Three Philosophies on Gratitude: Do You Follow These Principles?
You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.
~ Gautama Buddha
Gautama Buddha, otherwise known as the Buddha and the founder of Buddhism, was born in BC 624 in a place called Lumbini, now called Nepal. Buddha was born a prince and grew up surrounded by a life of luxury.
After he had grown up and was married with children, Buddha finally went outside his home for the first time and saw an old man, a sick man, and a corpse. He also saw a monk and decided to give up his privileged life for the modest monk lifestyle.
Buddha achieved enlightenment after experiencing luxury, extreme poverty, and finally the ‘middle way’, which is neither poverty or luxury.
In Buddhism, karma refers to an action, driven by intention that leads to future consequences.
Why not follow in the Buddhist tradition and ask yourself: are my actions driven by good intentions?
14TH DALAI LAMA
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion, if you want to be happy, practice compassion.
~ 14th Dalai Lama
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is the 14th and current Dalai Lama of Tibet. He was born to a farming family on July 6th, 1935. At the age of two he was recognized as the reincarnation of the previous 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso.
The 14th Dalai Lama has spent most of his life negotiating for peace and democratic freedom in Tibet. He consistently advocates peace as an antidote for extreme aggression and has won countless awards and honors. In 1989 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent struggle for the liberation of Tibet from China’s authority.
Non-violence is central to the Dalai Lama’s beliefs. Do you react emotionally to a difficult situation, or do you practice compassion?
GURU ARJAN DEV JI
The body is the field of Karma in this age; whatever you plant, you shall harvest.
~ Guru Arjan Dev Ji
Born in 1563, Guru Arjan was the fifth Sikh guru and the first Sikh martyr.
Guru Arjan built a temple for all creeds and beliefs. It was built at low elevation to demonstrate humility in his followers and, as Muslim belief that God’s house is in the west and Hindu belief that it is in the east where the sun rises, Guru Arjan built entrances on all four sides.
He declared that Sikhs should give a tenth of their earning to charity and added both Muslim and Hindu saints into his teachings. Guru Arjan was eventually tortured and executed by mogel officials for refusing to remove these Islamic and Hindu references from the Holy book.
Guru Arjan lived by the ethos of inclusivity. Do you follow the Sikh principle of inclusion?
Do these three philosophies resonate with you? Are there other philosophers out there that we have missed and you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments or on our Facebook page!