Buddha Pournami, or the day of Gautama Buddha’s enlightenment, is an important one in many ways for spiritual seekers. The story of Buddha’s journey is awe-inspiring; his grit and perseverance led him to the ultimate fruits of human existence. Even today, Buddha Pournami is celebrated in many parts of the world and every year at the Isha Yoga Center. This year, Sounds of Isha composed a special song for the occasion and performed it at Spanda Hall. The song takes us through Buddha’s life – his luxurious world as a prince, his renunciation, his struggles, and finally, his attainment under the Bodhi tree.

Buddh Hai

Prabuddh hai, Shuddh hai,
Uski katha jo Buddh hai

The Enlightened One, the Pure One,
The story of the One, who is Buddha

Har tarah ka thha vilaas,
par nahi bujhti thhi pyaas,
Raaj-bhog pramaad thhe par
manah-shaanti ka thha hraas

Pleasure of every kind there to take,
but the thirst it could not quench or slake,
Kingly pleasures there were it is said,
but peace of mind would falter and ebb

Isi bhogi zindagi mein ek din Gautam chale
Teen drishy dikhey, unhe tab isi ambar ke tale

In this life of pleasure, one day Gautama went walking,
When under the skies, he saw three sights come stalking

Ek rogi, ek vriddh, ek shav ko dekh ke,
Raja Gautam bhikshu ban, Samaan ho bas chal pade

One ill, one old, one corpse he did perceive,
King turned beggar and as Samaan he did leave

Khojte phirte chale uss gyaan ko jo gupt hai
Prabuddh hai, Shuddh hai,
Uski katha jo Buddh hai

Seeking and searching for that knowledge which was hidden,
The Enlightened One, the Pure One,
The story of the One, who is Buddha

Ek shaakha par latakti zindagi ko thaam ke,
Kee Niranjana paar aur phir baithhe mann mein thhan ke

Grasping for life on a branch in the river,
Crossing the Niranjan he sat not to be deterred

Ya toh srishti se pare ki jyoti mujhko dikhegi,
Ya isi Bodhi tale meri ye kaya mitegi

The light beyond creation either I must see,
Or my body will fall here under this Bodhi tree

Usi pal, is kshitij mein ek poorn chandr udit hua,
Usi pal, is jeev mein ek poorn Soorya vidit hua

At that moment a moon rose on the horizon,
At that moment within a sun did enlighten

Isi Bodhi ke tale ek Raja Gautam mrit hua,
Aur isi Bodhi tale Prabuddh Buddh-avtarit hua

Under this Bodhi a king Gautama did perish,
Under this Bodhi Buddha was there to cherish

Upanishad ke saar se inki katha santript hai
Prabuddh hai, Shuddh hai,
Uski katha jo Buddh hai.

With the essence of the Upanishad his story is replete,
The Enlightened One, the Pure One,
The story of the One, who is Buddha

- Sounds of Isha

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