Gautam Buddha went out seeking truth. He kept at his quest through both failure and success. Upon achieving enlightenment he did not say “believe in me”. He said “Let an intelligent person come to me, sincere, honest and straightforward; I shall instruct him in the doctrine so that on my instruction he could practise by himself in such a way that before long he would himself know and himself realize…”
We understand from the Buddha’s teaching which aims to complete transformation of the human being- from self-centred ignorance, attachments and aversions (the three poisons) to steady peace, spiritual freedom from all that binds, unconditional bliss, profound wisdom, loving-kindness and all-embracing compassion, that only wisdom can free us. “Wisdom means knowledge of reality, and only by knowledge of reality will you become happy and free of suffering.”
This day, full moon day of May, marks Gautam Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death.
May all beings be happy.
May all beings be peaceful.
May all beings be liberated
from the illusion of the separation
and all the impurities of the mind.
Happy Buddha Purnima 2014 🙂
(photo curtsey: my-buddha-nature.org ‘buddha at sunset’)