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Religion and Theology
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1. Buddha taught that the key to life was the middle way. As a young child, Siddhartha had been prophesized that he would grow up into a great king or a great sage depending upon the sites that greet him in his life. His father, King Suddhodana was determined to make a great king of his son, so he confined Siddhartha to the palace.
This motivated Siddhartha to leave his home in search of greater knowledge and seek refuge in spiritual quest. Hence, the first thing that he did was to go on a penance, or extreme suffering to seek the spiritual knowledge. He purposefully exposed him to pain and practiced prolonged fast and breath-holding. But, these sufferings only made him physically weak and he was nowhere near achieving spiritual quest than when he had started it. Hence, in a life defining moment, Siddhartha went ahead and accepted some rice and milk from the hands of a village girl to make an end to his sufferings. He now practiced anapanasati meditation that ultimately brought him spiritual enlightenment. Hence, this form of devotion as practiced by Buddhists is known as the Middle Way. It is known as the Middle Way because it was not like the lavish self indulgent way followed by the Hindus of that time nor did it propagate extreme physical torture like the Shramanas. Buddha took a middle path or middle way of non extremism. 2. Buddha compares life with river. Just as a river, life is continuous process of ups and downs. Life like river has a continuous movement. It is a successive series of dissimilar moments, combining together to create an impression of one continuous flow. The river continuously changes its shape and direction. It becomes deeper or shallower depending on the weather conditions. ...
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