Buddha


Siddhartha Gautama (also known as the Buddha “the awakened one”), was an ascetic and sage, on whose teachings Buddhism was founded. He is believed to have lived and taught mostly in the eastern part of ancient India, and his lessons are widely shared across the world. Buddhism is now the world’s fourth-largest religion, with over 520 million followers or over 7% of the global population, known as Buddhists. Now followers of Buddhism are spread across Bhutan, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Laos, Mongolia, Nepal, South Korea, Sri Lanka Thailand, Tibet, and Vietnam [1].
Buddha king of kingsThe life and teachings of Gautam Buddha are a lifelong inspiration, and the radical thought that man is responsible for his deeds and results of his actions is so simple yet profound teaching. So anything which can expose you to the something which has potential to make you feel better is worth a go. Yes, that’s my pitch to you to watch the show on Buddha. ( And no I am not being paid to promote it :P) . Buddha-Rajaon Ka Raja (titled as Buddha – The King of Kings) is a Historical drama produced by B. K. Modi.The show first aired on 2013 on Zee TV and Doordarshan. The show is currently available on YouTube [Link] and Netflix [Link] in English, Spanish and Chinese subtitles.
Siddharta was born about 563 B.C.E. in the foothills of the Himalayas. A prince, he lived a sheltered life amid luxury, wealth, and comfort. But at age 29, Siddharta fled from his palace and discovered something new. He found a path where a man be freed from the sufferings
I would say that the show provides the full storyline of Siddharth as a child, prince, sage and then the one who attained the supreme wisdom. All wrapped up beautifully the set of 50-53
episodes.(Please don’t feel scared or overwhelmed by this as by Indian television standards this is the crispest version). As far as the stories concerns according to my understanding most of the popular stories are depicted in the story. However, I also think that makers of the show have taken some creative liberty. And one of those freedoms is adding songs in between which are not so much fun for me.
6th century B.C was an era dedicated to the rise of new religious thoughts of Jainism and Buddhism which kind of also represents the religious unrest caused by the community. During the period, the spiritual or religious attainment was limited to the people of Brahmin caste and those who could afford the pricy rituals. Mahaveer Jain and Gautam Buddha demystified the teachings of the scriptures and created an intangible way for the salvation of people. Additionally, both paths opened gates for females on a religious journey which was till then the proprietory of the male population. Thus the show rightly depicts the issues of a caste system and the political and internal conflicts that were faced to bring the Moksha the enlightenment to the masses. Apart from the historical and political significance of Gautam Buddha in the creation of India as a united nation (country not UN) the show also tries to depict the era by the dressing, hairstyles, and language to the extent that the 20th-century folks can still understand what’s going on. You can try and create a political map of the events by watching the show itself.
Unlike many other Indian mythological/ historical shows, the show does not revolve around the lead character only it also walks you through their dilemmas and reasoning of actions of different characters. Such as ,
  • Fther of Gautam Buddha ( King Shuddhodhan), whose desire to make his son the Chakravarti Smart ( King) makes him manipulate the environment which eventually backfires on him.
  • Wife , who understands the urge of Siddhartha’s quest and supports him unconditionally.
  • The Envious brother, who indulged himself entirely in competing and the pain it has caused to him.
  • Evolving relationship with his Guru, who later became his fellow and finally Gautam Buddha’s disciple.
I can go on and on about each character, and the lessons can be acquired about each one of them.
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Overall the life of Gautam Buddha is the teaching in itself. It is not about knowing the story. Because even if you know all the stories about his life its worth revisiting them with fresh eyes and contemplating again on his teachings. Every episode will take you through the journey of meditation step by step. Nearly contemplation on the teachings and lessons on the show can help you be the part of supreme bliss. Needless to say its one of my favourite shows. Hope you like it too. Don’t forget to leave comments on post.
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