" Democracy was
also a great narrative and not merely a monolithic kind of democratic participation."

Bauddha Dharma Deepika

Booklet: Bauddha Dharma Deepika
Author: Guru Prasad Madan
Publisher: Mahashay Bhiku Lal Siddharth Prakashan, Thornhill Road, Allahabad
Edition: 1st 1981& 3rd 1985
Price: Re.1.00
Pages: 16

The king of the Shakyan Dynasty, Shudhodhan and his wife Mahamaya became the proud parents of Siddharth Gautam more then 1500 years ago, who later came to be popularly known as Buddha. He discovered four truths of life which carried the essence of Buddhism, a religion propagated by him. Sorrow is the first truth of life; birth, death, old age, separation is all inclusive of sorrow. If there is sorrow there has to be some reason, which forms his second truth. The end of reason ends sorrow, which marks the third truth of Buddha. The writer succinctly describes Buddha’s eight steps of conduct and morality as the fourth truth that helps to end sorrow. One of the main teachings of Buddhism includes the rejection of the very institution of God. There is nothing called God’s power. Nothing in this world is constant and everything undergoes a regular change. Buddha does not even believe in the presence of soul. He believed that a man is made of four elements earth, water, fire and air. These elements do not die on the death of a man and therefore, he believed in life after death.


Copyright © 2012 Govind Ballabh Pant Social Science Institute. All Rights Reserved.
A project supported by the Ford Foundation