Enepalese Published on: May 19, 2024

“One who perceives the true nature of all life and who leads others to attain the same enlightenment. The Buddha nature is inherent in all beings, and is characterized by the qualities of wisdom, courage, compassion and life force.” Buddhism is a religion and philosophy based on teachings attributed to Siddhartha Gautama (later Buddha meaning the awakened one) who was born in Kapilvastu Lumbini in 567 BC. It has become one of the most popular religions in the world because of its noble teachings; simplicity, compassion, forgiveness and truthfulness. Although Nepal is the birthplace of Buddha, it is not Buddhist or Hindu country but Vedic Sanatan Dharma which embraces all the religion of the world. Bhagawan Buddha is regarded as the 10th incarnation of Narayana (Lord Vishnu). Siddhartha Gautama was born in Shakya family from the king Suddhodhana and Queen Mayadevi. When Queen Maya Devi was on the way to her paternal home she gave birth to Siddhartha at Lumbini. It is said the baby Siddhartha walked 7 steps just after the birth. Siddhartha Gautam was grown in comfort and luxury that his father has arranged. He was predicted by an astrologer that Sidhartha would become a sage in future. Therefore, his father tried his best not to have any lacking and avoid his son from being hermitage. Siddhartha Gautam was a pleasant child but used to spend more time thinking and asking serious questions than enjoying richness of the palace. His father got worried with the nature of his son and decided to tie up conjugal life with Yasodhara so that Gautam would engage in marriage life. But instead, he became restless when he saw sick people, old man and corpse when he was out for sight-seeing. Then, he began to ponder upon eternal questions about the suffering and universal law. On a tranquil full moon night, he decided to leave the palace (luxury), family (attachment) even little sweet son Rahul in search of truth.    

He wandered many places and consulted with spiritual masters of those days, meditate in the deep jungle without food and water for several months but still could not find the truth. He realized that enlightenment is not possible with empty stomach and took rice-pudding offered by Sujata, lower caste girl. Suddenly, on a full moon day he was showered with true wisdom   “The world is full of suffering, there is cause of suffering, end of desire is salvation. It is possible only by following Panchashila-the 5 moral codes of ethics. Nirvana can be achieved by following eight- fold path; right understanding, right thought, right speech, right action, and right means of livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness and right meditation”.

  • Full moon of Baishakh is very important for Buddhist because the three great happenings; abandon of Palace, Enlightenment and decease of Bhagawan Buddha was occurred on this day.
  • Five elements: Fire, air, sky, earth, water (the five elements of our body is represented in  colorful prayer flags)
  • Nirvana: State of salvation or being free from the cycle of birth and death.
  • Padma Sambhava: 8th century saint, Guru Urgen Rinpoche who carried away Buddhism in Tibet. Padma Sambhava is no other that Guru Gorakshanatha appeared on lotus petal). Padma means lotus in Sanskrit language.
  • Vipassana: Meditation practice taught by Bhagawan Buddha to look inward and find ourselves “Appa Dipo Bhawa (Alight yourself)” Buddhist sing Buddha Bhajan “Buddham Saranam Gachhami” which means let’s take refugee to the teachings of Bhagawan Buddha.

King Ashok felt so bad for killing innocent people in war. So, he thought to give up war and pay homage to Buddha. He came to Lumbini and erected stone pillar with written inscription “dewana piyena lajina bisatiwasa bhisiten” which proves that Lumbini (Kapilavatu) Nepal is the birthplace of Buddha. Despite of such crystal clear evidence, Indian government built a duplicate Lumbini nearby Delhi. Again, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech at United Nation Meeting saying “Buddha was born in India” made a huge political turmoil for 6 months. Isn’t it disgusting? Just imagine- when India tries to hide worldwide known spiritual-centers, if so ancient spiritual places can be easily hidden, isn’t it? However, not only Bhagawan Buddha, 1,008 Buddhas have already taken birth in the Himalayas of Nepal. All the Rishimunis, Devas, Bhagawan, spiritual masters take birth in Nepal because Himalaya bears cosmic portal and it is the land of Vedas ‘Buddha-bhumi’ and Vedic Santana Dharma.