Siddhartha Gautama, also known as Gautama Buddha or Buddha, was the founder of Buddhism and became a popular spiritual teacher between 6 th and 5 th century BC in Lumbini, in present day northeastern India. Most of his teachings were taught in a Middle Way that was largely based between severe asceticism and sensual indulgence as was found in Sramana movement in northeastern India. Being a popular figure in Buddhism, the accounts of life of Buddha, monastic rules and discourses have been summarized by a number of his followers after his death.
The earliest biographies of Siddhartha Gautama or Buddha that trace his life chronicles are well documented in Lalitavistara Sutra, Buddhacarita and Mahavastu. A number of other writings based on the life of Buddha can be traced in Sri Lanka, China and India. Most of these biographies include supernatural events, omens and miracles performed by Siddhartha Gautama during his lifetime.
A number of quotes from Buddha have been well documented in ancient and modern biographies and ancient books. Given below are few of Buddha’s quotes and what they mean to us:
1. “All Wrong-doing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain?”
Meaning: This quote from Buddha has essence of personal development and helps train your mind away from negativity and all limits. This quote also indicates that when we use our mind correctly – action and solution oriented, empowering and constructive, it can create happiness. However, when mind is poorly used – i.e. negative, egocentric, blaming, etc then it will create sadness in us.
2. “All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.”
Meaning: This quote helps us understand that our actions get directed through our mind. As our actions and results is a direct result of what goes in our mind, it is important we have control over our mind.
3. “Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.”
Meaning: The essence of this quote from Buddha is to live wisely. When we live to speak truth and that we rise to our capabilities and highest values, even death will have no effect on us.
4. “The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.”
Meaning: When we fail to be truthful and authentic to ourselves, we tend to build a sort of wall in our mind that we find difficult to bring it down. We may try our level best to hide reality, but the fact is that life has a unique way to show us our faults in the end.
5. “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”
Meaning: This quote suggests us to look within oneself to derive power and inspiration rather than look for happiness and liberation from the outside world. We have to take the entire responsibility and try to become an individual we always tried to seek.
6. “If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.”
Meaning: This quote from Buddha does not highlight the beauty of flower per say. Instead, he suggests us to see our life in a positive way and thereby see all the beautiful things within it to ensure we beautify our lives.