The consequences the Old (i.e.
the horrors of experiencing oneself as a captive effect (i.e. as slave or
victim), the Old Buddha (in us) advises his immediate followers (i.e. later
the Sangha in general) to withdraw, detach. In other words, he advises
ending the effect and the unpleasant response to it by cutting the cause
terms, shut yourself down to stand-by ≈ @ rest ≈ nirvana. Thereafter turn yourself off (i.e. dismantle
yourself, i.e. die and decay) completely ≈ @ absolute rest ≈ parinirvana.
needed the laity, in particular royal patronage to support him and his
followers, he gave them the advice offered by the New Buddha (in us), namely
the Noble 8-fold Path.
The consequences the New (i.e.
eliminate the suffering caused by being an effect (i.e. a slave or victim),
the New Buddha (in us) advises to become a (1st) cause or condition.
in order to create an effect a cause has to make contact (i.e. interact),
and since contact happens in a relativity vacuum, hence absolutely, each
cause (as quantum) operates as a real 1st cause. As a real 1st cause
each cause has ‘god’ (i.e. ‘One without a Second’) status.
(1st) cause is a true self (or atta), hence righteous. An effect
is an untrue self (or anatta), hence un-right-eous.
8-fold path serves to morph the un-right-eous (Christian: sin-ful, because
not performing a 1st cause act) into the right-eous, i.e. who
are doing the right thing, namely causing effect (i.e. birth, life, the
wonderful world and so on).