Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Re: [ZESTCaste] Mayawati's wealth doubles in five years


First of all the British Broadcasting  should stop calling Ms Mayawati as low caste. The so called untouchables  are called as Scheduled Castes/ Tribes in the Constitution. They are not called as low castes. They should understand that when Barister Gandhi's belongings were thrown out of the 1st class compartment of the train because of racial discrimination we got our Independence. Now let them not do it again.They believe in souls for human beings and not other beings and the do whatever they wanted to do to them. Let them not treat SC/STs with out soul and call them whatever they wanted to call. Buddha never believed in any soul. He said all are equal. Hence SC/STs, Buddhists and all those who believe all human beings are equal must the British Broad casters to treat all human beings are equal.
14 03 2012 LESSON 550 FREE ONLINE eNālāndā Research And  Practice UNIVERSITY And  BUDDHIST GOOD NEWS LETTER Through The Dhammapada Verses and Stories Dhammapada Verses 100 Tambadathika Coraghataka Vatthu One Pacifying Word Is Noble
Practice a Sutta a Day Keeps Dukkha Away

Verse 100. One Pacifying Word Is Noble
Through a thousand speeches be
composed of meaningless lines,
better the single meaningful line
one hears, then comes to calm.
Explanation: Expressions replete with thousands of words are of no value. One single meaningful word is more valuable, if hearing it one is pacified.
 Dhammapada Verse 100
Tambadathika Coraghataka Vatthu
Sahassamapi ce vaca
ekam atthapadam seyyo
yam sutva upasammati.
Verse 100: Better than a thousand words that are senseless and unconnected with the realization of Nibbana, is a single word of sense, if on hearing it one is calmed.

The Story of Tambadathika
Ananda Bodhi, Jetavana Monastery, Sravasti, India

While residing at the Jetavana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse (100) of this book, with reference to Tambadathika, the executioner of thieves.
Tambadathika served the king as an executioner of thieves for fifty-five years; he had just retired from that post. One day, after preparing rice gruel at his house, he went to the river for a bath; he had intended to take the specially prepared rice gruel on his return. As he was about to take the rice gruel, Thera Sariputta, who had just arisen from sustained absorption in Concentration (jhana samapatti), stood at his door for alms-food. Seeing the thera, Tambadathika thought to himself, "Throughout my life, I have been executing thieves; now I should offer this food to the thera." So, he invited Thera Sariputta to come in and respectfully offered the rice gruel.
After the meal, the thera taught him the Dhamma, but Tambadathika could not pay attention, because he was so agitated as he recollected his past life as an executioner. When the thera knew this, he decided to ask Tambadathika tactfully whether he killed the thieves because he wished to kill them or because he was ordered to do so. Tambadathika answered that he was ordered to kill them by the king and that he had no wish to kill. Then the thera asked, "If that is so, would you be guilty or not ?" Tambadathika then concluded that, as he was not responsible for the evil deeds, he was not guilty. He, therefore, calmed down, and requested the thera to continue his exposition. As he listened to the Dhamma with proper attention, he came very close to attaining Sotapatti Magga, and reached as far as anuloma nana.* After the discourse, Tambadathika accompanied Thera Sariputta for some distance and then returned home. On his way home a cow (actually a demon in the guise of a cow) gored him to death.
When the Buddha came to the congregation of the bhikkhus in the evening, they informed him about the death of Tambadathika. When asked where Tambadathika was reborn, the Buddha told them that although Tambadathika had committed evil deeds throughout his life, because he comprehended the Dhamma after hearing it from Thera Sariputta and had already attained anuloma nana before he died, he was reborn in the Tusita deva world. The bhikkhus wondered how such an evil-doer could have such great benefit after listening to the Dhamma just once. To them the Buddha said that the length of a discourse is of no consequence, for one single word of sense can produce much benefit.
Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:
Verse 100: Better than a thousand words that are senseless and unconnected with the realization of Nibbana, is a single word of sense, if on hearing it one is calmed.
*anuloma nana: Vipassana Insight which causes the namarupa process of the yogi to become fully adapted for Magga Insight.

The Executioner's Song Lyrics 
I love my job almost as much as I do you
It's a good job
I may not get paid as much but I more than make up
With an enormous sense of self-worth
My job .. my job
My job .. my job
Some people just work to pay the bills
And put bread on the table
I couldn't do that, I need feeling and purpose
My job .. my job
My job .. my job .com
Although I admit sometimes
It's not very fun
In fact it can be pretty stressful
At the end of the day
I know I begun and completed the work
Only by my own willpower
There is work that is play
There is play that is work
And play that is play
And work that is work
And in only one of these
Lies happiness
I'm a pretty lucky guy
I love you and I love my job
My job, my job

Lord Buddha announced the imminence of his Mahaparinirvana at Vaishali
Buddhist stupas, pillars, etc

Vaishali district is situated in the state of Bihar. It lies at a distance of approximately 60 km from the capital city of Patna. The place gains significance from the fact that it is here that Lord Buddha announced the imminence of his Mahaparinirvana. Vaishali also witnessed one of the eight great events in the life of Lord Buddha. It was here that a monkey offered Him a bowl of honey. Lord Buddha also visited Vaishali five years after the attainment of His enlightenment. The Lichhvis offered a grand welcome to the Lord on his arrival in Vaishali.

He displayed some extraordinary and divine presentations of his spiritual superiority here. This led to mass induction of people into Buddhism. Infact, it is believed that at that time around eighty four thousand people adopted Buddhism. One of the most important events that took place at Vaishali was the induction of females into the Sangha. It is believed that even Mahaprajapati Gautami, the foster mother of Buddha, joined the order here, along with the other Sakya-women.

Tourist Attractions of Vaishali

Ashokan Pillar
There is a Lion Pillar at Kolhua, which was built by Emperor Ashoka. The pillar has been chiseled out of a highly polished single piece of red sandstone. An 18.3 m high structure, it stands surmounted by a bell shaped capital. A life-size figure of a lion is adorns the top of the pillar. This pillar beside a brick stupa at Kolhua commemorates Buddha's last sermon.

Budha Stupa-I
This stupa enshrines one-eighth of the sacred ashes of the Lord Buddha, in a stone casket.

Budha Stupa-II
Another casket containing the ashes of the Lord Budha was found here, during the excavation carried out in 1958.

Abhiskek Pushkarn (Coronation tank)
This tank served as the venue of all the coronation ceremonies of Vaishali's elected representative. The Lichchavi stupa was located near here. It was here that the stone casket of the sacred ashes of Lord Buddha was enshrined in Vaishali.

Shanti Stupa
The Shanti Stupa, built by Buddha Vihar Society, lies on the south bank of the coronation tank.

How to reach Vaishali

By Air
The nearest airport is that of Patna, approximately 70 km away.

By Rail
The railway station of Hajipur is the nearest to Vaishali.

By Road
Vaishali is well connected by road to Patna, Muzaffarpur, Hajipur, etc.
Vaishali today is a small village surrounded by banana and mango groves as well as rice fields. But excavations in the area have brought to light an impressive historical past. Historians maintain that one of the world's first democratic republics with an elected assembly of representatives flourished here in the 6th century B.C. in the time of the Vajjis and the Lichchavis. And while Pataliputra, capital of the Mauryas and the Guptas, held political sway over the Gangetic plain, Vaishali was the center for trade and industry.

Lord Buddha visited Vaishali frequently and at Kolhua, close by, preached his last sermon. To commemorate the event, Emperor Ashoka, in the third century B.C. erected one of his famous lion pillars here. A hundred years after the Mahaparinirvana of the Buddha - Vaishali hosted the second great Buddhist council. Two stupas were erected to commemorate this event. Jainism, too, has its origins in Vaishali, for in 527 B.C., Lord Mahavir was born on the outskirts of the city, and lived in Vaishali till he was 22. Vaishali is then twice blessed and remains an important pilgrim center for both Buddhists and Jains, attracting also historians foraging for the past.
On the outskirts of Vaishali stood the grand double storied Buddhist monastery. Buddha often discoursed here. He extended spiritual enfranchisement to women by admitting them to the Holy Order which was founded here. Legend has it that on one of his visits, several monkeys dug up a tank for his comfortable stay and offered him a bowl of honey. This is regarded as one of the great incidents in the legends of Buddha, who announced his approaching Nirvana and preached his last sermon here.

The Lichchhavis came a long way to bid him farewell on his way to Kushinagara and finally, they were stopped by a river created by Buddha. He once again paused to have a last of his much loved city. As a piety for Vaishali, he had already given his alms bowl which remained here for long time.
A life size-pillar beside a brick stupa at Kolhua commemorates Buddha's last sermon and announcement of his approaching nirvana. The lion faces north, the direction Buddha took on his last voyage. Adjacent to this is the tank associated with the monkeys offering honey. Nearby are the skeletal remains of a monastery where Buddha resided and a votive stupas dot the region. 

Vaishali museum houses some of the archaeological remains discovered here. Facing the museum is the Abhishek Pushkarni which was holy to Lichchhavis. On one side of the lake is newly built Vishwa Shanti Stupa, a sixth in the series to be erected in India. Close to the museum is the shaded stupa which is supposed to have housed the casket relic with the ashes of Buddha. 

Archaeologists have uncovered a good deal of Vaishali. It begins with a huge mound which is associated with the ancient Parliament referred to Raja Vaihala Ka Garh. Bawan Pokhar temple houses a rich collection of black basalt images dating back to the Gupta and Pala period. Another black basalt, four headed Shivling (Choumukhi Mahadeva) was discovered when a reservoir was being dug. Behind the bawan pokhar temple is a Jain temple famous for its image of the Trithankar. A little distance from these temples lies the Lotus Tank which used to be a picnic spot of the Lichchhavis. 

Further north at Lauria Areraj, 31 Kms from Motihari, lies one of the Ashokan Columns with six of his edicts. The column is devoid of its capital. Another Ashokan column along with the lion capital can be visited at Nandangarh, 23 kms from Bettiah. These pillars possibly mark the course of the ancient Royal highway from Patliputra to Nepal valley. Few kilometers from the monolith at Nandangarh is the mighty brick stupa which is believed to have stored the casket relic containing the ashes of Buddha. At Nandangarh one can also see a dozen vedic mounds that contain the remains of ruling clans of pre-Buddhists times.
In the recent state assembly polls, half of the legislators elected from his Samajwadi Party have criminal cases pending against them, a quarter of them for serious crimes like rape and murder, according to data pooled by the Association for Democratic Reforms, a nonpartisan group that works for electoral reforms in India.
Bharatiya Janata Party has 53.2 percent, and Indian National Congress 46.4 percent.
Topping the list then is Mitra Sen, of the Samajwadi Party, with 36 criminal cases including 14 cases related to murder, the organization notes.





From: Siddhartha Kumar <>
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Sent: Wednesday, 14 March 2012 3:48 PM
Subject: [ZESTCaste] Mayawati's wealth doubles in five years

14 March 2012 Last updated at 07:03 GMT

India politics: Mayawati's wealth doubles in five years

Ms Mayawati Ms Mayawati is now preparing for a run at the Rajya Sabha,
the upper house of parliament

India's controversial low-caste Dalit leader Mayawati has more than
doubled her wealth in the last five years.

In an affidavit she filed for a run at parliament's upper house, her
assets were valued at $22.35m (£14.2), making her one of India's
richest politicians.

Until last week, Ms Mayawati was chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, one
of India's least-developed states.

She quit after her party's poor performance in the recent state
assembly elections.

In 2007, when she was elected chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, her
wealth was put at $10.42m.

She is now preparing to run for the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of
Indian parliament.

The information about her financial assets was revealed on Tuesday
when she filed her nomination papers in Lucknow, capital of Uttar

Rajya Sabha MPs are elected by state legislative assembly members and
their term is for six years.

Voting is due to be held on 30 March.

Ms Mayawati's latest acquisition is a sprawling bungalow in Lucknow
which is valued at $3.14m.

She also owns jewellery and diamonds worth $193,583 and a revolver worth $108.

Ms Mayawati is a controversial politician who is famous for building
statues of herself and other figures from the Dalit community.

A large numbers of statues commissioned by Ms Mayawati can be seen in
Lucknow and elsewhere in Uttar Pradesh.

In September, leaked US diplomatic cables said Ms Mayawati had sent an
empty private jet to fetch a pair of sandals from Mumbai - a charge
she strongly denied.

She is an icon to millions of Dalits (formerly known as Untouchables),
most of whom are poor.

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