Buddha’s Encounter with the Brahmins! (Post No.3950)

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Date: 28 May 2017

 

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Post No. 3950

 

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Foreigners painted Buddha as Anti Hindu and Anti Brahmin and Agnostic. Those who read Tri Pitakas would realise that all these are wrong. He only opposed the rituals like fire sacrifices which had become meaningless by his time. Vedic Hindus forgot why and for what purpose they were doing it.

 

Buddha praised Brahmins sky high and praised Vedic God Indra. He asked his followers to follow eight good virtues so that God realisation would naturally follow it. He also said in one of his speeches that he knew lot more things but he would not reveal them to his disciples. We knew why he said that. He did not want to confuse his followers and push them towards rituals.

 

But what he feared ultimately came true. He refused to allow women into his fold. But his chief disciple Ananda begged to him and got the permission. He said to him that his religion would have lived 1000 years but now that he allowed women it would live only for 500 years. That came true . Buddhism died soon but Buddhists live longer. Even Mahendra Pallavan, the mighty Pallva King of Kanchi wrote a Sanskrit drama Mattavilasa Prhasana, a comedy on fake ascetics.

 

Buddhist Veda Dhammapada contains 423 slokas in Pali. of them one tenth are about Brahmins. last Chapter is about Brahminism. Even before this chapter he says,

“And a saint, a Brahmin, is pure from past sins; even if he had killed his father and mother, had murdered two noble kings, and had ravaged a whole kingdom and its people” (294 Dhammapada).

 

Dr S Radhakrishnan, philosopher and former President of India wrote a commentary on Dhammapada, the Veda of the Buddhists. In the introduction, he gives two anecdotes about the Brahmins:

 

“Once Buddha entered a public hall at Ambathikka and found some of his disciples talking of a Brahmin who had just been accusing Gautama impiety and finding fault with the Order of the mendicants he had founded.

Brethern, if others speak against me, or against my religion, or against the order, there is no reason why you should be angry, discontented or displeased with them. If you are so, you will not only bring yourselves into danger of spiritual loss, but you will not be able to judge whether what they say is correct or not correct”.

Intolerance seemed to him the greatest enemy of religion.

 

“When a Brahmin came to the Buddha with the remnants of his oblationin his hand, the Buddha said to him, Do not deem, O Brahmin, that purity comes by merely laying sticks in fire, for it is external. Having therefore, left that course, I kindle my fire only within, which burns for ever.  Here in this sacrifice the tongue is the sacrificial spoon and the heart is the altar of the fire.” (Samyutta 1-168)

 

Source: The Dhammapada, English Translation and Notes by S Radhakrishnan, Year 1950

 

30 Beautiful Quotations from the Yajur Veda! (Post No.3943)

30 Beautiful Quotations from the Yajur Veda! (Post No.3943)

 

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Date: 26 May 2017

 

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Post No. 3943

 

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June 2017 ‘Good Thoughts’ Calendar

 

Festival/ Holidays: June 7-Vaikasi Visakam in Skanda Temples in Tamil Nadu, 9- Saint Kabir Jayanti, 25- Puri Rath Yatra,  26-Ramadan, 30- Ani Thirumanjanam (Uththiram) in Nataraja temples in Tamil Nadu

Auspicious days: June 1, 4, 14, 16, 19, 26, 28, 30.

Full Moon day -June 9, New Moon Day- 23, Ekadasi days -4, 20

TS= TAITTIRIYA SAMHITA

 

June 1 Thursday

Verily the priests are angels – TS 1-7-3-2

 

June 2 Friday

Like a cucumber from its stem, may I be loosened from death, not from immortality -TS 1-8-6-9

 

June 3 Saturday

May I go along an unbroken web of life  TS 1-2-3-12

 

June 4 Sunday

People should not Enquire about the caste of a truly learned man – Kathaka Samhita/YV 30-1

It is also in Manu Niti and Purananuru of Tamil sanagam

 

June 5 Monday

This is your king, O Bharatas! Soma is the king of us, Brahmins – Yajur Veda/TS 1-8-10-2

 

June 6 Tuesday

The wife is half of a person’s self (husband) – TS 6-1-8-5

 

June 7 Wednesday

The gods said of these two (the Asvins), impure are they wandering among men, and physicians . Therfore a Brahmin should not practise medicine, for the physician is impure, unfit for sacrifice TS-6-4-9-1/2

 

June 8 Thursday

One should not give to one who sings- TS 6-1-7-2

 

June 9 Friday

 

A prince who has a Brahmin is superior to another prince- TS 6-1-10-3

It is also in Tiruk Kural: Minister is a must for a king; in those days only Brahmins were ministers

 

June 10 Saturday

Man is of a hundred years of age and of a hundred fold of strength; verily they find support in age and strength TS 7-9-5-2

 

June 11 Sunday

The minds of some creatures are set on energy, those of others are on rest; therefore, the active lords it over him who takes his ease -TS 6-2-1-7

 

June 12 Monday

He that has a cart and he that has a chariot are of guests the most honoured – 7-4-4-2

 

 

June 13 Tuesday

Gruel is the food of the Kshnatriya nobility, curd of the Vaisya and milk of the Brahmin. Manu was in the habit of taking a drink three times a day, the Asuras twice, the gods once -TS 6-2-5-3

 

June 14 Wednesday

Homage (Namah) to the gods. Svadha to the ancestors (pitrs) -TS 6-3-10-5

 

June 15 Thursday

At birth a Brahmin has three debts- that to the seers he pays back by being a pupil (i.e. by studying the Vedas), to the gods by offering sacrifices and to the fathers /ancestors by raising a family – 6-3-10-5

It is also in Purananuru and Tirukkural of Tamil Literature

 

June 16 Friday

Not by bread alone:

Viraaj dividing itself stayed among the Gods with the holy power (brahman) among the Asuras with food- TS 6-8-2-3

 

June 17 Saturday

Men do not give up even one worthy of death because the gods once gave shelter to Adityas, they were not betrayed to Rudra who was chasing them – TS 5-6-2-3 (mere pursuit of food was regarded unworthy)

 

June 18 Sunday

As I have created you by penance so seek ye offspring through penance TS. 7-1-5-2

 

June 19 Monday

He (the priest) muttering the yaajyaas is like one who has found rich treasure and hides it TS 1-5-2-3

 

June 20 Tuesday

What the gods could not win by sacrifice, that they won by the para grahas ( a particular serving of libation is called para graha)- TS 3-3-6-1

 

June 21 Wednesday

Taking the strength of the metres I shall bestow it upon you – TS 3-6-3-7/1

 

June 22 Thursday

With thy tusks the burglars

With thy teeth the robbers

With thy jaws the thieves, o blessed one (Agni)

Do thou chew the well-chewed TS 4-1-10-6

 

June 23 Friday

 

Let the God Savitr purify you with a whole sieve and with the sun’s rays win thee, O Lord of the path. As a chariot to win the prize we have yoked thee for the our prayer, O Pusan – TS 1-1-14-5

 

June 24 Saturday

This body which is mine is in you

That body which is yours is in me (oft repeated formula in Yajur Veda)

 

June 25 Sunday

Protect me when in want

Protect me when afflicted – TS 4-1-3-13

 

June 26 Monday

Agni with one syllable won speech;

The Asvins with two  syllables won expiration and inspiration

Vishnu with three….. Three worlds

Soma with for………….. the four footed cattle

Pusan with five……….. Pankti;

Prajapati with seventeen….. the seventeen-fold stoma TS

 

June 27 Tuesday

The Asuras drove the gods to the south,

the gods repelled them by the Upasaya post

All the other posts have victims

The Upasaya has none, its victim is the sacrifice … TS 6-6-4-3/4

 

June 28 Wednesday

Seven, O Agni, are your faggots

Seven tongues, seven sages, seven dear stations, seven hotr priests offer to you in seven different ways – TS15-3-8

 

June 29 Thursday

The swan seated in purity, the bright one seated in the atmosphere, the hotr seated in the firmament. Born of the waters, of the cows, of holy order, of the mountain, the great holy order- TS 1-8-15-12

 

June 30 Friday

The hotr mounts a swing; verily they mount back of the firmament, the adhvaryu mounts two mats, verily they reach the surface of the ruddy one. They raise loud noise…play on the lute….run a race…. beat the erath…..Two strive on a dry hide, one rivals, the other extols, girls dance aroud the Marjalya fire with water pots on their heads singing. This is honey (TS 7-5-8-5/9)-(Games and Sports during Vedic Era)

   

–Subham–

 

 

 

 

Society anecdotes (Post No.3940)

 

Lord Balfour (former Prime Minister of United Kingdom)

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Date: 25 May 2017

 

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Post No. 3940

 

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Disappointing Lord!

 

Lord Balfour was visiting friends in Scotland. One evening, while attending a dinner given in his honour, he noticed that the little daughter of his host was eyeing him covertly. He smiled to her and she, plucking up courage asked him,

“Are you really and truly an English Lord?”

“Yes, he answered gravely, really, truly”.

“I have often thought I should like to see an English Lord”

She went on and….and

“And now you aware satisfied”, he asked her.

“N……. no she answered slowly, I am not satisfied.I am a good deal disappointed”.

 

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Young Bible, but not Lettered!

At a fashionable salon in London appeared , a young gentleman, the son of His Majesty’s printer who had the patent to print the Bibles. He was dressed in green and gold. Being a new face and extremely elegant, he attracted the attention of the whole company. A general murmur prevailed in the room, to learn who he was.

 

Colley Ciber, the outrageous wit, who was present, instantly made reply, loud enough to be heard by everybody:

“Oh don’t you know him?

It is young Bible, bound in calf and gilt, but not lettered”.

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More Introduction Anecdotes

W Wilson (former President of America)

Woodrow Wilson’s Rejoinder!

When Woodrow Wilson was president of Princeton he was called upon to be the chief speaker at an educators banquet in New York . Dr Nicholas Murray Butler of Columbia was toast master. When the time came to introduce the principal speaker, Dr butler presented him as “A sleepy man from a sleepy little college in a sleepy little town”.

Wilson rose and opened his remarks by saying,

“The charge of sleepiness could never be brought against Dr Butler for is it not said in the scriptures,

Lo, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.”

 

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Unbroken Blemish!

At a banquet in Dublin a toast master was delivering a eulogy of Sir Henry Irving

“Sir Henry”, he said, “is not only the artist of the first rank, the first of his profession to be honoured with a knighthood, but is also a man of utmost integrity and highest honour. It would not be too much to say that his has been a life of unbroken blemish”.

 

–SUBHAM–

 

 

Introduction Anecdotes (Post No.3937)

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Date: 24 May 2017

 

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Post No. 3937

 

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Hot Potato and Fools

During one of his campaigns, William Jennings Bryan spoke in a city in one of the North-Western states (USA). The chairman in presenting the speaker, made an embarrassing fulsome and eulogistic introduction of Bryan, in such bad taste that many wondered how Bryan would succeed in overcoming the unfortunate effect of it. Bryan however wasn’t easily dismayed.

“The very kind observations of the chairman”, he said, “bring to my mind the case of the man at a formal banquet table, who impulsively put into his mouth a large fork full of steaming, hot baked potato, which he instantly spat out upon his plate. Looking about at his disconcerted fellow guests and at his hostess, he remarked blandly, “Some damn fools would have swallowed that”.

 

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Shortest German Introduction

Long introductions, when a man has a speech to make are a bore, said former senator John C Spooner, one of the great senate leaders.

“I have had all kinds, but the most satisfactory one in my career was that of a German Mayor of a small town in my state, Wisconsin”.

I” was to make a political address and the opera house was crowded. When it came time to begin the mayor got up.

“Mine friends, said he, I hafe asked been to introduce Senator Spooner who is to make a speech, ja. Vell, I hafe did so und he will now do so”.

 

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Introduction of a Big Man

 

“I had expected to find Mr Lloyd George a big man in every sense”, playfully remarked the chairman, when introducing the statesman to a meeting.

“But you see for yourselves he is quite small in stature”.

Lloyd George was no whit abashed.

“In North Wales”, he remarked, “we measure a man from his chin up. You evidently measure from his chin down.”

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Most Notorious Woman

The lady from Arkansas, senator Hatie Caraway , was about to address a gathering of her constituents . The chairman introduced her with a prolonged and lavish eulogy, culminating thunderously with the words,

“Ladies and gentlemen, I now present to you the most notorious woman in Arkansas.”

 

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Karma Theory-Buddha and Valluvar Think Alike -Part 6 (Post No.3935)

Research article written by London Swaminathan

 

Date: 23 May 2017

 

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Post No. 3935

 

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Thiruvalluvar , the author of the Tamil Veda Tirukkural has confirmed his belief in Karma Theory in hundreds of his couplets. There is one chapter on Fate as well; here are two important couplets from Tirukkural:

Toil not through sacred books to what the fruits of virtue/Dharma are; but pause and look at the palanquin bearer, and him that proudly rides in it Kural 37).

Loss and gain come about because of one’s own previous actions;

But an unswerving rectitude of mind is the ornament of the great (Kural 115)

 

By oneself the evil is done, and it is oneself who suffers; by oneself the evil is not done, and by one’s Self one becomes pure The pure and the impure come from oneself: no man can purify another (Dhammapada 165)

Only a man himself can be master of himself; who else from outside  could be his master. When the Master and the servant are one, then there is true help and self possession (Dhammapada 160)

 

The most famous poem of Sangam Tamil Literature verse 192 of Purananuru explains Karma Theory beautifully well:

“Every town our home town; everyman a kinsman.
Good and evil do not come
From others
Pain and relief of pain
Come of themselves.
Dying is nothing new.
We do not rejoice
That life is sweet
Nor in anger
Call it bitter.
Our lives, however dear,
Follow their own course,
(like) Rafts drifting
In the rapids of a great river
Sounding and dashing over the rocks
After a downpour
From skies slashed by lightning’s
We know this
From the vision
Of men who see
So,
We are not amazed by the great
And we do not scorn the little”
————————-Kaniyan punkundran (Pura Nanuru, verse 192)

 

Another translation of the same poem:

To us all towns are one, all men our kin,
Life’s good comes not from others’ gifts, nor ill,
Man’s pains and pain’s relief are from within,
Death’s no new thing, nor do our bosoms thrill
When joyous life seems like a luscious draught.
When grieved, we patient suffer; for, we deem
This much-praised life of ours a fragile raft
Borne down the waters of some mountain stream
That o’er huge boulders roaring seeks the plain
Tho’ storms with lightning’s flash from darkened skies.
Descend, the raft goes on as fates ordain.
Thus have we seen in visions of the wise !
We marvel not at the greatness of the great;
Still less despise we men of low estate.
Kaniyan Poongundran, Purananuru – 192
(Translated by G.U.Pope, 1906)

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Refraining from eating Meat

All living beings will raise their hands in worship to him who has never taken a living being’s life and has abstained from eating meat (Kural 260)

How can a man be compassionate who, for the purpose of increasing his own flesh, etas the flesh of other animals (Kural 251)

All beings tremble before danger, and fear death. When a man considers this, he does not kill or cause to kill (Dhamma 129)

Also see Vegetarianism in earlier post of Buddha and Valluvar thnk alike.

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Friendship with Great men

Weigh the worth of the men of ripe wisdom and seek their fellowship (Kural 441)

Cherish with ardour the friendship of those who remedy your present ills and guard you against future ones. (Kural 442)

 

Cling to men of heroic mould and make them your kin; verily there is no greater blessing to you on earth (Kural 443)

Is there any force mightier to the sovereign than the alliance of the men of superior wisdom? (Kural 444)

 

If you find a man who is constant, awake to the inner light, learned, long suffering, endowed with devotion, a noble man – follow this good and great man ever as moon follows the path of the stars  (Dhammapada 208)

 

He who has to walk with fools has a long journey of sorrow, because to be with a fool is  as painful as to be with an enemy; but the joy of being with the wise is like the joy of meeting a beloved kinsman  (Dhammapada 207)

 

Adi Shankara’s Satsangatve nissangatvam…………

Greatest philosopher of India, Adi Shankara, says,
“ Satsangatve nissangatvam
Nissangatve nirmohatvam
Nirmohatve nischalatattvam
Nischalatattve jeevanmuktih” –Bhajagovindam (9)

“Through the company of the good, there arises non-attachment; through non-attachment there arises freedom from delusion; through freedom from delusion there arises steadfastness; through steadfastness, there arises liberation in life”- Bhajagovindam

He who knows not and knows not………………………

An ancient saying from the Middle East says:

He who knows not, and knows not that he knows not, is a fool. Shun him.
He who knows not, and knows that he knows not, is simple. Teach him.
He who knows, and knows not he knows , is asleep. Wake him.
He who knows, and knows that he knows is wise. Follow him.

 

–Subham–

 

 

Go Higher and Higher- Buddha and Valluvar Think Alike! -Part 5 (Post No.3931)

Valluvar coins in the British Museum

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Date: 22 May 2017

 

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Post No. 3931

 

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Lofty Thoughts

Valluvar:

Think lofty thoughts always; even if you fail your aspirations keep you on a higher plane (Kural 596)

 

Those who have high thoughts are ever striving; they are not happy to remain in the same place. Like swans that leave their lake and rise into the air, they leave their home for a higher home ( Dhammapada verse 91).

Buddha:

Swans follow the path of the sun by the miracle of flying through the air. Men who are strong conquer evil and its armies; and then they arise far above the world ( Dhammapada verse 175).

Aim high is one of the concepts or ideas that Hindu saints put forth before their disciples. First we found it in the great scripture Bhagavad Gita and then in a Sangam Tamil verse. Later Tamil poet Tiruvalluvar also repeated this.

Lord Krishna

Let a man lift himself by himself; let him not degrade himself, said Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita (6-5)

Buddha also said the same in the Dhammapada: The Self is the Lord of the Self (verse 380)

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Who is a Brahmin?

Valluvar:

It is the virtuous that are called Brahmins; for it is they that scatter kindness towards all living beings (Kural 30)

Buddha:

Because he has put away, he is called a Brahmin, because he lives in peace, he is called a samana; because he leaves all the sins behind he is called a pilgrim (Dhama. verse388)

He who hurts not with his thoughts or words or deeds, who keeps these three under control – him I call a Brahmin ( Dhamma.391)

Dhammapada chapter 26: verses from 383 -423 are about Brahmins

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Don’t Postpone Good Things

Valluvar:

Do the deeds of charity now without postponing them to your old age; for they will be an unfailing help to you in the hour of death (Kural 36)

Buddha:

Make haste and do what is good; keep your mind away from evil. If a man is slow in doing good, his mind finds pleasure in evil (Dhammapada 116)

 

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Evil Thoughts destroy you!

Valluvar:

Do not wish for another’s ruin even absentmindedly. If you do, your own ruin is certain to befall (Kural 204)

There is a way of escape from the wrath of every other foe; but the evil deeds of a wicked man relentlessly pursue him down to utter ruin (kural 207)

If a man cares for the well- being of his own self he should do no harm whatever to others (209)

 

Buddha:

The fool who does an evil to a man who is good, to a man who is pure and free from sin, the evil returns to him like the dust thrown against the wind (Dhamma.125)

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Harsh Words

Valluvar:

A burn caused by fire may heal; but a scar caused by a fiery tongue will never heal (Kural 129)

Buddha:

Never speak harsh words, for once spoken they may return to you. Angry words are painful and there may be blows for blows (Dhammapada 133)

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Don’t Invite Yama-God of Death

Valluvar:

The weak who insult and offend mighty men of wisdom only invite death with their own hands (Kural 894)

Should they who stand (as high) as the hills look with disfavour, even men of firm standing in the world perish with all race (Kural 898)

Buddha:

The fool because of his view scorns the teaching of the holy, those whose soul is great and righteous, gathers fruits of his destruction, like the kashta reeds whose fruits mean its death (Dhamma 164)

 

–Subham–

 

‘For the Many, Not the Few’-Who said it? (Post No.3920)

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Date: 18 May 2017

 

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Post No. 3920

 

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Britain is holding a snap election on 8th June 2017. Ruling Conservative party and the opposition Labour party are launching their election manifestoes with attractive new slogans. The Labour party’s slogan “For the Many and not the Few” have hit the headlines in newspapers.

 

There is a very lively discussion to find out who uttered these words for the first time. They have traced it to Greek historian Thucydides (460-400 BCE). Some argue that English poet P B Shelley is the one who popularised it. Here is the news item from Evening Standard newspaper.

 

“We’ve found Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn’s inspiration: Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. Corbyn launched his manifesto in Bradford yesterday with the stirring slogan “For the many, not the few.” 

The Times’s Philip Collins says the phrase comes from Greek historian Thucydides, from around 400 BC. “Its origin is the Funeral Oration of Pericles [by Thucydides]”, he writes, talking about the foundations of democracy.

But UCL English professor John Sutherland says no. “‘For the many not the few’ actually comes from Shelley’s poem The Masque of Anarchy,” he told The Londoner when we called yesterday.

Over to Corbyn’s election guru James Schneider. Was it, in fact, Shelley? Schneider was thrilled to be asked and show his fine education at Winchester College and Oxford. He recited the poem word perfectly down the phone.

 

“Rise, like lions after slumber 

In unvanquishable number!

Shake your chains to earth like dew

Which in sleep had fallen on you

Ye are many — they are few.”

 

He said, cheerfully. On the competing theories, Schneider went on to say: “Thucydides is interesting,” he said. “I didn’t know it , so I doubt it comes from there. Shelley is more well-known. It would be a stretch to say that it is directly taken from Shelley [though] Jeremy does know Shelley.

“The slogan very simply sums up our programme to change Britain.”

Romantic poet Shelley wrote his poem following the Peterloo Massacre of 1819 in Manchester, in which around 15 protesters, fighting for democracy and against poverty, were killed by cavalry. The work is read as an early modern statement of nonviolent resistance, and is popular with JC’s supporters: in Corbyn’s second Labour leadership campaign last year, former Labour MP Chris Williamson suggested it as a slogan. “Let’s use that as our battle cry,” he said at a public meeting.

 

Picture of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn

 

Corbyn is known to be well-read, saying he has finished James Joyce’s Ulysses four times.

Does the phrase make Jeremy a Romantic, we asked Sutherland? “Yep. Romantic not Modernist,” he said. “The poets are with Jeremy but who ever paid any notice to them.”

–Subham–

 

 

Buddha and Valluvar on Vegetarianism and Hypocrisy: Great men Think alike (Post No.3913)

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Date: 16 May 2017

 

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Post No. 3913

 

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Please read the First part published on “Buddha and Valluvar: Great Men Think alike”, posted on 13th May

 

Tirukkural was written by Thiruvalluvar

Dhammapada is the Holy Book of the Buddhists.

VEGETARIANISM

 

Better to refrain from killing and abstaining from eating the flesh obtained thereby, than kindlin a thousand sacrifice fires (Kural -259)

All living beings will raise their hands in worship to him who has never taken a living beings life and has abstained from eating meat (Kural -260)

 

And Buddha in Dhammapada says

A man is not a great man because he is a warrior and kills other men; because he hurts not living beings he in truth is called a great man (270)

 

HYPOCRISY

 

It matters not whether a man shaves his hair or allows it to grow in flowing locks if he could refrain from what the world shuns (Kural -280)

And Buddha in Dhammapada says,

Not by the tonsure, a shave head, does a man become ‘samana’, a monk. How can a man be a samana/monk if he forgets his religious vows, if he speaks what is not true, if he still has desire and greed (264).

He says the same in couplets 141 and 393 of Dhammapada.

 

Adi Shankara in his Bhaja Govindam also echoes his views,

Adi Shankara’s Bhaja Govindam says,

“The ascetic with matted locks, the one with his head shaven, the one with hairs pulled out one by one, the one who disguises himself variously with the ochre coloured robes – such a one is a fool who, though seeing does not see. Indeed, this varied disguise is for the sake of the belly”.
This verse in the hymn is attributed to Totaka, a disciple of Shankara.

 

CHARITY

The ability of those who perform penance to endure hunger is not equal to that of the householder to appease the hunger of others (Kural 225)

The graceless misers who hoard up their wealth and eventually lose it, do not know the pleasure which the wise derive in giving to the poor (Kural 228)

And Buddha in Dhammapada says,

Speak the truth, yield not to anger, give what you can to him who asks: these three steps lead you to the gods.-(Dhamma 224)

 

TRUTHFULNESS

 

If a man could conduct himself true to his own self he would be in the heart of all in the world (Kural 294)

Buddha says,

He who has virtue and vision, who follows Dhamma (Dharma= righteousness) the Path of Perfection, whose words are truth, and does the work to be done – the world loves such a man (217)

 

—–to be continued

 

–Subham—

Courage and Reputation! Zen Story (Post No.3909)

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Date: 15 May 2017

 

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Post No.3909

 

 

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Courage

 

There is an inspirational Zen story on Courage:

 

There was a boy who was born without a right arm. On his ninth birthday he asked his parents if he could join a karate club. They were delighted by the idea and the boy quickly became a regular at the local dojo. The boy wanted to compete in a tournament and asked his master if this was possible. The master said he could but only if he listened carefully to his master and trusted him.

 

The master taught the boy one move and one move only. The boy practised it diligently but after a while he was worried that the other boys were learning a range of moves and he only had one. He asked the master to teach him other moves but the master said no. The master just urged the boy to keep practising that one move.

 

The boy won the first round of the tournament and then the next round and the one after that until he found himself winning the entire tournament. The boy was baffled. How did he do it? He asked the master how a boy with only one arm and only one move could win a karate tournament against these other boys. The master smiled and told the boy that there is only one defence against the move the boy learned and that defence involves grabbing the attacker by the right arm.

 

Have courage. Do not run as a coward when you are facing inevitable problem.

 

There is an anecdote about an Athenian.

 

An Athenian, who was lame in one foot, was laughed at by the soldiers on account of lameness.

 

“I am here to fight,” said he, “not to run.”

 

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Reputation

 

Before checking anybody’s reputation please check your reputation and how others view and think about you.

The following anecdote will throw insight on reputation.

 

One of the powerful figures in Wall Street fell in love with an actress and for many months danced constant attendance upon her and squired her about in the fashionable circles of town. Deciding  to marry her, he first prudently put a private detective to the job of looking into her antecedents in order to guard himself against any rash mistake.

 

At last he received his agent’s report. “Miss Blank enjoys an excellent reputation. Her past is spotless. Her associates have been irreproachable. The only breath of scandal is that, in recent months, she has been much seen in the company of a business man of doubtful reputation.

 

Check yourself first before checking others!

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Buddha and Valluvar: Great Men Think Alike! (Post No.3905)

Written by London Swaminathan

 

Date: 13 May 2017

 

Time uploaded in London: 20-30

 

Post No. 3905

 

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Buddha and Thiru valluvar were great men Dammapada of Buddha and Tirukkural of Thiru Valluvar have amazing similarities in several couplets.

 

SAINT

He who controls his five senses by his will gain heavenly bliss (Kural 24)

They take trained elephants to battle, kings ride on royal trained elephants. The best of men are self trained men , those who can endure abuse in peace. (Dhamma 321)

 

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KNOWLEDGE

It is folly not to fear what should be feared;

to fear that which should be feared is the way of the wise (Kural -428)

Better to do nothing than to do what is wrong, for wrong doing brings burning sorrow. Do therefore what is right, for good deeds never bring pain (Dhamma 314)

 

Lord Krishna also said,

For never does any one who does good, tread the path of woe (Bhagavad Gita 6-40)

 

CONSIDERATION

It is ruinous to do what should not be done.

and ruinous also to omit what should be done (Kural -466).

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PURITY and ADULTERY

The man who commits adultery can never escape enmity, sin, fear in infamy (Kural -146) .

Four things happen to the thoughtless men who takes another man’s wife: he lowers himself, his mind is restless, he is blamed by others, he goes to hell (Dhamma 309)

Yes. The degradation of the soul, a frightened pleasure, the danger of the law, the path of hell. Considering these four let not a man go after another man’s wife(Dhamma 310)

 

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IMPARTIALITY

Like scales that always remain just and fair, wise men remain impartial and do not take sides (Kural -118).

If a man is silent because he is ignorant or a fool, he is not a silent thinker, a Muni/sanit who considers and think. But as one who taking a pair of scales, puts in what is good and rejects what is bad, if a man considers the two worlds, then he is called a Muni/saint of silence, a man who considers and thinks (Dhamma 268, 269)

Lord Krishna also said the same,

Sages see with an equal eye a learned and humble Brahmin, a cow, an elephant or even a dog  o an outcast ( Bhagavad Gita 5-18)

 

to be continued…………………..

 

–Subham–