FOREMOST OR NIRVANA?
(spiritual exercise) is the eradication of all evil in a man. Study of sacred
texts, meditation and penance do not constitute the whole of sadhana. To remove
all the impurities in the mind is real sadhana. After this comes what Buddha
called Samyak-Samadhi or Nirvana (Realization or Liberation). What is meant by
Samadhi? It means treating pleasure and pain, gain and loss alike. Sama-dhi
(equal mindedness) is “Samadhi.” To look upon light and darkness, pleasure and
pain, profit and loss, fame and censure with an equal mind is Samadhi. Buddha
termed this equal mindedness as Nirvana. Sri Sathya Sai Baba May 15, 1997
year Vesak falls on 05 May. Celebrating Buddhism is also celebrating Vesak.
Sri Lanka each day the constitution is activated, it is Vesak, due to Article 9
of the Sri Lankan Constitution which states:
‘9. The Republic of
Sri Lanka shall give to Buddhism the foremost
and accordingly it shall be the duty of the State to protect and foster the
Buddha Sasana, while assuring to all religions the rights granted by Articles
10 and 14(1)(e).
above Buddha Purnima speech was in sent
to me by my cousin Ravi who is Common
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I have to obtain prior permission to print something I believe in? I asked Swami in my heart. Swami smiled. That
meant ‘You know what to do’. If I had thought I had to get approval, Swami
would have frowned. That is my ‘beyond reasonable
doubt’ test of Belief.
helps work out my mind structure / constituition.
I read the Hindu article by the article ‘Tamils flag escalating attacks on temples in northern
Sri Lanka’ by Ms Meera Srinivasan at https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/tamils-flag-escalating-attacks-on-temples-in-northern-sri-lanka/article66769957.ece
my belief say in this regard? To be intellectually balanced, Hindus must oppose
Buddhists on the basis of article 9. Then the powers of Democracy and therefore
Equal status of Opposition would be
April I wrote the position number in the
1978 Constitution -‘This
made Buddhism a heritage with karmic values. Like 9 it confirmed the end of a
cycle. Anyone who respects Buddhism is blessed with positive Energy and anyone
who profited from it was cursed.’
was a beneficiary of the 1978 Constitution which was more global than the 1972
constitution. By acknowledging this as reality, I became a shareholder of the
1978 constitution as it was. I saw it as
a necessity to ‘not disturb’ that heritage that reduced violence in Sri Lanka.
Included in my email list was Ms Meera Srinivasan. Ms
Srinivasan may or may not have read my article. But my belief in the issue has
the power to merge with Hindu belief in Ms
Meera Srinivasan’s position in the Hindu’ . That is how the system of belief works a whole structure
made up of positions that are reservoirs of particular minds and their cognitive Energies. In a heritage, the
structure is worked through the absolute
power of belief. Those driven by relative power of money and status, cannot
access the heritage.
Heritage power can be invoked by a true opposition.
That was how Tamils under the leadership of politicians who gave form to the
Vaddukoddai Resolution 1976, became Equal Opposition in National Parliament.
As per the Hindu article:
and Tamil National People’s Front Leader Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam sees
the incidents as part of a larger, persistent assault on Tamils’ rights,
including to worship.
Ever since the end of the war, consecutive
governments have “accelerated the Sinhalization” of the north and east,
he said, “as if to catch up with the gap of the 30 years during the war that
they missed out on.”
The 13th Amendment to the Sri Lankan constitution effectively
diffused ‘Sinhalization’. But
instead of thanking the Indian government for acting as our Elder, we
joined forces Tamils ended up killing the elder. Elders are human heritages.
Wikipedia presents Gandhi’s involvement as follows:
‘Gandhi signed the Indo-Sri Lanka Accord in July 1987. The accord
"envisaged a devolution of power to the Tamil-majority areas", dissolved
the LTTE, and designated Tamil as an official
language of Sri Lanka. Gandhi said:
The Government of India believe that,
despite some problems and delays, many of which were foreseen but unavoidable
in the resolution of an issue of this magnitude and complexity, this Agreement represents
the only way of safeguarding legitimate Tamil interests and ensuring a
durable peace in Sri Lanka. Some have chosen to criticise the Agreement. None
has shown a better way of meeting the legitimate aspirations of the Tamils in
Sri Lanka, restoring peace in that country and of meeting our own security concern
in the region. We have accepted a role which is difficult, but which is in our
national interests to discharge. We shall not shrink our obligations and
commitments. This is a national endeavour.’
As a country, India is outside Sri Lanka’s
sovereign borders. India does not have the authority to be a senior.
Hence what is India’s position vis-à-vis
Sri Lanka? It is that of an Elder. I realised this when
I was repeatedly hurt by my husband’s family, after I treated them as my own. I was seated at the Bali Memorial today,
wondering where I had gone wrong? Then my Truth said ‘You are not a senior; You
are an Elder. Elders are always right.’