Renowned as one of the most peaceful religions, Buddhism originated in ancient India as a religion sometime between the 6th and 4th centuries BC, by Prince Siddhartha. After attaining enlightenment while meditating at the base of a Bodhi tree, Gautama Buddha put forward the principles of life, which became the base of this religion. Buddhists follow and respect Lord Buddha’s teachings, but they do not worship him as their god. The deities that they believe in include a wide array of divine beings inspired by various existing cultures. We do not consider the Gods in this religion to be the creator. Buddhist philosophy rejects the idea of a creator entirely.
The belief of Buddhists centers around the Basic Teachings of Buddha, namely, The Three Universal Truths; The Four Noble Truths; and. The Eightfold Path. They preach and believe the idea that life is both endless and constantly in a state of change. Nothing is permanent in their ideology. Meditation is said to be the path to enlightenment since this was how the founder of Buddhism achieved it. Buddhist temples, also called Wat, Pagodas, etc., are places of worship and serenity. Here they listen to the monks and pray, chanting from religious texts. The symbols of Buddhism may include the Bodhi tree, made popular by Buddha’s meditation beneath its canopy, and the Dharmachakra, which is an eight-spoked wheel. There is also the lotus flower, the golden fish, the conch shell, the parasol, and the endless knot.
Gods In Buddhism
- Devas- These are the divine beings of the realms. However, the Devas Buddhists believe in are not always Buddhists themselves. They are also not always wise, and thus we do not rely on them. Devas are mortals, but they have unnaturally long lives and suffer less in comparison to humans. In the formless realms, they can exist without their physical countenance. Some examples of Devas worshipped by Buddhas include Hariti, Pattini, Sarhan, Brahma, Lakshmi, and Ganesha.
- Yakshas- Also called nature spirits, Yakshas are generally benevolent caretakers of earth’s natural treasures. The worshipping of Yakshas was origins from the Hindu religion in India, who have been doing it since before the Vedic period. For the Jains, these are Shasana Devatas. The Buddhists believe that Yakshas live deep underground under the rule of Kubera, the lord of wealth. They generally reside beneath the Himalayas.
- Asuras- The demigods, or titans of the Kamadhatu, Asuras are another category of divine beings that inspires from the Hindu pantheon. However, while adopting Asuras from Hindu mythology, they were a little alteration. and they are said to have triple-headed, each head with its own face, and multiple arms. Asuras are full of sin and are with passion- they are into wrath, greediness, pride, envy, and insincerity. Being reborn as an Asura is considered really unfortunate, as it is one of the four unhappy births. The Asuras have their own tribes and factions, with the leaders called Asurendra. Different types of Asuras include the bow-wielding clan and the terrible-faced tribe. Renowned Asura lords or Asurendras are Rahu and Paharada.