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Board also to display name of Ramabai Ambedkar Maidan, Airport and Railway Station
Lucknow : 29 October 2007 The U.P. Cabinet Secretary Mr. Shasank Shekhar Singh has strongly refuted the news item that appeared in a section of press today saying that the display board over Lohia Path was removed only to change its name. He said that the news was absolutely baseless and far from truth. He reiterated the Government’s stand that all saints, teachers and great personalities of all sections of the society were respectable. Thus, there was no question of changing the name of Lohia Path. Speaking to the media persons at Secretariat annexe today he said that the Government had not taken any decision to change the name of Lohia Path. He clarified that the board was taken off only to carry some corrections and add few more information. Informing about the corrections he said that the board would display Lohia Path as earlier at the Rajiv Chowk to the people going to Gomtinagar, while it would display Ramabai Ambedkar Maidan along with its distance, the distance of railway station and airport to the people coming from Gomtinagar. It is notable that earlier the board displayed Lohia Path at the Rajiv Chowk entry point and showed Mata Rama Bai Ambedkar Sthal on the opposite side, which is being amended. Mr. Singh said that a section of press had also published a news item saying that a film was going to be produced on Sri Kansiram ji, which is misleading. He made it evident that so far no such project had been approved by the Government. ******
Lucknow : 29 October 2007 The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Km. Mayawati has expressed profound grief over the demise of renowned litterateur, poet and character artist Mr. Shail Chaturvedi. The 71-year-old poet passed away last night in Mumbai. He is survived by his family. In a message, the C.M. said that Chaturvediji was a sensitive litterateur. He promoted Hindi language through his writings and enriched the language. He also played some memorable roles in various T.V. serials and left indelible mark on the silver screen. She said that in his death the world of Hindi literature had suffered a great loss and it is a blow to his supporters and well wishers as well. The C.M. has conveyed her heartfelt condolences and deep sympathies to the family members of late Chaturvediji and prayed for peace to the departed soul. *******
Gujarat riots should be deeply probed by CBI: Mayawati
Lucknow: October 26, 2007 The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Km. Mayawati has reacted very sharply over the new facts coming to light through the Tehelka’s sting operation regarding the 2002 Gujarat riots. These facts are being aired by some electronic channels and have also published in today’s newspapers. She has severely criticised the role of the BJP, the then State Government and the organisations supporting the party. The C.M. said that the new facts indicate that the BJP Government in Gujarat with the help of its other organisations plotted massacre of the members of a particular minority community in the wake of Godhara incident. All these cruel activities were carried out with the help of the State Government. It may be recalled that Mr. Ehsan Jafri, a Congress M.P. had been burnt alive in front of his family members during the riots. The new facts disclosed by the Tehelka sting operation suggest that instead of controlling the riot, the State Government was sponsoring it. Km. Mayawati said that the entire episode had maligned the image of the country. She requested the Prime Minister to order a CBI inquiry into the matter. In a letter written to the Prime Minister she has demanded that considering the emergence of new facts now a CBI inquiry should be ordered into the Gujarat riots so that the culprits could be punished and it was also ensured that such incidents never repeated again. She said that it had become necessary to restore the confidence of the followers of all the religions, communities etc. This would also clear country’s image in the eyes of other countries. She also suggested that now the Centre should condemn the entire episode afresh. ********
Chandigarh, Oct 28 (IANS) Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati Sunday called upon her party cadres to be prepared for early general elections thanks to the deadlock between the Congress and the Left parties over the India-US nuclear deal.
Addressing a rally here to mark the merger of a local party, Chandigarh Vikas Manch (CVM), with the BSP, she said: ‘BSP cadres and supporters should be ready for the next general elections as the nuclear deal is likely to lead to the fall of the government. The BSP will fight the elections on its own and the day is not far when we will rule the central government.
‘We will take the weaker sections and all other categories like upper castes and religious minorities with us to come to power at the centre,’ Mayawati declared.
The BSP leader, in her speech of nearly an hour, criticized the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for ignoring the needs of the common people.
‘These parties have done nothing for the common man. All they have done is to play to the gallery for capitalists and industrialists. They have contested all elections with the help of these capitalists. People should throw them out,’ Mayawati said.
She said a wrong impression had been created by vested interests that the BSP was a party only for the weaker and neglected sections of society.
‘We have shown in Uttar Pradesh that we are there not only for weaker sections but also for upper castes and religious minorities. We want to repeat this all over the country,’ the chief minister said.
Mayawati was presented with a gold crown and a sword by local BSP and CVM leaders. CVM president and former union minister Harmohan Dhawan announced the merger of his party with the BSP.
Mayawati declared that Dhawan will be the BSP candidate in any future Lok Sabha election for the Chandigarh seat.
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SC notice to Mulayam
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Mulayam Singh, on the CBI’s plea for permission to place on record its preliminary enquiry (PE) report on the allegations that he amassed assets disproportionate to the known sources of his income. The CBI also sought permission to proceed further by registering a proper case.
A Bench consisting of Justices C.K. Thakker and Altamas Kabir also issued notice to Mr. Singh’s sons, Akhilesh Yadav, MP, and Prateek Yadav; and Dimple Yadav, wife of Mr. Akhilesh Yadav, on the CBI application which cited them as respondents. The Bench granted them four weeks to file their response.
Acting on the PIL petition from Vishwanath Chaturvedi, the court in March this year directed the CBI to conduct the PE into the assets of Mr. Singh and others and if a case was made out, after scrutinising material, take further action.
‘Carve out Bundelkhand State’
Lucknow: A fortnight after Chief Minister Mayawati’s remarks favouring division of Uttar Pradesh in case the Centre agreed, the Bundelkhand Mukti Morcha on Monday stepped up its demand for a separate State.
“The development of Bundelkhand region can be ensured only by carving out a separate State comprising 29 districts of U.P. and M.P.,” Morcha chief Raja Bundela told reporters here.
He alleged the region had remained backward even after 60 years of independence owing to gross neglect by successive governments. The time had come for further division of U.P. into Poorvanchal, Bundelkhand and Harit Pradesh, Mr. Bundela, a film actor, said. “Farmers, students, labourers, all want a separate State,” he said. — PTI
Mayawati eyes Maharashtra
|BSP planning a massive rally at Shivaji Park on November 25|
Several Congress, NCP members have joined BSP
‘Shiv Sena men too keen on joining the party’
MUMBAI: After her unprecedented victory in Uttar Pradesh, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati is now eyeing Maharashtra.
The BSP is planning a “record breaking” rally in Shivaji Park on November 25. Ahead of the rally, several members of the Congress, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Republican Party of India (RPI) (Athavale group) have reportedly joined the party.
BSP Maharashtra president Vilas Garud told the press on Monday that the party had made deep inroads into the State and recruited over 10-lakh office-bearers. More people were expected to join the BSP on the day of the rally.
About 50 per cent of the organisational work had been completed and by the time of the 2009 elections the party would consolidate itself. He said people were from various parties, including the Shiv Sena, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and some film stars, had expressed interest in joining the BSP. Among the people who have reportedly cast their lot with the BSP are Anupchand Shah, former Congress MP, Dr. Madhukar Patil, former Congress MLA from Jalgaon, Dr. Pandurang Dhole, former Janata Dal MLA from Chandur Railway (Amravati), Gangadhar Gade, former Minister, Sangram Singh Gaikwad and Sadanand Shetty, vice-president Pune Congress Committee and ex-corporator from Pune.
There was some defection from the RPI (Athavale group) with Mahesh Tanna, vice-president, Kartar Singh and Gulabrao Nikam joining the BSP. Dilip Kamble from the Bharatiya Republican Party-Bahujan Mahasangh; Devidas Dolas, NCP’s Pimpri Chinchwad president; and Vidya Vastan from the MNS also have joined the BSP.
While the BSP did not win a seat in the last general and Assembly elections in Maharashtra, its candidates undermined the fortunes of other parties. It is expected to do better in the next elections with the social engineering formula involving the Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa That is The Great Prabuddha Bharath, the other backward classes, the upper castes and the Muslims. The party is also planning some meetings with the upper castes in various parts of the State.
After Ms. Mayawati’s victory in U.P., about 100 “vijay raths” or victory processions were taken out in the Dalit-dominated areas of Maharashtra. The BSP contested 272 of the 288 Assembly seats in 2004 and 46 of the 48 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra.
Three dacoits killed in encounter
Lucknow: Three dacoits were gunned down by the police in an encounter near Anchur Neori village in Chitrakoot district of Uttar Pradesh on Monday, a home department spokesman said here.
The dacoits were identified as Dwarka Kole, Preetam Kole and Munna Kole. While Dwarka and Preetam carried a cash reward of Rs. 20,000 on their heads, Munna carried a reward of Rs. 5,000, he said.
Amarmani’s disqualification sought
Lucknow: The sister of slain poetess Madhumita Shukla on Monday demanded disqualification of the membership of Samajwadi Party MLA Amarmani Tripathi from the Assembly in the wake of his conviction in the case.
Nidhi Shukla, in a letter to Governor T V Rajeswar and Speaker Sukhdev Rajbhar, said after the conviction, Tripathi should be disqualified from the membership of the Assembly. Later, Ms. Shukla told reporters that the CBI should appeal in the High Court for a death sentence to Tripathi, who along with three others were awarded life imprisonment by a Dehra Dun court on October 24.
The Blessed,Noble,Awakened One-The Tathagata
“With his mind thus concentrated, purified, & bright, unblemished, free from defects, pliant, malleable, steady, & attained to imperturbability, he directs and inclines it to knowledge & vision. He discerns: ‘This body of mine is endowed with form, composed of the four primary elements, born from mother & father, nourished with rice & porridge, subject to inconstancy, rubbing, pressing, dissolution, & dispersion. And this consciousness of mine is supported here and bound up here.’ Just as if there were a beautiful beryl gem of the purest water — eight faceted, well polished, clear, limpid, consummate in all its aspects, and going through the middle of it was a blue, yellow, red, white, or brown thread — and a man with good eyesight, taking it in his hand, were to reflect on it thus: ‘This is a beautiful beryl gem of the purest water, eight faceted, well polished, clear, limpid, consummate in all its aspects. And this, going through the middle of it, is a blue, yellow, red, white, or brown thread.’ In the same way — with his mind thus concentrated, purified, & bright, unblemished, free from defects, pliant, malleable, steady, & attained to imperturbability — the true Follower of The Path Shown by The Blessed,Noble,Awakened One-The Tathagata directs & inclines it to knowledge & vision. He discerns: ‘This body of mine is endowed with form, composed of the four primary elements, born from mother & father, nourished with rice & porridge, subject to inconstancy, rubbing, pressing, dissolution, & dispersion. And this consciousness of mine is supported here and bound up here.’ When a disciple of a teacher attains this sort of grand distinction, Lohicca, that is a teacher not worthy of criticism in the world, and if anyone were to criticize this sort of teacher, the criticism would be false, unfactual, unrighteous, & blameworthy.
Stories of the Evil One’s attempts to lure the nuns away from their meditation spots in the forest by asking them provocative questions. Without exception, these wise women conquer Mara decisively.
At Savatthi. Then, early in the morning, Alavika the nun put on her robes and, taking her bowl & outer robe, went into Savatthi for alms. When she had gone for alms in Savatthi and had returned from her alms round, after her meal she went to the Grove of the Blind to spend the day. Having gone deep into the Grove of the Blind, she sat down at the foot of a tree for the day’s abiding.
Then the Evil One, wanting to arouse fear, horripilation, & terror in her, wanting to make her fall away from seclusion, approached her & addressed her in verse:
There’s no escape in the world, so what are you trying to do with solitude? Enjoy sensual delights. Don’t be someone who later regrets.
Then the thought occurred to Alavika the nun: “Now who has recited this verse — a human being or a non-human one?” Then it occurred to her: “This is the Evil One, who has recited this verse wanting to arouse fear, horripilation, & terror in me, wanting to make me fall away from seclusion.”
Then, having understood that “This is the Evil One,” she replied to him in verses:
There is an escape in the world, well touched by me with discernment — something that you, you Evil One, kinsman of the heedless, don’t know. Sensual pleasures are like swords & spears; the aggregates, their executioner’s block. What you call sensual delight is no delight for me.
Then the Evil One — sad & dejected at realizing, “Alavika the nun knows me” — vanished right there.
(An informal talk given to a group of newly ordained monks after the evening chanting, middle of the Rains Retreat, 1978)
Our way of practice is looking closely at things and making them clear. We’re persistent and constant, yet not rushed or hurried. Neither are we too slow. It’s a matter of gradually feeling our way and bringing it together. However, all of this bringing it together is working towards something, there is a point to our practice.
For most of us, when we first start to practice, it’s nothing other than desire. We start to practice because of wanting. At this stage our wanting is wanting in the wrong way. That is, it’s deluded. It’s wanting mixed with wrong understanding.
If wanting is not mixed with wrong understanding like this, we say that it’s wanting with wisdom (Pañña). It’s not deluded — it’s wanting with right understanding. In a case like this we say that it’s due to a person’s Parami or past accumulations. However, this isn’t the case with everyone.
Some people don’t want to have desire, or they want not to have desires, because they think that our practice is directed at not wanting. However, if there is no desire, then there’s no way of practice.
We can see this for ourselves. The Blessed,Noble,Awakened One-The Tathagata and all His Disciples practiced to put an end to defilements. We must want to practice and must want to put an end to defilements. We must want to have peace of mind and want not to have confusion. However, if this wanting is mixed with wrong understanding, then it will only amount to more difficulties for us. If we are honest about it, we really know nothing at all. Or, what we do know is of no consequence, since we are unable to use it properly.
Everybody, including The Blessed,Noble,Awakened One-The Tathagata , started out like this, with the desire to practice — wanting to have peace of mind and wanting not to have confusion and suffering. These two kinds of desire have exactly the same value. If not understood then both wanting to be free from confusion and not wanting to have suffering are defilements. They’re a foolish way of wanting — desire without wisdom.
In our practice we see this desire as either sensual indulgence or self-mortification. It’s in this very conflict that our Practitioner, the The Blessed,Noble,Awakened One-The Tathagata, was caught up, just this dilemma. He followed many ways of practice which merely ended up in these two extremes. And these days we are exactly the same. We are still afflicted by this duality, and because of it we keep falling from the Way.
However, this is how we must start out. We start out as worldly beings, as beings with defilements, with wanting devoid of wisdom, desire without right understanding. If we lack proper understanding, then both kinds of desire work against us. Whether it’s wanting or not wanting, it’s still craving (Tanha). If we don’t understand these two things then we won’t know how to deal with them when they arise. We will feel that to go forward is wrong and to go backwards is wrong, and yet we can’t stop. Whatever we do we just find more wanting. This is because of the lack of wisdom and because of craving.
It’s right here, with this wanting and not wanting, that we can understand the Doctrine-True Practice of The Path Shown by The Blessed,Noble,Awakened One-The Tathagata. The Doctrine-True Practice of The Path Shown by The Blessed,Noble,Awakened One-The Tathagata which we are looking for exists right here, but we don’t see it. Rather, we persist in our efforts to stop wanting. We want things to be a certain way and not any other way. Or, we want them not to be a certain way, but to be another way. Really these two things are the same. They are part of the same duality.
Perhaps we may not realize that The Blessed,Noble,Awakened One-The Tathagata and all of His Disciples had this kind of wanting. However The Blessed,Noble,Awakened One-The Tathagata understood regarding wanting and not wanting. He understood that they are simply the activity of mind, that such things merely appear in a flash and then disappear. These kinds of desires are going on all the time. When there is wisdom, we don’t identify with them — we are free from clinging. Whether it’s wanting or not wanting, we simply see it as such. In reality it’s merely the activity of the natural mind. When we take a close look, we see clearly that this is how it is.
Spiritual Community of The Followers of The Path Shown by The Blessed,Noble,Awakened One-The Tathagata
Because the roots of ignorance are so intimately entwined with the fabric of the psyche, the unawakened mind is capable of deceiving itself with breathtaking ingenuity. The solution therefore requires more than simply being kind, loving, and mindful in the present moment. The practitioner must equip him- or herself with the expertise to use a range of tools to outwit, outlast, and eventually uproot the mind’s unskillful tendencies. For example, the practice of generosity (dana) erodes the mind’s habitual tendencies towards craving and teaches valuable lessons about the motivations behind, and the results of, skillful action. The practice of virtue (sila) guards one against straying wildly off-course and into harm’s way. The cultivation of goodwill (metta) helps to undermine anger’s seductive grasp. The ten recollections offer ways to alleviate doubt, bear physical pain with composure, maintain a healthy sense of self-respect, overcome laziness and complacency, and restrain oneself from unbridled lust. And there are many more skills to learn.
The good qualities that emerge and mature from these practices not only smooth the way for the journey to Nibbana; over time they have the effect of transforming the practitioner into a more generous, loving, compassionate, peaceful, and clear-headed member of society. The individual’s sincere pursuit of Awakening is thus a priceless and timely gift to a world in desperate need of help.