The very requisite commandment at the initial level to join Buddhism is to adopt Bhikshu Dharm to practice it where the aspirant takes a pledge to be a Bhikshu for his sustenance solely depending on Bhiksha (alms) going door to door for the purpose. The other rituals follow thereafter. Lord Buddha himself underwent through the process.The followers of Mahabir Swami too follow this ofcourse with different modus operandi in different places.The major difference is that in Buddhism alms process is initiated by the follower concerned himself whereas in Mahabir Swami’s creed the bhaktas (devotees) organise a dinner inviting some Guru (preacher) to taste it and whomsoever is extended this favour he is granted membership to join the clan as a Bhikshu –the number could be anywhere from zero to 100 at a time or even more. Whichever food is okayed by the Guru is admitted into the fold as a Bhikshu. The practice is prospering well in both the clans for thousands of the years. The world has changed a lot and so are the religions but the question is whether or not this would continue further sticking to dogmas like this.Wish the pursuers all the best.
Many a readers queried as to what is meant by DATE TEMPO ATTEMPO, the emblem for both AVENUES and ETERNITY blogs. This was the slogan raised and used by the great German revolutionary Gairybaldi that means ‘GIVE TIME TO TIME’ meaning thereby that one has to understand and realise the value of time and follow the same meticulously as it is immanently pertinent a factor in one’s life. There is a small story. When he met his first lady love in some remote forest he greeted her with the words “TU DEVIZHAR MIA” (sic) that in turn means ‘you are supposed to be mine’ with the advice of DATE TEMPO ATTEMPO he gave her. Later they became life partners and they pursued the campaign jointly then onwards. Time is a great phenomenon to be adhered to with honesty and discipline, time is immortal as against any thing else in the universal cycle. This is a factor that never grants any excuses in whatsoever circumstances.
Leaders who are supposed to lead instead if they mislead they are not the leaders and the very characteractic of the leading role is lost. If they are honest to themselves, they are supposed to remain committed to the cause of the people they represent as against politicians who are always hankering to grind their axe at the first available opportunity ignoring the very cause for which they are there. The personalty in the background too is too important. I happened to be the Chief Guest in a conference aimed at promoting anti smoking campaign where another leader, a leftist of prominence, was also present and the fellow happened to be a chain smoker chewing an imported brand of cigar like a chockolette all the time even during his otherwise a lengthy speech advocating no smoking in any form. The crowd laughed and started making faces as a gesture of ridicule. Such is not a solitary instance as there are many to quote. On the routine front too there are many claiming to be the leaders of their union but every time there are queries and questions as from the gathering they lack the requisite details to explain the anomalies. This is a common feature in the case of unions in State Bank of India where the enthusiasts from the membership go back disgruntled and disappointed in the absence of a well interpreted questions and answers session. The workforce always, and rightly so, hankers for correct informations with latest data available for the purpose and not the leaders looking right and left in the absence of the relevant answers. If you are honest to the task assigned to you, do it properly otherwise quit is the option.
There are no Rajaas and Mahrajaas as a ruling breed now but there are big bullies as business lords overtaking them as a further community to beat them miles behind in the matters of routine work particularly while dealing with their juniors in the undertaking or even their customers with malice, bias and prejudices unmindful of the factor that this draconion propensity is bound to adversely affect their own business, means their own selfish interest. They unequvivocally pressurise their cusomers for all payments including cartage in advance besides interest if there is delay in payment even beyond a few hours. Their total modus operandi exclusively is aimed at their own self interest without the least care for the customers. Their response to the queries raised by their clients is blunt and curt smacking of arrogance and hardly based on a logical reasoning. Be it media giants like Googles, WordPress or even Microsoft, behaviourly they are all the same. I am a blogger/journalist and many a times I feel like getting rid of them, fedup and badly aggrieved as I often feel as their customer. Share broker giants are the ones not an inch lagging behind in exploiting their customers to the last naya paisa squeezing their blood drop by drop. Only tricky fellows may find it compatible to deal with them paying them back in their own coins.
Lord Buddha, say Lord Buddha, the Enlightened, hardly ever talked of the God, the reason being, some historians say, that he himself was a God which factor several others deny but there could hardly be any doubt that He was a Divine Soul. For long 30 years he lived a royal life before he renounced all royal luxuries opting to lead the life of a recluse resorting only to beggings as his alms. His followers were known as bhikshu (beggers) to partially satiate their hunger as Bauddha Dharm didn’t permit them to take full meals. Qeen Yashodhara asked Rahul, her son the heir apparent to the royal legacy, to go and ask Lord Buddha to nominate him as his successor to run the royal state but what transpired was that he showed him his robes as a beggar meaning thereby that then onwards Rahul too had to resort to a beggarhood falling in line with his father adopting Bhikshu Dharm. Yashodhara swooned on getting the news.