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Budh Purnima

Budh Purnima

Buddha Purnima is an auspicious day for Buddhists and also, the teachings of Buddha have great importance in life. On this day, three important events occurred: Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and death. Buddhism is the fourth largest religion in the world, founded by Lord Buddha, whose original name was Siddhartha and was born in Lumbini. After getting enlightenment under the Bodhi tree, he got Buddha as a title at the age of 35. When Buddha passed away, his followers promoted his teachings and beliefs which gave foundation to Buddhism. Buddhists neither follow any religion nor believe in the caste system and always try to reach the state of Nirvana. They also know the importance of a pure mind. Therefore, they have different beliefs and always try to shape themselves by their thoughts.Buddha has mentioned 4 noble truths of Life. In these four noble truths, Buddha explained about the sufferings and how to get rid of them, developing understanding, good intentions, skilful speech, action, livelihood, making efforts in the right manner, good concentration power, and right mindfulness. Buddha Purnima is a major festival celebrated with great pomp and fervour in countries like Sri Lanka (where it is called Vesak), India, Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, Thailand, Tibet, China, Korea, Laos, Vietnam, Mongolia, Cambodia, Singapore and Indonesia, though celebrations vary from country to country. In India, usually, the day sees colourful processions by Buddhists from the surrounding communities to the pagodas. People pour water at the foot of the Bodhi Tree, give alms, and meditate. Many devotees visit Mahabodhi Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located in Bodh Gaya, Bihar, on the occasion of Buddha Purnima. Many followers also free caged birds on this day as a symbol of empathy and compassion for all living beings, one of the most important teachings of Lord Buddha. For us students, Buddha Purnima is a great day to understand the life journey of a young boy who had all the luxuries of life and yet chose to seek enlightenment and help the world. He toiled hard to preach about peace, non-violence, and harmony. The fact that he researched a wide range of lessons yet could not discover freedom until one night he went into profound contemplation and woke up with answers we had been looking for, is indeed a deep lesson to understand that power lies within us and we must never underestimate ourselves. The lessons of skilful speech, action, concentration still hold relevance and are a source of inspiration to follow. Following the teaching of Gautam Buddha will surely lead us to the right path in life as they hold relevance in all stages of life and will help us become good human beings without any prejudice. Buddha Purnima celebration is all about praying with the purest of feelings and adopting what Buddhism stands for – peace, non-violence and harmony.

Jhanvi Singh

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