BUDDHA POORNIMA - 27TH MAY 2010

on Wednesday, May 26, 2010


BUDDHA POORNIMA - 27TH MAY 2010

Taking a last look at his new-born son and implanting a kiss on the feet of his wife, a prince of 29 years old came out of his palace at the dead of night and mounted on his dear horse in search of real happiness.






The next 6 years of extreme spiritual exercises costed the body of the prince heavily thus making him to forego the path of extreme hardships and choose the middle path between self-indulgence and self-mortification by accepting rice porridge from a village girl.






The prince sat under a pipal tree with a firm resolve to realize the truth.






What was his resolve?






Let my body dry up, as it were on this seat, let the flesh thereof and the bone sink into dissolution; without realizing that Enlightenment which is difficult to attain even in aeons, this body shall not rise from its seat".






49 days thus rolled off.






On the 50th day, the 35 years old prince became the enlightened one, the Buddha.






That was on Vaishaki Poornima day at Gaya, 2600 years ago.




Bahujana hitaya bahujana sukhaya,lokanukampaya,


arthaya hitaya sukhaya devananussanam






for the good of many, for the happiness of many, for showing compassion to the world, for realizing the spiritual purpose of life, for your own good and as well as the god and happiness of all men and gods you have to dedicate your lives.


Those were the words of Buddha to those who were around him on that day.




The next 45 years saw Buddha leaving no stone unturned in spreading his message of universal love.




Buddha spoke in the language then current in eastern India, Magadhi Prakrit.


He came out with his 4 noble truths.




1) Suffering is an inherent part of existence


2) The origin of suffering is ignorance the main symptoms of which are attachment and craving.


3) The cause of suffering can be removed.


4) The way for its removal is “Ashtangika marga – eight fold path


The components of Ashtangika Marga are:


1) right understanding


2) right thought


3) right speech


4) right action


5) right livelihood


6) right effort


7) right mindfulness and


8) right concentration


The elapse of 2600 years brings us the common obstacle of “samsaya – doubtfulness about its present applicability” in our minds. Let’s see what the recent incarnations say about Buddha.




Sri Ramakrishna, the avatara varishtha – the bst among incarnations, believed that the incarnation of Buddha continued to be manifest even then in the image of Puri of the “three gems” in the forms of Jagannath, Subhadra and Balaram. On another occasion upon seeing the drama “Buddhacharita” staged by Girishchandra Ghosh, Sri Ramakrishna remarked, “It is certain that Buddha was an incarnation of God. There is no difference between the faith founded by him and the Vedic path of knowledge.”


Swami Vivekananda in his later days narrated his vision of Bhagawan Buddha in the following words:


One day, when I was sitting …I saw the extraordinary figure of a monk appear suddenly, from where I did not know, and stand before me at a little distance filling the room with a divine effulgence. He was in ochrecloth with a Kamandalu in his hand. His face bore such a calm and serene expression of inwardness born of indifference to all things that I was amazed and felt much drawn towards him. He walked forward towards me with a slow step, with his eyes steadfastly fixed on me, as if he wanted to say something. But I was seized with fear and could not keep quiet. I got up from my seat, opened the door and walked out of the room with rapid step. The next moment I thought,” Why this foolish fear?” I made bold and went back into the room to hear the monk, who, alas, was no longer there. I waited long in vain and felt dejected, repenting that I had been stupid enough to fly away without listening to him. I have seen many monks, but never have I found such an extraordinary expression in any other face. That face has been indelibly imprinted in my heart. It may be a hallucination, but very often it comes to my mind that I had the good fortune of seeing Lord Buddha that day.”




Vivekananda was fond of addressing Buddha as “the great preacher of the brotherhood of mankind.”




Among all the prophets of mankind here was a man who never had any cobwebs in his brain and who was sane and strong “said Vivekananda.






Tibetan Spiritual leader Dalial Lama will inaugurate the country’s first-ever Buddha Smiriti Park, sprawling 22 acres, in the heart of the city of Patna on Thursday morning, the 27th May 2010, the Budhha Poornima Day. The first-of-its kind park will house a 200-ft stupa containing holy relics from Japan, Thailand, Myanmar and South Korea and two saplings, one of the Mahabodhu Tree of Gaya and another from Sri Lanka.




The sight of an old man, a sick person, a dead body and a monk just only for one time was sufficient for a 29 year old prince Siddharth who was having all wealth and sense pleasures around him to understand the depth of all worldly pleasures.




6 years of hard austerities gave him the right direction in his search for Truth.


50 days was enough for him to have the Truth in experience.


May all of us pray for His blessings and love in realizing the Truth in this birth itself.!

By,
 Swami Nishthatmananda of Muzaffarpur


Sad News:500-yr-old Kalahasti temple tower collapses


NEWS IN ENGLISH:
Hyderabad: The 500-year-old Gali Gopuram (temple tower) at the Sri Kalahasti temple in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh collapsed on Wednesday evening.



The tower, a heavy concrete structure, fell on a neighbouring guest house meant for pilgrims. However, there were no casualties.


The structure had been developing cracks for over a decade.


Religious groups in the temple area brought this to the government’s notice several times. However, only minor repairs were made.


The tower’s cracks widened when Cyclone Laila caused a heavy downpour in the area, forcing the temple authorities to evacuate it on Tuesday.


On Wednesday morning, archaeologists visited the temple to strategise on rebuilding the tower.


In the afternoon, endowments minister G Venkat Reddy told the media that there was no negligence on the part of the government or the temple authorities in restoring the structure.


“It is not right to blame the government. We are taking all measures to protect the structure,” he said.


However, hours after the minister’s clarification, the structure came down.


Though there are conflicting estimates, the seven-storey structure is believed to be built by Sri Krishnadevaraya in 1516 after winning a battle against the Gajapati kings.


NEWS IN TAMIL:


Does God listen to our prayers?

on Sunday, May 16, 2010

"Does God listen to our prayers?"


Sri Ramakrishna: "What are you saying? You will call on God and He will not listen? He is omnipresent and omniscient. How do you know that He does not listen to your prayers? You have no faith, so you are doubting Him."


"Do you know how to pray?"

Sri Ramakrishna taught from his own experience, not through knowledge acquired through books. Gangadhar (later Swami Akhandananda) recalled:

"Once I spent a night at Dakshineshwar with several other disciples, and the Master had us all sit for meditation. While communing with our Chosen Deities, we often laughed and wept in ecstasy. The pure joy we experienced in those boyhood days cannot be expressed in words. Whenever I approached the Master he would invariably ask me, "Did you shed tears at the time of prayer or meditation? And one day when I answered yes to this, how happy he was!"
The Master said: "Tears of repentance or sorrow flow from the corners of the eyes nearest to the nose and those of joy from the outer corners of the eyes."

Suddenly the Master asked me: "Do you know how to pray?"

Saying this he flung his hands and feet about restlessly like a little child impatient for its mother. Then he cried out: "Mother dear, grant me knowledge and devotion. I don't want anything else. I can't live without you."

While thus teaching us how to pray, he looked just like a small boy. Profuse tears rolled down his chest, and he passed into deep samadhi. I was convinced that the Master did that for my sake.

Thus Spake Swami Vivekananda

on Sunday, May 09, 2010


Each soul is potentially divine. The goal is to manifest this Divinity within, by controlling nature, external and internal. Do this either by work, or worship, or psychic control, or philosophy  by one or more or all of these  and be free. This is the whole of religion. Doctrines, or dogmas, or rituals, or books, or temples, or forms, are but secondary details.


In doing evil we injure ourselves and others also. In doing good we do good to ourselves and to others as well. According to Karma-Yoga, the action one has done cannot be destroyed until it has borne its fruit; no power in nature in nature can stop it from yielding its results. If I do an evil action, I must suffer for it; there is no power in this universe to stop or stay it. Similarly, if I do a good action, there is no power in the universe which can stop its bearing good results.


Never think there is anything impossible for the soul. It is the greatest heresy to think so. If there is sin, this is the only sin  to say that you are weak, or others are weak.


Whatever you think, that you will be. If you think yourselves weak, weak you will be. If you think yourselves strong, strong you will be.


Be free; hope for nothing from anyone. I am sure if you look back upon your lives you will find that you were always vainly trying to get help from others which never came. All the help that has come was from within yourselves.


Never say, No, never say, I cannot, for you are infinite. Even time and space are as nothing compared with your nature. You can do anything and everything, you are almighty.


The remedy for weakness is not brooding over weakness, but thinking of strength. Teach men of the strength that is already within them.


To succeed, you must have tremendous perseverance, tremendous will. I will drink the ocean, says the persevering soul; at my will mountains will crumble up. Have that sort of energy, that sort of will; work hard, and you will reach the goal.


Let people say whatever they like, stick to your own convictions, and rest assured, the world will be at your feet. They say, Have faith in this fellow or that fellow, but I say, Have faith in yourself first, that's the way. Have faith in yourself  all power is in you  be conscious and bring it out. Say, I can do everything.Even the poison of a snake is powerless if you can firmly deny it.

Sri Ramakrishna And Narendra

On another occasion, Sri Ramakrishna put Narendra(later swami vivekananda) to a difficult test. He said to him,

Sri Ramakrishna:"As a result of the austerities I have practised, I have possessed all the supernatural powers for a long time. I am thinking of asking the Mother to transfer them all to you. She has told me that you will be able to use them when necessary. What do you say?"
Narendra: "Will they help me to realize God?"
Sri Ramakrishna:"No,they won’t help you to do that. But they might be very useful after you have realized God and when you start doing His work."
 Narendra: "Then let me realize God first. After that, it will be time enough to decide if I need them or not. If I accept them now, I may forget God, make selfish use of them, and thus come to grief."
Sri Ramakrishna was greatly pleased to see Narendra’s single minded devotion.

Sri Ramakrishna said about him: "Narendra is a great soul – perfect in meditation. He cuts the veils of maya to pieces with the sword of knowledge. Inscrutable maya can never bring him under her control."

The Right Time To Seek The God...




Que: Why did you have to practise [spiritual disciplines] so hard?


Sri Ramakrishna: You know, there is eternal union of Hara[Shiva] with gouri, still why did she practise so much austerity? It was to set an example to others. If i do so much, others will do at least one-sixteenth part of it, isn't that so?

A word for you..


A word for you. Remember always, I may not see you again. Be moral. Be brave. Be a heart-whole man. Strictly moral, brave unto desperation. Don't bother your head with religious theories. Cowards only sin, brave men never, no, not even in mind. Try to love anybody and everybody. Be a man and try to make those immediately under your care, namely Ram, Krishnamayi, and Indu, brave, moral, and sympathising. No religion for you, my children, but morality and bravery. No cowardice, no sin, no crime, no weakness the rest will come of itself. . . . And don't take Ram with you ever or ever allow him to visit a theatre or any enervating entertainment whatever.


Yours affectionately,


VIVEKANANDA.

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