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The Master’s way

Lord Buddha's quest for excellence lies in the development of human values irrespective of caste, creed and religion. Arvind Alok writes.

india Updated: May 03, 2012 23:04 IST
Arvind Alok
Arvind Alok
Hindustan Times

Lord Buddha's quest for excellence lies in the development of human values irrespective of caste, creed and religion. He asked his followers not to follow him out of mere admiration and submission. He emphasised on the practicability of his teachings and gave his followers full liberty for investigation before practising them for their emancipation.

Buddhists around the world understand the very essence of Buddhism by going through the extensive investigations in modern perspective and thus follow their Master's sayings. Needless to say, the world today is passing through a disastrous phase of survival when so many countries have already entered into confrontation.

As a result, the common people are either being killed or disabled, which undoubtedly reminds one of the world going towards a disabled order.

For the attainment of materialistic excellence, we forget to even to maintain the minimum human ethics, thereby worsening the very atmosphere of human's survival.

All this are happening because of the defilements which are deeply rooted into the minds of the people.

We take a lot of care of our physical beauties, but we never pay any attention to the mind as the supreme gift after wandering into many births and rebirths. For the spiritual person, mind is the source of emancipation and enlightenment; whereas for the common men and women, it is mainly for a healthy, prosperous and peaceful life.

Therefore, we must take care of our mind properly.

We should always try our best to preserve the natural beauties and should never allow to get them polluted so that all living beings can live on this beautiful planet peacefully and happily.

A mindful effort is always fruitful and blissful; whereas without taking this aspect into consideration, one can always fall into the traps of shameful and harmful behavior that takes him nowhere.

We have it from the Dhammapada, “The mind is very hard to perceive, extremely subtle, flits wherever it listeth; let the wise person guard it, a guarded mind is conducive to happiness.”

(Buddha Purnima falls on Sunday)

First Published: May 03, 2012 23:03 IST