(1) The experiences of life—birth, growth, decay, illness,
death, separation from objects we love, hating what can not
be avoided - are all sorrowful. That is, such states of mind
as are inseparable from conscious personality are states of
suffering and sorrow.
(2) The causes of suffering and sorrow are the action of the
outside world on the senses. These objects excite a craving,
or a delight, which leads to action, which leads in turn to
rebirth, continued existence, and misery.
(3) The complete subjugation and destruction of this eager
thirst or lust is that which causes sorrow to cease.
(4) The path which leads to the cessation of sorrow is the
Noble Eightfold Path.
The path which opens the eyes, and bestows understanding,
which leads to peace of mind, to the higher wisdom, to full
enlightenment, to Nirvana? Verily! it is The Noble
Eightfold Path, that is to say:
- Right views;
- Right aspirations;
- Right speech;
- Right conduct;
- Right livelihood;
- Right effort;
- Right mindfulness; and
- Right contemplation.
One who followed this path would become an Arahat - a man
set free by insight from the desire for material or
immaterial existence; from pride and self-righteousness and
ignorance. As one traveled the Noble Eightfold Path on the
way to Arakatship, one would conquer ten errors or evil
states of mind: self-delusion; doubt; dependence on works;
sensuality or bodily passions; ill-feeling or hatred; love
of life on earth; desire for life in heaven; pride;
self-righteous ness; ignorance.
One who became an Arahat had attained Nirvana.
Selection from the works of George A. Barton
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