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Region 3 - Ilford Sai Centre Celebrates Buddha Purnima

Swami in the occasion of Buddha Purnima in 2006 said,

"Today is Buddha Poornima. Poornima means full moon. The underlying message of Buddha Poornima is that the mind should shine with total purity like full moon; it should unite with its source i.e., the Atma which is pure and effulgent. There is no darkness on the full moon night. On this auspicious day of Buddha Poornima, we should attain full purity of the mind."
Buddha Purnima Discourse in 2006 in Sai Kulwant

Swami has also often reminded us that purity is the essence of all sadhana. And Buddha's life after enlightenment shone with this splendour of pure character. If there is anything that we should take home in our lives and into our hearts on this festival it is this determination to withstand any ordeal, resist any temptation and overcome any obstacle that tests our levels of purity, and strive with Buddha-like dogged perseverance to attain that peace and happiness which is permanent, transcendental and most fulfilling.

Ilford Sai centre once again became a platform to host and facilitate yet another opportunity to devotees to purify their minds, on the occasion of Buddha Purnima on Saturday 25th of May 2013. A fantasticly transcendental altar set the scene for what was to become a real Buddhist spiritual experience.

After the usual vedic and multi faith prayers were chanted, a ganesh and guru bhajan then followed, enhancing the already vibrant mood in the large hall. This was then followed by the arrival of the five venerable buddhist monks from the Buddhist viharas of Plaistow, Edmonton, Ilford and Letchworth. We were then treated to a short speech on the ‘Dhamma’ before the monks proceeded to charge the entire gathering with 45 minutes of chanting or ‘pirith’.This needless to say transported all the devotees to a different dimension of spiritual vibrations.

After the chanting the monks then blessed the entire congregation with the sprinkling of holy water and tying of the ‘nool’ or a string around your wrist (a common Buddhist tradition). The monks then took leave and arathi was offered to Swami before vibuthi and fruit prashad was offered to the congregation.

A truly uplifting experience to say the least...

Dr Vickneswaren Krishnan
Chairperson, Ilford Sai Centre