Human beings are special as they can train, learn, and educate themselves to elevating progress!
The Blessed Buddha once explained:
Completion of 7 things is the seed, initiator, and precursor for developing the Noble 8-fold Way!
What are these 7 things?
1. Having a Good and Beautiful Friend (Kalyāna-mitta):
Such friend has a pure and beautiful mind, which by simply being a good example will influence and
encourage all other beings to improve their mentality, behaviour and understanding. Such good friend
encourages one to learn, train, and develop one self towards individual, and social harmony.
2. Completion of Pure Morality (Sīla-sampadā):
Having a minimum of 5-precept moral discipline is the indispensable foundation of any right life..
This means living harmlessly and helpfully, and not exploitatively, both within the material and
social environment, by using the four necessities of food, clothing, shelter and medicine as
well as any technology, so they enhance a true quality of one’s own and others beings life, by
promoting education, constructive action, merit-making, and the state of balance in nature.
3. Consummation of Motivation (Chanda-sampadā):
Having a mind that is well motivated by withdrawal and good-will, which aims at learning and
doing good. Not obsessed by only wanting ever more, getting new, and low consumer pleasure…
Instead, one uses all one’s abilities in joyous learning of how to do only advantageous things,
avoid all evil and detrimental things, and purify one’s mind into a subtle radiant excellence..
4: Perfection of One-self (Atta-sampadā):
By dedicating oneself to the realization of one’s full human potential through daily meditation.
One views all difficulties, hardships, obstacles, and problems as good training grounds to test
and improve one’s mind, intelligence, and abilities toward the realization of one’s full potential,
through a comprehensive refinement, that encompasses mentality, behaviour, and understanding.
5. Clarification of View (Ditthi-sampadā):
Seeing that all phenomena has a cause, and an effect, is adhering to the principle of conditionality.
This comprehension of the vast mutual dependency of all mental and material states in the universe
comes from repeated reasoning, thorough examination, and an excellence in rational analysis. This
enables a mental clarity and intellectual independence of neither being impulsive, nor over-reactive,
by not allowing oneself to drift along the stream of public hysteria, and banal common-day priorities.
6. Achievement of Alertness (Appamada-sampadā):
To be acutely and constantly aware of the inevitable impermanence, inherent instability, transience,
fleeting evanescence, and irreversible insubstantiality of all life, all things, and all phenomena, which
are constantly changing according to their causes and conditions, both internally and externally, will
establish oneself in alertness. One realizes, that one cannot afford to be complacent. One sees the
preciousness of time, and strives to learn about, prevent, and rectify the causes of decline and bring
about the causes of growth and prosperity, using all one’s time, night and day to the greatest advantage!
7. Fulfillment of Rational Attention (Yoniso-manasikara-sampadā):
Attending wisely so as to what is the cause of any phenomena or state, will make one advantageously
realize the real truth. To investigate, by intelligently examining, investigating, tracing, analyzing and
researching into the very proximate cause of any given situation, will make one able to solve problems
and do things successfully through intelligent methods, that allows one to be independent, self-reliant,
and by that cement-solid self-sufficiency become a helping refuge to many other people and beings.
As dawn is the forerunner for the rising of the sun, even and exactly so do these 7 things
seed, initiate, and begin the development, and completion of the Noble 8-Fold Way..
The Noble 8-fold Way culminates in Nibbāna – the Deathless State – !
These 7 things are therefore indeed Noble Goals!
Source: Samyutta Nikāya V 29-31 and the classical commentary on that, which inspired:
A constitution for Living. Buddhist Principles for a Fruitful and Harmonious Life.Ven. P.A. Payutto. Thailand. Buddhist Publication Society 2007: BP 620S http://www.bps.lk
The 7 Noble Goals..
Have a nice and Noble day.