The Greatest Blessings
Generally, it is believed that the Buddha was a pessimist who preached misery. Nothing can be farther from the truth.
Buddha had great compassion for all beings. He saw their misery, felt deep empathy, explored the causes, and discovered a way out.
Not only that. He gave us a valuable guide for deep and lasting happiness.
The building blocks of an authentically happy life are outlined in the Discourse on Blessings - Maha-mangala Sutta – thus:
· Not to associate with the foolish, but to associate with the wise; and to honor those who are worthy of honor
· To reside in a suitable locality, to have done meritorious actions in the past and to set oneself in the right course
· To have much learning, to be skillful in handicraft, well-trained in discipline, and to be of good speech
To support mother and father, to cherish wife and children, and to be engaged in peaceful occupation
To be generous in giving, to be righteous in conduct, to help one's relatives, and to be blameless in action
· To loathe more evil and abstain from it, to refrain from intoxicants,nd to be steadfast in virtue
· To be respectful, humble, contented and grateful; and to listen to the Dhamma on due occasions
To be patient and obedient, to associate with monks and to have religious discussions on due occasions
Self-restraint, a holy and chaste life, the perception of the Noble Truths and the realisation of Nibbana
· A mind unruffled by the vagaries of fortune, from sorrow freed, from defilements cleansed, from fear liberated
These are the greatest Blessings.
Buddha closes the discourse with the words, “Those who thus abide, ever remain invincible, in happiness established. These are the greatest blessings."
There is no doubt whatsoever that the Buddha is the Ultimate Happiness Guru!
Jagat Singh Bisht