Hello friends…..how are you all? I hope you all are doing great…
Friends today is a very auspicious day..I am feeling blessed and very happy because on this day “The Buddha” came into this world to teach the Dharma and to free us from this materialistic word and to free us from the cycle of Life and Death….This day is celebrated with respect and religious ceremony throughout Indian subcontinent , south east asian countries and also throughout the whole world..His parents gave Him the name “Siddhartha Gautama.”
This holy occasion known as Buddha Purnima commemorates the birth, enlightenment and ultimate liberation of Lord Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. This great soul is supposed to have born in 563 B.C. as prince Siddhartha in the royal household of Nepal in the Sakya clan.
Though He was a born prince, He was destined to show the people of the world the true path of Dharma or religion.
There is a interesting story of Buddha’s Birth…..
One day Queen Maya( mother of Lord Buddha) dreamt of an white elephant holding a lotus flower in its trunk entered her womb..
About ten months after her dream of a white elephant and the sign that she would give birth to a great leader, Queen Maya was expecting her child. One day she went to the king and said, “My dear, I have to go back to my parents. My baby is almost due.” Since it was the custom in India for a wife to have her baby in her father’s house, the king agreed, saying, “Very well, I will make the necessary arrangements for you to go.”
The king then sent soldiers ahead to clear the road and prepared others to guard the queen as she was carried in a decorated palanquin. The queen left Kapilavatthu in a long procession of soldiers and retainers, headed for the capital of her father’s kingdom.
On the way to the Koliya country, the great procession passed a garden called Lumbini Park. This garden was near the kingdom called Nepal, at the foot of the Himalayan mountains. The beautiful park with its sala trees and scented flowers and busy birds and bees attracted the queen. Since the park was a good resting place, the queen ordered the bearers to stop for a while. As she rested underneath one of the sala trees, her birth began and a baby boy was born(She gave birth standing and holding a branch of the tree). It was an auspicious day. The birth took place on a full moon (which is now celebrated as Vesak, the festival of the triple event of Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death), in the year 623 B.C.
According to the legends about this birth, the baby began to walk seven steps forward and at each step a lotus flower appeared on the ground. Then, at the seventh stride, he stopped and with a noble voice shouted:
“I am chief of the world,
Eldest am I in the world,
Foremost am I in the world.
This is the last birth.
There is now no more coming to be.“
After the birth of her baby son, Queen Maha Maya immediately returned to Kapilavatthu. When the king learnt of this he was very happy, and as news of the birth of the long-awaited heir spread around the kingdom there was rejoicing all over the country…
Another interesting fact is that when Lord Buddha was born a sage predicted that He would becaome a Holy teacher one day..
Lord Buddha grew up leading a luxurious life..but He gave up this life to find salvation….at the age of 29 Buddha left his home ..
He sat under a Bodhi tree and started meditating….
That night, Siddhartha sat under the Bodhi tree, vowing to not get up until the truths he sought came to him, and he meditated until the sun came up the next day. He remained there for several days, purifying his mind, seeing his entire life, and previous lives, in his thoughts.
During this time, he had to overcome the threats of Mara, an evil demon, who challenged his right to become the Buddha. When Mara attempted to claim the enlightened state as his own, Siddhartha touched his hand to the ground and asked the Earth to bear witness to his enlightenment, which it did, banishing Mara.
And soon a picture began to form in his mind of all that occurred in the universe, and Siddhartha finally saw the answer to the questions of suffering that he had been seeking for so many years. In that moment of pure enlightenment, Siddhartha Gautama became the Buddha (“He who is awake”).