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     The Personality of the Buddha

The tradition provides us with a very little information on the personality of the Buddha. His skin colour was golden. He also had an attracting personality and his enemies also considered him to be as a charming. He was handsome, and perfect in his skin tone, figure, height and gracefulness. He was gifted with the thirty-two marks, the presence of which denotes that one is either meant to be an emperor of the world or either a Buddha. These marks include black eyes, long tongue  which could touch the forehead, palms reaching beyond the knees when stretched and so on and on.

His voice had eight uniqueness such as confidence, intelligence, sweetness, noticeable, stability, sharpness, strength, and a meaning, which was not to travel further than his audience. He sermonized only in eight assemblies, which was namely, of the nobles, scholars, house-holders, loners, the four regent devas, the devas of Tavatimsa Loka, and Mara.

His daily schedule was to rise early in the morning and finish his bodily functions. Then he would sit all alone. Then after putting on his outer robe he would go out for alms. Sometimes he went there with a large number of priests and sometimes all alone. If he had to go out all alone he would then keep his cell-door closed. It is mostly believed that sometimes he used to fly with some superior priests, who were all away of the dishonors.

On his return again from the alms round, he would wash his feet and talk to the priests. He would then discuss the focus issue on meditation or instruct them. He would then rest or sleep for a while depending upon the time freely available to him. Then he had the time to look around with his marvelous eye to identify a admirable person, who could be promoted by his teaching.

In the evening, he would take bath and again concentrate to the priests and encourage them of the right activity till the first watch of night. He would deal out the second watch of night to instruct the devas. In the last watch of night, he would first keep walking and then meditating. He would then sleep for a while. Again he would wake up to think on the possible gaining of his teachings to be passed on to a deserving person owing to his acquired capability by way of righteous karma of the previous births.




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