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Oh Buddha, Who Are You?

December 27, 2011  by: Paulose  Points: 18   Category: Inspirational Stories    Views: 342

Oh, Buddha! Who are you and where are you? Are you Siddhartha? Or are you Gautama or are you the only enlightened? Are you one of the millions of avatars of The only Supreme Being?

         

Siddhartha, a king of North India, became intolerant of the discriminating caste system existing in the society. He was much troubled to see the sufferings of his fellow beings. He wanted to find solutions to alleviate human sufferings. His search made him Buddha.

Oh, Buddha! Who are you and where are you? Are you Siddhartha? Or are you Gautama or are you the only enlightened? Are you one of the millions of avatars of The only Supreme Being?

Are you Siddhartha?

Are you the Savior born in a royal family as an established Kshatriya warrior to fight against the evils of the cursed caste system? I am sure the iron grip of the caste system over your royal members and your subjects alike should have shocked your truth seeking and straight forward mind. Your reasoning must have been perturbed by the brutishness of that brutal caste system. Did the horrified inner conflict of your conscience force you, Siddhartha, to seek a cloistered life?

Oh Gautama what was haunting you? The birth or the death?

I know your mind was haunted with the two questions that emerged in you repeatedly. Was it birth, the product of love? Or was it death, the denial of love?

Who was Siddhartha Gautama? That was a tormenting question in me for a long time. Was he a King who conquered the spiritual world by conquering his self? Or was he a sadhu who sat under a tree searching answers for some labyrinth riddles? Then how did the world rename a man who was already called by the name Siddhartha?

The names Siddhartha Gautama and Buddha have a very deep meaning in them containing the whole life history of Siddhartha Gautama Buddha. Gautama is the name of the family in which Siddhartha, the son of Suddhodhana and Maya Devi, was born. Siddhartha means a man accomplished his aim or mission of life. Buddha means the one who was enlightened.

Siddhartha's aim in life was to find out the answer for the question that was drilling his mind and soul- to achieve the aim of existence. Not content with his life of luxury, Siddhartha, at the age of twenty nine, decided to venture out to find out the solution for his inner thirst. He abandoned his kingship and set out.

In his travels he came across a diseased man, a decaying corpse and an ascetic. Depressed, he wanted to find a way to overcome old age, disease and death. He began his mission by begging for alms in the street. At insight in him which told him that enlightenment would come through meditation and fasting, he nearly starved himself to death.
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