CNY is around the corner.
While everyone is busy getting ready for the festival, I am still going through my daily life as usual.
When everyone was sending out the 2016 Happy New Year messages, someone sent this to me:
“Don’t be too excited about this New Year stuff
Only the calendar has changed
The spouse, job and targets remains the same”
LOL! How true, how true!
I used to be very excited about my birthday so much so that I will remind everyone near and dear about it and I will have my birthday celebration appointments queuing for at least 2 weeks!
Then one time, my mother said this:
“Why must I get excited about your birthday? I was in labour pain on that day!”
LOL! Ya hor, ya hor!!
Anyway, I stopped celebrating my birthday since 2013! After learning the Dhamma, I realised that the day one is born, one’s sufferings begin…
As stated in the Upajjhatthana Sutta:
“…. ‘I am subject to aging, have not gone beyond aging.’ This is the first fact that one should reflect on often, whether one is a woman or a man, lay or ordained.
‘I am subject to illness, have not gone beyond illness.’ …
‘I am subject to death, have not gone beyond death.’ …”
(Do click at the Sutta to read the full Sutta…. lots of wisdom in it!)
Since new years are just a change in the calendar and birthdays are when sufferings begin, I guess the only day worth celebrating (especially to the Buddhists) will be the Vesākha Day; the day Buddha was born, the day Buddha was enlightened and the day Buddha entered Nibbana… yes, all happened on the same day of a different year
Hmmm… are you still excited about celebrating “special” dates??