Gautham Budha - A Monk, Mendicant, Sage, Philosopher, Teacher and Religious Leader

Gautham Budha - A Monk, Mendicant, Sage, Philosopher, Teacher and Religious Leader
It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you.


“It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you.”
- Gautham Budha

HIS LIFE

Gautam Buddha came from his heavenly abode, when this eternal earth was clouded by the haze of priesthood and stuck under the upper hand of Vedas being interpreted in the way which stratified our society erroneously. This humble guru was born in the 560 BC to father Suddhodana, king of the Sakhyas and mother, Maya.
His birthplace Lumbini depicted a beautiful scene unfolding in the lap of a mighty Himalayan range of Mount Palpa. To add to its beauty the meek river Rohini sometimes tickled the path of the hills. God’s plans intervened and his birth mother was taken away from him within the seven days of his birth. However, he got raised with love and care by his foster mother Mahaprajapati.
His early life was filled with jewels and diamonds, where there was dearth of nothing and he was showered with heaps of love. When he was 16 years old, he got married to a girl Yashodhara. They had a son from this marriage and named him Rahul. In spite of having all, he felt a hole in his heart. To fill the same poking crater, he stepped out of this heavenly home and visited four great sights that transformed his life. He then pursued the life of renunciation and travelled profusively to transform himself and in the same horde he transformed the world in a way who's shadow’s are still seen. Buddha got enlightenment under a Bodhi tree at a place known as Bodh Gaya.
In today’s century, people from far and wide visit Buddhist stupas set by him to seek an escape from the high powered world and provide themselves with a pause to the ever running life and feel the inner peace. The joyful tentacles of Buddhism are still reaching the ever growing world to provide them with a tablet of peace, make them more productive and give them a gift of happiness.

BUDDHA’S LIFE STORIES AND IT’S RELEVANCE IN 21st CENTURY

  • FOUR GREAT SIGHTS

HIS STORY- Once, the revered Buddha got out of his palace of worldly desire to attain the fulfilment that even the beatific mansion was not able to proffer. He saw four sights- The old crippled man, The sick man, The dead man and The man with no home. He was sad and the tears started brimming in his eyes. After seeing the sight, he learnt that one will appreciate the blooming garden only when one has seen a burnt forest.
OUR LESSON- This story of his life teaches the man of this century to be grateful for what he has attained. To look into the plate of people who have far less than what you have got and bow before the eternal thee for the gifts he had bestowed upon us. Learn to be grateful rather than revengeful.
  • A WEALTHY BRAHMIN

HIS STORY- Once in his mid-thirties, the Lord Buddha was passing through a village with his begging bowl. The Brahmin who was sowing his seeds saw the man who looked like a vagabond and lashed at him for not working with his own hands and just asking for what other people have to give him. The Buddha replied that he too sows and ploughs. The Brahmin got furious at Buddha’s response which he thought was a lie and asked angrily that where was his plough and his seeds to sow. Buddha said the seeds of faith I sow and good deeds I plough.
OUR LESSON- Being a man born in this fast pacing world, we have become too judgmental towards others. This story teaches us that we should let everyone live their own story without us being over-critical about them. Help them seek their ultimate destination even when we don’t understand the purpose. Help others without a motive.
  • A VISIT TO THE FOREST OF DREAD

HIS STORY- Angulimala was a man who was feared by everyone. He lived in a forest of darkness and plundered anyone who tried to cross it. When Buddha visited this place he was cautioned by everyone to not go into the forest. Buddha didn’t hear anyone around and started the journey. Angulimala enraged by his daringness, confronted Buddha but hearing the voice of this calm person that emanated peace, he felt transformed and left his bad deeds far behind.
OUR LESSON- This story teaches the ever-cautious man of the 21st century to shut down all the voices around him sometimes and follow his true heart because the results of your boldness will be rewarded in the ways you never thought it would be. It also tells us to treat all the people equally and you never know what good flower would bloom in that garden of evilness.

MOTIVATIONAL QUOTES

  • “If you knew what I know about the power of giving, you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in some way.”
  • “You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger.”
  • “We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”
  • “You only lose what you cling to.”
  • “Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”
  • “When you like a flower, you just pluck it. But when you love a flower, you water it daily.”
  • “A jug fills drop by drop.”

HIS DEMISE

He travelled and made many stupas. He started the ever so admired clan of Monks who are still revered a great time and the mighty kings like Ashoka propagated this humble guru’s theories and made it reach as far as Ceylon. Buddha’s holy soul plunged into the deep-diving waters of eternal heaven in the year 400 BCE at Kushinagar.

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