THE MAIDEN BODHI POOJA BY SIDDHARTHA GAUTAMA BUDDHA HIMSELF

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By 2017-07-19

After attaining Buddhahood the incomparable Enlightenment
For seven weeks Gautama Buddha himself made great sacrifice eminent.
The first week sat at the foot of the noble Bodhi tree in one posture in gratitude,
Experiencing the bliss of Holy Emancipation in solitude.

Throughout the second week Gautama stood gazing at the Bodhi tree,
With unblinking eyes immensely difficult but feeling easy 'n free
This offering known as "Animisa Lochana Pooja" great sacrifice
Obstructions given away by inherent powers in tranquility realize.

Third week engaged in "Ruwan Sakmana" vicinity of Bodhi tree in dedication.
Fragrance of Dhamma begins to spread great salutation.
For providing shelter for Great struggle Emancipation.
Demons of defilements failed in attempts to draw His attention.

Not tempted by illusory thoughts He remained in unshaken determination
Emerged in concentration, obstacles thwarted away, deep meditation
For four more weeks in lonely retreat near by the Bodhi tree
He spent in four different spots in deep undisturbed Samadhi

The Exalted Gautama acquired the power to recall past births
He achieved the Divine Eye, realized cycle of Deaths 'n births
Depending on his own remitting energy unaided by human or Divine
Blessed with highest mental 'n intellectual attainments, self realization fine.

For over 2561 years in the annals of Buddhist history
No other Bodhi pooja is mentioned, unshakable victory
Gautama Buddha reached the acme of purity
Sakyamuni Gautama, the Buddha embodiment of compassion wisdom 'n dignity

Gautama discovered The Four Noble Truths, the priceless message
To suffering humanity for their guidance to rid bondage.
The great serene image, omniscient Healer, Peerless Physician,
Greatest of All Gautama Buddha's firm determination

Kumari Kumarasinghe Tennakoon
Kelaniya

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