GAUTAMA’S QUEST 3
Gautama’sQuest: A Noble Action
Gautama’squest of finding enlightenment falls under the category of a nobleaction. His mission was noble because he shared his teachings to hisfollowers. He particularly taught about ending human sufferingthrough personal eradications of cravings and ignorance. The processof finding enlightenment is regarded as the ultimate goal of aBuddhist follower. This is through following strictly and submittingto the NobleEightfoldpath to attain Nirvana, which is a sublime state (Lama, 2005).
SuchBuddhist teachings stress the importance of practice rather thanbeliefs as demonstrated by other religious teachings. This basicallymeans that any Buddhist follower hold in high regards their personalactions, rather than what they believe to appease their universal Godknown as Brahman.For this reason, finding enlightenment is a noble action thatbelieved to connect the followers with Brahman.According to Lama (2005), Brahmanis believed to exist in every individual.
Whilehe was aged twenty nine years of age, Gautama ventured outside theconfines of the palace against his father’s wishes. It is while inthe outside world that he was able to learn of ordinary suffering byordinary people. These experiences prompted him to abandon his royalfamily, life and pursue his spiritual quest (Lama, 2005). Hisdecision of leaving his family would be received with sharpskepticism as well as criticism in today’s culture. This is becauseis highly characterized by individualism and continuation of familyvalues. Today, any family would reject a royal member of the familyto abandon the family unit to lead a humble or poor lifestyle. Thiscould be emphasized further by current social, political and economicstruggles that many individuals face from different levels.
LamaD. (2005). TheUniverse in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Religion.New York: Morgan Road Books.