May 14th 2014 marks the full moon day, also known as Vaishakha purnima or Buddha
purnima. But this is no ordinary purnima, as it is observed worldwide as the day that Gautam Buddha was born (563 B.C) – some texts say that the Buddha achieved full enlightenment after years of meditation under the Bodhi tree on this day.

Buddha Preaches his First Sermon

Buddha, preaching his first sermon (wikimedia)

He walked away from a life of luxury, from all the wealth and comforts of being a prince, to seek true wealth and freedom, and eventual enlightenment.

The Buddha was once asked by a very skeptical person – “What have you really gained by all this meditation? I do not see any tangible change in you?”.The Buddha replied – “Nothing. I have gained nothing”.

The skeptic continued – “So what is the use of this meditation?”

The Buddha smiled and said – “Well, I may have not gained anything, but I have lost a lot! I have lost anger, depression, ill-health, fear of old age and fear of death. So, now, you can decide if you want to meditate or not!”

Sacred Lotus

Enlightenment Lotus

This brief post is dedicated to the Buddha, those who are trying to follow his way, and those (like me) who struggle in their efforts at meditation.

I may have not gained anything (via meditation), but I have lost a lot!!

Do you meditate? If not, maybe today is a good day to start – the Buddha will surely smile down on you!

Questions? Need a meditation technique? Please use the comments section. Namaste!

You may also like the article on benefits of fasting – a practice that can help with meditation.

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Author’s note: The Buddha mini-story has been “miniaturized” from ‘The Dhammapada’ by Eknath Easwaran. This blog post was originally published May 17th 2011. Revised May 5th 2012, May 22nd 2013.
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11 Responses to Buddha Purnima – An invitation to meditation!

  1. Saanj M says:

    I am thirteen and I want to start meditating but I don’t know how as I get distracted easily. Any suggestions?

    • AjmaniK says:

      You may want to see this post – http://blog.eaglespace.com/meditation-technique/ – thanks for asking. I wish you all the best, Saanj!

  2. Surinderkapoor says:

    Budha Was great.Japanese now practice his teaxchings.China is now trying again to be soft and patient.Thanks for this article.
    regards
    sn kapoor

  3. Bhujangadev says:

    What a thoughtful way to communicate!A great soul can always simplify a problem.  They will illuminate what is obvious, visible but not reallised.  Life is a matter of reallisation, in whatever way you want and desire.  Better do it when you are around

  4. Roger says:

    I meditate and find it extremely beneficial. It is a very necessary spiritual practice, leading to the realization that we are not our minds, or our bodies, but the pure conscious awareness beyond them.

    • kajmani says:

      Thanks for sharing your experience with meditation with our readers. Would you like to share a techniques that benefited you? That would be most helpful….

      Also, your site is excellent – very well organized, easy to navigate and full of good stuff – keep up the great work! (if you read this, please contact me at http://eaglespace.com/spirit/feedback.php for an offline discussion – thanks!)

  5. rahulkaul says:

    Dear sirs,

    It is a very unique and that Budha who ahcieved after a very long
    meditation and was able to have the real life afirs and achieved for
    he left the material worldly affairs..
    It needs a very comprehensive and a regular practice under a well
    knowledgeable master, will boost a rewarding benefit in life.
    With wishes,

    rahulkaul

  6. paul says:

    I would like to know about Yoga Nidra….if you kindly help..

  7. Lauren says:

    I've been "meditating" on and off for years and can't seem to find anything that shifts me in any way or that i can focus on for 2 seconds. I'd like to lose some stuff too, as I have been clinically depressed for most of my life. Suggestions? Please?!

    • Patti says:

      lauren,
      I also have dealt with depression most of my life…so I understand. I am a yoga and meditation teacher… meditation is a very diffucult state to attain…most of what you hear about nowadays when you read about meditation is really 'techniques' to facilitate concentration and focus…and even if it is only for 2 seconds you have had success! the nature our minds is that it IS busy, it is unfocused. I reccommend that students first practice Yoga Nidra…folks that say they can't meditate are able to reach a meditative state easily with this technique. It is done in a lying down position and you listen to a cd as it directs you to scan your body, do breathing and visualization techniques, etc. Try Amazon.com for Yoga Nidra cd's by Swami Janakananda or Yogi Amrit Desai. You may also contact me if you would like more info.

    • kajmani says:

      So, what techniques have you tried that haven't worked for you? If you could share, then I could suggest alternatives. Because what works for me may not necessarily work for you. (also see http://blog.eaglespace.com/meditation-technique/ )

      As you probably know, one of the keys is to quieten the body, and then the mind. But sometimes, the more you try to quieten it, the more thoughts start coming through. So, don't fight those random thoughts – you have to get through that phase, allow the mind to accept those thoughts and move on. In the beginning, guided imagery helps some folks, particularly those who are overly stressed and/or depressed.

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