Short Cut To The Four Noble Truths
The realisation of the ultimate truth in one single moment
The four noble truths are; the existence of suffering, the cause of that suffering, the cessation of suffering, and following the path that leads away from suffering.
In order to attain liberation from suffering, we first must recognise that we are suffering – or that we are, at least, dissatisfied.
We desire and get irritated, and so we suffer.
The cause of that suffering is an identification with and defence of a me and mine.
We look for a system that brings an end to this suffering, and we practise.
We might assume that this is a long term process to clear our confusion.
Once we realise, however, that our very nature is pure consciousness then, whena disturbance or irritation – or suffering – occurs in the mind, that recognition realises that a self is being defended.
That moment of recognition is the instantaneous realisation of liberation; the spontaneous presence of pure consciousness.
The four noble truths are right here, right now, in a single moment.
Now, we only need to clean up our act, our karma. When we stop acting out*, enlightenment occurs. The degree to which we value this moment of happiness will affect the period we stay enlightened … a moment, or everlasting.
It’s only a matter of appreciating real happiness.
*Acting out: an out-of-control, self-interest mechanism.