Gautama or Siddhartha, the founder of Buddhism, was brought into the world in 567 B.C. in Lumbini Garden close to Kapilavastu. His father was Suddodhana of the Sakya family and his mother was Mayadevi. As his mom breathed her last during labor, he was raised by his auntie Prajapati Gautami. At sixteen years of age, he married Yasodhara and had a child, Rahula. Seeing an elderly person, an ailing man, a corpse, and an ascetic moved him away from common life. He ventured out from his palatial home at the age of 29 looking for Truth. He meandered for a long time and met a few educators yet couldn't achieve enlightenment. Finally, he sat under a bodhi tree at Bodh Gaya and performed extraordinary repentance, after which he achieved Enlightenment (Nirvana) at the age of 35. From that point forward he became known as the Buddha or 'the Enlightened One'. He conveyed his most memorable message at Sarnath close to Benares and for the following 45 years, he led the simple life of a preacher. The main followers of Buddha were Sariputta, Moggallanna, Ananda, Kassapa and Upali. Rulers like Prasenajit of Kosala and Bimbisara and Ajatasatru of Magadha acknowledged his precepts and turned into his devotees. Buddha in the course of his life spread his message all over north India and visited places like Benares, Rajagriha, Sravasti, Vaisali, Nalanda, and Pataligrama. It ought to be taken into note that he didn't involve himself in unbeneficial discussions in regards to supernatural inquiries like a god, soul, karma, resurrection, and so on, and was concerned with the day-to-day practical problems faced by the devotee.
The Four Noble Truths as mentioned by Lord Buddha are:
The world is full of suffering
The cause of suffering is the desire
If desires are gotten rid of, suffering can be eliminated.
This should be possible by following the Eightfold Path. The Eightfold Path comprises of right view, right purpose, right speech, right behaviour, right vocation, right effort, right care, and right mindfulness. Buddha neither acknowledges god nor rejects the presence of God. He laid incredible accentuation on the law of karma. He contended that the state of man in this life relies on his own deeds. He claimed that the soul doesn't exist. Nonetheless, he stressed Ahimsa. Considerably under the gravest incitement, he didn't show the least resentment but won everyone's hearts with his love and empathy. His religion was indistinguishable from the ethical quality and it underscored immaculateness of thought, word, and deed. He was a pragmatist who attempted to make sense of things in the light of reason and not based on ignorant religiosity. There are various types of wooden statues of Lord Buddha that usher prosperity into a true devotee’s life-
The Buddha's head holds all the unknown secrets of enlightenment inside it, symbolizing the insight, and knowledge of the Buddha. The Buddha's head looks like a youthful and beguiling Buddha that emanates calmness, and levelheadedness in reflective tranquility. A true devotee ought to keep this sculpture in their meditation room or corner, or else they could put it in their praying room
As per Vastu Shastra, Laughing Buddha is viewed as a symbol of prosperity and should be placed in each home. It represents joy and can assist with setting a positive vibe at a devotee's home. A wooden statue of the Laughing Buddha ought to be put in the east direction of a devotee's home. Keeping it in the east ensures prosperity and harmony in the whole house.
Parinirvana is a Mahayana Buddhist celebration that denotes the demise of the Buddha. It is otherwise called Nirvana Day and is celebrated on February fifteenth. Buddhists celebrate the demise of the Buddha since they accept that having accomplished Enlightenment, he accomplished independence from the actual physical existence and its sufferings.
Tibetan Monastery Gong
Gongs have been utilized in Tibetan monasteries and temples for quite a long time. it is typically placed on the rooftop of the primary prayer hall, the reason for gong is to gather the priests from their quarters to the main hall. It is widely believed that after hearing the sound of the gong, the stress in a human being's day-to-day life will be eliminated, wisdom will grow, Bodhi will be conceived, from hellfire that one will go, promises will be made to turn into a Buddha, and to save all living beings. Therefore the explanation that temples sound the gong each day and evening is extremely critical; additionally, the day-to-day schedules of a temple start and finish with the sound of the gong.
Q1. Where should the statues of Buddha be placed generally?
The wooden statues of Lord Buddha ought to continuously face the east direction. The devotee can put it in the North-East direction to stimulate the energy of the corner. The Lord Buddha statue should not be kept in the washroom, storeroom, and pantry.
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