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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Let us WRITE, right now ...

Today I visited one library & went thru some books. First was "World Famous Speeches" by Dr B R Kishore, New Light Publishers, New Delhi. It included speeches of Adolf Hitler, Atal Bihari Vajpeyi, Mahatma Gandhi, Neharu, Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan etc. But there is nothing about Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, Architect of a Great Constitution!Other Books were "100 Great Lives" by John Canning, Publisher- Rupa & Co. ,"1000 Great Events" by Lynne Sabel; "Great Lives " by Plantagenet Somerset Fry ... which were on the same tune excluding Dr Babasaheb & our leaders.I went thru number of Essay Books for students, which excluded Babasaheb & tunned mere traditional & slanted information and thinking. Even the text books are on the same road. Think the impact of such matter on young minds and people at large.Why we are not coming forward to write such books. Some books are just compilation of edited texts. Secondly, writing essay books, guides, notes, articles, jokes, openion in press, remarks in media, comments on net... etc. ... not beyond our ability. Language problems can be solved. Even texts can be get checked and edited by experts or copy editors. We may form writers' guilds, groups... Anyway we must write ... as we can ... in any language we can ... ! Let us promote people to write!It will be ... a help, a contribution to Dr Babasaheb's dream of Prabuddha Bharat!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Greatest Indian Festival

26 January--- Republic Day of India! Today being celebrated at government or official level. ---And as mere extension of Independent day!! Late Prime Minister Mr Rajeev Gandhi also mistaken this day as Independence Day only! Still many are ignorant of importance of this Great Day!
I think this is the Greatest Festival in India. Without this --- 15th Aug would have no meaning. Whatever we got on this day is revolutionary gifts. Major credit goes to Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar for Architecturing our Constitution. Still many don't know what is meant by Power! & so, when Power bestowed, they didn't recognize its value.
Also--- we can say---
on this day ----
Manu-Smriti Gayee!
Bhim-Smriti Aayee!!
Manu-smriti no-where!
Bhim-Smriti every-where!!
Now --- Let the Constitution percolate in our actual life --- for ideal India --- Humanist India --- Prabuddha Bharat!!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Obama Forgot Buddhists!!

In inaugural speech Obama said, “We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus – and non-believers.” Next day ... At the National Prayer Service at the National Cathedral, twenty different clergy participated -- but no Buddhists. (The group included: Hindu, Muslim, reform Jew, conservative Jew, orthodox Jew, Episcopalian, two Catholics, Baptist, Disciples of Christ, Evangelicas, Greek Othodox, Methodist, Reformed.)
Wonder is that How he forgot Buddhism? When Buddhists are more than Hindus & Muslims in USA. Buddhism is major part of the world and it is said to be more than 500 m. Buddhist China, Japan etc are big economies. Many well-known Hollywood & other celebrities are Buddhists e.g. Richard Gere, Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys, Orlando Bloom, Uma Thurman, George Lucas, etc. Obama's half-sister describes herself as Buddhist. Also, Obama's places of residence in his younger years and school days ... Hawaii and later New York and Massachusetts, all of which have prominent Buddhist communities.
Why it's happened so? Firstly there is wolrwide misconception that Buddha is incarnation of Vishnu, & so many mistook Buddhism to Hinduism. (That's why 22 Pratigya have importance in other countries also!) Secondly, Obama might have included Buddhists in Non-Believers, as Buddhists don't believe in so called God. Whatever possibilities ... but he will have to clarify.. one day!

One thing to be noted that ... first time in American History The President acknowledged Non-Believers in his inaugural speech! ... where Lanscape Survey counts Non-Believers about 16% ... If it is so it would be the largest community in USA!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Castless Society & Brahmins

Huge Multilingual Brahmin Sammelan started at Bhugaon, Pune. According to me it is one more attempt to keep inhumanist Caste System alive. Ironically, it is crucial issue to find out that How many Brahmins are following their traditional profession and all other acts mandatory to them? If answer would go against majority of Brahmins, why should they be called Brahmin --- is another unsolved question!!
We can easily recollect that --- many Brahmins were opposing reservation based on castes. The popular reason was being told that it was harmful to united India and it boosts castism.
As "castes by birth" in India is brainchild of Brahmanism & they reaped its fruits for centuries; it is their turn to destroy castes.
If Brahmins really want to bring up castless society, first of all they should proclaim in this Sammelan that --- Brahmin Caste is no more and hereafter nobody will call themselves Brahmin. They may pass resolution also. It will be great contribution to our nation.

Unauthorised Distortion in 22 Pratigya

On search attempt I visited a site from Hungary. To my surprise I found another vertion of 22 pratigya. According to me it is Unathorised Distortion in these vows. These are as follow---
1. I do not believe something just because it has been passed along and retold for many generations.
I do not believe something merely because it has become a traditional practice.
I do not believe something simply because it is well-known everywhere.
I do not believe something solely on the grounds of logical reasoning.
I do not believe something merely because it accords with my philosophy.
I do not believe something because it appeals to „common sense”.
I do not believe something just because I like the idea.
I do not believe something because the speaker seems trustworthy.
I do not believe something thinking, „This is what our teacher says”.
2. Kesamuttisuttam.
3. I will take responsibility for my own life.
4. I will not allow to anyone to dominate or control me.
5. I do not believe that the Buddha was the incarnation of God. I believe this to be sheer madness and false propaganda.
6. I will not work for a bottle of wine. I will be neither a master nor a slave. I will abandon oppressive social structures.
7. I will live in manner being in harmony with the virtues and teachings of the Awakened One.
8. I will develop myself in every way: in health, education, culture.
9. I believe in equality of human beings.
10. I shall endeavor to establish equality.
11. I shall follow the noble eightfold path of the Awakened One.
12. I shall follow the ten paramitas of the Awakened One.
13. I shall have compassion and loving kindness for all living beings and protect them.
14. I shall not steal.
15. I shall not tell lies.
16. I shall not commit carnal sins.
17. I shall not get drunk and I shall not take drugs.
18. I appreciate rationalism and the science.
19. I shall endeavor to establish fraternity. I will work for the benefit of others, helping them to help themselves.
20. I will take the Awakened One, The Doctrine and the Community as my refuge.
21. I feel I am being reborn and that I am entering a new life.
22. I solemnly declare that I shall hereafter lead my life according to the principles of the Awakened One and his Doctrine.
As per my knowledge these changes done by Dr Ambedkar loving persons  in Hungary. No doubt, Those are Ambedkarites. But we should think a lot before changing the words drafted by Super Genius Bodhisattwa Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, after tremendous study and labour. Prima faci I'm not agree & not happy with these changes.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Shri Shri ravishankar & Buddhism!

Godman Shri Shri Ravishankar has successfully marketed his idea of "ART OF LIVING programs & Sudarshan Kriya" through his Art of Living Foundation having Head Quarter at Bangalore. Art of Living is nothing but mixture of various personality development programs and Sudarshan Kriya is Yoga with Pranayama in his distorted or modified form. He was born in 1956 in upper caste Iyer family at Papanasam in Tamil Nadu, India.
On 19th January he went to Siddarth Buddha Vihara at Gulbarga in Karnataka. Buddha idol of 400 kg founded by Dalai Lama in the Vihara. At that time in public program Shri Shri Ravishankar told- It is time to follow Buddha & Ambedkar and practicing them in every aspect of life.

His utterance would have been appreciated; but--- here are some points to think over---
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar & Gautam Buddha as well, didn't believe in God; whereas Shri Shri Ravishankar preaches that: God is an integral part of our lives and we cannot go away from him. God is omnipresent and he can see everything that you are indulging in.
Gautam Buddha was revolutionary against Vaidic dogmas; but Ravishankar is stonch follower of Vaidik matter.

Dr Ambedkar renounced Hinduism whereas Ravishankar working with Hindu outfits. Even he had given training in Hindu extremists' camp in MP.
Let us test him on the anvil of 22 Pratigya. And see wheter he accepts & behaves as per 22 Pratigya given Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar? The answer would be Big Zero or even Exteem Negative!
We must aware people against such Hypocrisy!

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