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Punjab to Assam: Writer returns her Padma Shri, another his Akademi

To kill those who stand for truth and justice put us to shame in the eyes of the world and God. In protest, therefore, I return the Padma Shri award”, said Tiwana.

Written by Parul | Chandigarh

Dalip Kaur Tiwana, a novelist and short story writer from Punjabi, announced Tuesday that she is returning her Padma Shri, the country’s fourth highest civilian award. Tiwana, 80, is the first to give up a Padma award to express “solidarity with writers who are protesting against increasing cultural intolerance in our society and politics”.

Assamese litterateur and journalist Homen Borgohain also returned his Sahitya Akademi award, which he received in 1978 for his novel Pita Putra. He cited the killing of a man in Dadri over rumours of cow slaughter as the trigger, and said he was protesting against the “growing fascist tendency in the country” and “evil forces” that are “trying to hit hard at the core ideology of Indian civilisation and culture”.

Tiwana, who received the Padma Shri in 2004 for Literature and Education, is also the recipient of a Sahitya Akademi Award. “I had something big to give up, for a cause I believe in and which is close to my heart, and this is my way of protest. Minorities are being crushed and writers and rationalists are being murdered, and no one is allowed to speak,” Tiwana told The Indian Express.

Tiwana, who used teach Punjabi at Patiala’s Punjab University and is now a writer-in-residence there, added, “In this land of Gautama Buddha and Guru Nanak Dev, the atrocities committed on the Sikhs in 1984 and on the Muslims currently because of communalism are an utter disgrace to our state and society.”

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Buddhist Taliban?

Buddhists Behaving Badly – What Zealotry is Doing to Sri Lanka

By: William McGowan

In Sri Lanka last September, a Sinhalese mob led by some 100 Buddhist monks demolished a Muslim shrine in the ancient city of Anuradhapura. As the crowd waved Buddhist colors, gold and red, a monk set a green Muslim flag on fire. The monks claimed that the shrine was on land that had been given to the Sinhalese 2,000 years ago — an allusion to their proprietary right over the entire island nation, as inscribed in ancient religious texts.

The Anuradhapura attack was not the only recent incident of Buddhists behaving badly in Sri Lanka. In April, monks led nearly 2,000 Sinhalese Buddhists in a march against a mosque in Dambulla, a holy city where Sinhalese kings are believed to have taken refuge from southern Indian invaders in a vast network of caves almost two millennia ago. The highly charged — but largely symbolic — attack marked a “historic day,” a monk who led the assault told the crowd, “a victory for those who love the [Sinhala] race, have Sinhala blood, and are Buddhists.”

Such chauvinism is at odds with Western preconceptions of Buddhism — a religion that emphasizes nonviolence and nonattachment — but is in keeping with Sri Lanka’s religious history. Militant Buddhism there has its roots in an ancient narrative called the Mahavamsa (Great Chronicle), which was composed by monks in the sixth century. According to the Mahavamsa, the Buddha foresaw the demise of Buddhism in India but saw a bright future for it in Sri Lanka. “In Lanka, O Lord of Gods, shall my religion be established and flourish,” he said. The Sinhalese take this as a sign that they are the Buddha’s chosen people, commanded to “preserve and protect” Buddhism in its most pristine form. According to myth, a young Sinhalese prince in the second century BC armed himself with a spear tipped with a relic of the Buddha and led a column of 500 monks to vanquish Tamil invaders. In addition to defending his kingdom from mortal peril, the prince’s victory legitimized religious violence as a means for national survival.

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Spiritual Reflection

You shall know the truth and the truth shall make thee free. – Jesus Christ

It is our very search for perfection outside ourselves that causes our suffering. –Buddha

Where is there anyone that is not you? You are the soul of the universe. -Swami Vivekananda

– All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator, for all I have not seen. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

I did not go to my master to learn his words of wisdom, but to see how he tied and untied his shoes. –Hasidic Rabbi

Wisdom Quotations!

“The greatest Jihad is to battle your own soul, to fight the evil within yourself.” ~ Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H)

“We seal their hearts so they understand NOT” ~ Holy Quran

‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” ~ Holy Bible, Mark 12:31

Do to others as you would have them do to you. ~ Holy Bible, Luke 6:31

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.” ~ Gautama Buddha

There is saying in sindhi, “don’t abolish your Hut when you see the palace of others.” This saying teaches us to love the homeland. ~ G.M. Syed

I eat love, I breathe love. God’s form is love and if you want to find Him, it can only be through love. Always maintain and nurture the love that springs up from within. Don’t allow it to get spoiled because when pure love gets frustrated or spoiled, it is worse than death. Love is earned by giving love. It cannot be bought. However, unlike money, the love you earn goes with you at death. ~ Baba Prakashananda, Agaram Bagaram Baba: Life, Teachings and Parables–A Spiritual Biography of Baba Prakashananda, pg 144

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Sir Winston Churchill.

“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” – Theodore Roosevelt.

“You see things and say, Why?, but I dream things and say, Why not?” – George Bernard Shaw

[Sick society] — “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” – J. Krishnamurti

“Religion – it’s given people hope in a world torn apart by religion.” – Jon Stewart

“There is an important difference between belief and faith. Belief means you have made up a thought — or picked it up somewhere — and invested in it. That might serve you well in a social situation. But as a seeker of truth, it doesn’t work. Being a seeker actually means you do not know. But you still generate the faith that you could know. And this faith could make your mind, body and energy one-pointed enough to penetrate your ignorance.” – Jaggi Vasudev

The Four Noble Truths

When dawn came, Prince Siddhartha had become the great Buddha, the Enlightened One, and formulated the Four Noble Truths on which all of Buddhism is based; 1. that suffering is universal and inevitable, 2. that the immediate cause of suffering is desire, 3. that there is a path leading to freedom from suffering, 4. that it is the Eightfold Path that leads to freedom from suffering.

And the Eightfold Path is as: 1. Right (balanced) View or Understanding, 2. Right Aim or Purpose, 3. Right Speech, 4. Right Action, 5. Right Livelihood, 6. Right Effort, 7. Right Mindfulness, 8. Right concentration.

All deeds are led by mind- Buddha

1. Mind is the forerunner of all actions. All deeds are led by mind, created by mind. If one speaks or acts with a corrupt mind, Suffering follows, As the wheel follows the hoof of an ox pulling a cart.

2. Mind is the forerunner of all actions. All deeds are led by mind, created by mind. If one speaks or acts with a serene mind, Happiness follows, As surely as one’s shadow.

May all beings be at ease. Whatever living beings there may be; Whether they are weak or strong, omitting none, The great or the mighty, medium, short or small, The seen and the unseen, Those living near or far away, Those born, and to be born, May all beings live at ease!… – Buddha

Truthful Honesty!

Honesty is Trust, Honesty is Truthful, Honesty is Guarantee, Honesty is Confidence Honesty is Consistence, Honesty is Convincing, Honesty is Certainty, Honesty is Credibility, Honesty is Reliability, Honesty is Authenticity, Honesty is Integrity, Honesty is Accuracy, Honesty is Commitment, Honesty is Sincerity, Honesty is Security, Honesty is Reality, Honesty is a Must.

Honesty characteristically never deceives, it’s function is to verify the actual & factual, it’s manifestation is excellence… Sincere exact truthfulness is the proximate cause of honesty!..

Honesty, however, makes you quite worthy of respect. If one is painstakingly honest towards oneself, one is also meticulously honest towards others. If one however deceives oneself, believing own lies, one automatically also deceives others, betraying them.

Make an island of yourself, be your own light & illumination, make yourself your only safe haven; there is no other protection. Make Truth your only island, make Truth your sole refuge; make Truth your lone lamp; there is no other luminosity. – Digha Nikaya, 16

The straight person, self-controlled, keeping precepts, open & honest, is both worthy & fit for the yellow robe. The hiding person, uncontrolled, immoral, keeping secrets, not honest, is neither worthy nor fit for the yellow robe. – Dhammapada 9+10

Overcome the furious by friendship; overcome the evil one by goodness; overcome the stasher by generosity; overcome the liar by truth. – Dhammapada 223

The one who destroys life; The one who speaks false; The one who takes what is not given; The one who mates with another’s partner; The one who is addicted to drugs and alcohol; Such one – even in this world – digs up his own root!!! – Dhammapada 246-47