The photo of Lord Buddha reflects a mudra pose
With a form of non-verbal communication, replete
With spiritual meanings, the right hand,
Representing skillful, focused method of action,
Wisdom, teaching, protection and granting blessings,
While his left hand, reposes meditatively upon his lap.
It is believed that whenever there has been a fall
In righteousness, Lord Vishnu has manifested Himself
In a different avatar, Lord Buddha being one of them.
His birth was a boon to mankind, to preach to humanity,
The paths of truth, to reach beatitude,
Liberating us from mundane suffering.
While people are ready to kill for wealth or a woman
He personally gave up his kingdom and gorgeous wife
To seek the ultimate truth, to be free from life’s sufferings.
After gaining enlightenment under a Bodhi tree,
For 45 years, he imparted his enlightened knowledge to others
Creating a higher plane of thinking, with love and compassion.
He led a spiritual life, preached the eightfold path
Of Buddhism which are: right understanding, right
Thought, right speech, right conduct, right ways of earning
A living, right mental attitude, right mindfulness, and right
Concentration. The preaching is like the second half
Of the 10 commandments but as recommendations.
His chief principles teach us that peace comes from within,
And that we do not suffer FOR our anger but BY our anger.
His precious advice is to live in the present moment and
Appreciate ourselves, for we deserve our love and affection.
We must free ourselves from vexing thoughts to find peace,
And remove doubt, for it distances us from loved ones.