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Buddha Purnima

Buddha Purnima

The holy occasion known as Buddha Purnima commemorates the birth, enlightenment and ultimate liberation of Lord Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. This great soul is supposed to have born in 563 B.C. as prince Siddhartha in the royal household of Nepal. Secluded from normal life and surroundings until his youth by his father, who had been predicted of his son's getting inclined to spirituality in his young days, Siddhartha grew up to realize his destiny as soon as he entered the sphere of worldly people. The sight of a diseased man, an old man, a corpse one after the other filled him with curiosity and upon being told by his charioteer that everyone including himself was to meet the same fate, he was greatly disturbed. When he came by a calm ascetic, he resolved to overcome all human sufferings by living the life of asceticism.

He left his family and all worldly possessions to pursue the way to end all human miseries that came in the form of old age, illness and death. For years, he meditated on the true self of being and gained the ultimate knowledge. Years later, he came to understand why human life was full of sufferings.

Historically and traditionally Bangladesh is a land of religious harmony and co-existence. Four major different religious followers such as Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and Christian ruled this country at different periods in the past. Inter-community or inter-religious harmony and friendship is an inherent characteristic of this soil.  Now Bangladesh is well known as a moderate Muslim state. But people of other religions are also living here with their dignity and social rights. State constitution also approves these rights. It is very mentionable that constitutionally Bangladesh is a secular state, though Islam is the state religion.  In this circumstance the members of Buddhist community are leading their lives as other minority communities in this country.

The government, generally speaking, is very sympathetic to the minorities. Still, some unexpected incidents often happened here like other countries. So, we have to take initiative to build a modern, progressive, well-educated and ethical society. This can be the true remedy of this situation because without awakening the consciousness in society, this problem would not be removed. But, as a whole, no one world disagree that in a democratic and pluralistic society of South-east Asia, the Buddhists of Bangladesh are leading their lives in a very favourable atmosphere.

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Editor : M. Shamsur Rahman
Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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