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|Nick the Pilot||
Posted: May 15 2011, 05:07 AM
Member No.: 1
Joined: 15-October 05
Happy Wesak Festival!
This festival is celebrebated on the full moon in May.
Some people celebrate Buddha's birthday on this day. Some people celebrate Buddha's achievement of enlightenment on this day.
According to one Theosophist, Gautama returns to earth once a year on this day and visits with his close associates that he 'left behind' when he entered nirvana. The theory says this is such a big holiday because people rejoice his return to earth at this time.
In the Wikipedia article, it says that enlightenment and nirvana are the same thing, and it says that Buddha's passing away and parinirvana are the same thing. HPB's definitions of these words are quite different! (I sometime ask Buddhists the difference between nirvana and parinirvana, and I am amazed by how often it trips them up.)
Madame Blavatsky’s aim was to rescue the archaic truths in organized religions which always become distorted and perverted as the centuries go by.