Posts Tagged ‘Buddha’

The full moon of Buddha Pournima

May 15, 2014

Then he went out, walking on roads. This is one thing he enjoys. He walks with his own thoughts, with ear-plugs in, often playing no music.

“Will it ever be the same?” He thought for a fraction of moment, and felt a half tear behind his lashes. But he was calm again soon. “It is for good that it happened” he said to himself.

He started the music – something classical – he was listening it for the first time. It was beautiful – Raga Tilak Kamod – he googled. “Beautiful..” he said to himself – again felt something like a tear under the eyelid.
He stopped for a panipuri, and kulfi perhaps. He likes the feel of sweet, cool, milky kulfi after the hot panipuris. panipuri and Kulfi is a routine.

“She’s a beauty!” He looked at the veiled girl having panipuri there. “These girls with hijab look good eating panipuri”, he thought. Was he staring at her? The girl – who seemed standing alone there – walked past him to her boyfriend standing a little away. “Hmm”, he thought – “these girls with hijab don’t seem married.” He always thought hijab means married.

The panipuri-waali lady knows him by face, so does the kulfi-waala. He paid for the panipuri/kulfi, and again went on walking.

He was a little calmer now. He knew it will be difficult – the consequences will be long-term rather than immediate – over a relationship in one evening – he knows it’s not that simple. There will be many such evenings and he will still have those half-tears. But does that matter?

It was getting dark – he started walking back towards home. Ustad Bismillah Khan playing Tilak Kamod in his head. He looked at the sky. The moon was bright. “It’s Buddha Pournima” he thought.

He had seen many such moons – different phases of it. On the ninth day of Chaitra – when she was sitting right in front of him and the moon was exactly above her head. The crescent on the dawn of Dhan-trayodashi – while he was talking to her on phone. “Different moons, different times..” he thought.

But this moon was different. He somehow never noticed it earlier – the full moon of Buddha Pournima! He didn’t give it much thought, and started walking back to home again.

Rejoice that the Buddha has found the root of all evil

May 6, 2012

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