Bishwa Nath Singh
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
(Photo of Lord Buddha)
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It's the Picture of Lord Buddha.Lord Buddha whose family name comprises of Siddhattha Gotama was a spiritual teacher who had founded Buddhism. In most Buddhist traditions, he is regarded as the Supreme Buddha who was born in 563 BCE OR 623 ...BCE in Lumbini now in Nepal to King Suddhodana, the leader of Shakya clan, whose capital was Kapilavastu, and who were later annexed by the growing Kingdom of Kosala during the Buddha's lifetime and Queen Maha Maya (Māyādevī) a Koliyan princess whose family name was Sidhartha Gautam. One day, as the queen Maha Maya ( Maya devi) was resting in her palace, she dreamt that a white elephant carrying a white lotus in its trunk entered her right side.A group of astrologers predicted that the young prince would grow up to be either a great emperor, or that he would turn his back on privilege and power to become a great spiritual leader. Some time later, a baby was born to the queen. He was named Siddhartha Gautama.Until one day, when Prince Siddhartha finally persuaded his father to let him go outside the palace walls to see the city. What Siddhartha did not know was that his father had ordered the city streets cleared of was lying at the side of the road. As this was different from anything Siddhartha anyone who was old or sick. So when Siddhartha and his groom set out for their tour of the city in chariots they saw many young and happy people. However, they also happened upon a feeble old man who had ever seen before, he asked someone to explain what was wrong with the man. It was only then that Siddhartha learned about how people get old. Siddhartha was very moved by the suffering of the old man. He journeyed out into the city three more times and saw a sick man, a dead man and a sage. These visits led to his realising the fundamental truths of life. Siddhartha left his wife and son at the palace and set out to learn the way of finding salvation and understanding.At the edge of the city, he took off his princely robes, cut his hair and sent his groom back to the palace with his horse. Siddhartha wandered through the forests seeking understanding from wise men and ascetics. However, this did not bring him satisfaction or greater understanding. While he sat under the tree, demons came to tempt him. In a famous incident, after becoming starved and weakened, he is said to have accepted milk and rice pudding from a village girl named Sujata. Such was his emaciated appearance that she wrongly believed him to be a spirit that had granted her a wish.Following this incident, Gautama was famously seated under a pipal tree - now known as the Bodhi tree - in Bodh Gaya situated in Gaya District of Bihar State of India, when he vowed never to arise until he had found the truth. Kaundinya and four other companions believing that he had abandoned his search and become undisciplined, left. However, he resisted them. After a reputed forty nine days of meditation, at the age of thirty five, he is said to have attained enlightenment. From that point, he was known as the Buddha. The Buddha delivered his first sermon at Sarnath. In this sermon he shared the knowledge he had gained through meditation and set the Wheel of the Law in motion He had preached his own conception of nonviolence and deprecated even the animal sacrifices sanctioned in the Vedas. He had traveled around sharing his teachings with many people all throughout his rest of the life. Nevertheless to mention that at the time when Lord Buddha appeared, the people in general were atheistic and preferred animal flesh to anything else. On the plea of Vedic sacrifices, every place was virtually turned into a slaughterhouse, and animal killing was indulged in unrestrictedly. Lord Buddha preached nonviolence, taking pity on the poor animals. He preached that he did not believe in the tenets of the Vedas and stressed the adverse psychological effects incurred on animal killers. Those who did not believe in worshipping of Goddess Kali followed his principle, and for the time being they were trained in moral discipline and nonviolence, the preliminary steps on the path of God realization. He deluded the atheists because such atheists who followed his principles did not believe in God, but they kept their faith n Lord Buddha, who himself was the incarnation of God. He had died at the age of eighty at Kushinagar that falls in Uttar Pradesh State of India in 483 BCE or 543 BCE. Upon his death he attained Nirvana. After his body was cremated, his ashes were divided up and taken to eight different sites. At each of these sites, a mound-like structure called a stupa was built to contain the ashes.Over time, many stupas were built and rebuilt, serving as canters of worship for the Buddha's followers.Let us join to pay our humble obeisance to His lotus feet and seek His bliss for well-being of all living creatures of this universe!