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The Ultimate Truth

By Kumudu Gunathilaka

Prince Siddhartha left the joys of this world, in quest of truth. He practised various disciplines for six long years, with the most erudite hermits, and intellectuals of His day. But, none of the systems or disciplines, could satisfy Him. Neither did He, get attached to any of these practices. What He sought was the ultimate truth, for which He left his family, kingdom and everything. With supreme effort, sustained by the inner purity, gained from His own form of doctrine and discipline, Lord Gauthama achieved the end of all human quest. It was the realization of ultimate truth; the attainment of Buddhahood, or the Supreme Enlightenment on the Vesak Fullmoon Day.

All of us experience birth and death. But, the supreme enlightenment is the prerogative of the Master. It is quite difficult and impossible for the ordinary folk, to comprehend or conceive the true nature of the spiritual illumination, which occurred in the night of the Vesak full moon under the Bo tree, with the elimination of the shackles of birth and death and the realization of absolute wisdom, by the wandering ascetic, Siddhartha Gauthama, The Master, expounded a doctrine unique in history, and perfect in every respect; bearing upon it the unmistakable stamp of truth, unconfounded, honoured by modern science; remains to guide us, and many more generations, yet to come.

All sincere seekers sought the guidance of the Master. All the gifted ones, who were in search of truth, and who resorted to the Master, met a friend and a guide, a path finder, an inspiration in Him. The Master exhorted them to rely on their own merits, and not on the Master; so that they may realise the truth themselves; and not to be content to have it from the Master, or as heresy. In His famous address to Kalamas, the Master clearly expounded this great idea. The Master has warned the world, against the perpetual temptation to entomb a spiritual message in symbology, closed systems, and creeds. The Thathagatha was not only a great teacher, but was also a great social reformer.

The noble birth, supreme enlightenment and the final attainment to Nibbana of the Master, are the three prime events in the Buddhist World. A Thathagatha appears in the world once in an aeon.

The Fully Enlightened - One realised that the world itself was a mass of sorrow. All beings who exist in the world were subject to sorrow. They suffer due to ignorance and desire. The doctrine expounded by the Master, is so conductive to world peace, throughout the ages. It is fitting indeed to pay homage to the Master, on the occasion, which mark the 2550th year of his attainment to Nibbana.

The scope of activities of the Thathagatha, was confined to a comparatively small part of India, during his life time, where the teaching of the Master is concerned, there is no smallness of its scope. We lack an adequate description, of the vast range of the spiritual teaching of the Master. The universality presented in the doctrine of the Master, is not to be found in any other world religions. The discourses on the relationships and concerns of this world, are not available in other teachings. The Master described about the solar system, and also about endless aggregations of cosmic systems, leading to infinity. It is the only teaching, in which the individual has no necessity to prey to a higher power, in order to obtain salvation. The teaching says, the salvation is obtained, by cleaning the cobwebs of ones mind through his own effort alone. The ethical cord expounded by the Master, would ensure world peace. All discussions, conferences, will never lead to lasting peace, until thoughts of craving, illusion and vengeance, are not overcome.

The Master taught to extend unlimited goodwill and benevolence to all beings, which is the remedy for the universal disease of craving and greed; and to respect and uphold all that is fine, and noble in the life followed by others, so that all may live in peace and brotherhood. The teaching of the Master is very vital today, for we live in a world dark and menacing by the grim forces of lust, hatred, and ignorance. We know not, what horrors the future may hold for us. We can be certain of the need to preserve our own integrity; of the need to keep our actions pure and unsullied.

We turn our thoughts to the supreme teaching of the Master, and resolve to follow it. The teaching remains compellingly attractive, forceful and vigorous, so that followers can thread the path towards enlightenment, on the ceasing of suffering. The entire system of Buddhist thought is one pointed. I teach one thing; and one thing only; cause of suffering and its cure. As the Master lay between the twin sul trees at Kusinara, Be unto yourself a refuge; seek no external refuge were the parting words of the Master. The Master passed away into ultimate Nibbana, when there was no residue of attachment to the phenomenal being. Once the Master addressed the disciples He who saw the Master, sees the doctrine; and he who sees the doctrine, beholds the Master. We who stand in the light of this supreme teaching, can yet perceive his great presence.

Our hearts are soothed, minds uplifted and freed from everyday cares, by the beauty of the environment and tranquillity, when we perform the pleasant and simple task of visiting the sacred shrines we make offerings. To be mindful of ones actions throughout the day and in all circumstances and to work in the path of virtue, as guided by the supreme teaching, is no easy task. We may determine right now to make our lives better; to sweeten and sanctify, every passing moment of consciousness; to destroy corruption and to shed light of pure love over the world, for the happiness and welfare of all beings.

The supreme teaching of the Thathagatha are preserved in its pristine purity throughout many millenniums, by the meritorious inhabitants of our blessed island, Lanka. Our motherland earned a great reputation as The isle of the Supreme Teaching or Dhammadeepa thereby, throughout the ages. Our noble country has become the cynosure for the intellectuals, all over the world. Seekers or practitioners from other nations, visit Lanka to learn and practice the supreme teaching of the Master, with a view to make world more better. All of us who yern to express gratitude to the Great Teacher of the first order, should remember the last words uttered by the Master, shortly before His Parinibbana, at Kusinara.

The light of revived devotion showing due enthusiasm in bringing about the 2550th anniversary celebrations of the Master, is kindled within our hearts. This sets a good example for Buddhists all over the world.

වෙසක් අව
අටවක පෝය

   මැයි 27 වනදා අඟහරුවාදා අපර භාග 8.25 ට ලබයි.
28 වනදා බදාදා අපරභාග 3.17 ට ලබයි.
සිල් සමාදන්වීම මැයි 28 වනදා බදාදාය.

මීළඟ පෝය ජුනි 03 වනදා අඟහරුවාදාය.


පොහෝ දින දර්ශනය

Second Quarterඅව අටවක

මැයි 28

New Moonඅමාවක

ජූනි 03

First Quarterපුර අටවක

ජූනි 10

Full Moonපසෙලාස්වක

ජූනි 18

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