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Buddha: “Each morning we are born again, what we do today is what matters most”

IndiaBuddha: "Each morning we are born again, what we do today is what matters most"

As the world celebrates the birthday of Siddhartha Gautama Buddha, with holidays, and greetings, India is praying for peace.

Buddhism is a religion that is established on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama Buddha. The main principles of this belief system are karma, rebirth, and impermanence.

Siddhartha Gautama most generally is called the Buddha (“the awakened”).  He was born into a princely family but in search of truth, disturbed by inequalities and misfortunes of people, he became a wandering ascetic and religious teacher who lived in South Asia during the 6th or 5th century BCE and founded Buddhism.

According to Buddhist tradition, he was born in Lumbini, in what is now Nepal, to royal parents of the Shakya clan, but renounced his home life to live as a wandering ascetic

Walking rough paths, in a life of begging, asceticism, and meditation, he attained enlightenment at Bodh Gaya in what is now India. The Buddha thereafter wandered through the lower Indo-Gangetic Plain, teaching and building a monastic order. He taught a Middle Way between sensual indulgence and severe asceticism, leading to Nirvana.

Nirvana teaches the path that brings freedom from ignorance, craving, rebirth, and suffering. His teachings are summarized in the Noble Eightfold Path, a training of the mind that includes ethical training and meditative practices such as sense restraint, kindness toward others, mindfulness, and jhana/dhyana (meditation proper).

He died in Kushinagar, attaining parinirvana. The Buddha has since been reverenced by numerous religions and communities across Asia.

His teachings were compiled by the Buddhist community in the Vinaya, as his codes for monastic practice, and the Sutta Piṭaka, a compilation of teachings based on his discourses. These were passed down in Middle Indo-Aryan dialects through an oral tradition.

Later generations composed additional texts, such as systematic treatises known as Abhidharma, biographies of the Buddha, collections of stories about his past lives known as Jataka tales, and additional discourses, i.e., the Mahayana sutras.

The full moon day is auspicious for Buddhists because three major events in the life of the Gautam Buddha took place on this day.

Firstly, the full moon in May carries weighty significance as Prince Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha) was born at Lumbini Grove.

Secondly, after six years of adversity, Prince Siddhartha Gautam attained enlightenment under the shade of the Bodhi tree and became Gautama Buddha at Bodh Gaya.

Thirdly, after 45 years of teaching the Truth, when he was eighty, at Kusinara,
he passed away to Nibbana (Nirvana) – released from the cycle of rebirth.

Buddha Purnima Celebrations:

On Buddha Purnima, devotees begin their day by cleaning their homes, taking a bath, and sprinkling Gangajal around the house. They also light a candle and adorn their homes with flowers, create a swastika with Haldi, roli, or kumkum in front of the entrance door, and light a candle and pour milk near the Bodhi Tree. Additionally, people donate food and clothes to those in need.

Indians are Praying for Peace

In the words of Gautama Buddha who propagates peace and harmony, “Each morning we are born again, what we do today is what matters most.”

Indians are especially praying for peace after the recent violence, arson, and gunshots in Manipur.

A netizen tweets:  “On the sacred occasion of Buddha Purnima which commemorates the 3 most important events in the life of the Great Shakyamuni Buddha, I offer three prayers. Let there be peace. Let there be respect for life. Let there be love for one another. Please pray for Manipur.#Manipur

 

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