E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Gautama (g hard).
The chief deity of Burmah, whose favourite offering is a paper umbrella.
The four sublime verities of Gautama are as follows:
(1) Pain exists.
(2) The cause of pain is birth sin. The Buddhist supposes that man has passed through many previous existences, and all the heaped-up sins accumulated in these previous states constitute mans birth sin.
(3) Pain is ended only by Nirvana.
(4) The way that leads to Nirvana isright faith, right judgment, right language, right purpose, right practice, right obedience, right memory, and right mediation (eight in all).