Person and Quote of the day- Buddha
“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path."⠀ - Buddha⠀ ⠀ Siddharta Gautama was born a Prince about 2,600 years ago in Lumbini, near the border of Nepal and India. Since his parents wanted a powerful ruler for their kingdom, they tried to prevent Siddharta from seeing the unsatisfactory nature of the world. They surrounded him with every kind of pleasure and sheltered him from pain and suffering.⠀ ⠀ On a rare outing from his luxurious palace, he saw someone desperately sick, a decrepit old man, and finally a dead person. He was very upset to realize that old age, sickness and death would come to everyone he loved.⠀ ⠀ The Buddha decided he had to leave his royal responsibilities and his family in order to realize full enlightenment. He left the palace secretly and set off alone into the forest. Over the next six years, he met many talented meditation teachers and mastered their techniques. Always he found that they showed him the mind’s potential but not the mind itself. After spending six days and nights cutting through mind’s most subtle obstacles, he reached enlightenment on the full moon morning of May, a week before he turned thirty-five.⠀ ⠀ At the moment of full realization, all veils of mixed feelings and stiff ideas dissolved and Buddha experienced the all-encompassing here and now. All separation in time and space disappeared. Past, present, and future, near and far, melted into one radiant state of intuitive bliss. He became timeless, all-pervading awareness. Through every cell in his body, he knew and was everything. He became Buddha, the Awakened One.⠀ ⠀ After his enlightenment, Buddha traveled on foot throughout northern India. He taught constantly for forty-five years. People of all castes and professions, from kings to courtesans, were drawn to him. He answered their questions, always pointing towards that which is ultimately real.⠀ ⠀ Throughout his life, Buddha encouraged his students to question his teachings and confirm them through their own experiences. This non-dogmatic attitude still characterizes Buddhism today.