It’s the Full Moon Day of Vaishakh, Buddha Pournima, the day of birth, enlightenment, and death of the Buddha. Buddha was inarguably one of the noblest souls produced by the human race—the most exalted state of what a human being can be!
I pay my humble refuge to Him, the founder of the only atheistic/agnostic religion, the Buddha, with this extract from The Gospel of Buddha by Paul Carus.
Rejoice at the glad tidings! The Buddha, our Lord, has found the root of all evil; he has shows us the way of salvation.
The Buddha dispels the illusions of our mind and redeems us from the tremor of death.
The Buddha, our Lord, brings comfort to the weary and sorrow-laden; he restores peace to those who are broken down under the burden of life. He gives courage to the weak when they would fain give up self-reliance and hope.
Ye that suffer from the tribulation of life, ye that have to struggle and endure, ye that yearn for a life of truth, rejoice at the glad tidings!
There is balm for the wounded, and there is bread for the hungry. There is water for the thirsty, and there is hope for the despairing. There is light for those in darkness, and there is inexhaustible blessing for the upright.
Heal your wounds, ye wounded and eat your fill, ye hungry. Rest, ye weary, and ye who are thirsty quench your thirst. Look up to the light, ye that sit in darkness; be full of good cheer, ye that are forlorn.
Trust in truth, ye that love the truth, for the kingdom of righteousness is founded upon earth. The darkness of error is dispelled by the light of truth. We can see our way and take firm and certain steps.
The Buddha, our Lord, has revealed the truth.
The truth cures our diseases and redeems us from perdition; the truth strengthens us in life and in death; the truth alone can conquer the evils of error.
Rejoice at the glad tidings.
I wish a very happy Buddha Pournima to all of you. May the Middle Path of Buddha enlighten your way forever.
सब्ब पापस्स अकरणं कुसलस्स उपसंपदा
सचित्त परियोदपनं एतं बुद्धानुसासनम्
To abstain from all evil
To cultivate yourself towards the best
To purify your mind
This is the Teaching of the Buddha