Lord Buddha realized the noble truth. In the sense, it is the ultimate truth anybody can realize about the world.
The Noble Truth is of four parts.
- The ‘suffering’: There are several categories of suffering Lord Buddha has explained. No matter how hard you try, no one can escape from it unless you follow the path revealed by Lord Buddha. There is a concept in buddhism; ‘Pancha (Five) – Upadhana (grabbed by desire) – Sakanda (Masses/ Entities)’. Lord Buddha explained, having this ‘Five-Entities-Grabbed by Desire’ itself is the ‘suffering’. In brief, these five entities are as follows. When you grabbed these five entities by your desire, so comes the suffering).
- The physical body (Ruu.pa)
- The nature of the mind (or thoughts) of experiencing something (it can be joy, sadness or neutral) (Vee.da.na)
- The nature of the mind (or thoughts) of identifying something (like how you recognize your father by seeing him) (San.gna)
- The nature of the mind (or thoughts) that generate when doing/ going to do things (either by mentally, orally or physically) (San.ka.ra)
- The mind itself (Vin.gna.na)
- The ‘cause of suffering’: Lord Buddha explained the immediate cause of the suffering is the ‘desire’ (Than.ha). But, one important thing to understand is ‘desire’ is not the only cause to ‘suffering’ and it is the immediate cause only. Therefore, it is very important not to misunderstand that, vanishing ‘desire’ itself is not the path to cease the suffering. Because, you cannot vanish ‘desire’ itself. You will see that when I briefly explain the fourth part of noble truth.
- The ‘cessation of suffering’: Lord Buddha realized there is a end for these sufferings by creatures; That is the ‘Enlightenment’ (Nir.va.na). In very simple sense it comes when you realize and able to see all four noble truths through yourself. Not simple read, memorizing or understanding will grant you this. As I said, realization and able to see it through yourself.
- The ‘path to cessation of suffering’: Lord Buddha did not stop his journey and kindness just understanding it by himself. He taught others the exact path to follow. It is called Ar.ya (Noble) – As.tan.gi.ka (Eight-stepped) – Mar.ga.ya (Path). In brief, it is as below. There are many detailed ways and presentations of this path.
- Noble Vision (Understanding without myth (This is the most important. Meaning of ‘Myth’ might be different to what you think). (Samma Ditti)
- Noble concepts/ attitudes (Samma Sankappa)
- Noble use of words (Samma Waacha)
- Noble way of doings (Samma Kammantha)
- Noble way of living (Samma Aajiwa)
- Noble efforts (Samma Vaayama)
- Noble conscious (Samma Sathi)
- Noble concentration (Samma Samadi)
The irony of these beliefs is essentially seeking an avenue to dispatch your conscious mind from the reality around you. How does anyone come to terms with the existential reality of very existence by seeking means and ways to detach oneself from it. No doubt, the avenues of meditation and proper living is foundational in any theistic belief, but one must seek destiny that provides coherency to the very existence we dwell in now.
The truth here is being disguised in layers and layers of cosmic designs that ultimately cannot be tested since none has ever returned to offer the truth. So what stops anyone on the street from developing their own truths by offering what our desperate psychological need desires. Humanity has been the fools of their own innate self-righteous desires to create realms of ‘out o this world and mind’, beliefs that fit their narratives, that we see many indulge in cults of supernatural beliefs.
If we seek the truth of all the brokenness of our realm, why would we spend a lifetime trying to understand it and reconcile with it when it is the reality we seek to dispense from ourselves. Simplicity in seeking our brokenness within ourselves would be horrendous because the truth would not offer any hope unless there were more from our Creator, who offers salvation.
I do not claim to be an expert in religions. However, logic and coherency have to abide by some experiential relevance and provide intellect through experience, empirically adequate, which allows the intellect to our senses and, finally, logically consistent, that through these ‘truths’ are founded on logic rules. We cannot claim truth when we cannot support it by this criterion. The last avenue of truth is from humanity themselves. We must seek a source far greater if we believe in a creator. Maybe the truth is in the Creator himself.