Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Budha Purnima / Buddha Jayanthi


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The full moon day today marks, and is celebrated as, the birthday of Gautama Buddha. This day holds special importance for the followers of Buddhism, as it is believed that on this day of the full moon Lord Buddha also got enlightenment. In the Hindu tradition, the Buddha is regarded as the ninth incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

SRI AUROBINDO has very succinctly expressed the greatness of the Buddha:

“Thus was it possible for the Buddha to attain the state of Nirvana and yet act puissantly in the world, impersonal in his inner consciousness, in his action the most powerful personality that we know of as having lived and produced results upon earth.
… This possibility of an entire motionless impersonality and void Calm within doing outwardly the works of the eternal verities, Love, Truth and Righteousness, was perhaps the real gist of the Buddha’s teaching,—this superiority to ego and to the chain of personal workings and to the identification with mutable form and idea, not the petty ideal of an escape from the trouble and suffering of the physical birth.”

“…Buddha stands for the conquest over the Ignorance of the lower nature.”

THE MOTHER, while commenting on the ‘Dhammapada’, has mentioned: 

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