(Compiled by Emmanuel Asiedu-Mante)

It is becoming apparent to most people that the mystical paths of the world’s religions are converging. Indeed, if you were to hear a lecture on religion, you would be wondering whether it is Buddhism or Hinduism or Christianity because you would be hearing the same things.

The following is the path that has been developed by beloved Gautama Buddha for his disciples.

In his first sermon following his enlightenment Gautama outlined four Noble Truth and the Noble Eightfold Path.

This sermon is called “Setting in Motion the Wheel of the Law” or “Turning the Wheel of Truth”. In it he explained that by avoiding the extremes of self-indulgence and self-mortification one gains knowledge of the middle Path, or the Middle way. Gautama preached that he does not seek salvation in austerities, but neither does he for that reason indulge in worldly pleasures, nor live in abundance. He has found the middle path.

 

There are two extremes, which the man who has given up the world ought not to follow -the habitual practice, on the one hand of self-indulgence which is unworthy, rain and fit only for the worldly-minded and on the habitual practice, on the other hand, of self-mortification, which is painful, useless, and profitable.

 

“Neither abstinence from fish or flesh, nor going naked nor shaving the head, nor wearing mattered hair, nor dressing in a rough garment, nor covering oneself with dirt, nor sacrificing to Agni, will cleanse a man who is not free from delusions”.

 

When you are free from your dilutions you may or may not choose to engage in those practices. They are helpful but symbolic. And if they are mere covering and we are still full of dead men’s bones, then they avail nothing and only convince us we are getting somewhere when we are not.

 

 

 

THE MIDDLE WAY

In the East, there is the tendency towards self-mortification and in the west, there is the tendency towards greater self-indulgence. We do need the middle way. Gautama taught that this middle way leads to six conditions of consciousness. They are:

(i) insight

(ii)Wisdom

(iii) Calmness

(iv) Higher knowledge

(v) Enlightenment and

(vi) Nirvana

 

Gautama proceeded to teach his disciples the Four Noble Trusts.

First, that life is (dukkha) suffering.

Second, that the cause of this suffering is (tanha) desire or craving.

Third, that suffering will cease when the craving that causes it is forsaken and overcome.

The state of liberation through the cessation of suffering leads to nirvana, which literally meansextinction or blowing out.

Fourth, that the way to his liberation is through living the Noble Eightfold Path, or the middle way.

The first step on the Eightfold Path is to have right understanding or right views.

The second is right aspiration, right thought or right resolve,

The third is right speed

The fourth is right action or right conduct

The fifth is right livelihood

The sixth is right effort

The seventh is right mindfulness

The eighth is right concentration or right absorption.

The eight points of the Law fulfil the seven rays of the seven chakras and the eight ray and chakra, which is the secret chamber of the heart.

 

 

 

  1. The first is right understanding, right viewpoint, right perspective

Being centred neither to the left nor to the right in relative thinking but being centred in God. This is a quality that is developed through the heart chakra and the third ray, whose colour is pink and may intensify to a deep rose. The heart chakra has twelve petals. We remember the prayer of Solomon: “Give me oh Lord, an understanding heart.”

 

Right understanding, or right views is described as knowledge of the Four Noble Truths; having views free from superstition and delusion; having penetrating insight into reality or emptiness. Gautama said to his disciples; "what, now, Brothers, is Right Understanding?" When the discipline understands Evil and understands the Root of Evil; when he understands Good and understands the Root of Good; this is Right Understanding. “What is now is Evil? killing is evil. Stealing is evil.  Unlawful sexual intercourse is evil, lying is evil. Slandering is evil. Using harsh language is evil. Vain talk is evil. Covetousness is evil. Cruelty is evil. Wrong view evil. "And what brothers, is the root of Evil?Greed is the root of Evil: Anger is the root of Evil. Delusion is the root of Evil. " And what, Brothers, is the root of Good" Freedom from Great, freedom from Anger, freedom from Delusion is the root of Good” When we think about the conditions of consciousness of greed and anger, we can objectively see them and determine whether they are in us or not. But when it comes to delusion, we are self-deluded by our own desires, by our own pride and ego. We are so much a part of the ego and its pride and its desires that we do not know we are in a state of delusion until increment by increment we catch a higher insight, and we observe ourselves mounting an inner spiral staircase, if you will, to a point of enlightenment that, if we are observant, we recognize we did not have yesterday. And if we are wise, we will write down the experience and the insight and anchor into it and take another step.

 Freedom from self-delusion is a great necessity on the Path. We need to pursue it with all intensity in our prayer and our thought and our daily consideration of the steps we take and what we do.

Similar teachings in the Christian Bible can be found in:

Prov. 18:15

Prov. 4:7

1 Cor. 12:7-8

2nd step of the Eightfold Path is right aspiration right thought or right resolve

This is a right attitude that must be had by the soul if the soul is to return to Christ Self and to the I AM presence. This point corresponds to the six-petaled seat-of-the-soul chakra which, is the abiding place of the soul this is the chakra which is the abiding place of the soul. This is the Chakra of the seventh ray, the violet ray which has many shades from violet- pink to purple.

      This souls’ aspiration must be centered in God - in having right thought, right contemplation upon the law of God and the right resolve to accomplish her mission in life. This resolution is the use of desire constructively – setting one’s desire, setting one sail and moving in that direction consistently day after day after day.

Similar teachings in the Christian Bible can be found in:

2 Cor. 10:3-5

James 1:6-8

 

3rdStep of the Eightfold Path is right speech

This relates to the throat chakra. The action of right speech is therefore the right qualification of this ray of power, which is the first ray, the ray of the will of God. The throat chakra has sixteen petals; its colour is blue.With right speech which we therefore affirm right desire.

Right speech includes abstaining from lying, slandering, harsh or abusive language, vaintalk or idle chatter. Right speech is speech that is kindly, open and truthful. Gautama said to his disciples;What brothers is Right Speech? A man has overcome lying and abstains from telling falsehood. He speaks the truth, he's devoted to the truth, he adheres to the truth, he is worthy of confidence, is not a deceiver of men. Thus, he brings together those that are at variance; establishes those that are united, he delights in concord; it isconcord that hespreads by his words. He has given up harsh language.He speaks words that are free from rudeness, soothing to the ear, loving, going to the heart, courteous rejoicing many, elevating many. He has overcome vain talk. He speaks at the right time, speaks in accordance with facts, speaks to the point.

His speech is of real value and agrees with its objects. He bears in mind the injunction which says, “In meeting one another, Brothers, there are two things that ought to be adhered to; either conversation about the Truth or holy silence”. This, Brothers, is Right Speech”.

Similar teachings in the Christian Bible can be found in:

Matt. 12:36-37

James 1:9,26

James 3:2

4th Step is right action or right conduct

This is the base-of-the-spine chakra. It is the white ray; the chakra has four petals. Action and right conduct are the physical out-picturing of all that we contain in our heart, in our mind, in our soul, in our desires, in our being. The base-of-the-spine chakra is a physical chakra. It is the energy by which life is sustained and life is continued.

Similar teachings in the Christian Bible can be found in:

Matt. 23:23

5th Step is right livelihood

It pertains to the solar-plexus chakra, which has ten petals. It is the sixth ray of purple ad gold, the ray of service and ministration. Right livelihood is living honourably by a profession that does not harm any living thing and not choosing an occupation that is not conducive to spiritual progress. It is what we do in life, how we give of ourselves to one another, to society, to our nations. Right livelihood must be based on right desire and the solar plexus in the chakra of desire. Wrong desire breeds wrong livelihood.

Similar teachings in the Christian Bible can be found in:

Matt. 6:24

6th Step is Right effort

This is established as right focus through the third-eye chakra, which has ninety-six petals. It is the fifth ray, the emerald ray. As we focus on what our effort will be each day, the direction of our serving and our striving, we must have purity and desire in the inner eye. We must not lust after another, be jealous of another, want what someone else has. Right effort is based upon a direct relationship with God.

Right effort entails right exertion in self-training and self-control. Right effort is following what are called “the four right efforts”. Wemust make an effort to “end existing evil”. We must make an effort to “prevent new evil’’. We must make an effort to “cause new virtue”. We must make an effort to “increase existing virtue”.

Similar teachings in the Christian Bible can be found in:

Luke. 13:23-24

Phil. 3:13-14

2 Tim. 2:5

7th Step of right mindfulness:

It is the attribute of the thousand-petaled lotus of the crown chakra. This is the second ray chakra, and its colour is yellow. Right mindfulness is always moving to establish oneself in the mind of God that was in Christ Jesus, that was in Gautama Buddha and all those who have attained that oneness. It is having an active, watchful mind, an alert mind that tends to detail and masters them. Right mindfulness is the captain of one’s ship. The crown must be opened, because when one has illuminated and then full enlightenment, one can direct the courses of all the seven rays.

Similar teachings in the Christian Bible can be found in:

Phil. 2:5

Eph. 4:22-23

Mark 12:30

8th step is right concentration or right absorption:

This relates to the secret chamber of the heart an antechamber of the heart chakra. This eight petaled chakra is the flame of the threefold flame. The secret chamber of the heart is the place where you meet the Master, the Guru, the Lord Buddha. Right concentration is upon God and upon the Highest Self and upon the point of Light. It is earnest contemplation on the deep mysteries of life. It is mental tranquillity and the absence of distraction. Right absorption is the absorption of the mind and the soul in God and in the teacher. Without right concentration and absorption, we do not attain the full bonding of our souls to Christ.

 In Buddhist teachings, these eight steps involve meditation and proper breathing, as well as the techniques of Hinduism’s raja yoga (known as ‘’the Royal Road to reintegration’’). It is a means of finding integration in all of the chakras and in the I AM Presence through direct personal experience of God within by the science of the spoken Word.

Similar teachings in the Christian Bible can be found in:

Matt. 6:22

 

Conclusion:

The teachings on the Eightfold Path is commonly ascribed to Gautama Buddha. In this truth, it is a teaching of all the Gurus who preceded him in the lineage of SanatKumara, and all who followed him. It is also the teaching of Jesus Christ. Each one of these steps we can also find in the Christian teaching as illustrated in the references above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reference material: (i) The Path to Attainment

Mark and Elizabeth Clare prophet

                                       (ii) The Christian Bible (King James Version)