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245 LESSON 02 05 2011 Bhaaradvaajo Sutta Bhaaradvaaja Instructs a King Free ONLINE eNālandā Research and Practice UNIVERSITY and BUDDHIST GOOD NEWS letter to VOTE for BSP ELEPHANT for Social Transformation and Economic Emancipation to attain Ultimate Bliss-Through http://sarvajan.ambedkar.org-POLITICS is SACRED with GOOD GOVERNANCE-KARNATAKA STATE BSP Welcomes Behanji Ms Mayawati on 5th June 2011. All the State/Dist./Assembly and Sector and Office Bearers will attend the Camp which is first of its kind in the Country.-VOICE OF SARVAJAN HONEYLEAKS-[The Buddhist Circle] The Gulf Today news paper ( UAE ) article reciting Dr. babasaheb Ambedkar’s words true : BRP Bhaskar: Partisanship mars democracy
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245 LESSON 02 05 2011
Bhaaradvaajo Sutta Bhaaradvaaja Instructs a King  
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LESSON 245



Bhaaradvaajo Sutta: Bhaaradvaaja Instructs a King

 [King Udena of Kosambi consults the Ven.
Pi.n.dola-Bhaaradvaaja
:] “How can it come about, Bhaaradvaaja,
depending on what is it that these young monks, youthful, black-haired, with
the bloom of youth, in the prime of life, never having enjoyed the pleasure of
the senses, can practice the holy life fully and perfectly to the end of their
days?”

“It
has been said, sire, by the Blessed One who knows and sees, the Arahant, the
Fully Self-enlightened One: ‘Come, monks, whatever woman is a mother, think of
her just as a mother; whatever woman is a sister, think of her just as a
sister; whatever woman is a daughter, think of her just as a daughter.[1]
That is how these young monks… can practice the holy life… to the end of
their days.’”

“But,
Bhaaradvaaja, the heart is fickle. It may well be that at times thoughts of
desire arise towards those they think of just as mothers, just as sisters, just
as daughters. Is there any other cause, any other reason whereby these young
monks, youthful and black-haired… can practice the holy life to the end of their
days?”

“It
has been said, sire, by the Blessed One…: ‘Come, monks, contemplate this
body, upwards from the soles of the feet, downwards from the top of the head,
bounded by the skin, full of manifold impurities. There are in this body: hair
of the head, hair of the body, nails, teeth, skin, flesh, sinews, bones,
marrow, kidneys, heart, liver, pleura, spleen, lungs, intestines, mesentery,
bowels, feces, bile, phlegm, pus, blood, sweat, fat, tears, tallow, saliva,
synovic fluid, urine.[2]
That is how these young monks… can practice the holy life… to the end of
their days.’”

“Well,
Bhaaradvaaja, for those monks who train the body, morals, mind and insight,
that is easy, but for those who do not, it is difficult. Sometimes when a man
thinks, ‘I will regard this as repulsive,’ he comes to think of it as
attractive. Is there any other cause, any other reason whereby those young
monks… can practice the holy life… to the end of their days?”

“It
has been said, sire, by the Exalted One…: ‘Come, monks, guard the doors of
your sense-faculties. Seeing an object with the eye, do not seize hold of
either its general appearance or its details. Because anyone dwelling with the
eye-faculty uncontrolled could be overwhelmed by cupidity and dejection, evil
and unwholesome states of mind, therefore practice to control the eye-faculty,
guard it and gain control over it. [Similarly with ear, nose, tongue, body
(touch), mind.
] That is how these young monks… can practice the holy
life… to the end of their days.’”

“Wonderful,
good Bhaaradvaaja, it is marvelous how well spoken are the words of the Blessed
One… I myself, good Bhaaradvaaja, whenever I enter the inner parts of my palace[3]
with body, speech and mind unguarded, with mindfulness unestablished, with
sense-faculties uncontrolled, am at such times overcome with lustful thoughts.
But when I do so with body, speech and mind guarded, with mindfulness
established, with faculties controlled, then lustful thoughts do not overcome
me.”

[The
king takes refuge in the Buddha, the Dhamma and the Sangha as a lay-follower.
]

VOICE OF
SARVAJAN HONEYLEAKS

[The Buddhist Circle] The Gulf Today news paper ( UAE )
article reciting Dr. babasaheb Ambedkar’s words true : BRP Bhaskar:
Partisanship mars democracy

Jai bheem Dear all,

Please read the article of news paper Gulf Today reciting Dr.babasaheb
ambedkar words true even after 6 decades. 

http://gulftoday.ae/portal/53c9cdd5-c7c1-4d88-b880-eccee7f37ba3.aspx

BRP Bhaskar: Partisanship mars democracy



May 02, 2011


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India’s successful conduct of massive elections has earned
praise, and countries like Egypt and Nigeria are trying to profit from its
experience as they seek to democratise their political systems. But, then,
democracy means much more than holding elections at regular intervals. It
calls for an ability to rise above narrow loyalties with common good in view.


When the Indian constitution, which incorporates the good practices that
evolved in all democratic societies, was finalised, its chief architect, BR
Ambedkar said, howsoever good the document might be, it would turn out to be
bad if those called upon to work it were a bad lot. Six decades later those
words ring ominously true. 

As the country grapples with the menace of growing corruption,
there is unabashed display of partisanship by both the ruling coalition and
the disparate opposition. They are more interested in scoring political
points than in bringing to justice those who loot the public. 

The 2G scam, brought to light by the Comptroller and Auditor
General last year, is the biggest corruption case in India’s history. In a
77-page report tabled in Parliament, the CAG had slammed Communications
Minister A. Raja for causing the state a presumptive loss of Rs1,766 billion
in 2007-08 through allocation of  second generation (2G) and dual
technology licences. 

The 2G allotment irregularities were already before the
Central Bureau of Investigation but it was dragging its feet. Public interest
petitions brought the Supreme Court into the picture and its observations
after scrutiny of relevant documents forced the CBI to act. Raja, who belongs
to the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, the ruling party of Tamil Nadu, resigned.
He and several of his aides are now in jail awaiting trial. 

The way the government and the opposition responded to the CAG
report is a sordid story of political one-upmanship. Under the constitutional
scheme, CAG reports are referred to the public accounts committee (PAC),
which is headed by an opposition member and includes members from both the
houses of Parliament. 

The PAC’s mandate is to look into government spending and
ascertain whether there had been any loss or irregularities. In view of the
limited scope of PAC examination, the other opposition parties demanded the
constitution of a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) to go into the matter.
The government refused.  Determined disruption of Parliament’s budget
session by the opposition forced the government to yield. 

As the PAC, headed by Bharatiya Janata Party leader Murli
Manohar Joshi summoned officials of the Prime Minister’s office (PMO) to
testify, JPC chairman PC Chacko of the Congress asked that it pull back. He
argued there was no need for parallel investigations by two parliamentary
bodies. 

Joshi turned down the suggestion and speeded up PAC work to
finalise its report before his term as chairman expired on April 30. (He was
yesterday renominated as chairman for another year.) Congress and DMK members
created a ruckus and blocked examination of PMO officials. Nevertheless Joshi
went ahead and produced a draft report. 

The PAC meeting called to discuss and adopt the report broke
up in confusion. Joshi left the meeting with his supporters when he found
that Congress and DMK members, who had won over Samajwadi Party and Bahujan
Samaj Party members, were determined to block the report. In the absence of
the chairman and his supporters, the remaining members adopted a resolution
rejecting the report. Yet Joshi forwarded the draft report to Speaker Meira
Kumar. She must now decide what to do with it. 

It is not unusual for parliamentary committees to divide on
party lines. Such bodies often arrive at decisions not by vote but by
consensus. The well established practice is to prepare a report incorporating
the majority viewpoint and for those with reservations to append dissenting
notes. 

Both the majority and the minority in the PAC are in breach of
convention. How the Congress party earned the support of two parties and
chalked up a majority in the committee is not known. It should cause no
surprise if it transpires that it resorted to means that do not accord with
democratic norms.  

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who protected the tainted DMK
minister until it became impossible to do so, too has not emerged as a
reliable upholder of democratic norms. Politicians guided by partisan
considerations are dime a dozen. The Prime Minister must be a statesman who
is guided by considerations of public good. 




“I also take refuge in the words of the Buddha to be your
own guide. Take refuge in your own reason. Do not listen to the advice of
others. Do not succumb to others. Be truthful and take refuge in the truth.
Never surrender to anything. If you keep in mind this message of Lord Buddha at
this juncture, I am sure, your decision will not be wrong.”

-Dr. B. R. Ambedkar


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UNIVERSITY and BUDDHIST GOOD NEWS letter
 
to VOTE for BSP ELEPHANT for Social Transformation and Economic
Emancipation to attain Ultimate Bliss-Through
http://sarvajan.ambedkar.org

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ONLINE GOOD NEWS LETTER

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LESSON 244

Bhāra Sutta: The Burden

“Monks, I will
explain to you the burden,[1]

the laying hold of the burden, the holding on to the burden,[2]
the laying down of the burden. Listen.

“What, monks,
is the burden?

“‘The five
groups of clinging’[3]

is the answer. Which five? They are: the group of clinging to corporeality,…
to feelings,… to perceptions,… to mental formations,… to consciousness.
This, monks, is called ‘the burden.’

“What is the
laying hold of the burden? The answer is that it is the person,[4]

the Venerable So-and-so, of such-and-such a family. This, monks, is called ‘the
laying hold of the burden.’

“What is the
holding on to the burden? The answer is that it is that craving which gives
rise to fresh rebirth and, bound up with lust and greed, now here now there
finds ever fresh delight. It is sensual craving,[5]

craving for existence,[6]
craving for non-existence.[7]
This, monks, is called ‘the holding on to the burden.’[8]

“What is the
laying down of the burden? It is the complete fading away and extinction of
this craving, its forsaking and giving up, liberation and detachment from it.
This, monks, is called ‘the laying down of the burden.’”[9]

Thus said the
Blessed One, the Well-farer[10]

spoke thus; the Teacher then said:

The five groups are the heavy load,
The seizing of the load is man. Holding it is misery, Laying down the load is
bliss. Laying down this heavy load, And no other taking up, By uprooting all
desire, Hunger’s stilled, Nibbaana’s gained.[11]

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