GUWAHATI, May 19 – Lord Buddha who introduced a new philosophical thought and a religious order, was the first social revolutionary in the entire world to rid the common masses from sacerdotal hegemony and religious bigotry. This observation was made by DN Chakravartty, senior journalist, while presiding over the public meeting held at the Assam Theosophical Federation’s headquarters in the city on May 17 last on the occasion of the 2577 birth anniversary of Lord Buddha.
Chakravartty said that Lord Buddha discovered four basic truths of human life, prescribed five noble principles and held before mankind eight paths to overcome the miseries and privations of human life.
Addressing the meeting as the chief guest Sudhindra Kumar Barua, retired commissioner, dwelt at length how Lord Buddha transformed himself from a royal prince to a monk and finally to a saviour of mankind.
Nagendra Chandra Dutta, a senior theosophist while analysing the teachings of Lord Buddha, said that although Gautam Buddha challenged the basic concept of godhood, he was finally accepted as one of the tenth incarnations of Hinduism. Amal Chandra Goswami explained the basic principles of Buddhism while Golak Chandra Dutta and Raghunath Choudhury made a comparative analysis of the teachings of Lord Buddha and the ideology of the Theosophical Society. The function ended with the universal prayer of the Theosophical Society, a press release stated.