The Bodhidharma: Religions of Indies

Bodhidharma, also known as the "First Patriarch," was a Buddhist monk credited with bringing Chang Buddhism (also known as Zen Buddhism) to China. He is said to have lived in the 5th or 6th century AD and is revered as his spiritual master in both China and Japan.


Bodhidharma was born in India, a Brahmin he belonged to the caste. He became a Buddhist monk and studied under the famous Indian monk Pragnatara. According to legend, Pragnatara passed on the Buddha's teachings to Bodhidharma and instructed him to spread the teachings throughout China. Bodhidharma is said to have traveled to China and settled in the Shaolin Temple, where he taught Chang Buddhism to the local monks. He is also credited with developing the martial arts practices still taught in the Shaolin Temple today.


Bodhidharma is best known for emphasizing his meditation practice as a means of attaining his enlightenment. He taught that meditation is the direct path to enlightenment and that enlightenment can be achieved in this lifetime by devoting yourself to the practice of meditation.


Bodhidharma's teachings had a great influence on Chinese Buddhism, and his emphasis on meditation and direct experience became a core part of Zen Buddhism and its traditions.  

Today, Bodhidharma is revered as a spiritual master in China, Japan and around the world, and his legacy continues to inspire seekers of spiritual truth and wisdom.

Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2, Verse 14

Hindi (हिन्दी):
उत्सीदेयुरिमे लोका न कुर्यां कर्म चेदहम्।
सङ्करस्य च कर्ता स्यामुपहन्यामिमाः प्रजाः॥

Meaning (Hindi):
अर्जुन कहते हैं: अगर मैं कर्म को नहीं करता हूँ, तो ये सभी लोग संकर (बाह्य शक्तियों के प्रभाव) के प्रजनक हो जाएँगे, और मैं कर्ता बनूँगा।

Arjuna says: "If I do not perform my duty, all these people will be led astray by the influence of material desires, and I will be responsible for creating confusion in society."

यीशु के जन्म की कहानी में केवल एक बार प्रकट हुए, पूर्व के ज्ञानियों ने ईसाई कल्पना में एक स्थायी छाप छोड़ी।

इटली के रवेना में संत अपोलिनारे नुओवो के बेसिलिका में, मैगी और उनके उपहार 6 वीं शताब्दी की शुरुआत से एक आश्चर्यजनक मोज़ेक में प्रस्तुत किए गए हैं।