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What is Truth? And what's it got to do with you?

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The truth is the truth is the truth.

So then, what is truth? Simple.

You cannot provide the truth because you are the truth.

Many have tried. The Buddha himself could not do it.

And whoever is there waiting to be given the truth cannot receive it because they are the truth.

Billions are trying. But you cannot receive that which you already are.

So at places like this one, and this one I can say for sure in particular, all we do is point to the Self.

Repeatedly, we point you back to the Self. Find yourself and you will find the True.

 

Love and Peace.

 

~David.

 

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The Truth About Suffering http://pathoftruth.net/spiritual/the-truth-about-suffering/ Tue, 09 May 2017 16:19:27 +0000 http://pathoftruth.net/?p=26236 Seen on http://pathoftruth.net:

These days, everyone is suffering something. Here, we take a brief look at how to deal with it.

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Attachment is the root of all suffering.

These words have echoed across the ages and eluded many. People have tried all sorts of things to try and turn this into an applicable concept in their life. But derooting suffering is simply a matter of understanding why we suffer in the first place.

We suffer every time we point our Me-ness, our identity, inward. Me-ness is meant to be pointed outward. It begins inside, as a sense of self inside the body, but it is never meant to stay there. Expansion is outward, towards the rest of creation and failure to realize this causes endless suffering.

Because otherwise you are locked in a cage, trapped like a zoo animal in your own identity. Trying to achieve happiness for yourself within the confines of your own cage, your own limitation. And ultimately it does comes from attachment. You are so deeply attached to the body and the content inside it that you won’t dare step out and explore the rest of yourself. Not realizing that the body and mind come with an expiration date, so you might as well start taking a look at the rest of the house.

Peace and Love.

 

~David.

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The Common Truths of Jesus Christ and Gautama Buddha http://pathoftruth.net/spiritual/the-common-truths-jesus-buddha/ Tue, 09 May 2017 15:08:06 +0000 http://pathoftruth.net/?p=26217 Seen on http://pathoftruth.net:

Christ and Buddha were born 6 centuries apart from each other, thousands of miles in distance though shared many of the same beliefs. There are many theories relating to how Buddha and Christ came to be so analogous. Today I will go over the reincarnated Buddha theory.

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Christ and Buddha – Related?

Christ and Buddha were born 6 centuries apart from each other, thousands of miles in distance though shared many of the same beliefs. There are many theories relating to how Buddha and Christ came to be so analogous. Today I will go over the reincarnated Buddha theory.

 

The Reincarnated Buddha Theory

There are many out there who would say that Jesus Christ is the reincarnation of Gautama Buddha. This is due to a number of similarities that can be identified between these two men.

 

Similarities:
  • Both Christ and Buddha were allegedly born of miraculous circumstances, conceived of a virgin mother.
  • Their mothers had similar names: Mary (Christ’s mother) and Maya (Buddha’s mother).
  • Both were philosophical prodigies, teaching wisdom from the age of a child.
  • Disciples followed both Christ and Buddha.
  • Both performed “miracles” such as walking on water, levitating, and healing.
  • Started a ministry or church – around the same age.
  • Both Christ and Buddha disavowed worldly riches – and required their followers to do the same.
  • Both were under extreme criticism and temptation, yet overcame these temptations.
  • Jesus and Buddha both were rebellious to the religious elite and exposed false teachings. (Pharisees & Brahmans)

 

Whew! That is a lot of similarities between arguably the two most religious and philosophical influences to have ever walked the earth – but is this enough to liken Jesus Christ as the reincarnated Buddha?

 

There are also many differences between the men.
  • For example, Buddha spoke of repeated reincarnation, whilst Christ taught of resurrection once through faith into eternal life.
  • Christ taught of theism, whilst Buddha taught explicitly of omnitheism.

 

 

Common Teachings of Christ and Buddha

Jesus Christ Gautama Buddha
“Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.” “Consider others as yourself.”
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” “Just as a mother would protect her only child at the risk of her own life, even so, cultivate a boundless heart towards all beings. Let your thoughts of boundless love pervade the whole world.”
“Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.” “If you do not tend to one another then who is there to tend to you? Whoever would tend me, he should tend the sick.”
“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. . . . You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” “Hard it is to understand: By giving away our food, we get more strength; by bestowing clothing on others, we gain more beauty; by founding abodes of purity and truth, we acquire great treasures. The charitable man has found the path of liberation. He is like the man who plants a sapling securing thereby the shade, the flowers and the fruit in future years. Even so is the result of charity, even so is the joy of him who helps those that are in need of assistance; even so is the great nirvana.”
“It is more blessed to give than to receive.” “The charitable man has found the path of liberation.”
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” “The fault of others is easily perceived, but that of oneself is difficult to perceive; a man winnows his neighbor’s faults like chaff, but his own fault he hides, as a cheat hides the bad die from the gambler.”
“Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” “Hatred does not ever cease in this world by hating, but by love; this is an eternal truth. . . . Overcome anger by love, overcome evil by good, overcome the miser by giving, overcome the liar by truth.”
“Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.  When you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” “The world gives according to their faith or according to their pleasure: if a man frets about the food and the drink given to others, he will find no rest either by day or by night.”
Lose self to gain Christ and entrance into heaven, where there will be no suffering. Lose self to gain nirvana and escape from suffering.

 

As you can see, these men shared the same wisdom though separated by centuries and thousands of miles in distance.

We should conclude the men shared the same access to universal wisdom, but it’s up to you to decide if Christ is the reincarnated Buddha.

Stay tuned for our next article: The Truth About Gautama Buddha

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The Truth About Problems http://pathoftruth.net/uncategorized/the-truth-about-problems/ Tue, 09 May 2017 06:01:12 +0000 http://pathoftruth.net/?p=26220 Seen on http://pathoftruth.net:

In a world full of problems, there must be an optimal way to deal with these little buggers.

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Ninety-nine problems but a ditch ain’t one.

Am I right? It’s like, hey, you’re alive. Despite the circumstances, you can still make right now better. But despite the freedom of the present moment, we still choose to make time to get caught up in our problems. That’s right; the big P-word. Everyone’s got them. And one of the main issues in society today is that we are all trying to fix problems rather than transcend them.

You see, when you fix something, it may still break. Any moment you may slip and it may fall, shattering to bits once more. A thousand times you may fix it and a thousand and one times it may break. It will keep you there. By trying to fix something, you are only becoming more and more entangled with it.

When you transcend something it is done forever. To transcend means to stop identifying. You realize that in order to think you have a problem, you, the formless, must be taking yourself to be some form, some little somebody. You are not in your Buddha nature, recognizing yourself as pure, untainted awareness. Instead you are taking yourself to be some limited thing. You must be under some delusion.

To transcend means going beyond the delusion so the problem no longer exists for you. And if it doesn’t exist for you, it doesn’t exist for anybody, because you were the one creating it, through your belief. So, to the surprise of most, transcending a problem does a much better job at resolving it than you trying to fix it because it works itself out. The universe takes care of it. Without the knots of your identification and constant worrying, tension is released and the problem simply dissolves.

And if you’re lucky, you’ll dissolve with it.

Peace and Love.

 

~ David.

 

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The Truth About Focus and the Power of Attention http://pathoftruth.net/uncategorized/the-truth-about-negative-framing/ Sat, 06 May 2017 15:57:21 +0000 http://pathoftruth.net/?p=26201 Seen on http://pathoftruth.net:

When you say no to something, are you really just creating more of it for yourself?

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The word “don’t” kills more people a year than cancer.

 

Not really. But it is causing mischief, and lots of it.

The bottom line is this, and I’m going to go out of my way here and use the word so brace yourselves: don’t frame your life in a negative perspective. This is a problem many people are having. When tackling the difficulties of life, we tend to go about it in a way where we focus much more of our attention on the things we shouldn’t do rather than the ones we should be doing. This probably comes from our early years and the way our parents relate to us: “Don’t do this, don’t go here, avoid him, stay away from her.” Basically we are learning to use our perceptive abilities to single out all the negative aspects of life and avoid them rather than focusing on the positive ones and gravitating towards them, and here’s why this makes a world of difference.

The mind is basic. Whether it is thinking about something in a positive light or a negative light doesn’t matter, the focus is on that thing. The way the mind perceives and the things the mind will attract will now largely be determined by that thing. It is like you have set a theme for your mind like you would on your desktop, and now everything in there looks like the thing you are trying to avoid. So if you are constantly thinking of what not to do, your thoughts, feelings and emotions will reflect the very thing you are not wanting, and you are more likely to do it now because you are putting yourself in the state that you would be in if you were doing it in the first place. See how that works?

If instead we use our perceptive faculties to focus on the things we should do, the places we should go, the people we should meet, etc etc, our entire being will align with that. The way we think and the things we gravitate towards will be shaped by that alignment, and we become the very source of the things we desire, simply by focusing on them.

Don’t misuse your power. If it is turned against you, there is nothing in this world that can save you.

But if you learn to use it, this whole life becomes your play.

 

~ David.

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The Truth About Motivation http://pathoftruth.net/uncategorized/the-truth-about-motivation/ Thu, 04 May 2017 16:11:54 +0000 http://pathoftruth.net/?p=26190 Seen on http://pathoftruth.net:

Modern times make it exceedingly difficult to decipher between what you want to do and what society wants to mold you into. Here we take a brief look at what motivates people and where happiness is derived from.

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If you don’t know where you’re going in life you’re already dead.

This is the mentality that has plagued the overworked, overstressed and underappreciated generations of recent times. As soon as they can get their hands on you, society starts to push you one way without even asking if that is the way you intended to go. It is because of this that there are two major motivating forces acting on most living individuals today: the flow of the heart and the flow of society.

The voice of the heart is innocent. It is the voice of a child. It is quiet and soft, but when listened to it is the purest source of joy in creation. The voice of society is manipulative. It has an agenda. It is cunning and compelling. It is loud. It fights for your attention. It speaks over the voice of the heart, stands in front of it throwing a tantrum so that you are completely distracted from the heart. Eventually, one forgets it was ever even there.

As a member of this society, it is your job to find the stillness in you, the quietness in you. The voice of society will not stop, but one can attune one’s ears. You don’t listen to the angry man screaming on the subway. You tune him out and go about your business. It is the same here. You find your silence once again, and in it, the voice of the heart will call to you, now that it sees you are ready to listen.

~ David.

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Finding the Freedom of Letting Go http://pathoftruth.net/social/finding-the-freedom-of-letting-go/ Thu, 04 May 2017 13:56:37 +0000 http://pathoftruth.net/?p=26180 Seen on http://pathoftruth.net:

Sometimes, the only thing that makes us stay in a bad relationship is the fear of letting go. Here is a story of one woman and her struggle with letting go.

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Sometimes, the only thing that makes us stay in a bad relationship is the fear of letting go.

My head was filled with thoughts of revenge. He had me in his grip, he possessed me and he had taken my freedom from me. Every hour of every day was being eaten up by thoughts of this toxic relationship. The situation I found myself in was beginning to drive me insane, but I kept calm, no really, I was calm!

My story is one of what occurs when other people in our lives have the audacity not to adhere to the plans that we set for them. It is also a story of how to find out that no one can control us and rob us of our freedom unless we allow them to.

As is the case with many people these days, our relationship began on the internet. I had replied to an advertisement for cheap software. I really needed that software and he had it, or at least that’s what he said.

The only thing I needed to do, it seemed, was to hand over $50, so I made the payment. At first, I felt that excitement you feel when you can see that your plans for another person are starting to take shape. It felt like we were going to beat the system, and that felt great. Today it was software, but who knows, perhaps later, he could have much more to offer me.

Then, he dropped off the radar. It had been a few days since I had heard from him, so I gave him a call. There was no answer, so I texted, but there was no reply. I tried Twitter, I tried Facebook, I even briefly considered sending him a singing telegram, but it was all to no avail.

There had been not a single word from him, no software, nothing at all. All my expectations lay in tatters around me on the floor. In my haste to gain what I needed from the relationship, I had ignored the obvious warning signs. Even so, I still clung on to the belief that, if I could just get his attention, he would see what I wonderful woman I am. We could be good together, we could make it work. I kept thinking to myself “come on, deliver that software”, but nothing arrived.

Being so set on getting what I wanted out of the relationship had made me ignore the red flags. That’s when I started to become desperate. I tried every trick in the book to try to get his attention and even came up with a plan to get a friend to pose as a customer, but that didn’t work either. I can still picture him now, sniggering at my pathetic efforts.

Thankfully, I had my 20 years of practicing mindfulness to fall back on. So, each time the thoughts of “Give me my software!” or “I want my software!” ran through my head, I took a deep breath. The thoughts continued to build up my mind, until, finally, enlightenment!

It dawned on me that I had put myself in this stranglehold, all by myself.

I was thinking about this man who had broken his promise every waking hour of the day. By continually focusing all my efforts on indignantly chasing him for some justice, I had basically tied myself to him.

I sat with this new-found awareness for a moment and noticed how my muscles tensed when I thought about the situation. Then I started to make myself more aware of thoughts like “It isn’t fair!” and became more mindful of the feeling of outrage and embarrassment that I was experiencing. I sat and I breathed for a while, and I didn’t try to solve a thing.

I began to look back on my past and reflected on the times that I had been in similar situations.

Most of these times had involved romantic partners. In that type of scenario, I had adopted a blinkered approach too, simply so I could hold on. I blindly refused to accept that much of the pain that I was experiencing was being caused by my unwillingness to let go of something that had already passed.

In the case that I now faced, it was money that had gone and a man had made promises that he hadn’t fulfilled. When I analyzed the situation more calmly, I came to the conclusion that I could hold on and suffer more pain and anguish, or I could let go and be set free.

My mind made up, I took a deep breath, planted my feet firmly in the ground, and I dialed his number again. Much to my amazement, after what had seemed like an age of silence, he picked up the phone. I told him clearly that he didn’t owe me any money and we were all square. I even thanked him for everything that he had done for me, and I meant it.

Letting go doesn’t mean that you have to go without what you want, or foregoing your right to what you believe you deserve. Letting go simply means finding that sweet thing we call freedom.

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The Truth About Mornings http://pathoftruth.net/spiritual/the-truth-about-mornings/ Wed, 03 May 2017 04:38:10 +0000 http://pathoftruth.net/?p=26160 Seen on http://pathoftruth.net:

How are you using your mornings? Are you setting up for a centered and relaxed day or for one filled with turmoil?

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Every morning you should wake up exploding in ecstasy.

At least that’s what your average, happy-go-lucky, modern positive-thinking enthusiast is going around saying these days. And while there certainly are incredible benefits to waking up, sprawling out of bed and blasting your favorite song along with the dopest dance moves you know with almost inhuman enthusiasm and commitment, it doesn’t mean there is no hope for happy mornings for those of us who wake up at more around a two than a nine.

In fact I would say, regardless of what level of animation you wake up at, don’t just get up and start your day abruptly. Go slow. Feel your body. Watch your mind. Take some deep breaths. When everything feels calm, still and sweet, then go on your way.

Watch your first thoughts and how you are identifying with them. They will transform into the rest of the thoughts you have throughout the day. The more unconscious you are of them, the more you susceptible you are to the process; the more it will take you for a ride. The more aware you are, the more you see the game for what it is. When you see it, the jig is up.

And when the jig is up, you may just find yourself one day waking up exploding in ecstasy.

~ David.

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Forget About Your Rights and Possessions! – Use Mindfulness to Gain Freedom http://pathoftruth.net/spiritual/forget-about-your-rights-possessions-and-goals-gain-freedom/ Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:48:21 +0000 http://pathoftruth.net/?p=26079 Seen on http://pathoftruth.net:

Mindfulness – the mental state achieved by focusing awareness on the present moment, without being reactive or distracted by the happenings around us, allowing for true freedom. Many of us think of ourselves as free persons living throughout this world, however, this is not the case in society.

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Mindfulness

Mindfulness – the mental state achieved by focusing awareness on the present moment, without being reactive or distracted by the happenings around us, allowing for true freedom. Many of us think of ourselves as free persons living throughout this world, however, this is not the case in society.

Today I will go over how materialism, intent, and expectations keep us trapped in our identities, and how our identities keep us from obtaining true freedom

 

Giving Up On Rights

Given the date this article was written, many would just read the title, and scroll on by because: “I ain’t giving up my rights!”.

You are not born with rights. Rights are something that you have to be convinced that you have. Pretend like you have a five-dollar-bill in your pocket, and a stranger walks up and says to you: “I’ve got a great deal you! Only ten dollars and you can buy this bicycle.” The only problem, is you don’t have ten dollars – you only have the five-dollar-bill, and nobody can convince you otherwise because you know this to be true – you can clearly see that you only have five dollars. I could come by and say to you: “That five-dollar-bill is actually worth fifty dollars”. You wouldn’t believe it – but you may believe that you are born with rights.

The reality of the world is that we do not have rights. There are no “natural rights”. There is only nature. Nature does not need rights, so why should nature give them to you?

When you can give up on your rights, such as “The right to clean water”, you will become closer to the truth. Rights are an idea that a quantity of people decided that’s the way it is going to be.

 

 

Giving Up On “That’s Mine!”

Many of us use materialism to build up our self-worth, causing us to have great heartache or discontent when an object is lost, stolen, or depleted. This is because whenever we try to find certainty or security in things that change, we end up making ourselves less and less secure. This goes the same for accomplishments – we constantly reinforce the “self”, and in doing so, only create discontent. Haven’t you ever noticed, the most fun you have, is when you are not trying to impress anyone?

For example:

I gave you a basketball. I told you that you cannot leave with the basketball – it is to stay at the gym. One day, a stranger comes into the locker room, grabs your ball, and leaves to never return.

Did you ever own the basketball?

The answer is NO, and it’s simple: Nobody ever owned the basketball. A basketball simply existed – created in some factory. It crossed paths with the store that sold it, left with the person who paid for it, came into your awareness as you thought it belonged to you, but now it is gone. You see, the objects in our possession are only there temporarily, and they are not there for us, they are only there for them.

 

 

 

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What does an Enlightened Person Look Like? http://pathoftruth.net/spiritual/what-does-an-enlightened-person-look-like/ http://pathoftruth.net/spiritual/what-does-an-enlightened-person-look-like/#comments Fri, 14 Apr 2017 00:23:39 +0000 http://pathoftruth.net/?p=26037 Seen on http://pathoftruth.net:

Does an enlightened face make for a good selfie?

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What if I told you-you have never seen your true face?

Of course, I am talking about your faceless face. Sure, you’ve seen your carnal face, but these come and go.

You see, when someone touches your body, you feel it, and so you think, “this is me, I am here.” But when you hear something ten feet away, is that not also a form of feeling? Or when you see something a mile’s distance from you, are you not also experiencing it? So are you also not there?

Where is your boundary really? We have lived amongst beings who see themselves as bodies only and we have learned to see ourselves as that. But the truth of it is much vaster.

And you may think this is such an innocent thing. ” I am a body just like everybody else.” But it is this thing, this very assumption that you exist only within the confines of this body and the mind that functions in it that has provided endless misery for the world. All limitation, all frustration stems from this.

And it is only this, an assumption. To see through it is only a matter of looking at life through fresh eyes, untainted by the assumptions of the past.

~ David.

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