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Wednesday, November 17th, 2010 | Author:

Antique Lamps A Lamp with a Message!

The story of Siddharthas transformation into the Lord Buddha, meaning one who has awakened, is well known to both the East as well as the West, with a growing Western interest in his life and teachings.

Every one has heard the name of the Buddha, born, by common tradition, about 565 B.C. Very few of the details of the Buddha’s life can be verified, and it is difficult to determine the difference between history and myth.

Historically we believe that he was born in Lumbini which is in modern day Nepal, close to the border of northern India. He is believed to have been born into a ruling princely family and was given the name Siddhartha meaning, “One who has achieved his aim.”

At the time of the Buddhas birth, astrologers predicted that he would become a great king, or a monk who would evolve into a great teacher. His father, with this in mind, had the boy raised in luxury with every need met, in the hope that he would not become involved in a religious life. At the age of 16, his father arranged for him to marry a princess of his class, she was named Ya?odhar. He continued his palace life until, aged 29; his wife gave birth to a son Rhula. Shortly after his son’s birth, he began to travel away from his palace home.

Buddhist Tradition tells that he was deeply disturbed by the sight of an elderly, helpless, frail man. On his second journey, he saw an emaciated and depressed man suffering from an advanced disease. On the third, he saw a grieving family carrying the corpse of a family member to cremation. He was deeply affected by this and reflected on the suffering he saw, old age, illness and death.

On his fourth journey he saw a wandering monk who led a reclusive life of meditation. He could see that he was calm and serene. This fourth experience motivated him to follow the path of the monk and find a spiritual solution to the problems brought about by human suffering.

Siddhartha left his wife, child and luxurious lifestyle, in order to seek truth. This was not uncommon and was accepted practice for some men to leave their family and lead the life of a wandering monk.

After his enlightenment, the Buddha continued to teach, moving from place to place preaching and teaching his message. After forty-five years of teaching, aged 80, he died in the small town of Ku?inagara. His final words were: “Decay is inherent in all things. Be sure to strive with clarity of mind”.

About the author: Maurice Robertson, principal of The Antique and Vintage Table Lamp Co , has had a lifetimes association with antique porcelain and pottery,with his commercial experience spaning a period of 40 years,including as a valuer to the Australian Governments Incentive to the Arts Scheme. His long experience with antique ceramics and glass also includes dealing with leading museums and numerous international private collections. He has extended his ceramics expertise into the quality table lamps seen on the companys site, he is well known to local and international interior designers who have included many of his table lamps in their projects and has also supplied items of national interest to the official Sydney residence of the Australian Prime Minister.


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