Buddha’s Birthday is a holiday traditionally celebrated in Mahayana Buddhism to commemorate the birth of the Prince Siddhartha Gautama, later the Gautama Buddha and founder of Buddhism.
According to the Theravada Tripitaka scriptures[which?] (from Pali, meaning “three baskets”), Gautama was born in Lumbini in modern-day Nepal, around the year 563 BCE, and raised in Kapilavastu.
According to this legend, shortly after the birth of the young prince Gautama, an astrologer named Asita visited the young prince’s father—King Śuddhodana—and prophesied that Siddhartha would either become a great king or renounce the material world to become a holy man, depending on whether he saw what life was like outside the palace walls.
Śuddhodana was determined to see his son become a king, so he prevented him from leaving the palace grounds. But at age 29, despite his father’s efforts, Gautama ventured beyond the palace several times.
In a series of encounters—known in Buddhist literature as the four sights—he learned of the suffering of ordinary people, encountering an old man, a sick man, a corpse, and, finally, an ascetic holy man, apparently content and at peace with the world. These experiences prompted Gautama to abandon royal life and take up a spiritual quest.
Buddha’s Birthday Quotes/Messages
“You take away all the other luxuries in life, and if you can make someone smile and laugh, you have given the most special gift: happiness.”
“Until he has unconditional and unbiased love for all beings, Man will not find peace.”
“There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.”
“To conquer oneself is a greater task than conquering others.”
“The wise have mastered Body, word and mind. They are the true masters.”
“The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.”
“The tongue like a sharp knife… kills without drawing blood.”
“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”
“The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.”
“Nothing is permanent. ”
“Live every act fully, as if it were your last.”
“It is better too travel than to arrive.”
“In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.”
“It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. The the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.”