Sir Buddha – “Whoever doesn’t flare up at someone who’s angry wins a battle hard to win.”
King David – There’s nothing wrong with unleashing your passion during touchy debates, and even arguments within the household, yet stifle some of that rage and never attack others. Who cares if you win or lose, as long as the point gets across. And then you have become true to yourself.
Buddha – “Resolutely train yourself to attain peace.”
K.D. – I think it’s a matter of unleashing personal demons, rather than engaging some type of conditioning routine. If you still have inner turmoil, then you cannot fully be serene. I used to rant through poetry, and you can try writing, painting, exercise, or/and of course a nice big pillow.
Buddha – “There is no fear for one whose mind is not filled with desires.”
K.D. – Having no desires is a nonhuman robot achieved. I think less fear is realized when you know God is taking care of you.
Buddha – “I do not dispute with the world; rather it is the world that disputes with me”
K.D. – Unfortunately, that one sounds arrogant and holier-than-thou. When you’re self-assured, and there is no such thing as 100%, you worry less about what others think of you. There is nothing wrong with defending yourself though. And forever, speak your mind.
Buddha – “Speak only endearing speech, speech that is welcomed. Speech, when it brings no evil to others, is a pleasant thing.”
K.D. – Just be who you are, and God knows you can be a funny person too. Obviously there’s no reason to speak cruelly.
Buddha – “The world is afflicted by death and decay. But the wise do not grieve, having realized the nature of the world.”
K.D. – No, God gets upset, in his own way, over the struggles of the earth. I think it’s wrong to say “whatever” after reading the tragedies of terrorism, school shootings, etc., even though there will be peace on earth someday.
Buddha – “You yourself must strive. The Buddhas only point the way.”
K.D. – Only if you want to, and God will help you reach greater inner contentment.
Buddha – “Ardently do today what must be done. Who knows? Tomorrow, death comes.”
K.D. – Sounds bleak. Just have fun, and don’t worry about tomorrow, as it’s another day of eternity.
Buddha – “The root of suffering is attachment.”
K.D. – We don’t need control over things, yet having material things can be beautiful. Should we lose those things we can always strive to replace them or perhaps find something else, yet you will never need to replace yourself.
Buddha – “To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.”
K.D. – So much self-control and discipline will make you lose sense of who you are. Channel your pain into healthier avenues, as previously stated.
Buddha – “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”
K.D. – Just relax, and have fun. Nothing wrong with thinking about anything!
When I read more of his quotes, many seem nice, yet it sounds as if he lived on grass, feeling the air above, not doing much else. So Mr. Buddha the Sire needs to enjoy an olive sausage pizza, then go to the Van Halen concert.