Author: A P SharmaPublisher: Pustak MahalYear: 2007Language: EnglishPages: 133ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788122310009
Buddha condemned superstitions, mystery, tradition and rituals while practising religion. He did not permit such issues to enter the domain of his own thought-process as long as he lived. His teachings were, basically, empirical and had a scientific appeal. They were definitely of remedial nature and also psychological as they appealed to human mind directly. He started with the human suffering, sought its solution and provided ways to cope with it.So far most of the appeals made by the traditional religions were directed to the masses, but Buddha especially made his appeal to he individuals. Little before his death he advised his most ardent disciple, Ananda, to ’be a lamp unto yourself and not to take refuge in any external entity’. He insisted that man should hold fast to the Truth and discover his own freedom with hard work coupled with wisdom. In the Dhammapada, he said that only those who are wise and follow the path of dharma suggested by him, reach the other shore leaving the darkness behind and follow the light’.
PrefaceIntroductionThe DhammapadaThe Existing EnvironmentDharma as a Universal StandardCHAPTER ONE: BIRTH OF THE ENLIGHTENED Four Different Sights A Unique ExperienceCHAPTER TWO: THE BASIC CONCEPTS The Vital Precepts The Four Noble Truths The Eightfold Path The Middle PathCHAPTER THREE : THE PATH OF DHARMA Cultivate Positive Thinking On Being Wise Promote Maturity of Mind Follow the Path Refrain from Anger The Five Precepts Divine Abiding Discover Solutions Follow Dharma Precisely Conceive the Self Correctly Cleanse the Pat Karma Stay Awake Cultivate Compassion Destroy Ego to Attain NirvanaCHAPTER FOUR: THE STAGES OF FINAL ATTAINMENT Experiences before Attaining Nirvana Experience in Cosmic Consciousness The Basic Difference The Unparalleled FaithCHAPTER FIVE: LAST VISIT TO KAPILAVASTU Visiting Yashodhara Unbounded Love Quits Kapilavastu for GoodCHAPTER SIX: ENTERING NIRVANA FOR THE LAST TIME The Impending Demise Entering into Parinirvana Incredible Contribution Six Aspects of Religion Positive ContributionIndexThe Bibliography