Few, if any of us have ever sought to attain perfection. In today’s society, there is no “right” way, just many different paths. Each path represents its own cache of challenges and disappointments. Most religions of the world agree that we are all capable of some form of evil. Buddha said that this inclination lies in the mind and inner soul. “All wrong-doing arises because of the mind. If the mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain?”
The Hindu perspective ascertains that the only path to enlightenment and perfection is attainable through a series of rebirths called paramis.(perfection) In Buddha’s journey, he is said to have become perfect by figuring out how to liberate himself from worldly suffering, misery and sorrow. Through Buddha’s manifestation of boundless love and compassion, he paved the way for humanity to attain the attributes of love and enlightenment. According to Buddha, a jug gets filled with one drip at a time. In this statement, he demonstrates the importance of each step in the rebirthing process.
Buddha is said to possess the following NINE SUPREME ATTRIBUTES:
1.) He is holy.
2.) He is fully self-enlightened
3.) He is proficient in knowledge and conduct
4.) He is a well-farer
5.) He knows all words
6.) He is a peerless charioteer to tame the souls of men
7.) He is a teacher of God’s and men
8.) He knows the truth
9.) He is glorious
Buddha taught the dhamma which he is said to have realized by himself, was the key to his enlightenment. He believed that is was the responsibility of each of us to free ourselves from worldly sufferings through his teachings, taking refuge in his doctrine of dhamma and paying homage to him as a great Teacher.
The Hindu term purusharthas means the objectives of a human being. These objectives serve as life’s golden arrows. These arrows are based on the vision of God and His creation. They manifest the principles of self-righteousness which, as previously referred to, was called dhamma. Dhamma breaks into the six principals of enlightened living. The main principle is that we train from the outside in. We do this through self-restraint and by vowing not to harm, be naughty, or intoxicate ourselves.
Nine Supreme Attributes of Buddha
Regardless of one’s belief system, the Nine Supreme Attributes of Buddha are both honest and noble. As long as a person reflects the Buddha’s qualities, his mind is not invaded by greed, hate or delusion. He is clear to focus on those inner attributes that determine the outside man. The Buddha is associated with the manifest glory of man. For this reason, he is called, “The Glorius.” To many, Buddha represents a vital part of their livelihood. The devotion of life has to be towards something that one believes in wholly and unequivocally. This is what makes each of us unique. This is what makes our world vibrant and alive.