When the world delves into an endless ocean of ignorance, hatred and unrestricted sense-gratification, an Enlightened One descends to reclaim the fallen souls. Buddha in a spiritual perspective reclaimed the fallen souls through his teachings. He found that extreme asceticism and unrestricted sensual enjoyment did no good to one’s inner self. He found a middle way called Majjhimaapaṭipadaa neither extreme/sudden renunciation of the worldly objects nor unrestricted sensual pleasure.
One can celebrate Buddha Purnima in the simplest way. The aim of celebration is to remember Buddha and his invaluable teachings.
Visit to a Vihara: One can visit a Vihara if located in their city. A ‘Vihara’ a Sanskrit and Pali word for a monastery used by Buddhists. There you can sit peacefully and offer flowers to the Buddha statue. You can also light up a Diya (oil/ghee/butter lamp) and place it along the others.
Simple dressing: One can dress up simply in white or saffron attire if possible. You can also use a shawl while praying.
Cooking Kheer: One can cook kheer (rice pudding). It is important to cook it considering its historical significance. During his ascetic journey, Buddha experienced physical weaknesses due to consuming only a leaf or a nut per day in order to sustain his quench for Enlightenment, devoid of absolute pleasures. When a village girl named Sujata saw a weakened Buddha collapsing in a river while taking bath, she offered him kheer that helped him regain some energy. Rice pudding is made of rice grains, milk, sugar and water. These ingredients are regarded by the Vedas as satvik. They nourish your inner self as well as energize the finer tissues of the brain, making the mind calm and focused on the spiritual practice. On this day, non-vegetarian food is not consumed.
Meditation: This is central to Buddhism as Buddha stressed on dhyana, meditation. One can simply read the teachings of Buddha and then sit in mediation calmly. This will gradually shut the chattering in your fickle mind. One can mediate in a Vihara, a place that is super-charged with the mantras chanted by the monks there. However it not compulsory to do meditation there, you can sit anywhere provided there are no distractions.
Divine Chants of Buddha
Listen to ‘Buddham Sharanam Gachchhami’. Best for your meditation. It initiates the process of surrendering to one’s higher self. By surrendering to that self, one feels liberated even in whatever position or occupation one is. The meaning of these divine chants is: Buddham saranam gacchami ‘I go to the Buddha for refuge’. Dhammam saranam gacchami ‘I go to the Dhamma for refuge’. Sangham saranam gacchami ‘I go to the Sangha for refuge.’
Akshobhya Buddha incense from the Fragrance of Gods collection of Tatva Yog. Unique incense made with pure essential oils that represent the attributes of Lord Buddha that invoke His divine presence.
Lord Buddha Idols & Photos:
Installing Buddha idols and photos is the best way to replenish a place with serenity, positive energy and peacefulness.
Lapis Lazuli Buddha Bracelet
Elegant Lapis Lazuli Buddha Bracelet is made using 16 natural round Lapis Lazuli Beads with the face of Lord Buddha in German silver. The beauty of the bracelet is enhanced with stone studded metal spacers. The bracelet offers a perfect and comfortable fit and is easy to roll on and roll off. Lapis Lazuli is the gemstone that enhances spirituality, increases self-confidence and willpower.
Lord Buddha Shawls
This shawl has image of 'Lord Buddha' and beautiful 'floral patterns' artistically weaved all over with black and respective colored soft woolen thread. This Jacquard shawl is used for draping around the body during religious occasions or as an altar cloth.