The Buddha, Christ and Gandhi - the great three are universally regarded as harbingers of harmony, compassion and peace, the first of whom is once again being revived in modern times to sort out the present day problems of unprecedented violence and terror - the Holy Dalai Lama being one powerful expression of his message and piety. His was history's first religion of peace which spread all over Asia, including its western regions, without any use of force, and holds its lamp in the East in particular till date. Latest researches in Germany are succeeding in establishing that Jesus Christ was one in the Bodhisattva tradition, who not only stayed and studied in India when he was young, but returned to Kashmir after his crucifixion, in which he did not die and escaped with his followers to Srinagar, where he lived till age 90, and where his tomb still quietly stands.
A life of lord Buddha for the common reader worldwide as well as his increasing number of devotees is therefore in the fitness of things; and non less than the classic 'Buddha-Charita' by the famous Asvaghosha, beautiful and carefully translated by E.B. Cowell, is here presented with the famous Ajanta cave paintings, the first ever artistic expression of Lord Buddha's legacy, and rare pics related to him from all over the world. The background on back cover is a picture of the land, excavated in 2005, over which the Buddha walked and Ashoka built ten stupas, noted by Huen Tsang in his travel notes.