There’s no dearth of exemplary teachers in the books of history and mythology. While some of them may be forgotten eventually, some are remembered through time. These are teachers who dedicate their lives to sharing their wisdom, encouraging their disciples to surpass them. When they pass on, they leave behind a legacy of knowledge and learning for the world to benefit from. One such teacher whose life touched many others just by being who he was. His was a life that inspired many a transformation, his was the life of a Buddha.
Born a prince, Siddhartha Gautama renounced the worldly pleasures of life to understand the nature of reality. His search took him to great teachers, but their teachings failed to quench his thirst of understanding this reality of life. And so, he set out to find his own path. He went to Bodhgaya and meditated under a tree for seven intense years until he achieved enlightenment, and became the Buddha. For the remainder of his life, he helped people discover the nature of life.
Today, one doesn’t have to give up on worldly pleasures to understand the Buddha’s teachings. They are for anyone and everyone. That’s what makes them relevant even today. In this feature, Soulveda brings to you five gems of wisdom from the life of the enlightened one.
Death is inevitable
After Siddhartha attained enlightenment, he travelled extensively to propagate his teachings. During one of his travels, he came across a woman who had lost her child. When she learnt that the Buddha was visiting her town, she pleaded him to bring her son back to life. He agreed to her request and asked her to bring some mustard from a house that had not seen death. As she visited every house in the town asking for mustard, she realised there wasn’t a house that had not witnessed death.
Death is inevitable and there is no escaping it. All one can do is make peace with it and pray for the departed.
“If you’re angry, it doesn’t impact me. It’s you who is hurt in the process and not me.”