THE STANDING BUDDHA
was a prince by birth and only knew the grandeur and opulence that surrounded
him. He was only given to experience the best and the happiest life had to offer.
But all that wealth and luxury could not offer Siddharth the peace of mind he
deeply missed. A procession around his kingdom revealed to him the different stages
of birth, childhood, adulthood, old age, disease and death. For the first time
he was exposed to the misery that life could unleash upon human kind. He also
chanced upon a Yogi sitting deep in meditation and knew this at once to be his
Calling. He gave up the kingdom, his family, his belongings, everything and headed
for the woods in search of a remedy for this misery. Under a Bodhi tree,
Siddharth became Gautam Buddha, the enlightened one, and the world witnessed
a gift of a new religion called Buddhism, a path of non-violence of lasting
peace and happiness.
This statue of the Buddha standing with a perfect
poise with both his hands in 'gyan-mudra' gives a hint of movement along with