Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brig (Retd) Dr B D Mishra and Chief Minister Pema Khandu have extended their warm greetings to the people of the state on the auspicious occasion of Buddha Purnima.
In his message to the people, the Governor said that the holy occasion of Buddha Purnima commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and Nirvana of Lord Buddha, the fountain acme of Buddhism.
“Buddha, born as a prince and named as Siddhartha, left his palace, wife and son and all worldly possessions in search of the path for ending the human sufferings,” he said.
‘Buddha’ meaning ‘one who is enlightened’, was one of the greatest preceptors in the days of yore. In his long quest for the truth of life, he underwent immense hardships and still remained steadfast on his mission to emancipate the human beings of their travails.
“Buddha’s life and mission greatly lifted the social order and became a sublime model of empathy. His profound philosophy of life continues to inspire the world. His enlightened tenets of the Four Noble Truths, are the quintessence of his guidance to mankind. His preaching of the Noble Eightfold Paths for the welfare of the people is ever relevant and perennially benevolent for the human beings to follow,” the governor said.
Dr Mishra expressed his hope that the blessed occasion would continue to propagate the ideals of Lord Buddha and promotes peace, happiness, and amity in the world.
“On this sacred day, I join my people of Arunachal Pradesh and the Buddhist community all over the world in offering prayers to Lord Buddha for his blessings to all,” the governor added.
Khandu in his message said, “Buddha Purnima is significant, especially for those following Buddhism, as the day commemorates the birth of Lord Buddha on full moon, which is also believed to be the day of death and enlightenment of Lord Buddha, all of which is said to take have taken place on the same day.” A devout Buddhist himself, Khandu said Buddha Jayanti is always an important day in the lives of Buddhists but Buddha Purnima holds specific importance as it falls on a full moon day considered truly holy.
He called upon the people to take time out, irrespective of their religious affiliations, to reflect on Lord Buddha’s teachings of compassion, peace and honesty – virtues which are losing out to modern day’s materialistic cravings. “May the full moon of Buddha Purnima away the darkness of ignorance, bigotry and hatred and herald an era of contentment, peace and enlightenment for the world!” Khandu added.
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