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1034 LESSON 07-09-2013 SATURDAY
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New Delhi: With assembly polls in Delhi round the corner, BSP chief
Mayawati on Friday sought to woo people who migrated from Uttar Pradesh
and Bihar to the national capital alleging that they have always been
given step motherly treatment by both Congress and BJP.
Launching the party’s poll campaign in Delhi, the former Uttar Pradesh
Chief Minister declared that the BSP would contest all the 70 seats and
would have no truck with any party.
Addressing a party workers meeting here, she announced a week-long
programme of dharna and demonstrations against the policies of the
Sheila Dikshit government.
Mayawati’s remarks wooing those who migrated from UP and Bihar is
significant given the fact that demographic profile of Delhi has
undergone a drastic change in recent years with people from the two
states forming a sizable number of the population.
She said her party would announce the list of candidates in the next 10-12 days.
“There will be no tie-up for the Delhi Assembly election. Our party will
field candidates in all the 70 seats. We will announce the candidates’
list in the next 10-12 days,” Mayawati said.
Her party had contested the previous assembly elections in Delhi.
BSP leader Ram Achal Rajbhar has already been appointed party in-charge
of poll-bound Delhi. He is also party in-charge in Uttarakhand. Delhi
will go to Assembly elections by the year-end.
Sep 5, 2013
#DG Vanzara #Gujarat #Mayawati #Narendra Modi government #TheySaidIt
New Delhi: Demanding a high-level probe into the charges levelled by IPS
officer D G Vanzara against the Gujarat government, BSP today said the
matter should also be discussed in both Houses of Parliament. ”Our
party’s opinion is that it (Vanzara allegations) should be discussed in
both Houses. At the same time there should be a high-level inquiry into
it, because it is a serious issue,” BSP chief Mayawati told reporters
In his 10-page resignation letter, Vanzara, who is lodged in Sabarmati
Central Jail in connection with a string of alleged fake encounter
cases, had said the accused officers and men “simply implemented the
conscious policy” of the state government. Vanzara accused the state
government, particularly former Minister of State for Home Amit Shah of
betraying him and 32 other officers, in jail in encounter killing cases.
Mayawati said, “If a proper inquiry is held, then many persons at higher
level will come under the shadow of the probe.” The probe will be a
lesson for bureaucracy and it will try to perform its duty with cautious
approach and with responsibility, she said. Asked whether the probe
should be carried out by CBI or any other agency, the BSP supremo said,
“If all other parties want CBI probe, then I think CBI should better do
On the issue of reducing fuel bill, she said government should take some
concrete steps for curbing fuel expenditure.
VOICE OF SARVA SAMAJ SADBHAVAN
Also known as: Three Baskets of the Law
Date: 240 BCE
From: Dictionary of Historic Documents, Revised Edition.
Oldest surviving Buddhist scripture and law, originally compiled orally about
240 BCE and finally written down in the Pali sacred language about 80
BCE It is the foundation of Buddhism, a religion founded by the Awakened
One with Awareness (Buddha), whose real name was Prince Siddhartha
Gautama (ca. 550–ca. 480 BCE). The documents fall into three “baskets”
(collections): the Sutta Pitaka (or legendary discourses of Buddha), the
Vinaya Pitaka (the regulations of monasticism), and the Abhidharma
Pitaka (the scholasticism). They consist of teaching dialogues between
Buddha and his followers, espousing self-renunciation and denial of
worldly lusts and cares in order to find Nibbana (a cessation of Dukkha
(suffering). Basic to Buddhism are its “four noble truths” (proclaimed
by Buddha in a sermon at Benares [Varanasi], India): that all existence
is suffering; that suffering has a cause; that knowledge and
purification can remove suffering; and that the “Eightfold Way” brings
an end to suffering.
Tripitaka is the collection of the teachings of the Buddha over 45 years in the Pali language, and
it consists of Sutta - conventional teaching, Vinaya - disciplinary
code, and Abhidhamma - moral psychology.
The Tripitaka was compiled and arranged in its present form by those Arahants who had immediate contact with the Master Himself.
The Buddha has passed away, but the sublime Dhamma which He unreservedly
bequeathed to humanity still exists in its pristine purity.
Although the Master has left no written records of His Teachings, His
distinguished disciples preserved them by committing to memory and
transmitting them orally from generation to generation.
Immediately after the final passing away of the Buddha, 500 distinguished Arahants
held a convention known as the First Buddhist Council to rehearse the
Doctrine taught by the Buddha. Venerable Ananda, the faithful attendant
of the Buddha who had the special privilege of hearing all the
discourses the Buddha ever uttered, recited the Dhamma, whilst the
Venerable Upali recited the Vinaya, the rules of conduct for the Sangha.
One hundred years after the First Buddhist Council, during King Kalasoka,
some disciples saw the need to change certain minor rules. The orthodox
monk said that nothing should be changed while the others insisted on
modifying some disciplinary rules (Vinaya). Finally, the formation of
different schools of Buddhism germinated after this council. And in the
Second Council, only matters pertaining to the Vinaya were discussed and
no controversy about the Dhamma was reported.
In the 3rd Century B.C. during the time of Emperor Asoka, the Third Council was held to
discuss the differences of opinion held by the Sangha community. At this
Council the differences were not confined to the Vinaya but were also
connected with the Dhamma. At the end of this Council, the President of
the Council, Ven. Moggaliputta Tissa, compiled a book called Kathavatthu
refuting the heretical, false views and theories held by some
disciples. The teaching approved and accepted by this Council was known
as Theravada. The Abhidhamma Pitaka was held in Sri Lanka in 80 B.C. is
known as the 4th Council under the patronage of the pious King
Vattagamini Abbaya. It was at this time in Sri Lanka that the Tripitaka
was first committed to writing.
The Tripitaka consists of three sections of the Buddha’s Teachings. They are the Discipline (Vinaya
Pitaka), the Discourse (Sutta Pitaka), and Ultimate Doctrine (Abhidhamma
I. Vinaya Pitaka
The Vinaya Pitaka mainly deals
with the rules and regulations of the Order of monks (Bhikkhus) and nuns
(Bhikkhunis). It describes in detail the gradual development of the
Sasana (Dispensation). It also gives an account of the life and ministry
of the Buddha. Indirectly it reveals some useful information about
ancient history, Indian customs, arts, sciences, etc.
twenty years since His Enlightenment, the Buddha did not lay down rules
for the control of the Sangha. Later, as the occasion arose, the Buddha
promulgated rules for the future discipline of the Sangha.
This Pitaka consists of the five following books:
Parajika Pali (Major Offences)
Pacittiya Pali (Minor Offences)
(Greater Section) Cullavagga Pali (Smaller Section) Parivara Pali
(Epitome of the Vinaya)
II. Sutta Pitaka
The Sutta Pitaka consists chiefly of discourses delivered by the Buddha Himself on
various occasions. There are also a few discourses delivered by some of
His distinguished disciples, such as the Venerable Sariputta, Ananda,
Moggallana, etc., included in it. It is like a book of prescriptions, as
the sermons embodied therein were expounded to suit the different
occasions and the temperaments of various persons. There may be
seemingly contradictory statements, but they should not be misconstrued
as they were opportunely uttered by the Buddha to suit a particular
This Pitaka is divided into five Nikayas or collections, viz:–
Digha Nikaya (Collection of Long Discourses)
Majjhima Nikaya (Collection of
Middle-length Discourses) Samyutta Nikaya (Collection of Kindred
Sayings) Anguttara Nikaya (Collection of Discourses arranged in
accordance with number) Khuddaka Nikaya (Smaller Collection)
The fifth is subdivided into fifteen books:
Khuddaka Patha (Shorter Texts)
Dhammapada (The Way of Truth)
sayings or Paeons of Joy) Iti Vuttaka (’Thus said” Discourses) Sutta
Nipata (Collected Discourses) Vimana Vatthu (Stories of Celestial
Mansions) Peta Vatthu (Stories of Petas) Theragatha (Psalms of the
Brethren) Therigatha (Psalms of the Sisters) Jataka (Birth
Stories) Niddesa (Expositions) Patisambhida (Analytical
Knowledge) Apadana (Lives of Saints) Buddhavamsa (The History of
Buddha) Cariya Pitaka (Modes of Conduct)
III. Abhidhamma Pitaka
The Abhidhamma is, to a deep thinker, the most important and interesting,
as it contains the profound philosophy of the Buddha’s teaching in
contrast to the illuminating but simpler discourses in the Sutta Pitaka.
In the Sutta Pitaka one often finds references to individual, being, etc.,
but in the Abhidhamma, instead of such conventional terms, we meet with
ultimate terms, such as aggregates, mind, matter, etc.
In the Sutta is found the Vohara Desana (Conventional Teaching), whilst in the
Abhidhamma is found the Paramattha Desana (Ultimate Doctrine).
In the Abhidhamma everything is analysed and explained in detail, and as such it is called analytical doctrine (Vibhajja Vada).
Four ultimate things (Paramattha) are enumerated in the Abhidhamma. They are
Citta, (Consciousness), Cetasika (Mental concomitants), Rupa (Matter)
The so-called being is microscopically analysed and its
component parts are minutely described. Finally the ultimate goal and
the method to achieve it is explained with all necessary details.
The Abhidhamma Pitaka is composed of the following works:–
Dhamma-Sangani (Enumeration of Phenomena)
Vibhanga (The Book of the Treatises)
Vatthu (Point of Controversy) Puggala Pannatti (Description of
Individuals) Dhatu Katha (Discussion with reference to Elements) Yamaka
(The Book of Pairs) Patthana (The Book of Relations)
* * *
According to another classification, mentioned by the Buddha Himself, the whole
Teachings is ninefold, namely: 1. Sutta, 2. Geyya, 3. Veyyakarama, 4.
Gatha, 5. Udana, 6. Itivuttaka, 7. Jataka, 8. Abbhutadhamma, 9. Vedalla.
Sutta- These are the short, medium, and long discourses expounded by the
Buddha on various occasions, such as Mangala Sutta (Discourse on
Blessings), Ratana Sutta (The Jewel Discourse) Metta Sutta(Discourse on
Goodwill), etc. According to the Commentary the whole Vinaya Pitaka is
also included in this division.
Geyya - These are discourses mixed with Gathas or verses, such as the Sagathavagga of the Samyutta Nikaya.
Veyyakarana - Lit. exposition. The whole Abhidhamma Pitaka, discourses without
verses, and everything that is not included in the remaining eight
divisions belong to this class.
Gatha - These include verses found in the Dhammapada (Way of Truth), Theragatha (Psalms of the
Brethren). Therigatha (Psalms of the Sisters), and those isolated verses
which are not classed amongst the Sutta.
Udana - These are the ‘Paeons of Joy’ found in the Udana, one of the divisions of the Khuddaka Nikaya.
Itivuttaka - These are the 112 discourses which commence with the phrases _ ‘Thus
the Blessed One has Said’. Itivuttaka is one of the fifteen books that
comprise the Khuddaka Nikaya.
Jataka - These are the 547 birth-stories related by the Buddha in connection with His previous births.
Abbhutadhamma - These are the few discourses that deal with wonderful and marvelous
things, as for example the Accariya-Abbhutadhamma Sutta of the Majjhima
Nikaya (No. 123).
Vedalla - These are the pleasurable discourses,
such as Chulla Vedalla, Maha Vedalla (M.N. Nos 43,44), Samma Ditthi
Sutta (M.N.No.9), etc. In some of these discourses, the answers give to
certain questions were put with a feeling of joy.
1033 LESSON 06-09-2013 FRIDAY
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Metta to create Peace, Societal Harmony & Progress
Most Venerable Dr.ANANDA BHANTE
Maha Bodhi Society, Bangalore
You may find the translation of this hymn at the following links:
Dhammapada in Khmer and English as pdf http://khmerbuddhism.com/profiles/blo…
Dhammapada Stories in English as pdf http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/bmD…
Dhammapada Commentary as pdf http://www.atmajyoti.org/pdfs/Dhammap…
Dhammapada Stories with Pali and English Verses http://www.tipitaka.net/tipitaka/dhp/
Treasury of Truth: Text from the Illustrated Dhammapada (pdf) http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/dha…
Listen to Dhammapada at http://dhammacitytv.blogspot.com/p/dh…
Most Venerable Dr.ANANDA BHANTE
Maha Bodhi Society, Bangalore
Happiness is the goal of all living beings. Everything that is done by a human
being or any being, is done for the sake of happiness. Health
contributors greatly to feeling of happiness. Happiness is entirely
inner wealth which has nothing to do with the external circumstances.
Therefore even if sometimes health is not good, one can be happy if one
has the clear understanding of reality and is able to go beyond the
For common people health is crucial as it influences the mind moment to moment. Therefor the Lord Buddha said ‘Arogya Parama Labha - Health is highest gain’. Arogya means health in
every sense. Venerable Acharya Buddharakkhita often says ‘arogya’ is not
just the absence of disease but the positive presence of well-being. It
is Total Health in every field of life’s journey.
The state of
comfort comes from physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. There are
words in use like holistic which means an all roung wellbeing and
holistic medicine which means all round approach for well being. Since
the body and mind, both are interrelated, one affects the other. If one
really wants to be healthy one should take care of both body and mind.
Supreme Lord Bhagavan Buddha has given very valuable teachings about
this subject which appear in the Sukhavagga of the Dhammapada.
negativity arises in the mind, the mind becomes sick. It is not at
comfort and it is not in happy state. And this can happen any moment if
it is unchecked. Greed, hatred and ignorance are root defilements which
pollute the mind and bring suffering here and now. Therefore the Buddha
No fire like passions, no loss like wrath, no misery like this self. Nibbàna’s bliss supreme
Explanation: There is no fire like passion. There is no crime
like anger. There is no pain like the personalized aggregate of phenomena.
There is no higher happiness than the supreme peace.
is nobody to set this problem right except oneself. And this is
possible only through development of the mind. If this root problem is
solved then other levels of sufferings can be overcome.
body level there is hunger which comes again and again which in itself
is a big disease. It is not that once we eat and hunger is gone. It
comes again and again and creates an uneasy feeling, dis-ease. So also
mind is hungry of sense objects moment to moment. Our life is fully
conditioned by so many things that this conditioned existence itself is
subjected to dukkha, suffering. So the Lord advises us to realize this
truth of uncertainty and realize Nibbana which is the highest happiness.
Buddha thus highlights the importance of wisdom in understanding what
exactly is suffering and how it comes, and then advises how to overcome
it. We have to get freedom from suffering at two levels. One is at day
today life situations and the other is ultimate freedom from the
sufferings of samsara. At daily level true body has to be in good
condition. But it is so heavily conditioned on innumerable things, that
to maintain good health’s not that easy. The body has thousands of
parts, it can be very painful. Our body is dependent on the food,
surrounding influence like water, wind, heat, cold etc.along with
infections. It is dependent on mind every moment and it is dependent on
the kammas we have done in the past. Bhagavan Buddha teaches:
Etam natva yathabhutam,
Nibbanam paramam sukham
Hunger is the greatest ill,
the greatest dukkha - conditionedness,
knowing this reality at it is:
Nibbana bliss supreme.
Explanation: The most severe disease is hunger. The worst
of pain is in component things. If this is realistically appreciated,
Nibbana is the highest bliss.
our wishes are not fulfilled always, contentment is good practice or
else we remain always in dissatisfied state of mind. If we understand
the conditional existence and uncertainty of everything then it is
easier to live peacefully.
While social relationshis too
influence our happiness, we can depend on those who are dependable. The
Buddha in fact calls such dependable persons as great relatives.
Nibbaanam paramam sukham.
Health’s the greatest gain,
contentment, best of wealth,
trusting’s best of kin,
Nibbana bliss supreme.
Explanation: Of acquisitions, good health is the foremost.
Of wealth, the greatest is peace of mind. Of kinsmen, the trustworthy
are the best. The highest bliss is Nibbana.
we are free from anger or any negativity for a short time, to that
extent we are free from sufferings. but if we are free from negatives
for a long time, it is still better. the best of course , is when we can
be from greed, hatred and ignorance for ever! That is the state of
Nibbana which the Lord says is highest Bliss.
Buddha related realization of truth and happiness very closely. He said
it is because of not knowing the reality that a being goes through
suffering and the path leading to the end of suffering, cause of
suffering and the path leading to the end of suffering, then one will
surely be free from suffering and the path leading to the end of
sufferingg, then only will surely be free from suffering at the highest
level. Mind is aloof from defilements and mental corruptns. It is great
taste indeed to be untouched by fires of defilements. Therefore this
luminous verse came from the Blessed One:
Through sweetness of solitude and joy of tranquility, via the Dhamma, to innocence and quiet.
In one of the
teachings the Sublime One says that there are two causes for wisdom to
arise - wise consideration or hearing of dhamma. Wise consideration is
seeing things according to reality. This ability of has to be from
within one’s own mind. But everybody is not able to develop all the time
this wisdom. Sometimes it gets activated when one hears the Dhamma from
another person. So the Compassionate Lord always advised to associate
with wise people. Wise people means those who have become Arahats -
Noble Ones. It is always gain and never loss and serve them. But
association with foolish people brings great problems and confusions.
One is led in wrong way. For example one may learn smoking,
drinkingalchohol or squandering money, etc. Just because of wrong
company one looses everything in life. So we should be careful with what
kind of associate we have. The Buddha breathed forth these simple yet
parctical instructions through these gathas:
In the company of fools one ever suffers. The wise, like kinsmen, are a pleasure source.
Today at many levels - individual level, family level, state level or
international level people are lost in competition and selfish
interests. They fight and feel proud when they win and feel depressed
when they are lost. Those who win develop even more enmity and
arrogance. Those who are lost too develop enmity and wait for revenge.
Peaceful ones are the wise who don’t run after win or loss. They prefer
to go beyond. Look at what our Supreme Buddha advises!
It is comfort indeed to live among the diseased for those with feelings of good health
Unagitated we live in comfort in the midst of highly agitated worldlings
Possessionless we live in great happiness. Sustained by joy are we like heavenly beings.
Compassionate Master has bestowed on us all the necessary directions to
live a healthy and peaceful life in every way. Total health is achieved
only when we are physically strong, mentally pure and spiritually
enriched. From healthy body and healthy mind come healthy toughest,
speech and actions. From such good actions come good results of
May all be healthy and progress on the path of awakenment with Awareness!