Thich Nhat Hanh notable Vietnamese Buddhist Monk explains , if there is love/kindness, compassion, joy, and inclusiveness, according to Buddhist teaching, you are experiencing true love.
Love and kindness have the power to create happiness. When you are able to develop feelings of joy and happiness in yourself, that’s true love, offered to yourself. It’s pretty simple. True love doesn’t necessarily have to be something magical that sprung out of a fairy tale says the buddhist monk.
On this day of Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar (14 April 1891 – 6 December 1956), popularly known as Baba Saheb., a close watch of time line of his conversions from Hinduism not happened in day but nearly a decade old process that again confirmed his validation of his thought process like how Gandhi experimented with truth.
Ambedkar alleged Hinduism varna sastra that separates human by caste that attribute fixed values based on one birth is root cause of all social sins.
At his age of 56 ambedkar considered converting to Sikhism, which encouraged opposition to oppression and so appealed to leaders of scheduled castes. But after meeting with Sikh leaders, he concluded that he might get “second-rate” Sikh status, as described by scholar Stephen P. Cohen.
At his age of 58 he devoted his attention to Buddhism and travelled to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) to attend a meeting of the World Fellowship of Buddhists.
During 1950s While dedicating a new Buddhist vihara near Pune, Ambedkar announced he was writing a book on Buddhism, and that when it was finished, he would formally convert to Buddhism. As promised he completed his final work, The Buddha and His Dhamma, in 1956 , however this could be published posthumously.
He twice visited Burma in 1954 the second time to attend the third conference of the World Fellowship of Buddhists in Rangoon. In 1955, he founded the Bharatiya Bauddha Mahasabha, or the Buddhist Society of India.
At his age of 64 after meetings with the Sri Lankan Buddhist monk Hammalawa Saddhatissa, Ambedkar organised a formal public ceremony for himself and his supporters in Nagpur on 14 October 1956.
Accepting the Three Refuges and Five Precepts from a Buddhist monk in the traditional manner, Ambedkar completed his own conversion, along with his wife. He then proceeded to convert approximate 500,000 of his supporters who were gathered around him.
He prescribed the 22 Vows for these converts, after the Three Jewels and Five Precepts. He then travelled to Kathmandu, Nepal to attend the Fourth World Buddhist Conference. His work on the Buddha or Karl Marx and "Revolution and counter-revolution in ancient India" remained incomplete
For buddhism followers Ambethkar would have added great value had he completed his book "Revolution and counter-revolution in ancient India" Of the 22 Vows for 500,000 converts, but it is not sure how many still follow the same.
The almost decade old conversion process of Ambethkar add weightage considering Vietnamese Buddhist Monk value addition of what buddhism preach of love for human life . Monk explains below :
True love is the capacity to make yourself suffer less, and help the other person suffer less. "There is an art of suffering. If you know how to suffer, you suffer much, much less". Practice compassion and it will grow. If love does not generate joy, it’s not love. If love makes the other person cry every day, it’s not love. "True love is capable of generating joy for yourself and for the other person".
From buddhist monk sayings one could infer Buddhism definition of love not really associated with Sufferings but ardently relates both.
Ambethkar reason for conversion is due to the fact humiliation caused inside Hindu religion and seeking a redressal mechanism offered by a religion that says "True love is capable of generating joy for yourself and for the other person"
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