The lost and un-tread path of freedom or enlightenment was re-discovered by Gautama, “The Samyak Sambuddha” about 2500 years ago.
Why do we term it as re-discovered?
Because there had been many Buddhas before Siddhartha Gautama and there will be many more Buddhas in future who will find this path of enlightenment in future “Kalpas”.
During the era of Buddha, many benefitted by this gem, the path which helps you to find a solution to end the sufferings.
Many persons who were in this path and had attained “Paramis” during their previous births could attain “Nibbana”.
Many others could practice the “Dhamma” to strengthen their “paramis” and many other who got their first seed of Vipassana became established in Dhamma for the first time to walk on the path of “Nibbana” (Enlightenment).
After the “Maha Pari-Nibbana’ (enlightenment) of Buddha, the “Dhamma” in its pristine form remained for approximately 500 years but lost its natural form by getting distorted and falling in hands of wrong people.
The benefits and fruits of meditation were lost due to distorted facts and adulteration of dogmas, thus the original teachings and the method of meditation vanished from its origin, India and its neighbouring countries.
However, the pure Vipassana, Dhamma was preserved by a few dedicated monks and teachers in Burma, one of India’s neighbouring countries.
It got resurrected in this world with the efforts of venerable Sayagyi u Ba Khin and S N Goenka.
I am indebted to the entire chain of teachers, some of whom we do not know; that they kept the Vipassana technique in its purest form without any distortion and the entire world is receiving it through the chain of teachers established in pure “Dhamma”.