The Sathya Sai International Organisation is a multi-faith spiritual organisation that has participants for many different faiths. It promotes harmony, understanding and tolerance through Unity of Faiths looking for commonality between the faiths, rather than differences. It honours the different religions as different paths leading to the same goal and celebrates some of their holy days. Buddha Poornima is one such celebration which is observed by the Buddhist community. The date of the celebration is different for different regions. We are using the date observed in India, the land of Buddha’s birth; Saturday, 18 May.
‘Let none deceive another, nor despise any person whatsoever in any place. Let him not wish any harm to another out of anger or ill-will. Just as a mother would protect her only child at the risk f her own life, even so, let him cultivate a boundless heart to all beings. Let his thoughts of boundless love pervade the whole world: above, below and across without any obstruction, without any hatred, without any enmity. Whether he stands, walks, sits or lies down, as long as he is awake, he should develop this mindfulness. This, they say, is the noblest living here.
– From the Meta Sutta.
Buddha Poornima or Vesak Day is an event celebrated by Buddhists of the world to commemorate the birth, enlightenment and passing away of Lord Buddha.
Although he was born as a prince, Siddhartha, as Buddha was previously known, became disillusioned with the material world when he chanced upon the sightings of the four inevitable stages of life – birth, old age, sickness and, ultimately, death. This stirred his compassionate heart and he thus vowed to find a way to end suffering. He cast aside royalty, luxury, family and friends and walked a lonely path to his goal. He was twenty-nine years of age. Six years later, he finally found the answer and in doing so, became a Buddha — a fully enlightened being.
Buddha now set his sights on teaching as many people as possible the secret to end suffering. This, he did for the next forty-five years, after which he entered into Nirvana, the ultimate state of attainment where there is neither birth nor death.
The tenets of his teachings are enshrined in the Four Noble Truths: Life is suffering; there is a cause for suffering; suffering can be overcome; and, there is a path to accomplish this. The path is enshrined in his Noble Eightfold Path: Right View; Right Aspiration; Right Action; Right Livelihood, Right Effort; Right Mindfulness; and, Right Concentration.
‘Let the different faiths exist,
let them flourish, and
let the glory of God be sung
in all the languages
and a variety of tunes
That should be the ideal.
– Sathya Sai Baba
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