Today is Buddha’s birthday, Lord Buddha’s birthday.
We all have heard about His birth and that His mother dreamt of an elephant, of a large white elephant before the birth of Buddha. And then it was predicted that a child will be born in your family who will be either a great saint or a very great King, as in Sanskrit called ‘chakravarti’ – means the one who is the ruler of the whole world. So the father got worried, and he thought he must get the son involved into the family life, into material life and give Him all the pleasures of life. So he built a very special place for Him, a beautiful palace to live in. And where he got Him married to a girl called Yashodhara, was a very, very beautiful woman, gave HIm all the pleasures of life, everything that he could do to entice this boy away from asceticism.
Also you know the story of His going one day on the road, how He found three types of people, and how He felt that ‘Why a person should become old?’ ‘Why should a person suffer in life? and ‘Why should people die?’
So all these three things put an enquiry into Himself and He started trying to understand why these things happen to human beings. With this the enquiry started. So He reached a point where He could not bear any more the comforts and the, all the attachments that were entangled around him by His father.
He had a son whose name was Rahul; and He left the son and the wife in the search of the truth. Now, He started from a wrong end, I should say, for the search of the truth because He wanted to know, why there are miseries in the human beings. And so He started from collective towards the center.
When we see miseries all around us, many people I have seen, they say: “What about others? Will everybody get realization? Will everybody will have this, you see? This comes from the wrong end I feel because first of all we must know, are we alright? Have we – are we perfect? Are we full of joy? Have we received the absolute knowledge?
If you start from this point, it’s always better. Because He started from the wrong point, searching it from the collective to remove the miseries of the people He had to go in a very round about way. So He read all the books and Vedas and this, He went to big pundits, to all the great knowledgeable people to meet them, to ask them the answer, “Why there are these three things?” that is the ‘roga’, is the health or miserable physical body, then the death and the old age. He went and asked so many people And they said: “You have to die because your are born.” And then they said that you have to become old because you are born like that and you have to suffer because you commit sins.
He was not satisfied with this answer. So He went on searching and searching and searching. Then He got tired, absolutely fed up.
Then He went to a place called Gaya, very near Patna it is, I’ve seen the place and the tree. And He sat under a banyan tree where He slept off, because He got so tired of His seeking. And after the sleep He got up and suddenly He got His Realization. And He thought the whole drama is over.
Now His Mother Herself was Adi Shakti, who gave Him the birth and She died just after the birth of the child. And He got His Realization.
Now at that time when He got His Realization there was nobody to tell Him what it is, that what it means Realization is. Nobody to decode or talk about anything that was to be understood by Him. But because of His tremendous seeking and such ardent desire that the shuddha iccha, the Kundalini itself rose, but of course the Adi Shakti blessed Him and He got His Realization under the banyan tree.
Now any incarnation, which came on this Earth had to ‘samayachara’ – according to the time, the need of the time had to act firstly, secondly the need of the incarnation to come on this earth was first created in the human beings.
So supposing at a time when there was too much of ritualism, Brahmanism or priesthood and people were trying to take everything onto those artificial rituals and all that, an incarnation had to come on this earth to correct those ideas.
Like Krishna came at a time when He said, “This is all leela”, the puja and everything He canceled. Nothing doing, no puja nothing, you just have raas, enjoy yourself. It’s all a joke going on, you see. So He brought that concept at that time in the awareness of people that the whole world is a leela, is a play of God’s own whims. So you just enjoy it….
So He just started His own method of propagating Buddhi Buddha’s knowledge or you can Buddhism you can say as they call it. Of course it became ‘ism’ later on.
So all that He started with the idea that people should first become Buddha. Buddha means realized, Buddha is ‘to know’. So “Buddha” means the person who has known, means the one who is a Realized soul. So what He says, “Buddham Sharanam Gachhami”, I bow, no I surrender – ‘sharanam’ means surrender,…
H H Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, Shri Buddha Puja, 37 Stanmer Park Road, Brighton (UK), 26th of May, 1983.