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Wesak is auspicious because on this day, the Bodhisatta received a prophecy that he was assured of becoming a Buddha. It was on this day that the Bodhisatta was born. It was on this day that he was enlightened as Buddha. It was on this day that he passed into parinibbāna (the passing out of conditioned existence). That is why the full moon day of Wesak is most revered among Buddhists.
What should be specially known about Lord Buddha is that before four incalculables (asankheyya) and a hundred thousand world cycles, during the lifetime of Dīpaṅkara Buddha, Lord Buddha was an ascetic by the name of Sumedhā. He could have attained nibbāna then if he has practised Vipassanā meditation. But knowing his capability that he could become a Buddha one day, he did not wish to attain nibbāna alone but he would want to save beings from the sufferings of saṁsāra. With this noble aim, the Compassionate One went through all kinds of suffering for four asankheyya and a hundred thousand world cycles without caring for his physical body and his life in accumulating perfections or pārami. We should follow the good example of Lord Buddha who sacrificed himself for the benefit of others.
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As soon as he was born, Lord Buddha-to-be, took seven steps to the north and spoke extremely strange words which no one dared to utter.
|(a) Aggohamasami = I am the foremost in the Universe|
(b) Jetthohamasami = I am the greatest in the Universe
(c) Setthohamasami = I am the most praiseworthy
(d) Ayamantimajati = This is my last existence
(e) Nathidanipunathbhavoti = I will have no more future rebirths.
Bodhisatta spoke for three times at the time of his birth as Mahosatha, Sakka, the king of the celestial realm; as Vessantarā; lastly as Prince Siddhattha.