New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday greeted the nation on the eve of Buddha Purnima and said that Lord Buddha`s life and teachings have "universal significance".
"The life and teachings of Lord Buddha have universal significance. The ideals of non-violence, peace, compassion and service to humanity embodied in his teachings have profoundly impacted human history and the course of civilisation," Mukherjee said.
The President added that a large number of people all over the world follow Buddhism due to its universal appeal.
"May Lord Buddha`s message infuse our thoughts, words and deeds and serve as a beacon guiding us on the path of universal brotherhood," he said.