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Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati today charged Congress, BJP and other opponents with pushing the people to below the poverty line out of lust for clinging to power.
“Right from the day India attained freedom and up to this day, the Congress, BJP and other political opponents in the country and the states have pushed the people to below the poverty line,” Mayawati said while addressing an election meeting in Nokha constituency in Rohtas district.
“They (opposition) have done it out of sheer lust for clinging to power,” she said and alleged that because of the faulty policies pursued by these parties, the people hit by poverty, unemployment and price rise were being compelled to take their own lives.
On the measures taken for the uplift of the poor in Uttar Pradesh, she said her government was providing Rs300 per month to every below poverty line (BPL) household, besides arranging two rooms for their stay and ensuring payment of Rs25000 per student who intended to pursue higher studies.
She said in the event of coming to power, BSP would develop Bihar in a way that all people would taste the fruit of development.
The BSP chief appealed to the people vote for her party nominees for bettement of the society.
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Hon’ble C.M. greets people on Deepawali
Lucknow: November 04, 2010
The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Ms.
Mayawati ji has extended her heartiest greetings to the
people of the State on the occasion of Deepawali, the
festival of lights and wished for their happiness and
In a greetings message, Hon’ble Chief Minister Ms.
Mayawati ji said that Deepawali festival symbolised our
ancient culture and glorious heritage of the country. This
festival gives the message of moving from darkness to
light, from ignorance to knowledge. It also strengthens
mutual brotherhood, integrity and harmony, she added.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister appealed to the people to
celebrate the festival with full fervour and gaiety in an
atmosphere of peace and harmony. She also emphasised
the need for mass awakening about environmental
protection on the occasion of Deepawali.
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Emptiness is a mode of perception, a way of looking at experience. It adds nothing to and takes nothing away from the raw data of physical and mental events. You look at events in the mind and the senses with no thought of whether there’s anything lying behind them.
This mode is called emptiness because it’s empty of the presuppositions we usually add to experience to make sense of it: the stories and world-views we fashion to explain who we are and the world we live in. Although these stories and views have their uses, the Buddha found that some of the more abstract questions they raise — of our true identity and the reality of the world outside — pull attention away from a direct experience of how events influence one another in the immediate present. Thus they get in the way when we try to understand and solve the problem of suffering.
Say for instance, that you’re meditating, and a feeling of anger toward your mother appears. Immediately, the mind’s reaction is to identify the anger as “my” anger, or to say that “I’m” angry. It then elaborates on the feeling, either working it into the story of your relationship to your mother, or to your general views about when and where anger toward one’s mother can be justified. The problem with all this, from the Buddha’s perspective, is that these stories and views entail a lot of suffering. The more you get involved in them, the more you get distracted from seeing the actual cause of the suffering: the labels of “I” and “mine” that set the whole process in motion. As a result, you can’t find the way to unravel that cause and bring the suffering to an end.
If, however, you can adopt the emptiness mode — by not acting on or reacting to the anger, but simply watching it as a series of events, in and of themselves — you can see that the anger is empty of anything worth identifying with or possessing. As you master the emptiness mode more consistently, you see that this truth holds not only for such gross emotions as anger, but also for even the most subtle events in the realm of experience. This is the sense in which all things are empty. When you see this, you realize that labels of “I” and “mine” are inappropriate, unnecessary, and cause nothing but stress and pain. You can then drop them. When you drop them totally, you discover a mode of experience that lies deeper still, one that’s totally free.
To master the emptiness mode of perception requires training in firm virtue, concentration, and discernment. Without this training, the mind tends to stay in the mode that keeps creating stories and world views. And from the perspective of that mode, the teaching of emptiness sounds simply like another story or world view with new ground rules. In terms of the story of your relationship with your mother, it seems to be saying that there’s really no mother, no you. In terms of your views about the world, it seems to be saying either that the world doesn’t really exist, or else that emptiness is the great undifferentiated ground of being from which we all came to which someday we’ll all return.
These interpretations not only miss the meaning of emptiness but also keep the mind from getting into the proper mode. If the world and the people in the story of your life don’t really exist, then all the actions and reactions in that story seem like a mathematics of zeros, and you wonder why there’s any point in practicing virtue at all. If, on the other hand, you see emptiness as the ground of being to which we’re all going to return, then what need is there to train the mind in concentration and discernment, since we’re all going to get there anyway? And even if we need training to get back to our ground of being, what’s to keep us from coming out of it and suffering all over again? So in all these scenarios, the whole idea of training the mind seems futile and pointless. By focusing on the question of whether or not there really is something behind experience, they entangle the mind in issues that keep it from getting into the present mode.
Now, stories and world views do serve a purpose. The Buddha employed them when teaching people, but he never used the word emptiness when speaking in these modes. He recounted the stories of people’s lives to show how suffering comes from the unskillful perceptions behind their actions, and how freedom from suffering can come from being more perceptive. And he described the basic principles that underlie the round of rebirth to show how bad intentional actions lead to pain within that round, good ones lead to pleasure, while really skillful actions can take you beyond the round altogether. In all these cases, these teachings were aimed at getting people to focus on the quality of the perceptions and intentions in their minds in the present — in other words, to get them into the emptiness mode. Once there, they can use the teachings on emptiness for their intended purpose: to loosen all attachments to views, stories, and assumptions, leaving the mind empty of all greed, anger, and delusion, and thus empty of suffering and stress. And when you come right down to it, that’s the emptiness that really counts.