THE FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS
500 BCBUDDHA, THE WORD(The Eightfold Path)THUS has it been said by the Buddha, the Enlightened One: It is throughnot understanding, not realizing four things, that I, Disciples, as well asyou, had to wander so long through this round of rebirths. And what arethese four things? They are the Noble Truth of Suffering, the Noble Truthof the Origin of Suffering, the Noble Truth of the Extinction of Suffering,the Noble Truth of the Path that leads to the Extinction of Suffering.As long as the absolutely true knowledge and insight as regards theseFour Noble Truths was not quite clear in me, so long was I not sure,whether I had won that supreme Enlightenment which is unsurpassed inall the world with its heavenly beings, evil spirits and gods, amongst allthe hosts of ascetics and priests, heavenly beings and men. But as soon asthe absolutely true knowledge and insight as regards these Four NobleTruths had become perfectly clear in me, there arose in me the assurancethat I had won that supreme Enlightenment unsurpassed.And I discovered that-profound truth, so difficult to perceive, difficult tounderstand, tranquilizing and sublime, which is not to be gained by merereasoning, and is visible only to the wise.The world, however, is given to pleasure, delighted with pleasure,enchanted with pleasure. Verily, such beings will hardly understand thelaw of conditionality, the Dependent Origination of every thing;incomprehensible to them will also be the end of all formations, theforsaking of every substratum of rebirth, the fading away of craving;detachment, extinction, Nirvana.Yet there are beings whose eyes are only a little covered with dust: theywill understand the truth.