When the Buddha said these words, by “truth” he was referring to the way of life of a fully enlightened and realized human being. Just as the illumination of the sun and moon cannot be suppressed, so the truths espoused by a fully realized being will eventually shine like a light for all to see.

The teachings of the Buddha revolve around becoming such a human being, and the process of becoming one is grounded in understanding and living by Truth.

In understanding Truth, the Buddha discovered what are termed the 3 Universal Truths:
1.     Nothing is permanent. Everything changes (“Anicca”)
2.     There is no self – no “I” or “me” (Anatta)
3.     Clinging to impermanent things causes suffering (Dukkha)

These 3 Universal Truths further lead into what the Buddha termed the 4 Noble Truths:
1.     Life is suffering
2.     Suffering is caused by craving, desire and ignorance
3.     There is a path to ending suffering – the removal of desire and ignorance
4.     The Middle Path (a life of moderation, without extremes) leads to the end of suffering

This quote is available in the Poetic Pieces Collection as a bangle (B-1-39) and pendant (P-8-39).
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