Buddha means enlightenment and a sense of awakening to create peace, harmony, and just society. Buddha Purnima symbolizes the birth, enlightenment, and Mahaparinirvana of Mahatma Buddha. The teachings of Buddha have been adopted by people all over the world. He was known as Lord Buddha because of the powerful message contained in his life and deeds. Their messages are even more relevant in the current context.
Today, the Covid-19 global epidemic has proved that the complexities of the modern world are adding to the uncertainties. Humanity is currently facing a serious crisis.
The threats of bioterrorism, climate change, global warming, extremism, and extremism are shaking the conscience of humanity. Since ancient times mankind has built the capacity to control natural resources. His greedy attitude towards the use of these resources has created an imbalance.
The Buddha's method of introspection and awakening teaches the method of reducing uncertainties. Today Buddha's remembrance is necessary because he showed the way to restore mental purity to troubled humanity.
Buddha's teachings make a person his guide. He can become a savior of himself through personal efforts and can be instrumental in changing the individualist attitude towards the outside world. The influence of Buddhist ideas and symbols on our democracy is profound and visible. Above the Speaker's chair in the Lok Sabha, 'Dharma Chakra Pravartanaya' is inscribed. This means the establishment of the Dhamma, the cycle of religion.
The preamble of the Constitution makes us aware of the principles of freedom, equality and fraternity which have their roots in Buddhist teachings. The Constitution Artist Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar in his essay on 'The Ancient Regime - The State of the Aryan Society' wrote on the prevalence of Buddhist thought that Buddhism was a great revolution like the French Revolution. Although it began as a secondary revolution, it was more than a secondary revolution. She also became a social and political revolution.
Ambedkar on several occasions refuted the myths about the basic principles of freedom, equality and fraternity and emphasized their origins from the ancient Indian teachings of the Buddha.
He wrote, The goal of the society is to lay a new foundation, which the French Revolution wrote in three words - Fraternity, Freedom, and Equality. It was due to this slogan that the French Revolution was welcomed. This did not bring equality. We welcome the Russian Revolution because its purpose was to bring equality, but it cannot be stressed too much that society should sacrifice brotherhood or freedom in bringing equality. Equality would be of no importance without fraternity or freedom. All three can co-exist only if one follows the path of Buddha. Communism can give to one, but not all.
In September 2019, at the United Nations General Assembly, PM Narendra Modi said, we belong to the country which has given Buddha to the world and not war.
India is leading local to global stakeholders in the global fight against Corona. India has emerged as the world's pharmacy by providing hydroxychloroquine medicine and other medical aid to more than a hundred needy countries.
The day of Buddhist Purnima gives us a suitable opportunity to make a determination to free ourselves from conflicts and violence and to strengthen the contemporary relevance of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.
The Buddha's vision can guide every stakeholder from local to global institutions. By following his teachings, we can promote harmony and justice, as well as create a world in which freedom, equality, and fraternity are truly effective.
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