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Being born ……. growing old ….. death and rebirth. This is the cycle of suffering that The Buddha wanted to find a solution for.
To do this he left the life of a prince and went into the world …. travelling ….. meditating ….. undertaking great hardship … and finally gaining enlightenment under the cool shades of a Bodhi tree.
The Buddha began the life of a teacher and a Master with his first discourse in Sarnath. People were so moved by his words that they came in large numbers to listen to him and many of them became monks in the order.
And with this the first Buddhist “sangha” was formed.
Often The Buddha was asked how a person could ensure a “good birth” so that his quest for “knowledge” can continue without a break. The Buddha said that, those who seek with conviction, should visit Lumbini, the place of his birth …….. Bodhgaya, where he got enlightenment …… Sarnath, the place of his first discourse and Kushinagar, the place where he attained Parinirvana.
So the practice of visiting the holy sites became a tradition and many who stayed in the monasteries nearby have gained enlightenment.............
Punar Janam or Reincarnation, also called transmigration of the soul. The concept is that the soul, or some aspect of the soul, is reborn into new lives. The soul can appear incarnate in humans, animals or plants as it works its way toward an eventual escape from the cycle of birth, death and rebirth. In Hinduism reincarnation is considered the path to achieve Moksha or Salvation.
Reincarnation is widely accepted by Hinduism and Buddhism.The Laws of Karma is an integral part of the process of rebirth. Karma is a central concept in Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism.The word "karma" has its roots in the Sanskrit word "karman," which means "act." In general, it is believed that our actions affect the quality of life and the quality of future lives. Good deeds create good Karma and evil deeds create negative Karma. Karma's effect can manifest immediately or later in life or after multiple lifetimes. Karma also explains the IPunexplained and random hardships we endure in our life time.
The law of karma controls samsara or the cycle of birth,death and rebirth. Hinduism beleaves good karma is usually produced by correctly performing the duties or Dharma. If a person lives by Dharmic laws or the law of Righteousness, the soul or Atma can be reborn into higher levels of conciseness. Karma is its own law and requires no divine interference.
The program will now explore how a noble life will help us in the quest for Moksha ............
Journey Beyond Maya
This is my personal journey to learn "How to live our lives" in order to achieve a higher level of spirituality.
Several blogs have been added. I will be adding my views all through the month.