In a world of rapidly changing technology, the line between need and desire has slowly burred. Our wants are influenced by advertising as we grapple to make sense of reality in an abyss of materialism. One could say that Buddha's ideals of relinquishing desires and leading a world of wisdom have been lost, yet remain the need of the hour.
Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism left his comfort and family in search of truth and understanding of the cycle of life. After a night of meditation under the tree, he found answers that later became the foundation of Buddhism. He spent the rest of his life walking across India, sharing his spiritual discoveries and message of Peace, Compassion, and Wisdom.
While Buddhism is a religion in many Asian nations, it may also be thought of as a philosophy or way of life. The religion has 450 million followers around the world.
This Buddha Purnima, let us revisit some of Buddha's quotes on human nature, life and everything in between.