The Buddha Was An Expert But …
The Buddha was an expert, but
he said, “Don’t take my word for the truth; test it for yourself”.
If he said that, then don’t take any expert’s word for it.
If we are reliant, we are not free.
Each of us has individual experiences, and we have to come at a problem in our own way. That problem is, “What is life about?” Teachings are generalisations. Life isn’t. It’s right here, in our face and there’s no getting away from it. 😀
Gradually, we can learn a language to express these experiences, but we can only talk to those who are on-the-verge of some realisation; rare, open people. These people are precious, and should be supported.
Most people are either vacant or occupied, and are therefore not ready to receive teachings, or ready to give up their ideas about life and why we are here. They do not care. Why should they? They have made up their minds to travel along others’ paths, and haven’t stopped on-the-verge to wonder, “Where am I going?”.
An expert is someone who knows the complete system, is generous, disciplined and patient, knows what is right and is able to concentrate: in other words, they are compassionate, without any sense of competitiveness. An expert has empathy and kindness; it comes with experience!
If we do not know our true reality,
and live by that reality,
then what is the purpose of our life?
Within this mud of confusion is the Buddha.
It has always been there!