Buddham Sharanam Gacchaami
Did you know that:
The Full Moon Day of the month of Vaishaakha (May) is the:
The Birthday of Gautama Buddha
The Renunciation day of Gautama Buddha
The Enlightenment day (Nirvaana) day of Gautama Buddha.
Buddha was born near Kapilavastu in Nepalese Terai.
associate Mansarovar with the legendary Anotatta Lake, where Buddha's mother,
Queen Maya, conceived him. Legend says that the Queen, while in a dream state,
was transported to Mansarovar by the Gods and bathed in the lake's holy waters.
When her body was purified and her womb thus ready to receive Buddha, he
appeared from the direction of Kailash riding a white elephant.
birth-site stands an engraved pillar, erected by Ashoka proclaiming: 'Here the
Buddha was born!' Here Siddhartha lived a life of luxury up to the age of 29
years. After the young prince witnessed 'old age', 'sickness' and 'death', the
future Buddha renounced his princely life in search of the key to 'freedom from
After 7 years of severe austerities, Buddha went into a state of
deep meditation and attained 'Nirvaana' (Enlightenment) under the shade of a
peepal tree in Bodh Gaya, 6 miles south of Gaya in Bihar.
'Budh' means 'knowledge'
Buddha attained Supreme Nirvaana in his 80th year after
spreading his wondrous message to so many. When Buddha was asked if he was
enlightened, he replied: "I am awake"
Vivekananda considered Buddha to be a great seeker, probably the
Though Buddha was fearless and bent to neither caste nor
traditions, he was extremely kind and loving.
Today, on the full moon day of the month of Vaisaakha, let us
pay homage to the man who taught humanity to follow the 'Middle Path' (Not too
much austerity, not too much indulgence)
Who expounded the theory that Desire is the root of all
And who preached and urged man to practice compassion and to
have love in their hearts for their fellow beings on earth. Probably some of the
qualities that one must aspire for in excess.
the rise of Kalki, Buddha is considered the 10th or final avatar of the
The Four Noble Truths that the Great Buddha pondered upon are:
1 The existence of suffering.
2 The causes of suffering
3 The cessation of suffering
4 The path that leads to the cessation of suffering - this is known as the
Noble Eightfold Path and is divided into Shila - moral discipline comprising
of Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, then Samatha or developing Mental
Discipline by meditation. It is made up of Right Effort, Right Right
Awareness and Right Concentration. Finally there is prajna or wisdom that
comprises Right View and Right Thought.
There are three dimensions ordinarily available to approach truth.
The first dimension creates the scientist…the scientist
works with analysis, reason, observation…
The second dimension, …the poet functions through the
heart…the Sufis Bauls-they all have an aesthetic approach…hence they have so
many beautiful mosques, churches, cathedrals, temples…
(M L Varadpande also states that Indian tradition
considers all art to be of divine origin. Art is spiritual in nature and is a
blissful way of reaching and staying with God)
The third approach is that of grandeur. The old
testament prophets – Moses Abraham Islam’s prophet Mohammed; Krishna and Ram
– their approach is through the dimension of grandeur…the awe that one feels
looking at the vastness of the universe. The Upanishads, Vedas, they all
approach the world of truth through grandeur. They are full of wonder. It is
unbelievably there, such grandeur that you simply bow down before it—nothing
else is possible…the rarity of a Buddha consists of this—that his approach is
a synthesis of all the three and beyond the three.
No belief is required to travel with Buddha…first he
convinces your mind…by and by you start feeling that he has a message which is
beyond mind…Because of this rational approach he never brings any concept
which cannot be proved…Because he has never talked about God, many think that
he is an atheist—he is not. He has not talked about God because there is no
way to talk about God.
Excerpted from Dhammapada
A note from Ms Vimla Patil
5th May 2009
Emperor Ashoka, who is recognized as one of the greatest
rulers of the world in mankind's history, after the battle of
Kalinga, rued the
genocide so much that he accepted Buddhism and spread it to the whole of
Sri Lanka, China, Japan and all over the East. His Dhauli inscription
near the site ofthe great Kalinga war field is treasured even today in
archeological treasures. It points a four way path to Nirvana
1. Love and respect your elder as your guides, especially parents
2. Love all elders because they built your world for you
3 Love all living being because they share the world with you
4 Love all plants and trees because they are the real givers of life.
These rules apply even today, 2500 years after the Buddha's lifetime!
I had included the Dhauli inscription in my script for
Udaygiri Caves Sound and Light Show which is held in the caves near the
Dhauli inscription. Dhauli is near Bhubaneshwar in Orissa,
Kalinga of ancient India.
You can search for it on the net. It is one of Ashoka's
great stone inscription.
Ashoka is credited with making Buddhism a
world religion from a local cult. He sent his daughter Sanghamitra and
son to many countries with branches of the
Bo tree under which the
Buddha attained Nirvana to preach and spread Buddhism.
Budhha and his teachings (Dadi Nani ki Kahaani)