In our day to day life we encounter many problems and hurdles with which we have to fight. We don’t just sit in a corner and wait for someone to come and solve our problems. We try our level best to overcome the difficulties and problems life throws on us. You all are courageous Warriors, because you don’t rely on others help. It’s not true that a person specialized in combat and warfare activities can only be called a Warrior. People who fight with Weapons and bombs and kill innocent men, women and children can never be called as true Warriors. A true Warrior is one who fights for truth and good of world.
A Spiritual Warrior armed with his sword of self knowledge and self control, destroys ignorance and attains a state in which there is no suffering, and selfish desires. For a true warrior his mind is his battle field and his ignorance is his enemy. He releases himself from the effects of karma and the cycle of death and rebirth. Nirvana is the final goal of a Spiritual warrior.
What is Spirituality
We can not define Spirituality precisely. Spirituality may refer to a meaningful activity, which helps in your personal growth and self-realization. Unlike religion, spirituality is associated with the interior life of the individual. Spiritual practice are your journey towards nirvana, self realization, the discovery of higher truths, and true nature of reality.
A true Spiritual warrior fights with himself because man is the worst enemy of man. Mind if controlled is our best friend if not the worst foe.
Morality, concentration and Wisdom these are the weapons of a true Spiritual Warrior which he uses to kill the Passions of lust, hatred and ignorance that resides in mind. The true Spiritual warrior combats the universal enemy, self ignorance which is the ultimate source of suffering.
The spiritual warrior’s only complete and right practice is that which compassionately helps other beings with wisdom. Hence we all should become a spiritual warrior and kill all our lust of passions, greed, immorality, self -ignorance and other negativity of the mind using the weapons of self-knowledge, self-discipline, concentration of mind, virtue and our deep common sense.
Once a spiritual warrior purifies his mind then his ultimate task is the War against the universal self ignorance, lust, greed and the negativity they produce in a persons mind. Those who prefer to battle with passions in solitude alone are perfectly free.
To a Spiritual warrior, solitude is Happiness. Those who seek delight in battle with life’s problems living in the world and thus make a happy world where men can live as ideal citizens in perfect peace and harmony, can adopt that responsibility and courage.
I believe that each and every one of you can become a Spiritual warrior. The darkness within can only be destroyed by self knowledge, not by weapons. Enlightenment should be the true goal of our life.
Gautama Buddha (also known as Siddhārtha Gautama, Shakyamuni,or the Buddha) was a monk on whose teachings Buddhism was founded. Buddha was born in Lumbini, Nepal, grew up in Kapilavastu, Nepal and died at Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh, India. He is believed to have lived and taught mostly in eastern India between the sixth and fourth centuries BCE.
Siddhartha Gautama was the son of Śuddhodana, “an elected chief of the Shakya clan”, whose capital was Kapilavastu. His mother, Queen Maha Maya (Māyādevī) was a Koliyan princess. Buddha’s mother died at his birth, a few days or seven days later. The infant was given the name Siddhartha (Pāli: Siddhattha), meaning “he who achieves his aim”. His family name was Gautama. In accordance with ancient Indian customs many learned Brahmins were invited to the palace for the naming ceremony of newly born prince. Among them there were eight distinguished Brahmins. After examining the characteristics of the child, seven of these highly learned Brahmins indicated two alternative possibilities, and said he would either become a universal monarch or a Buddha (“awakened one”). But the youngest Brahmin, Kaundinya, who excelled others in wisdom, declared that the prince would become a Buddha.
Siddhartha was brought up by his mother’s younger sister, Maha Pajapati. At the age of sixteen Gautama Buddha got married with his cousin of the same age named Yaśodharā. Princess Yaśodharā gave birth to a son, named Rahula.
At the age of 29, he left his palace to see the outside world. Despite his fathers efforts to hide from him, all the negativeness of life such as aging, sickness, suffering, and death, Siddhartha saw an old man,a diseased man, a decaying corpse, and an ascetic. After coming in contact with these harsh realities of life, Buddha felt that material wealth was not life’s ultimate goal. These sights depressed him, and he decided to overcome aging, sickness, suffering and death by living the life of an ascetic.
To begin his journey in search of truth and eternal peace, Prince Siddhartha left his Palace, accompanied by his charioteer Channa and riding his horse Kanthaka. The ascetic Siddhartha, the former prince who once lived in lap of luxury, now became a penniless wanderer. He initially went to Rajagaha and began his ascetic life by begging for alms in the street. After he left Rajgaha, he studied and practiced under some learned aesthetics of that time, but none of these teachings satisfied Siddhartha, and he felt that his quest of the highest truth was not achieved.
Hearing about Siddhartha’s renunciation, Kaundinya, the young Brahmin who predicted his future, and four sons of other Brahmin also renounced the world and joined him. They lived a strict ascetic life and practicing self- mortification. For almost six long year’s ascetic Gautama made a superhuman struggle practicing all forms of intense austerities. His body was almost reduced to a skeleton. Despite these all hard work he didn’t found what he was looking for. Nevertheless, his energy was indomitable.
Siddhartha began to reconsider his path. Then he thought about cultivating breathing exercise. Siddhartha realized that meditative dhyana was the right path to awakening, and the extreme asceticism didn’t work. Siddhartha realized that enlightenment could not be gained with an exhausted body. Physical fitness was essential for spiritual progress. He started taking food and nourished his body.
Kaundinya and four other companions thinking that Siddhartha had abandoned his search and become undisciplined left him alone. Siddhartha was not discouraged by this incident but there separation helped him. Alone in deep solitude great men realize deep truths.
Siddhartha Gautama sat under a pipal tree (the famous Bodhi tree)—in Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India, and he vowed never to arise until he had found the truth. Siddhartha attained enlightenment under this tree.
After a stupendous struggle of six years, in his 35th year the aesthetic Siddhartha, without the guidance of any supernatural agency, and with the help of his own intuitive knowledge, wisdom, hard work and persistence became a Buddha or the awakened one. He became a Buddha by his own effort and was not a Buddha by birth.
Gautama Buddha provided answers to questions like ‘What is the nature of human life?’ and ‘Why does man have to undergo suffering?’ in the form of four noble truths.
Noble Truths: At the root of all human affairs, there are the following four noble truths. 1.Dukkha(Suffering):Human life is full of suffering.
2.Trisha(Desire):The cause of suffering is desire or craving.
3.Dukkha -nirodh:It is possible to end suffering.
4.Pratipad:The way to end of suffering.
The way shown by Gautama Buddha to end suffering is known as astang marg or the eight fold path.The eight principles are
Panchasheel:These are the rules of conduct that are to be followed along with eight-fold path.
1.Ahimsa(Non-violence):No living thing should be hurt.
2.Satya(Truth):One should not tell lies.
3.Asteya:One should not steal.
4.Indriya Samyam:One should win control over bodily desires.
5.One should not take intoxicants.
Formation of the Sangha: Gautama Buddha organized his followers in the Sangha in order to propagate his doctrine to masses. Followers who entered the Sangha have to follow strict rules and were called Bhikkhus. People from all casts and women were allowed to join the Sangha. Buddha used Pali language to propagate his teachings.
Gautam Buddha’s message, “Bahujan-hitay, Bahujan -sukhaya”: For the welfare and happiness of all” made a deep impact on the world.
At the age of 80, the Buddha announced that he would soon reach Parinirvana, or the final deathless state, and abandon his earthly body.
“Behold, O monks,I exhort you. All component things are subject to change . Strive with diligence.”