Yesterday my dad reminded me, and the listeners of his weekly radio show, that this week marks the birthday of the Lord Buddha. While the actual date of the Indian Prince Siddhartha Gautama's birthday isn't quite certain, and Buddhists in different parts of the world celebrate it on different days - the lessons of this great man are universal. Give up your worldly possessions, reject the material and the ego, and embrace our universal connectivity and our good. I read the book 'Siddhartha' by Herman Hesse, a biography of the Buddha, when I was 15 - it changed my life.
So this post is dedicated to my Buddhist friends, and to the great Indian Prince who gave up everything - wealth, his kingdom, power - to join the suffering of the poor.
From the Lahore Museum in Pakistan
This is the book I read that made me re-evaluate everything. I would strongly encourage you to read it as well.