Dear Divine Souls,
Swami Nirmalananda Giri of Atma Jyoti Ashram, has commented on Buddhist Holy Scripture Dhammapada in his unique and clear way.
Dhammapada is a sacred text of Buddhists. In the words of Swami Nirmalananda Giri,
"The Dhammapada is not a transcription of a single talk by Gautama, the Buddha. Rather, it is a collection of his words on the most important subjects for those seeking Nirvana. It was compiled only three months after his passing away by his enlightened disciples (arhats), who gave it the name Dhammapada, which means "Portions of the Dharma" or "The Way of Dharma."
Sri Ramakrishna had great respect for Buddha and he considered him to be an incarnation (avatar) of Lord Almighty. He also said that there is no difference between the Lord Buddha's teachings and Advaita Vedanta. They both lead to the same destination of Self Realization. The difference is just in the way of presentation.
Commenting on scriptures is not an easy task and certainly cannot be done without the grace of God. Swamiji has made a diligent effort to make us understand Lord Buddha's teachings in easy and practical way, giving us a new insight.
Lord Buddha's teachings were given in the then common man's language Pali, which has it's roots in Sanskrit. Swamiji has dispelled many common myths about Lord Buddha's teachings by understanding and interpreting technical Pali words by going to their Sanskrit roots. Swamiji has also related some verses with scriptures of Advaita Vedanta, in an unbiased way.
This commentary is not only beneficial to Buddhists, but to all sincere seekers of following of non-duality.
Swamiji is generous enough allow seekers to read online or download the soft copy of his commentary for Free.
May Lord Buddha bless us with his infinite grace, and unconditional love so that we can understand, digest and apply his immortal teachings in our practical life. May we all be blessed with devotion and knowledge of our true Self is my humble prayer.
Roots of Founder Swami Nirmalananda Giri:
It was founded by Swami Nirmalananda Giri, who was initiated into sannyas by Swami Vidyananda Giri at his ashram in Lahkanpur (Purulia District), West Bengal, on June 11, 1963. Swami Vidyananda was a sannyas disciple of Jagadguru Bharat Krishna Tirtha of the Govardhan Math in Puri.
Ashram follows the monastic tradition 'Giri' branch of the Sri Adi Shankara Order, spiritually connected to Jyotir Math. It practices Advaita Vedanta, as taught by Sri Adi Shankaracharya.
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Disclamier: Author is not an authority on spiritual texts and has no intension with hurt or challenge any religion or faith. Opinion given in this articles are author's personal thoughts.