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What are the prospects of democracy in India? - by Dr. B.R. Ambedkar

What are the prospects of democracy in India? - by Dr. B.R. Ambedkar 


The subject assigned to me is, “What are the prospects of democracy in India?” Most Indians speak with great pride as though their country was already a democracy. The foreigners also, when they sit at a dinner table to do diplomatic honor to India, speak of the Great Indian Prime Minister and the Great Indian Democracy.

From this, it is held without waiting to argue that where there is a Republic, there must be a democracy. It is also supposed that where there is Parliament which is elected by the people on adult suffrage and the laws are made by the People’s Representatives in Parliament elected after few years, there is the democracy. In other words, democracy is understood to be a political instrument and where this political instrument exists, there is a democracy.

Is there democracy in India or is there no democracy in India? What is the truth? No positive answer can be given unless the confusion caused by equ…
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Buddhist Way of Life (Part1)

Sources and References:
1.Dr.B.R.Ambedkar Writing and speeches
2.Buddha and His Dhamma by Dr.B.R.Ambedka


The Buddhist Way of Life
 1. On Good, Evil, and Sin
 2. On Craving and Lust
 3. On Hurt and Ill-will
 4. On Anger and Enmity
 5. On Man, Mind, and Impurities
 6. On Self and Self-Conquest
 7. On Wisdom, Justice, and Good Company
 8. On Thoughtfulness and Mindfulness
 9. On Vigilance, Earnestness, and Boldness
 10. On Sorrow and Happiness; On Charity and Kindness
 11. On Hypocrisy
 12. On Following the Right Way
 13. Mix not True Dhamma with False Dhamma

1. On Good, Evil, and Sin

1. Do good. Be no party to evil. Commit no sin.
    2. This is the Buddhist way of life.
    3. If a man should do that which is good, let him do it again and again, let him turn the desires
of his heart thereto. Happy is the heaping of good.
    4. Think not casually of the good, saying, "it will not come to me." Drop by drop is the water
pot filled. By little added to little does good grow.
      …

The Ten Powers of a Buddha:

The Ten Powers of a Buddha:

(1) Omniscience
Today we will look at the Ten Powers of a Buddha. A Buddha is an Enlightened being who, first of all, possesses a `complete awareness.` When someone came to see Buddha Shakyamuni, the Buddha would soon perceive the entire history of that person from beginning to end. This signifies a complete knowledge of the workings of the Universe. This kind of ability is one of the manifestations of the wisdom-power of the Buddha.

(2) Knowledge of the Karma of Every Being

The second power is `knowledge of the karma of every being, past, present, and future.` This is really an extension of the first power. How does the Buddha find out about one`s previous incarnations? Through bodily signs. Every person has signs on his or her body revealing past and future incarnations. This knowledge becomes available when one develops the Buddha wisdom. As I have said before, all of you are, in my eyes, `antiques` [audience laughter] although most of you are only within …