Buddha Poornima

Sangham Sharanam Gacchami!

Dhamam Sharanam Gacchami!

Buddham Sharanam Gacchami!

I bow down and go to the Sangh, Dham (Religion) and Buddha for enlightenment.

Buddha means the enlightened one.

Buddha means unattached.

Buddha means the great leader.

An individual who guides lacs and crores of people to lead a simple and an austere life should be accepted as an Incarnation of God. And Buddha is no different. From the days of His sermons till today, He guides Humanity onto the path of peace and tranquillity. And till date and many years in future will He be the guiding light for Humanity.

Son of Mayadevi, Gautama is said to become either a great King or a great Monk. The parents are worried and are said to have kept him in the four walls of the grand palace built for him. Got him married at the age of 16 and had a son Rahul. But Gautama is inclined towards finding the way or the path of renunciation from miseries. His chatioteer Channa might have led him to those famous night trips around the city where he is said to have discovered old age, disease and death. And so he leaves his wife, kid and palace to find the path of greater good.

Sometimes I wonder can a prince be kept away from the truth of life? Can any person be kept away from it rather? I feel that Gautama always knew all the misery and he was continuously trying to find a path to come out of all this. And one fine day, he decided that enough is enough and left the palace with due permission from his wife. How can a Mahatma who leads an austere life forget his duty towards his consort? And Yashoda must also have consented to let him go and find his goal. I say so, cause once when Gautama became Buddha and He visited His father’s kingdom, it was Yashoda who urges her son Rahul to take up the life of a monk with the Sangh and a few days later, with due discharge of duties and permission of elders, herself joins the Sangh.

Also those who have come to guide the world, can they be stuck in all the worldly matters? Is a question which I always have. He got married and fulfilled his duties towards his wife, son and parents and left to find his own self.

The tree, under which He is said to have attained enlightenment, the Bodhi tree, still stands there with it’s full grandeur as a witness to the divine phenomenon. People all over the world today visit the place, to find peace and solace.

His philosophy, “Sarvam Dukham, Sarvam Kshanikam” explains to us the basic principle of Science, that the world is continuously fleeting and changing. And it is fact that everyone needs to acknowledge that there needs to be rationality behind any and every thought one propagates.

On His Birthday, bow down to Him and may we be blessed to be accepted in the Sangh, He established.

I purposely began with Sangham Sharanam Gacchami as opposite to what people say. Cause I believe that even He, The Enlightened One, will agree with it. Go the the Sangh first. Follow your “Dharma” second. And then come to me.

Buddha, as history tell us, is the first to establish a Sangh, for propagation of religion. He gave a very well designed way to spread religion through the Sangh. India will always be indebted to Him for this. And as a result, we see that Buddhist thought and philosophy has not only spread all over Asia, but also dominate the thinking process of Asia in a way. The famous travellers HuenTsang and FaHien with the help of King Ashok, King Bimbisara have translated many of the Buddhist literature into Mandarin and helped in spreading the word of Buddha far and wide.

Many a things can be written about Buddha, like,

If his core philosophy is non-violence, how can his followers be non-vegetarian?

What did He say about God, Life and Death?

And many more.

But leave it to some other day for the Buddha to bless me.

Buddham Sharanam Gacchami!

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Author:

Am a teacher by profession. A student of History and international politics. Believe that Bhakti (Devotion) and Humanism can only save Humanity. Revere all creation. My thoughts are influenced by His Holiness Pandurang Shashtriji Athavale

9 thoughts on “Buddha Poornima

  1. This is a very nice explanation !😊

    About budhists being Non- Vegeterian? Well, in every religion there are are non vegetarian even when it’s not allowed.

    Buddhism doesn’t believe in God. And it’s not a religion. Buddha taught way of living life to others. He taught about Pain, How to overcome that pain , How to embrace the pain.

    Also ,you didn’t mention one of the most important thing he taught that is Vipassana ( Meditation Technique). Siddharth Gautam became Buddha ( Enlightened one) from Vipassana.😊

    Wish you very Happy Buddha Poornima 😊

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  3. I have a special connect ion to this day ….I was born on that day …. And I used to have fascination to Budhha as a child ….nice article and points. You have written so much since last I came here….may be I will continue with present trend of articles. Why don’t you separate your articles as per genre and put in menu? It would make us choose the article type we need to read. A suggestion!

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      1. Haha…. Too much a praise for a struggling student.

        Go to settings, themes, menus. In menus, add item and use categories. In each of the posts, make a category. So, those posts in same category will be added to one title in menu. Check YouTube foro mtutorials. It will be more efficient way to post.

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