The Significance of Buddha’s Teachings
Buddha has said that the right way to pay homage to him is not merely by offering flowers and lights, but by truly striving to follow his teachings. Before his death, on seeing his attendant weeping, Buddha advised him to understand and accept the universal law that all compounded things should disintegrate. He advised everyone not to bereave of the disintegration of the physical body but to regard Dharma (his teachings) which is the eternal universal law to save oneself from suffering. The world is expected to celebrate Vesak by observing Dharma to bring peace and harmony to humanity.
The festival Buddha Purnima can be regarded as a celebration of Buddhist teachings to the world. Buddha’s teachings have also spread to the western world and there are so many followers around the globe who ardently believe in the Buddhist way of life of peace, wisdom, kindness and love. The fundamental principles of Buddhism known as the Pancsheel are Not to take life, Not to steal, Not to lie, Not to consume liquor and Not to commit adultery. Buddha’s teachings have more relevance today than they were at the time he preached his followers. Among his teachings ‘Ahimsa’ (not causing harm to anyone) has prime importance considering the present scenario of the world.