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The Light of Asia Print E-mail

Introduction

THOU, who wouldst see where dawned the light at last, 
North-westwards from the “Thousand Gardens” go 
By Gunga’s valley till thy steps be set
On the green hills where those twin streamlets spring, 
Nilájan and Mohana; follow them,
Winding beneath broad-leaved mahua-trees, 
‘Mid thickets of the sansár and the blr,
Till on the plain the shining sisters meet 
In Phalgu’s bed, flowing by rocky banks 
To Gaya and the red Barabar hills.
Hard by that river spreads a thorny waste, 
Uruwelaya named in ancient days,
With sand hills broken; on its verge a wood

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Live Now Print E-mail

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The secret of happy, successful living lies in doing what needs to be done now, and not worrying about the past and the future. We cannot go back into the past and reshape it; nor can we anticipate everything that may happen in the future.

There is but one moment of time over which we have some conscious control—the present.

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Buddha The Healer Print E-mail

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In this Buddha era, she was reborn at Savatthi, in a poor family. Gotami was her name, and from the leanness of her body she was called Lean Gotami. And she was disdainfully treated when married, and was called a nobody's daughter.

But when she bore a son, they paid her honour. Then, when he was old enough to run about and play, he died, and she was distraught with grief. And, mindful of the change in folk's treatment of her since his birth, she thought, 'They will even try to take my child and throw it out.'

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Banner of the Arahants: The Beginnings of the Sangha Print E-mail

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Stream-winning and Arahantship—four more Arahant Bhikkhus—Buddhas and Arahants—meanings of Sangha—Arahants and attachment—the Holy Life—Going forth—Story of Yasa—Exhortation to the 60 Arahants—1st, 2nd and 3rd methods of ordination (acceptance)—the 30 Bhikkhus—the three Kassapa brothers—the pair of Foremost Disciples—the lives and verses of some Arahants.

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Advice To Rahula Print E-mail

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"A son has been born to thee, O prince!" this was the message that reached Prince Siddhattha when returning from a drive through the city of Kapilavatthu and a day spent at a park near-by.

"A fetter (Rahula) has been born, a bondage has been born!" said the prince upon hearing the news. And Rahula was the name given later to the babe by Siddhattha's father, the Raja Suddhodana.

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