Eight great paths to liberation

Buddha taught 2500 years ago that there are eight great paths to liberation and serenity. The paths are 

  1. Right understanding
  2. Right thinking
  3. Right speech
  4. Right action
  5. Right livelihood
  6. Right aspiration
  7. Right mindfulness
  8. Right meditation

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WARNING:-READ IT AT YOUR OWN RISK

THE FOLLOWING IDEAS ARE DANGEROUS AND ADDICTIVE.REPEATED USE CAN INDUCE INSOMNIA, DELUSIONAL FANTASY, FITS OF LIBITNESS, FRUSTRATION AND OTHER PSYCHRIATIC CONDITIONS. WHEN READING PLACE FEAT FIRM TO THE GROUND, TOUNGE FIRM TO CHEEK AND FASTEN YOUR MENTAL SAFETY BELT TIGHTLY. ABOVE ALL,REMEMBER, THEIR IS A FABRIC OF REALITY BEGINS TO RIP AROUND YOU AND UNEASY FEELING OVERTAKE YOUR SENSE OF SELF. BREATHE DEEP AND HAVE FUN.

Ancient computers - (source unknown)

History has a nice way of putting things in perspective. Imagine this: the first hard disk drive was a monstrosity consisting of 50 platters, each two feet in diameter. It required four able-bodied men to lift it into the back of a truck for transportation. And all of this provided a grand total of 5 MB of storage space, just enough for a single MP3 song! Oh, and it cost US $ 50,000.

 

My favourite quotes

I don't know who anonymous was but he surely knew a lot.
Anonymous

 Since I have been collecting these from the time when I didn't know computers / internet, not all of the quotations have a source.
As a slave to my narcissistic tendencies, I have included some of my own thoughts as well. Feel free to comment if you would like to add or change anything. Category Menu is at the bottom of the sheet.

 

Carrots and sticks

The quality of your life depends on the reasons behind the decisions you take. If they are internal reasons, for yourself, you flourish. If reasons are external, you lose control and feel frustrated. 

Your happiness will depend on the things you do when there's no one standing behind you, when there's no deadline, no sticks, and no short-term incentives.

If you just wait for the deadline to come near to start work, wait for your doctor to recommend you to exercise, wait for the next stick to prod you into learning something new, you will never catch up. 

Instead of doing work for yourself and doing things that make you happy, you will be responding to the largest carrot and biggest stick. We all know how it feels. That's not the way we imagine our lives to be. It's a shame we live that way.

How do you live your life? How do you plan to? Please mention in the comments.

 

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