Strive with diligence
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.