As some of you may know, today is the day that many across the world celebrate the birthday of Lord Buddha:
Buddha Poornima, which falls on the full moon night in the month of Vaisakha (either in April or May), commemorates the birth anniversary of Lord Buddha, founder of Buddhism, one of the oldest religions in the world. Notwithstanding the summer heat (the temperature routinely touches 45 degrees C), pilgrims come from all over the world to Bodh Gaya to attend the Buddha Poornima celebrations. [Link]
p>Sarnath seems to have been rocking on Saturday:
Sarnath — the site where Buddha ignited the light of knowledge among five disciples centuries ago was this evening bedecked with 20,000 diyas (earthen lamps).
Marking the 2550th Great Parinirvan of Buddha, this festival of lights started off at 1840 hrs today evening in the lines of Dev Deepawali — the evening when all 84 Ganga ghats of Varanasi are decorated with diyas.
While Dev Deepawali is held every year to mark the Hindu festival of Kartik Purnima, this evening’s twinkling delight coincided with Buddha Purnima at the world famous Buddhist pilgrimage of Sarnath. [Link]
p>Over 2500 years after the Buddha walked the Earth there is still proof all around us of his tremendous influence and teachings. As a matter of fact I am here to tell you that those Ipods which many of you cling to so dearly (I have never owned one) are like so passÃ©. The hottest trend to hit the streets is the divinely inspired (and powered??) Buddha Machine:
The controls are simple: There’s a volume dial on top that doubles as an on and off switch, which is next to a headphone jack and a power adaptor input (the Buddha Machine also runs on two AA batteries). A red LED on the side indicates whether the box is on, and an adjacent two-way switch allows users to flip between recorded loops. It’s available in six different colors, but you don’t get to choose – they ship randomly to mail orders from online sites such as forcedexposure.com.
So what the hell do you use this thing for?… [Link]
p>Good question young one, but the answers that you seek in life don’t always come simply because you demand to know them.
p> Well okay, you clicked on Continued >> so at least you took a few steps on the journey toward learning the truth about this machine. Here is a demonstration of the Buddha Machine that was apparently put together by a 12-year old (the demonstration not the machine).
Sure, the Buddha Machine is more than a little bit novelty. That’s part of its charm. You can have a little pink (or red, or black) box that plays music. You can display it openly. People will ask about it. It’s an icebreaker. But what’s truly special about it is what FM3 has done with a tiny bit of recording space on a shitty little speaker. It’s mesmerizing. It’s portable relaxation.
And if you’ve read this far, admit it — you know you want one. [Link]