chapter  4
75 Pages

Religion and Culture

W hen prince gautama passed from his palace into the world, he became suddenly impressed by the realities of disease and decay, old age and death, to which all flesh is heir. His imagination penetrated, in a single moment of inspiration, to the heart of things, and what he found he accepted. Recognizing and submitting to suffering and sorrow as bound up with life, he patiently sought a way of escape for mankind, and found it in a revolution of the soul, through which man might put himself beyond life’s passions. His doctrine was that if the outlook of the soul were changed, everything would be changed thereby. Such was his message to mankind.