If there is no soul, how can there be karma? It was a day when the full-moon shone, casting a bright silver light on the whole countryside, a day in the month of Vesak May. A well known example is the popular story where prince Mahasattva who is actually the Buddha during one of his previous lives inspired by compassion, selflessness, and generosity, offers his body as food to a starving tigress to prevent the tigress from eating her new born cubs, and he dies devoured by the cat. It was foretold that the boy would be either a great ruler or a great spiritual teacher. Instead, he should live an honest and simple life for peace within and peace outside. These dates are supported by some historical evidences.
At long last he found the truth; he attained enlightenment and established the principles of Karma. Growing up, the Buddha was exceptionally intelligent and compassionate. He went to the Deer Park in Isipatana where he found the five companions who had earlier abandoned him. He grew up in Kapilavastu. His mother was Maya Devi who died seven days after the birth of her son. Siddhartha is said to have spent 29 years as a prince in Kapilavastu.
When he was sixteen he finished his education and he married Princess Yasodara. Social morality was given the highest priority in Buddhist thought. He was no longer an ordinary person. Ambedkar The Buddha and His Dhamma, a treatise onBuddha's life and Buddhism, was the last work of Indian statesman and scholar B. In the golden daybreak, so it is said, Siddhartha looked up and saw the morning star.
It was necessary for the discipline and training of the mind towards the higher goal. . At long last he found the truth; he attained enlightenment and established the principles of Karma. Although most historians believe there was such a person, we know very little about the actual historical person. Now, he became the 'Buddha' the enlightened one. Finally, he discovered the way to end all this suffering.
By the time he was 29, he abandoned his home and began to live as a homeless ascetic. Under the patronage of that monarch, grounds were prepared for the spread of Buddhism far and wide. India at the time of the Buddha was very spiritually open. Bimbisara offered Siddhartha the throne of his kingdom. His birthday is celebrated as Buddha Purnima in Indian subcontinent. Soon the sun, planets, the stars out in space and distant galaxies of the universe all appeared to him in his meditation. He was no longer an ordinary person.
Siddhartha left from his kingdom and went to several well-known teachers to study the ultimate nature of reality. So he had his rice, drank water and bathed in the river. For the Buddhist monks there were other strict regulations like celibacy which were not binding on the lay followers. But Siddhartha was not happy with all this. Before that he had no prior knowledge about sickness, death and asceticism. It would bring a state of happiness, far above selfish desires and worldly attachment. Between the two extremes of pleasures and penance, he showed the path of a really virtuous life.
Suddenly, at age 29, he was confronted with impermanence and suffering. In view of the danger of Karma, Buddha left a serene message to men to understand the value of a good life and of good actions. He came to know that man had no escape from death which was inevitable. We have all been each other's friend and enemy, mother and father, son and daughter thousands upon thousands of times in the past. They proved like a turning point in his life, causing him to think seriously on the meaning of human existence. For 45 years, Buddha spread his message of spiritual life to all people. He wanted to do something to deliver the humanity from all such misery.
The next morning the prince walked past a meditator who sat in deep absorption. At first, the Buddha was reluctant to teach because what he had realized could not be communicated in words. His charioteer explained him that pain and death are a part and parcel of life. Ultimately, the philosophy of non-violence became a cardinal principle of Buddhism. His followers perhaps thought that by making him a god the Buddha would become more special, his image more powerful and unique.
Ananda, a cousin of the Buddha, also became a monk; he accompanied the Buddha during the last stage of his life and persuaded him to admit into the Sangha, thus establishing the Bhikkhuni Sangha, the female Buddhist monastic community. Hindus should leave eating all this non sense. Death: Buddha died at the age of 80 at a place named Kusinagar in the present day Gorakhpur district of modern Uttar Pradesh. The Historical Buddha Reliable factual data on the life of Siddhartha Gautama is very scarce. This formula cuts at the root of Buddhism.
If a man speak or act with a good thought, happiness follows him like a shadow that never leaves him. Buddha preached non-violence, peace and harmony. According to her name, the child was named as Gautama. He visited many places including Kapilavastu where his own son Rahul was taken to the new faith and became a monk. Yet as a khyatriya prince he was given the customary training in the use of arms and weapons, in riding horse and driving chariot. When one life ends, another begins - and in this way the wheel of death and birth keeps spinning around and around.