"There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting".
Legend has it that right after his Enlightenment, Buddha decided to go for a walk in the country.
On the way he came upon a farmer, who was impressed at the light shining from the master.
"My friend, who are you?" asked the farmer."Because I have the feeling that I am standing before an angel, or a God."
"I am nothing of the sort," answered Buddha.
"Maybe you're a powerful sorcerer?"
"Not that either."
"So, what makes you so different from the others that even a simple peasant like me notices it?"
"I am just someone who has awoken to life. That's all. But I tell everyone that, and nobody believes me."
~ Paulo Coelho
"Those who really seek the path to Enlightenment dictate terms to their mind. Then they proceed with strong determination."
“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”
The path to enlightenment is open to all.It requires determination, commitment......and a journey within.Most importantly we need to understand that we do not have to renounce the world.
"Renunciation is always in the mind, not in going to forests or solitary places or giving up one's duties. The main thing is to see that the mind does not turn outward but inward."
- Ramana Maharshi