Strive with dili­gence

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

Thou­sands of peo­ple across the king­dom vis­ited holy places to of­fer prayers and of­fer­ings to observe the Lord Bud­dha’s Parnir­vana yes­ter­day. The Th­ese sym­bolic of­fer­ings are to re­mind the fol­low­ers that fruits will per­ish after a short while, the but­ter lamp and in­cense sticks would burn out to dis­pel the darkness of ig­no­rance of self and all other sen­tient be­ings.

‘Dues chen lnga ‘dzom’ mean­ing col­lec­tion of five great events in the life of Bud­dha is ob­served on the 15th day (full moon) of the 4th month of the Bhutanese cal­en­dar yearly. It was on this day Bud­dha en­tered the womb of his mother (con­ceived), born, sub­dued devils, gained en­light­ened and at­tained nir­vana. There is a tra­di­tion who takes into ac­count only three great events and call ‘Dus chen sum ‘dzom’Ac­cord­ing to this tra­di­tion, it was on the 7th day of the 4th month that Bud­dha was born and the 15th day of the 4th month he at­tained en­light­en­ment and also passed away. Hav­ing done a great ser­vice of 45 years at the age of 80, the Lord Bud­dha at­tains Parinir­vana.

By that time, the re­li­gion had al­ready been firmly es­tab­lished and was com­pleted with the four as­sem­blies of devo­tees, namely monks, nuns, male lay devo­tees and fe­male lay devo­tees, who would in the event of his death be able to carry on the mis­sion he had ini­ti­ated. On the full moon night he seated un­der a Bodhi tree med­i­tat­ing. He fi­nally de­vel­oped the su­per­nor­mal knowl­edge that ul­ti­mately de­stroyed all kinds of pas­sions and men­tal de­file­ments in him and gave him pen­e­tra­tive in­sight into all phe­nom­ena in their true state. On this day the supreme light of re­al­iza­tion dawned on Bud­dha and he at­tained en­light­en­ment (nir­vana) be­neath the Bodhi tree (jangchub shing) at Bodha Gaya. He be­came the supreme Lord Bud­dha, the en­light­ened one, a man far su­pe­rior to all the other be­ings in wis­dom and spir­i­tual at­tain­ments.

Nir­vana, the supreme bliss is a di­men­sion transcending time and thus is dif­fi­cult to talk about or even think about-words and thoughts be­ing only suited to de­scribe the time-space di­men­sion. Nir­vana is be­yond time, there is no mo­ment and so ag­ing or dy­ing. Nir­vana is eter­nal be­cause it be­yond space, there is no cau­sa­tion, no bound­ary, no con­cept of self and non-self and thus nir­vana is in­fi­nite. The Bud­dha also as­sures us that nir­vana is an ex­pe­ri­ence of great hap­pi­ness. He says “Nir­vana is the high­est hap­pi­ness”

As we pay homage to the great Bud­dha, we must all re­mem­ber what he said be­fore en­ter­ing the Parinir­vana. He said all com­pounded things are sub­ject to de­cay. Strive with dili­gence. So fol­low what The Great Bud­dha said and the world will be a bet­ter place to live for you and ev­ery­body as all things are sub­ject to de­cay.

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