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Counter Gautama Buddha was the founder of what we know as Buddhism, a spiritual tradition that is recognized throughout the world as one of compassion, peace, and understanding. Like his final words, Gautama Buddha s teachings were often simple phrases that carried profound thoughts and implications. When the words of the Buddha were gathered together, a special collection was made The Dhammapada or The Way of Truth. Be A Light Unto Yourself relates the story of Gautama Buddha and the spiritual revolution he began. It is a collection of teachings that relate strongest to the power and depth of the statement  Be a light unto yourself. This book teaches you to know yourself and to always look within yourself for guidance and to trust your own senses. Among the teachings you ll find:"  Your life is determined by the nature of mind. . . . A silent mind creates a peaceful life. Happiness will follow this mind like an ever-present shadow. }  Not in the sky, not in the deepness of the sea, not in the rocky clefts of the mountains is there a spot in the world where you can hide from yourself. }  If you can govern your anger like a charioteer his chariot, you are a real driver otherwise you simply hold the reins.

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