October 1, 2019
The life of the Buddha started almost 2,600 years ago in Lumbini, a small town near Nepal. The real name of Buddha was Siddharta Gautama. He was a born prince but he soon realized that with this title, he won’t be able to attain lasting happiness.
Hence, after a tiresome spiritual search through deep meditation, he unfolded the true nature of the mind. At last, he achieved a state of unconditional and lasting happiness. This was the state of enlightenment, which led to the rise of Buddhahood or Buddhism.
According to Buddha, this state of mind expresses itself through fearlessness, active compassion and joy. This helped him to free his life from any kind of distress and emotional disturbances. This was the basic theme behind the teachings of Buddha, which he preached through his life.
At the time of the Buddha, India was quite open for spirituality. Every major philosophical view was prevailing in society, and people believed that spirituality can influence their daily lives in positive ways.
At this time of great potential, Siddhartha Gautama, the future Buddha, was born into a royal family. When grew up, Buddha became exceptionally compassionate and intelligent. He was tall, handsome, and strong. His parents thought that he will become a powerful ruler for the kingdom.
At age 29, he came across the sufferings and impermanence associated with the life, outside his majestic place. One day when he was out of his palace, he saw a person desperately sick. Another day he saw a dead person. This made him upset by thinking that one day he may also face sufferings of old age and eventually death.
During this time of despair, he met a meditator who was sitting under a tree with deep absorption. After they see each other, their minds linked. Buddha was mesmerized by the peaceful appearance of the meditator. This very moment gave birth to the Buddha we know at present.
Enlightenment of Buddha
The Buddha made up his mind and realized that there is no other option but to leave the palace, royal responsibilities, and his family. This was his first step towards enlightenment. Hence, he secretly left the palace and started meditation while living alone in the forest.
During the next six years, Buddha met a wide range of talented meditators. This helped him to master the true techniques of meditation. Initially, he came to know the potential of his mind, but wasn’t capable of exploring the mind itself. Finally, when he visited a place known as Bodhgaya, he decided to stay in the state of meditation until he explores the true nature of his mind. After continuously meditating for six days and night, he finally reached enlightenment.
This was the time when he was in a position to unveil the true state of his mind. It helped him to dissolve the stiff ideas and mixed feelings. He felt that the time and space has actually disappeared. In fact, he witnessed timelessness and became the Buddha, the Awakened One.
After seeking the true enlightenment, Buddha preached his teaching throughout India. He continuously preached for forty-five years. People were drawn towards him in large numbers irrespective of their cast, religion, profession, and social status.