In commemoration of Vesakha Day, the day of recognition of the birth, enlightenment and parinibbāna of Lord Buddha, I leave you with the first words he uttered after his enlightenment (Dhp 153 & 154):
Puna gehaṁ na kāhasi
Sabbā te phāsukā bhaggā
I, who have been seeking the builder* of this house (body),
Failing to attain enlightenment which would enable me to find him,
Have wandered through innumerable births in saṁsāra,
To be born again and again is indeed dukkha.
Oh housebuilder! You are seen,
You should build no house (for me) again.
All your rafters are broken, your roof-tree destroyed.
My mind has reached the Unconditioned (nibbāna),
The end of craving has been attained.
May you, and all beings, be happy, healthy and free from physical and mental suffering!
* Craving (taṅhā)