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BUDDHA OR KARL MARX

BOOKLET : BUDDHA OR KARL MARX
Writer : Dr. B .R . Ambedkar
Translator : Sheelpriya Bauddha
Publisher : Samyak Prakashan
First Edition : 2002
Pages : 48
Price : Rs. 20

A difference of ten thousand years between between Buddha and Marx makes it ridiculus to compare the two.Yet the fundamental difference in their philosophies make it amply evident that the two are different domains of speculation and action.To Marx society was always divided between bourgeosies and proletariats and a continous struggle between the two unless the latter succeeds in establishing their dictatorship.Buddha instead of propounding a class theory believes in welfare of all. Proletariat is central to Marx and Bhikkhu is central to Buddha. Man not society is central to all conflicts and man alone can overcome it. Thus Buddha’s approach is ontological whereas Marx is sociological.Crux of peace is within the human beings . Victory over empirical self is summon bonum for Buddha. For Marx victory over bourgeosies is goal.Thus, Buddha had a great insight into the pain of man than Marx, who scrutinized human misery from purely economic angle.

 

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