May 7: Historical Important Events of May 7

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The month of May is named thus after Greek Goddess Maia. The Roman goddess Maia Majesta’s name comes from the month. This month also has several important days worldwide. May 7 has its importance embarked in history. Let’s begin to see what events occurred on this day. First, was the historic Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti.

Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti

The day falls on the 25th day of the Bengali month of Boishaq. It is celebrated each year on May 7 as Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti. On this day the great Indian polymath Rabindranath Tagore was born.

He was an exemplar of the Renaissance Bengali, which updated Bengali art and, until now, all his poetry, novels, short stories, and essays have been widely read worldwide. Rabindranath Tagore was born on the 7th of May 1861 to Debendranath Thakur.

The legacy and contribution of Rabindranath Tagore to the field of Bengali and English Literature can be assessed with reverence for his name. Tagore is well-known for his sensitive and beautiful verse which has a magic touch on it and was best remembered as the bard of Bengal.

Numerous cultural programs and activities are held in many schools, colleges, and universities on this very same day, such as poetry, dances, and drama competition. But people will mark Tagore’s birthday in their homes this year because of the coronavirus shutdown.

In Kolkata Tagore Jayanti is popularly known as Poncheeshe Boishakh.

Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti: A brief introduction to Rabindranath Tagore’s life

Rabindranath Tagore was born into a rich Bengali family and is best known for his Bengali literature work. He is still praised and critiqued in many areas of art for poetics, short stories, songs (called Rabindra sangeet), plays, and novels. He was the first non-European to win the 1913 Nobel Prize for his contribution to the world’s literature.

“Jana Gana Mana,” Indian national anthem, was penned by Tagore. He wrote Bangladesh’s national anthem, too. Gitanjali, Postmaster, Kabuliwallah, Nastanirh, are some of his other important works. His songs such as Majhe Majhe Tobo, Akash Bhara, Amar Hiyar Majhe, Purano Sei Diner Kotha etc. are still played by popular singers in Bengal and India.

He is the only known person who has written the national anthems for three different countries. He wrote ‘Jana Gana Mana’, the national anthem for India, ‘Amar SonarBangla’, the national anthem for Bangladesh and ‘Nama Nama Sri Lanka Mata’, in Bengali, for Sri Lanka.

Satyajit Ray made a number of remarkable films based on the short stories and novels of Tagore. Also in Santiniketan, West Bengal, Tagore established a famous Visva-Bharati University. Rabindranath Tagore never believed in classroom teachings. He introduced the concept of classes conducted in the middle of nature, which the University and its students  practice.

MOST RENOWNED QUOTES BY THE BARD OF BENGAL

“A teacher can never truly teach unless he is still learning himself. A lamp can never light another lamp unless it continues to burn its own flame. The teacher who has come to the end of his subject, who has no living traffic with his knowledge but merely repeats his lesson to his students, can only load their minds, he cannot quicken them.” -Rabindranath Tagore

“Our nature is obscured by work done by the compulsion of want or fear. The mother reveals herself in the service of her children, so our true freedom is not the freedom from action but freedom in action, which can only be attained in the work of love.” -Rabindranath Tagore

“When we accept any discipline for ourselves, we try to avoid everything except that which is necessary for our purpose; it is this purposefulness, which belongs to the adult mind, that we force upon school children. We say, “Never keep your mind aler” -Rabindranath Tagore

“Obstacles are necessary companions to expression, and we know that the positive element in language is not in its obstructiveness. Exclusively viewed from the side of the obstacle, nature appears inimical to the idea of morality. But if that were abs” -Rabindranath Tagore

Buddha Purnima

Buddha Poornima falls in the month of Vaisakha on the full moon night (either in April or May). The day of Vaisakha Purnima is set by the day of the full moon in the month of Vaisakha in May. It occurs according to the Lunar year just like every other Buddhist festival. The anniversary of the birth of Buddha Lord is commemorated in the Festival. The Buddha Poornima is held in Bodh Gaya by pilgrims from around the world. This year Buddha Purnima is observed on May 26, 2021.

The Buddha Gautama was an ancient Indian spiritual instructor who founded Buddhism. He is identified as an avatar of god Vishnu according to Hinduism. The original name of Gautama Buddha was Siddhartha Gautama, a prince in Kapilvastu’s kingdom. He reached the Supreme Enlightened or Buddha hood under the Bodh Gaya Breeze. With the light of Gautama, he was known as “Buddha,” meaning “Wakened One” or “Enlightened One.” He eventually died at the age of eighty in Kushinagar in Parinirvana. The Four Noble Truths were realised and the secret of real peace and happiness. These truths were often referred to as the Dharmachakra which means the “dharma wheel” or the “law wheel.”

There are these four noble truths:

  1. The Noble Truth of Suffering
  2. The Noble Truth of the Emergence of Sufferings
  3. The noble truth of the cessation of Suffering
  4. The Noble Truth of The Path leading to the Cessation of Suffering

The doctrines of Buddha inspire humankind on the way to free itself from the suffering of birth and death, and thus to achieve eternal happiness. Buddha’s word travelled far and wide, capturing billions of people’s hearts and minds around the globe, particularly in Asian countries. According to Buddhism, people should learn to rely on themselves and to trust themselves.

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