So recently I’ve been catching a lot of flak for posting some quotes from Buddha on our Facebook that turned out to be fake. Now i did not know them to be fake, i found beauty in the words, so i shared them. However some gladly pointed their fallacies out to me in their own vindictive ways.
Other comments however (other than the ones calling me a fraud), poured through on how much of you “Liked” them or how much you needed to hear that,
It seemed that although the Quotation was wrongly attributed to The Buddha, it was still able to bring Enlightenment into certain individuals lives.
So, this raised an interesting question in my mind.. If the words help, does it matter who it’s written by?
Now I’m all for attributing the right credits to the people that it’s due but if its a great quote and it’s attributed to someone who didn’t say and it gets traction from that, what is the real harm? If its good, and people enjoy it, and it makes them think where is the bad in it?
So let me ask again, If the words help, does it matter who it’s written by?
Here are 10 Insights from Buddha that he never really said :
1. “An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.”
2. “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of harming another; you end up getting burned.”
3. “In separateness lies the world’s great misery, in compassion lies the world’s true strength”
4. “Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.”
5. “Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else.”
6. “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”
7. “What you think, you become”
8. “It is better to travel well than to arrive.”
9. “As you walk and eat and travel, be where you are. Otherwise you will miss most of your life.”
and last but not least
10. “Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”
Don’t focus to much on the person who words are associated with, If it resonates with your soul, take it, if not, leave it where it is. In our age of instant information, names and attributions are bound to get mixed up in the process. So what it really comes down to is if the words help or not. Take what does, leave what doesn’t. – Abraham Lincoln