The Buddha’s journey to spiritual awakening or ‘Nirvana,’ as it is popularly called, begins with Prince Siddhartha, born in the lap of luxury. Exposed to an overdose of riches and comfort, the prince, exhausted the fields of fleshly joy.
Wanting to leave it all behind, Siddhartha believed that he was setting out on an exciting adventure. He felt the lure of the wide open road, and the shining, perfect state of homelessness.
After many trials and tribulations, Siddhartha came upon a tree at the axis of life, hence, seated at the spiritual center of the world. Here the future Buddha dived into his own inner universe. As he sat in isolated meditation, he gave himself to the practice of mindfulness.
Finding a blissful state of immeasurable peace, Siddhartha crossed over to Buddhahood, or ‘Nirvana.’ Nirvana literally means blowing out or snuffing out (as a flame), the fires of greed, hatred and delusion.
The essential message of Buddha’s life is that each of us is capable and deserving of Nirvana, having a potential Buddha hidden in us. Buddha was born an ordinary mortal. His path to fulfillment was not smooth and uneventful. Rather it was a journey full of exciting experiences and mistakes. The day we realize and awaken the Buddha within, that would be our own Nirvana.
Ganesh – the adored one is a symbol of happiness and prosperity. The Hindu elephant-headed god is the Remover of Obstacles, the god of domestic harmony and of success. He is the god of wisdom and learning and consequently the sign of auspiciousness.
Ganesha is the most beloved and revered of all the Hindu gods and is always invoked first in any ceremony or festival. He is the son of Parvati her husband Shiva, the Destroyer, the most powerful of the Hindu trinity of principal gods.
There are many stories about how Ganesh got his elephant head and about his exploits and antics. He was created as an ordinary boy, but was decapitated in battle. Shiva’s emissaries were sent into the forest and told to get the head of the first animal they found and to fit that head onto the boy’s neck. They found a little elephant and it worked!
In the most common representations of Ganesh, he appears as a pot-bellied figure. In his four hands, he holds a shell, a discus, a club, and a water lily; his elephant head has only one tusk.
He is unquestionably the most lovable and mischievous of the deities with his grandfatherly presence, his protuberant belly, and the twinkle in his eyes. He offers protection and will bring good fortune your way. Let the joy of this iconic image bring joy to your child’s heart.
Angels have always been depicted as benevolent celestial beings who act as intermediaries between Heaven and Earth. Many feel angles are our guardian spirits and act as a guiding influence in our lives.
The term “angel” has also been expanded to various notions of spirits found in many other religious traditions. Angels are creatures of good and gentle spirits of love. Our new design reflects this simple love, joy and protection.
And angels in our every day lives can be:
-A kind and lovable person
-One who manifests goodness, purity, and selflessness
-Someone with such a pure soul, who brightens the earth and people around them
“The warmth of an angel’s light can comfort & illuminate the whole world.”
Devanāgarī is an alphabet of India and Nepal. It is written from left to right, and is recognizable by a horizontal line that runs along the top of full letters. Devanāgarī is the most commonly used script for Sanskrit.
The word Ānanda means ‘bliss’ in Sanskrit as well as other Indian languages. Ananda is happiness, the happiness that’s sought in all feelings and desires.
That happiness is not a passing state of mind. It is not a ‘happy’ state of satisfied desire, alternating with ‘unhappy’ states where desires fail to be achieved.
In feelings that are happy, the principle of happiness is positively shown, by a positive acceptance of one-ness with what happens. In feelings that are unhappy, exactly the same principle is negatively shown, by a negative avoidance of disruptive differences between what feels and what is felt to happen.
That principle of happiness is not just personal. It’s more specifically described as ‘Ananda’ implying a return back to an underlying depth. Ananda is an experience of enjoyment that is shared in common.
Enjoy the moments, bliss & happiness!