Buddha Purnima, a day to celebrate Gautama Buddha’s birth and his teachings is celebrated by Buddhists worldwide. It is also believed that Buddha attained Moksha (emancipation and enlightenment of soul) on the same day after 80 years of living. People get dressed up in full white clothes and worship Buddha with flowers, incense, fruits and candles. Also, in some parts of the world, Buddhists water the Bodhi trees, get involved in group meditations, sermons, and listen to Buddha’s preaching and hang stars made out of bamboo sticks in front of their homes as a sign of marking Buddha Purnima. Prince Siddhartha (later known as Buddha) attained enlightenment when meditating for three nights under a Peepal tree at Mahabodhi temple in Bodhgaya, Bihar. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is decorated with flags and flowers and spreads out festive energy on this day.
Some age-neutral lessons that Buddha has left us with:
- “In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”
- “However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?”
- “Three things cannot hide for long: the Moon, the Sun and the Truth.”
- “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”
- “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”
- “Every morning, we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.”
- “Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”
These brilliant words that are uttered by Buddha revolve around one motto, and that is attaining peace. These simple quotes are embedded with intense meaning and give a different perspective on life. Buddha has gifted us all with the best way to find peace within ourselves, and clearly, that is meditation. Regardless of many forms of meditation that eventually evolved from the original method, everything focuses on one thing: respiring.
One distinguished element of Buddhism that enables its evergreen connection with today’s world is that it doesn’t present itself as a religion to the world but as faith or a lifestyle. In short, Buddhism is all about remaining humane and accepting and rejoicing our life as it is!
“May all beings on the earth attain peace.”