave his princely life in search of a way to overcome these human difficulties.
After studying under a variety of teachers, Siddhartha attained enlightenment at the age of 35. He planted himself beneath a Bodhi Tree and vowed not to rise from the spot until he had discovered the ultimate truth.
The rest is history, as they say. 2500 years later 376 million human beings adhere to the Buddha's Middle Way and Eightfold Path; making Buddhism the 4th largest "religion" in the world. However, if you include "cultural Buddhists" there are probably more Buddhists than any other religion on the planet. The Buddha himself is revered as a shining example of human potential, determination, and possibility. His practices and teachings are the basis for many relaxation, visualization, and self-improvement techniques.
Here are some affirmations for Buddhists and those interested in adopting a Buddhist approach in their life and thinking.
Wishing you a day filled with loving-kindness and joy.
Ray Davis is the Founder of The Affirmation Spot. He has worked in B2B sales and sales training for more than 20 years. He is the author of Anunnaki Awakening: Revelation - order your signed copy today at AATrilogy.com. He advocates for the potential of the human race. He's life-long history buff and holds a B.S. in History Education. He's always been fascinated by alternative views of history.
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