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The Buddha's fourth sign
02-24-2017, 06:55 PM
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The Buddha's fourth sign
I was going through my notebook and came across "The Buddha's fourth sign was a man in a robe wandering and begging. He gave up everything to wander, beg, and seek answers to this miserable existence."

I found a lot of consolation in that. The lifestyle of the wanderer appealed to me. I don't really have anything to renounce, just a few pictures, extra clothes, some candles, and some notebooks lol. I think I'm gonna just wander, beg, and seek answers and enlightenment. I find that the more possessions I have, the more anxieties and stress there is.

So, I've prayed and prayed to God for answers about what my vocation is and God hasn't really given any. Maybe this is it. I listen to my heart and it tells me to own nothing and become a wanderer who does nothing but seek answers, understanding, wisdom, and enlightenment. I don't think my probation officer will be too pleased with my decision and it won't make mom and Dad proud, but oh well. Does that lifestyle appeal to anyone else here?

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03-15-2017, 03:04 AM
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(02-24-2017 06:55 PM)PopeADope Wrote:  I was going through my notebook and came across "The Buddha's fourth sign was a man in a robe wandering and begging. He gave up everything to wander, beg, and seek answers to this miserable existence."

I found a lot of consolation in that. The lifestyle of the wanderer appealed to me. I don't really have anything to renounce, just a few pictures, extra clothes, some candles, and some notebooks lol. I think I'm gonna just wander, beg, and seek answers and enlightenment. I find that the more possessions I have, the more anxieties and stress there is.

So, I've prayed and prayed to God for answers about what my vocation is and God hasn't really given any. Maybe this is it. I listen to my heart and it tells me to own nothing and become a wanderer who does nothing but seek answers, understanding, wisdom, and enlightenment. I don't think my probation officer will be too pleased with my decision and it won't make mom and Dad proud, but oh well. Does that lifestyle appeal to anyone else here?

Yes, reducing your possessions definitely reduces stress and anxiety. I have found that I enjoy long train journey's when I don't have a lot of luggage as opposed to when I have much of them. Most of us have a hoarding habit and this also probably increases stress due to clutter and disorder.

So it would be the same with respect to life as well. I would say that the lessened anxiety and strain can be quite therapeutic as well.

Mark Boyle, Daniel Suelo are examples of men who had embraced a moneyless lifestyle of no possessions and looks to nature creatively for their daily needs.

Self-awareness is yoga. - Nisargadatta Maharaj

Mindfulness is the true virtue. - Buddha

Evil is an extreme manifestation of human unconsciousness. - Eckhart Tolle
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