Kurukshetra's Pehowa town celebrates Buddha Jayanti
Dr. Lalit Kishore | 15 May 2014

In Pehowa town of Kurukshetra district in Haryana, Buddha Jayanti to mark the holy coincidence of Buddha's birth, enlightenment and nirvana, was celebrated on May 13 at the Dr. Ambedkar Yuva Vikas Kendra in the town. The message of ethical living, compassion and non-violence was stressed by the speakers on the occasion.

Likewise, the celebrations were held all over the country with the a special event was held at Mahabodhi temple in Gaya amidst ritual chanting of Buddhist mantras by the monks gathered on the temple premise. The security was beefed up around the temple. Also, a peace march was organized in the city, reported the media.

It is pertinent to know on this occasion about death and the impermanence of life. According to Buddhism, death is not the end of life; it is merely the end of the body while the spirit remains to seek out through the need of attachment and new life. It is believed that humans are reborn as a result of the past actions and resultant karma according to cause and effect principle.

Thus, Buddhism emphasizes the impermanence of lives, including all those beyond the present life. I was reminded on this day of the story of the anguished women who came to the Buddha carrying her dead child pleading him to bring the child back to life. The Buddha had told the woman to bring to him a mustard seed from any household where no-one had ever died to get her wish fulfilled. However, the woman's attempt to get such a seed from houses went in vain and she realized the transient nature of life and became a good-doer to earn good karma.