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THE WAY OF CULTIVATION
According to the Previous
Teachings of the Chan Masters
[Chanlin Baoxun], Chan
Master Mingjiao Qusong of the Song
Dynasty once made the
following analogy: If a person is
Compared to the
tyrants Lie, Zhou, Li and You, that person
Would be angry; but
if one is compared to Boyi or Shuqu,
Then one would be happy. Jie and Zhou, harsh
as they were,
Were still the
people’s kings. Then why would one be upset
With this comparison?
On the contrary, Boyi and Shuqi were
Made paupers. Why
would one be happy being compared
To them? The answer
lies in the difference between having
Or not having
morality. It is exactly as the Collective Sutra on
Six Perfections [Liu Du Ji Jing] describes: “I’d
rather hew to
The way and die in
poverty tha be born with wealth and
never do anything
COMPREHENSIVE PALI COURSE
Declension of Neuter Gender (Nouns
ending in a)
Vibhatti Ekavacan Bahuvacana
1. Pathama aṁ ā, āni
2. Dutiyā aṁ e, āni
3. Tatiyā ena ebhi, ehi
4. Catuṭṭhi assa,
Pancami ā, asmā, amhā, to ebhi, ehi
6. Chaṭṭhi assa ānaṁ
Sattami e, asmiṁ, amhi esu
8. ālapana a ā, āni
example: Phala = Fruit
Vibhatti Ekavacan Bahuvacana
following words are similarly declines:
gift, offering Udaka =
= fetter Rūpa = form,
wealth Puppa =
cemetery citta = mind
chair Sila =
moral precept, virtue
milk Nagara =
shrine Puñna =
Arañña = forest Hadya
Tina = grass Bala = power, force, strength
Chatta = umbrella Sukha = happinessa
Pāpa = evil, demerit Sacca
fear Vattha =
lotus Dukkha =
suffering, pain, misery
Paṇṇa = leaf ñāṇa = knowledge, wisdom
gem Mukha =
four Tapemi =
three Eka =
mind Bija = seed
speech Dasa = ten
body Amata =
action, deed Panca
my Sabbadā =
Amhākaṁ = ours, to us Lokavidū = Knower of the worlds
honey Kathaṁ = how
UP CM and BSP Supremo Mayawati strikes back, hits out at Rahul baba
Gandhi’s support for state Congress chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi,
who was arrested and sent to judicial custody for her remarks against
the chief minister, has infuriated Mayawati further. A court on
Saturday released Joshi on interim bail till July 29.
“It would have been better if Rahul had commented on the pavitra (holy) book in which Joshi has made disparaging remarks against senior Congress leaders,” she said.
The book Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna,
co-authored by Joshi and on the life of her father who was a chief
minister, reportedly has passages attacking late prime minister Indira Gandhi and other Congress leaders.
(prince) Gandhi for criticising the state’s development, Mayawati said:
“After independence, the Congress ruled Uttar Pradesh for nearly 40
years, but in terms of development we have done much more than the
Congress in our two years
“In terms of carrying out
development in the state, Congress is far behind than BSP. It is to be
noticed that owing to lack of development in the state, large-scale
migration had taken place from Uttar Pradesh when the Congress ruled
the state, as there was no development here.”
While Rahul Gandhi
Friday asked his party workers to work for the poor, Mayawati said:
“The Congress in Uttar Pradesh has just failed to work as per the
expectations of the public. Bet it Muslims, Dalits, people from
backward classes or the poor from upper castes… the Congress has not
bothered to work seriously (to improve) their living standards.”
Gandhi had accused the Bahujan Samaj Party
(BSP) government of diverting developmental funds for setting up
memorials to Mayawati. She replied: “I want to ask the Congress leaders
whether they have not built memorials in memory of their leaders.
“The amount spent by
BSP government on parks and statues is far less than that spent on
Rajghat in Delhi,” she said, referring to the memorial for Mahatma
Accusing the Congress
of “buying votes” of the poor to win elections, Mayawati said: “By
accepting huge amounts of money (from corporates), the Congress drafts
policies in their favour and then uses the money to lure poor people.
“The Congress (-led
central government) recently hiked petrol and diesel prices just to
recover the money it spent on buying votes.”
Mayawati announced a nationwide campaign against the policies of the Congress-lead central government from July 22.
Commenting on the
BSP’s outside support to the Congress-led government, she said: “We
will continue to support the Central government, but the Congress high
command should keep a strict vigil on some of its leaders and others
who are spreading false rumours in this regard.”
“We gave support to
the Congress only to keep the communal forces from power and also to
keep a check on those parties that could blackmail it in lieu of their
Mayawati blamed the
Congress for power shortage in the state and said efforts were on to
solve the crisis. “If all goes well, by 2014 people in the state will
permanently get rid of power cuts.”
July 17, 2009
World Briefing | Asia
India: Politician Arrested Over Remark
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
A leading politician of the governing Congress Party was arrested
Thursday and her house set on fire by activists after critics say she
suggested that a rival leader be raped.
Ms. Joshi said the women should “throw the money at
Mayawati’s face and tell her, ‘You should also be raped, and I will
give you 10 million rupees,’ ” about $210,000.
I prevented anarchy after Joshi remarks: Mayawati
17 Jul 2009, 1346 hrs IST, IANS
LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati said on Friday that she
prevented Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) workers across India from
“reacting violently” to the state Congress chief’s remarks which she felt were
insulting to her as a woman and a Dalit.
“I can assure you that if my party members had come out on the streets
across the country to express their anger against (Rita Bahuguna
Joshi), there would have been anarchy everywhere,” Maywati told
Joshi, the Uttar Pradesh Congress president, was arrested late
Wednesday and jailed for giving a speech against Mayawati and charged
under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of
The BSP denied its involvement in the arson.
“If I had not restrained my party members from reacting violently to
Joshi’s remarks, the entire country would have been on the boil. The
Congress should be grateful to me for that.
“I can tell you for sure that but for me, the law and order situation
would have worsened to a stage where the central government would have
been compelled to impose President’s Rule in all states,” she said.
Thanking all political parties for condemning Joshi’s remarks,
Mayawati said: “I was surprised that initially Congress president
Sonia Gandhi did not tender an apology. It was only on second
thoughts, after she realised that many MPs had disapproved of Joshi’s
remarks, that Sonia expressed her regret.
“I do not mind healthy criticism but use of un-parliamentary, obscene
and derogatory remarks cannot be condoned,” she said. “It is high time
the Congress party realises that and tells its leaders and workers to
“Joshi’s act was unpardonable and the law will take its course. Like
Varun Gandhi, she may also get bail but I am sure that sooner or later
she will definitely get punished,” Mayawati added.
Buta refuses comment on Mayawati issue
19:23 HRS IST
Chandigarh, July 17 (PTI) The National Commission for Scheduled Castes
today refused to comment on the controversy over alleged derogatory
remarks by UP Congress chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi against Uttar Pradesh
Chief minister Mayawati by saying the matter was subjudice and it
“I cannot comment on this issue as the matter is subjudice and we
cannot interfere,” Commission’s chairman Buta Singh told reporters
here when he was asked about what action the Commission can take in
Referring to the case involving BKU leader Mahendra Singh Tikait
passing remarks against Mayawati last year, Singh said “In this case
we immediately intervened well before the issue went to court and
asked Tikait to tender an unconditional apology which he did.
UP Congress chief’s remarks against Mayawati spark all-out caste battle
Sunita Aron, Hindustan Times
Moradabad, July 17, 2009
First Published: 01:38 IST(17/7/2009)
Last Updated: 02:53 IST(17/7/2009)
Uttar Pradesh Congress president Rita Bahuguna Joshi’s remarks against
state chief minister Mayawati on Wednesday evening have ballooned into
a major political battle for the SC/ST and Brahmin vote banks.
It took a violent turn within hours when Joshi’s house in Lucknow was
set on fire late on Wednesday night.
In the speech at Moradabad, 150 km west of Delhi, Joshi, 60, daughter
of former UP chief minister H.N. Bahuguna, said: ..
You should throw this money at Mayawati’s face and tell her that if
she is raped, I will pay her Rs 1-crore compensation.”
The Congress quickly distanced itself from the comment.
“Whatever happened in UP is very unfortunate. The Congress president
has expressed her deep pain and anguish,” said spokesman Janardan
Dwivedi. “Joshi could have expressed herself without using the words
she did,” he said.
But the uncalled for provocation gave Mayawati, whose core SC/ST
vote bank had moved partially to the Congress in the recent Lok Sabha
elections, just the opportunity she needed to win some of it back.
She started by having Joshi arrested later on Wednesday night in
Ghaziabad for her remarks.
Addressing a press conference in Lucknow on Thursday, Mayawati used
Joshi’s comment to attack Sonia Gandhi.
“The Congress has not taken any action against Joshi. This indicates
that what she said was at the instigation of Sonia Gandhi,” Mayawati
Mayawati, however, condemned the attack on Joshi’s house. “BSP workers
were not involved,” she said, adding Congressmen may have been behind
Joshi’s fate now hangs in balance, but Sonia will decide after hearing
her version of the story.
The Congress president has also reportedly asked Parliamentary Affairs
Minister PK Bansal to make a statement on the issue in Parliament. The
UP issue, which derailed proceedings on Thursday, is likely to come up
again on Friday.
“The Congress stands for the highest standards in public debates… the
party regrets the personal element” in Bahuguna Joshi’s remarks on
Mayawati, read a carefully drafted press statement issued by the
party, which alternated between offence and defence.
It is hoping that its efforts at controlling the damage, along with
Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi’s aggressive wooing of SC/ST,
will control the fallout from the UPCC chief’s gaffe.
Meanwhile, a section of UP Congressmen are hoping for a double
bonanza. They are counting on sympathy for Joshi among Brahmins (she
is one) to hasten the consolidation of the Brahmin vote behind the
party. The Brahmin vote is currently split between the Congress, BSP
This no-holds barred political battle is expected to get more intense.
Female Indian politician arrested for rape comment
By VIJAY JOSHI (AP) – 20 hours ago
NEW DELHI — It was supposed to be the high point of her speech — to
applause from her audience, a leading member of India’s ruling
Congress Party suggested that a rival leader be raped.
The remark by Rita Bahuguna Joshi on Wednesday drew outrage: within
hours her house was burned down by protesters. On Thursday, she was
put behind bars for 14 days pending investigations.
Joshi’s comments — targeting Uttar Pradesh state’s chief executive
Mayawati who uses only one name — may have been meant to score
political points. But it took on casteist color as she was arrested
for insulting a person of lower-caste, an offense punishable by up to
10 years in jail, in addition to a minor charge of “insulting a
The charge demonstrates that deep divisions remain entrenched in
modern India — on the basis of caste, religion, language and even
physical features — even as it tries to claim a high place on the
world economic stage.
Joshi, a 60-year-old veteran who belongs to the top Brahmin caste.
“throw the money at Mayawati’s face and
tell her ‘you should also be raped, and I will give you 10 million
rupees ($210,000),’” she said. The speech was broadcast by several
Mayawati heads the Bahujan Samaj Party that draws its support from
members of the Aboriginal Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the Great Prabuddha Bharath (SC/STs) who for centuries have been treated with
disdain and contempt by the upper three castes, but more so by
A historically disadvantaged people, the SC/STs have gained
enormous political clout in recent years by banding together during
elections and voting along caste lines. The strategy brought Mayawati
to power in Uttar Pradesh in May 2007.
Kumari, the social scientist, noted that politicians have increasingly
used caste as an easy way to garner votes.
“Politics of caste is being reinforced continuously. It is harming the
society by polarizing it, dividing it,” she said.
“It works at counter-purposes in a democratic society. … It is
breaking the society from within,” said Kumari, the director of the
New Delhi-based Center for Social Research that mostly handles women’s
Mayawati called Joshi’s comments “extremely objectionable and vulgar.”
On Thursday, police arrested five people for allegedly setting fire to
Joshi’s house and four cars. Additional Director General of Police
Brij Lal said the five were “hoodlums” and not connected to any
Frown for policy of rape compensation
CHARU SUDAN KASTURI AND JAYANTH JACOB
New Delhi, July 16: Rita Bahuguna Joshi’s alleged comments against
Mayavati are unacceptable.
Joshi, the Uttar Pradesh Congress chief, has been arrested on the
charges of violating a woman’s modesty and under the SC/ST (Prevention
of Atrocities) Act for comments allegedly made at a public rally in
Joshi is accused of saying: “ throw the money
back at Mayavati’s face. When Mayavati gets
raped, I will pay her Rs 1 crore,”
“If she has made the comments she is accused of having made, it is
Syeda Hameed, Planning Commission member in charge of women and
children, agreed that compensation was no substitute for security. Hameed said.
CPM leader Brinda Karat too said Joshi’s (alleged) remark was unfortunate.
“A woman has made such a comment on a women-sensitive issue. Women
leaders should not be making such comments and should be sensitive to
the issue of rape,” Karat said.
“We condemn Joshi’s statement.” CPI leader D. Raja said.
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BSP looks to revive its pro-SC/ST image
Subodh Ghildiyal, TNN 17 July 2009, 04:27am IST
By looking to play on the controversial statement from Bahuguna Joshi,
BSP has made the most visible attempt to refurbish its image as a
outfit which, insiders feel, had dimmed in the high-pitched
`sarvjan’ slogan post-assembly polls.
The case against Bahuguna Joshi is a perfect way to round off the new
gambit. The bringing to fore of her SC/ST identity and an attack on
Congress’s anti-SC/STs mindset is likely to intensify in coming days
when BSP takes on the lead UPA player.
If Mayawati is reverting to the old slogan and Congress is wary, the
reasons on Thursday were not far to seek.
AICC’s fears were governed by the threat of Mayawati consolidating her
grip on SC/STs just when they saw a hope.
Tikait’s case is significant. Mayawati, when she booked the Jat leader
and virtually sent an army to arrest him, was still enjoying a
honeymoon with voters, less than a year in the CM’s office. She had
aimed to tame Jats in the sensitive Jat-Jatav equations of western UP.
And she did appear successful.
The trouble started when the year leading to the LS polls coincided
with an erosion of faith in her governance. Congress, RLD and SP were
quick to tap the sentiment and dent a social consolidation in BSP’s
favour. Her hopes of `sarvjan’ were dashed.
Now, she is only hoping to consolidate SC/STs. The bar set this time
is low as the target audience is her old supportbase crafted by Kanshi
Ram. It is more likely to be successful but would at best fetch her a
votebase which kept BSP a party of around 90 MLAs, a far cry from the
206 of 2007.
No wonder, with BJP downhill, and upper castes and Muslims restive,
Congress is eager not to take a wrong step. The anxiety to rebuff
Bahuguna Joshi is triggered by the hope it sees from BSP’s new
BJP backs BSP boss to spite rival
SANJAY K. JHA
New Delhi, July 16: The BJP today slammed Rita Bahuguna Joshi’s
alleged remarks about Mayavati as an insult to womanhood at a time the
party feels threatened by the Congress’s rise in the heartland state.
BJP leader Sushma Swaraj also asked for an apology from Sonia Gandhi
for the Uttar Pradesh Congress president’s remarks, which have landed
her in jail.
The BJP’s position does not stem from any desire for a tactical
alliance with Mayavati. Rather, the party, being gradually pushed out
of the frame in Uttar Pradesh owing to the Congress-Bahujan Samaj
Party tussle, is worried about the Congress grabbing the main state
The BSP’s decline has been evident over the past few months and the
BJP has been dreading that the Congress would be the main beneficiary.
All of a sudden, Joshi has provided a spark with the potential to
trigger a fresh churning in state politics, allowing the BJP to fish
in troubled waters.
“Rita had crossed all limits of political attack against a rival and
in the process forgotten the dignity of women,” Sushma, deputy leader
of the BJP in the Lok Sabha, said.
The BJP stands to gain if the SC/ST and Muslim votes remain divided
between the Congress and the BSP, and strengthening Mayavati can be a
way of ensuring this split.
Sushma’s party would prefer to have in the fray a stronger regional
party with a limited caste vote bank, such as the Samajwadi Party or
the BSP, rather than the Congress with its wider social appeal.
By painting Sonia and her colleagues as anti-SC/ST, the BJP also hopes
to strengthen itself in states where it is locked in a direct fight
with the Congress. Although siding with Mayavati may cost it some
upper caste votes, the BJP’s immediate agenda is to prevent the
Congress from running over a weakened BSP.
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Sonia Gandhi regrets Joshi’s statement against Mayawati
New Delhi, Thu, 16 Jul 2009 ANI
New Delhi, July 16 (ANI): Congress President Sonia Gandhi expressed
regret over the remarks made by UP Congress chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi
against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati.
Earlier in the day, Mayawati condemned Gandhi for remaining silent on
the Joshi incident, and said it was shameful that she had not taken
any action against Joshi.
Mayawati also accused that Gandhi of being behind the statement issued
by Joshi against her.
Mayawati said the comments by Joshi were unpardonable and it was wrong
to blame the Bahujan Samaj Party for the attack on Joshi’s house. She
alleged that Congress workers were behind the arson attack. (ANI)
Compensation to SC/ST rape victim as per law: Mayawati
July 16th, 2009 - 8:23 pm ICT by IANS -
Lucknow, July 16 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati
Thursday claimed that the monetary compensation being paid to a SC/ST
rape victim was strictly in accordance with the provisions of the
SC/ST Act and the amount had been determined by the Congress party
when it was in power.
Speaking to mediapersons, she said: “Whatever we are paying to SC/ST
victims of rape was determined by none other than the Congress party,
whose government was responsible for drafting the provisions of the
Mayawati was referring to the remarks made by state Congress president
Rita Bahuguna Joshi on the payment of compensation to rape victims
belonging to the SC/ST community.
Moradabad: “ I would be ready to offer her a compensation of Rs.1
Joshi’s remark infuriated Mayawati.
“Personally, I am not satisfied with the provisions for punishment
under the law. Left to me I would recommend nothing short of life
imprisonment or death sentence to a rapist, and that too irrespective
of caste and creed,” the chief minister pointed out. “If the Congress
is so much against the existing provisions, why doesn’t it change the
law through suitable amendments or by bringing in a new enactment,”
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Govt to spruce up Ambedkar villages
TNN 15 July 2009, 11:23pm IST
ALLAHABAD: Around 38 Ambedkar villages identified in the year 1995-96
will once again be decked up in addition to the complete coverage
which is to
be provided to the villages identified in the year 2007-08, following
directions from the state government.
Presiding over a review meeting of district officials, the district
magistrate informed that a special drive for settlement of disputes
related to revenue realisation will be undertaken under the
supervision of SDMs and tehsildars.
Taking a serious view of the lapses in lease allotment to ineligible
persons, the SDMs have been directed to personally ensure that the
lease was allotted only to the deserving persons and in cases where
the lease had been obtained by the influential, they should be
Directions were also issued to carry out a survey of landless villages
and extend the facility of landless insurance scheme. Under the
scheme, it would be incumbent upon the villager to be a BPL (below
poverty line) card holder as the scheme was only meant for the
economically downtrodden sections of the society.
He stated that there was an urgent need of making the Tehsil Diwas
more effective in terms of redressal of grievances of villagers.
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Maya resents Sonia’s ’silence’ over Joshi’s slur
Agencies Posted online: Thursday , Jul 16, 2009 at 1829 hrs
New Delhi : BSP supremo Mayawati questioned Congress President Sonia
Gandhi’s “silence” over the UPCC President Rita Bahuguna Joshi’s
alleged derogatory statement against her and alleged that it was done
at the instruction of Congress High Command.
“The most painful thing is that Sonia Gandhi has remained silent over
the issue. She has neither condemned this humiliating, uncivilised and
derogatory statement nor has she taken any action against her at the
party level. This clearly shows that the humiliating statement by
Joshi was made at the instance of Congress High Command,” the UP Chief
Minister said at a press conference adding the comments were “not at
Denying that her party workers were involved in the attack on Joshi’s
house in Lucknow, Mayawati said, “there is a doubt of the hand of
Congress itself in the incident”.
The government has ordered an impartial enquiry into the incident, she said.
She also sought to put Congress in the dock over the SC/ST act saying
the provision of compensation for rape and murder victims of Scheduled
Castes and Scheduled Tribes was made by the Congress government at the
Centre and not the BSP government.
The BSP chief said if her party comes to power at the Centre it would
repeal the existing SC/ST law and will bring a new law which covers
women victims of all sections and ensures stringent punishment like
death sentence or life imprisonment to perpetrators.
Maintaining that her party does not agree with the existing Act’s
provision for monetary compensation, she said that it hurt the
sentiments of SC/STs but added that the states had to follow the
provisions of a central law.
Accusing Congress of having an “anti SC/STs” mentality, the BSP supremo
said, “Had they not be having anti SC/ST smentality and not been a
victim of inferiority complex towards SC/STs, it would have made
similar provision for women of Sarva Samaj (all sections), who face
such crimes as well…”
Referring to a book “Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna” penned by Joshi about
her father, Mayawati said that in her book she had used very strong
terms against Gandhi family and alleged that Sonia Gandhi ignored all
this for “political opportunism” and made her the party chief for UP.
She said that there was strong resentment among BSP workers over her
comments and they wanted to hold protests across the nation but she
intervened to stop them as she did not want public to suffer because
of law and order problems.
Mayawati said Thursday night’s incident at Joshi’s house was done to
divert the attention of the people from her remarks.
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Rita Bahuguna jailed for Maya slur
Updated on Thursday, July 16, 2009, 15:01 IST
Moradabad: UPCC chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi, who was arrested for
allegedly making derogatory remarks against Chief Minister Mayawati,
was on Thursday remanded in judicial custody .
Joshi, who was arrested last night in Ghaziabad district while she was
on her way to Delhi, was produced before Chief Judicial Magistrate K K
Shrivastava who remanded her in judicial custody for 14 days.
She was taken to the district jail. She has been booked under section
153 A (delivering inflammatory speeches) and section 109 of IPC (using
abusive language) besides provisions of SC/ST (Prevention of
Atrocities) Act for making remarks allegedly defamatory to Mayawati.
Officials said the offences registered against her were non-bailable.