Buddha Poornima, also known as Buddha Jayanti celebrates the birth anniversary of Lord Buddha, the founder of the Buddhist religion and is said to be the ninth ‘avatar’ of Lord Vishnu. It was on Buddha Poornima that the three important events of Lord Buddha took place – his birth, his enlightenment and his death (Nirvana).
While we rejoice on this day, we should also havean insight into his teachings. These teachings aim at cessation of sufferings and leave one in a state of self-awakening.So true were his words when he said, “Nothing is lost in this universe.” Matter turns into energy, energy turns into matter.We are the same as plants, as trees, as other people, as the rain that falls. We consist of that which is around us, we are the same as everything. If we destroy something around us, we destroy ourselves. If we cheat another, we cheat ourselves. Does that not beautifully expounds why we need to refrain ourselves from the deadly rampage we have initiated to become the supreme power on this earth?
Gautama Buddha had a strong belief in the theory of ‘Karma’-‘ As you sow, so shall you reap’. What we give to the universe comes back to us someday and we all are a witness to it. An experienced and worldly wise person would acknowledge the fact that goodness begets benevolence and malice begets hatred.Lord Buddha said,
“The kind of seed sown
will produce that kind of fruit.
Those who do good will reap good results.
Those who do evil will reap evil results.
If you carefully plant a good seed,
You will joyfully gather good fruit.”
Nothing ever happens to us unless we deserve it. We receive exactly what we earn, whether it is good or bad. We are the way we are now due to the things we have done in the past. Our thoughts and actions determine the kind of life we can have. If we do good things, in the future good things will happen to us. If we do bad things, in the future bad things will happen to us. Every moment we create new ‘karma’ by what we say, do, and think. If we understand this, we do not need to fear ‘karma’. It becomes our friend. It teaches us to create a bright future. Sometimes the delay in justice leaves us disappointed and shatters our belief in the laws of the universe, but according to Gautama Buddha there could be a delay but no denial in conferring justice on the people, by the supreme adjudicator of this creation.
The noble eightfold path or the middle way preached by Lord Buddha has a universal appeal andfinds its relevance even today. Adherence to the principle of Right speech,action,intent, concentration, conduct,effort,mindfulness and livelihood is the only key to salvation. Five precepts laid down by Lord Buddha exhort everyone to avoid killing, lying, false drinking, sexual misconduct and taking anything that is not theirs.
In the fast pace of our lives where everyone is in frenzied race of materialism, egocentricity prevails over the thoughts of the people. Our greed for more in life has numbed our qualms in causing harm to others. We feel no compunctions in stooping to impertinence, insolence and presumptuousness to have our sway over others. Where the world is constantly moving towards its doom, teachings of Lord Buddha and the values upheld by him are the only means to salvage the humanity. So, on this auspicious occasion of Buddha Poornima, let’s vow to lead a pious life and take humanity to a sacred pedestal of glory, as ordained by Great Almighty.
Article Credited By: Seth Anandram Jaipuria School Ghaziabad