Let Vesak Day bring peace and stability to society

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Vesak Day, celebrated on the Kason Full Moon in May, holds immense significance for millions of Buddhists worldwide. It commemorates three pivotal events in the life of the Lord Buddha: His birth in 623 BC, His Enlightenment, and His passing at the age of 80. This sacred day, recognized internationally by the United Nations through resolution 54/115 of 1999, acknowledges Buddhism’s profound contribution to global spirituality over the past two and a half millennia.
In Myanmar, the Full Moon of Kason is a deeply revered day, marking the Lord Buddha’s Enlightenment. Known as Gotama, the Buddha’s teachings revolve around breaking free from the cycle of life filled with suffering and ignorance (Avijja) to attain Enlightenment. This message is universal, transcending religious boundaries, urging all humans to seek liberation from life’s inherent miseries.
On this day, the Lord Buddha meditated under a banyan tree, later named the sacred Bo tree. To honour this, Buddhists in Myanmar engage in the ritual of pouring water on Bo trees, promoting their growth during the hot summer. This act is seen as a meritorious deed and a significant part of the Kason full moon festival. The Bo tree, one of the four sacred Cetis recognized by the Lord Buddha Himself, symbolizes Enlightenment and spiritual growth.
The tradition of watering the Bo tree in Myanmar during Vesak Day has evolved into a festival that underscores environmental conservation and societal well-being. By nurturing the Bo trees, people contribute to creating a pleasant and aesthetically pleasing environment, fostering a sense of peace and community harmony.
This practice has broader implications for Myanmar society. It not only preserves an essential cultural and religious tradition but also promotes environmental awareness. As people come together to celebrate Vesak Day, the collective action of watering the Bo trees becomes a symbol of unity and peace. This communal effort helps to reduce hostility and grievances among different national race groups, contributing to a stable and harmonious society.
Therefore, Vesak Day, marked by the Full Moon of Kason, serves as a beacon of peace and prosperity in Myanmar. It exemplifies how ancient traditions can inspire modern practices that enhance both spiritual and environmental well-being, fostering a peaceful and stable society. Through these shared rituals and values, Vesak Day, called Buddha Day, continues to bring peace and stability, encouraging a harmonious coexistence among all people in Myanmar society.

 

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