Buddha means “awakened one” or “the enlightened one”. The Buddha began life in the 6th century BC as Siddhartha Gautama, the son of a tribal leader, in an area that is now probably Nepal. From this privileged position, he began to wonder about the meaning of life and death and of growing old. It is said that one day he met a sadhu, (a holy man), who had given up all material possessions to go forth in search of truth. This must have been a major factor in inspiring Siddharta, at 29, to leave behind his comfortable life – and his wife and child – in order to find the truth.
To wear, carry or have around you symbols of the Buddha reminds us that total peace and bliss are possible. It reminds us of the words that hint at what enlightenment feels like: illumination, knowing, peace, calm, clarity, wisdom, profound love, and bliss.