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Is Dhamma the answer to the Global hatred and violence?

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Ashoka became the ruler in 269 or 268 BC and around 276 BC he campaigned for Kalinga.

The only available statute of Ashoka

After the war of Kaling which Ashoka won, the carnage and death which he saw made him take a vow to never repeat such a deadly war.

The carnage of the Kalinga war

The vivid description of Kalinga war can be found in the 13 rock edict.

The 13 rock edict of Ashoka

Attitude of Ashoka change from Dig-Vijay to Dhammavijay. Ashoka adopted Buddhism after the Kalinga war as he believed that it is only through dhamma that problems of the world can be solved.

Meaning of Dhamma

Ashoka had embraced the ideals of Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha. Dhamma means ‘good’. Broadly it includes the virtues like truthfulness, generosity, kindness, goodness and purity.

Dhamma as a solution to problems

  • Inequality as it honors sects of both laymen as well as monks
  • Diversity in the empire like Jains, Brahmins, Ajivikya etc. posed a challenge as they were heterogeneous and difficult to control. A policy with social base and which can be employed without the use of force was the main reason of the birth of the Dhamma philosophy
  • Suffering is universal and it is because of greed, hatred and delusion. To overcome the universal suffering a universal remedy was needed which was called Dhamma
  • Dhamma is required for purity and self-control of the mind which are the two important virtues required for sects to make progress
  • Able to mix human being who were far away with God though spiritual programs like the celestial chariots and luminous balls of fire
  • It also included means of social welfare like ahimsa towards living beings, medical treatment to men and animals, construction of roads, planting of trees etc.

Propagation of Dhamma

  • Ashoka propagated dhamma with a zeal and earnestness of a missionary
  • Important principles and teachings of Dhamma were engraved on rock edicts
  • Sites of rock and pillar inscriptions were chosen so that a large number of people can read them
  • Practice of dhamma was the main reason for its spread
  • Monks were sent out from the northern India to various other regions to give the message of dhamma. They met people and explained to them the steps they used themselves to purify from mental impurities
  • Dhamma teachers were also sent to far off countries like Egypt and Syria and thus paved the way for its spread throughout the world
  • In India Dhamma Universities flourished in Takshila, Nalanda, Vikramashila etc. Students from different countries like Japan, Cambodia, Thailand came for education and furthered its spread in their countries

In conclusion, dhamma is similar to the Vipasana technique introduced by Buddha some 2500 years ago. Ashoka revived the practice and should be credited with the spread of the same across the world. If more and more people start practice it today all of us can benefit from it is similar to what it used to be in the times of Buddha and Ashoka.

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