Lord Buddha and the Legend of Wesak
About 600 years before Lord Christ, a prince was born in the land of Nepal, by the name of Siddhartha Gautama. At the age of 29 Siddhartha left his palace to meet his subjects. Despite his father's efforts to hide from him the sick, aged and suffering, Siddhartha was said to have seen an old man. King Siddhartha Gautama decided to leave the palace and pursue his calling. So he left the kingdom and searched for several spiritual teachers to learn from them. However, Gautama felt unsatisfied by the practice, and moved on to become a student of yoga. But, once more, he was not satisfied, and again moved on.
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The WESAK, also known as BUDDHA PURNIMA, comes from the Sanskrit term Vaisakha, which refers to the month when Wesak is celebrated, and is one of the most auspicious festivals in many cultures, especially among the Buddhists. Buddha Purnima basically means the full moon of Buddha. Wesak believed to be the most powerful full moon of the year, Wesak meditation is conducted on the exact time of the full moon of Taurus.
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Based on legends, there is a valley in the heart of Himalayas, in western Tibet, surrounded by mountains all around, except the northeast. A narrow pathway is open in the northeast direction, creating a bottleneck shape for the valley with its neck to the northeast. The width of the valley widens towards the south; and there is a huge flat rock located in the northern end, near the neck of the valley. Near the time of the Full Moon of Taurus, known as the Wesak (Vesak), the valley gets filled with pilgrims from various areas and surrounding districts.
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Water has the ability to absorb energy. Therefore, how the water is processed and stored affects its quality. About two third of our body is water, so it is very important to also take care of its energy counterpart. As we drink the Wesak waters distributed to everyone in the valley we're filled with Light. For the rest of the year, all who encounter us see this light. They are uplifted and transformed.
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Though for some, Wesak appears to be a Buddhist practice, it is universal in nature. People from various backgrounds, races and religions gather together every year to take part in this great act of service and to receive the tremendous amount of spiritual energies and blessings that pour down on earth to accelerate their spiritual development. Vesak meditation is a universal act of service to humanity. Spiritual practitioners, teachers and masters from all over the world, with various religions, backgrounds and cultures, make themselves available, to participate in this great world service.
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