Importance of Buddha Purnima and Teachings of Lord Buddha
In this article, we are going to discuss the importance of Buddha Purnima and the Teachings of Lord Buddha. 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.
Also, a full moon appears on the same day which falls in April or May. Buddhism is the fourth largest religion in the world, founded by Lord Buddha. Buddha’s original name was Siddhartha and was born in Lumbini (currently in Nepal).
After getting enlightenment under the Bodhi tree, he got Buddha as a title at the age of 35. He then decided to left the lavish lifestyle and spent the rest of his life teaching others. When Buddha passed away, then their 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.
Basic Teachings of Lord Buddha
First Truth – Nothing lost in this universe. Everything transformed from one state to the other in the form of energy. A seed becomes a plant, and then a tree and ultimately gets mixed up with the soil like humans. Seasons change to bring about new life. Energy converted into matter and matter again into energy. That’s how this universe works. Life is like a river that flows on and on and never stops for anyone.
Sometimes the path is very smooth and sometimes, it is full of rocks and snags. Similarly, life is full of unexpected challenges but you should keep on floating. This is the harsh truth but everything changed with time. Our mindsets, observations, living standards, appearances, and even facts change overtimes. Earlier, there were dinosaurs but now the scenario completely changed and the future is yet to come.
Second Truth – Impermanence leads to suffering. We not only suffer in our life but also at the time of birth and death. We crave for a lot of things and never get satisfied. A poor want to become rich and a rich one wants to be a successful one. Their desires never end. Even after a time, happiness also gets converted into sufferings as things are impermanence. So, always try to get satisfied with what you have because some even don’t have those.
Third Truth – The third truth is “no-self”. This means you should never put your ego ahead while talking to other people. If you want to share something, try to share your good fortune. Our actions act like a boomerang. What we do to others, we receive the same, one, or the other way. This is karma.
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. The first noble truth of Buddhism is the inescapable sufferings. The believers said that when Gautam left his palace, he saw an old man, a diseased man, and a decaying corpse. He realized that everyone has to do struggle in their life and have to bear the pain.
From where these sufferings originated is the second noble truth. It springs from the greed, ignorance, and hatred that arises in our minds. All this happened because of our cravings to avoid difficulties.
The third noble truth is that we can end all this if we change our minds and stop all unnecessary desires. These things are temporary, and all of us can attain Nirvana (a final goal of Buddhism).
The fourth noble truth is the Eight-fold path of developing understanding, good intentions, skillful speech, action, livelihood, making efforts in the right manner, good concentration power, and right mindfulness. Then only we can understand the truth of life and can end our sufferings.
I hope this article will help you to bring inner peace and enlightenment in your life.
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. – Gautama Buddha