Life of Buddha.
Gautama Buddha was born as Siddhartha Gautama was born in Lumbini (presently Nepal) and grew up in Kapilavastu (currently Uttar Pradesh, India). He was born in a Kshatriya family, his father Suddhodana was the chief of Shakya clan. His mother Mayadevi was a princess of Koliya.
On the fifth day of the birth of Gautama, hermit Asita and some other Brahmans predicted that the child will grow up to become a great king or a holy man. Hearing this, King Suddhodana did everything to prevent him getting aware of old-age, sickness and death. He formed a different village where he moved all the people suffering, sick and aged. But Buddha one day saw an old man and his perception was changed forever.
He married Yasodhara when he was 16. They had a son together named Rahula.
It is said that, Gautama started understanding the meaninglessness of materialism from a very young age. He understood the fact that all worldly things are nothing but temporary, and there is much more to life than things like wealth, luxury, relationships, etc.
The prince left his palace at age of 29 leaving his family and royal life behind. It is said that “The horse’s hooves were muffled by the gods” to divert the attention of the guards of his palace from his departure. He visited his family back after he attained enlightenment.
He meditated throughout years under the Bodhi tree (currently at Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India) after 49 days of a nonstop meditation he achieved enlightenment at the age of 35. He then became Buddha, also known as ‘The Enlightened One’ or ‘Awakened One’.
Buddha’s teachings are till date the most impactful ones all over the world. It is considered by many to be one of the most peaceful religions existing. Mostly regions in Asia consists of the Buddhists population and Buddhist monks.
My take on Buddha and Buddhism
As far as I’ve read about Buddha, watched videos about him, discussed with monks or say studied his teachings, I personally think that unfortunately most of the people following the religion are yet to understand it well.
Buddha never asked his followers to build temples for him or get a regular routine to worship him in front his sculptures or statues. Buddha understood these things were vague, is why he never followed even the religion he was born in, and went on his own path to understand the true meaning of life and search the real purpose.
The problem is most of the people don’t understand Buddhism is not supposed to be a religion, it is a lifestyle that everyone must adapt. Wearing a certain type of garment, beads, praying statues or doing any other things doesn’t make them Buddhists.
You could be a Buddhist on papers but you are never a born Buddhist and no rituals could ever convert you into a Buddhist. Buddhism is a state of mind which is to be achieved by understanding your consciousness, teachings of Buddha and ofcourse meditation.
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No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path. – Buddha
Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship. – Buddha
Just a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life. – Buddha
Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. – Buddha
We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. – Buddha
We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves. – Buddha
Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace. – Buddha
Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. – Buddha
The mind is everything. What you think you become. – Buddha
You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger. – Buddha
Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule. – Buddha
It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell. – Buddha
Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others. – Buddha
Better than worshiping gods is obedience to the laws of righteousness. – Buddha
The foolish man conceives the idea of ‘self’. The wise man sees there is no ground on which to build the idea of ‘self’; thus, he has a right conception of the world and well concludes that all compounds amassed by sorrow will be dissolved again, but the truth will remain. – Buddha
I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done. – Buddha
What we think, we become. – Buddha
To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance. – Buddha
Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely. – Buddha
Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace. – Buddha
However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? – Buddha
You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection. – Buddha
Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without. – Buddha
Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind. – Buddha
All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed, can wrong-doing remain? – Buddha
The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. – Buddha