A Sermon from the Buddha at Ayojjha
Like to a ball of foam this body is:
Like to a bubble blown the feelings are:
Like to a mirage
Perception: pithless as a plantain trunk
The activities: a phantom, consciousness.
Thus hath declared the Kinsman of the Sun
However one doth contemplate (this mass)
And thoroughly investigate its form,
To him, so seeing,
void it is.
Beginning with this body first of all:
By his rich subtle wisdom it is shown.
‘Reft of three things,
life, heat and consciousness,
Behold it thrown aside.
When ‘tis cast off,
Discarded there it lies, a senseless thing,
Mere food for others. Such its lineage.
A babbling fantasy, a murderer:
Such is its name. No essence here is seen.
Thus should a brother with an eager will,
Regard this mass. Mindful and self-possessed
By day, yea, day and night, let him cast off
All fetters, make a refuge of himself,
And act as if his head were all ablaze,
Aspiring for the state that changeth not. (30-31)
We continue to live with that violence.
“More than 2,000 Indians were killed in the violence following the demolition, as we punished Muslims for having the mosque pulled down. We continue to live with that violence.” -Patel, Aakar
The Babri Masjid: unauthorisedly demolished
The culprits: must be brought to book
under the rule of law.
But in law,
a temple and a mosque
cannot be considered on a
par as far
This is the fundamental truth
It is now well established by GPRS-directed excavations, done under the Allahabad High Court monitoring and verification in 2002-03, that a large temple did exist below where that Babri Masjid structure once stood. Inscriptions found during excavations describe it as a temple of
JAI SHRI RAM
Vishnu Hari, who had killed the demon king Dasanan [Ravana]. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) confirmed these findings on investigations that were directed by the High Court.
As Far As Sacredness is Concerned: Constitution Bench of India’s Supreme Court (op.cit.1994)
A masjid is
Not an essential part of the Islam
The temple is
Always a temple
Even if in disuse
-The House of Lords, U.K. (1991)
From Hum Sab Ayodha
400-200 AD saw the rise of
Legend lifted from Buddhists
And brought to the fore.
A previous birth,
Gautama was Rama
Rama is Boddhisatva
15th century saw
The rise of the Sants
Rama, avatar of Vishnu
Vaishnavism merges with the Sant
The cult of Rama fortifies
Go back to
The 11th Century
Go back to
The Turkish forces
Enveloped in myths
Muslims and Hindus both went there
The 12th Century
Spread like Roofies
In all corners of India
Embraces Sufi activity
Lavished with land grants
And mosques were erected
Inscriptions inside Babri Masjid (built 1528-29)
In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.
And in Him
is my trust.
In the name of One who is
Greater of all the universe
After His praise,
blessings be upon the Chosen one
(i.e. the Prophet),
who is the head of the prophets
and the best in the world.
Babur has become celebrated
(lit. a story)
in the world,
(in his time)
the world has achieved prosperity.
as has embraced
all the seven climes in the world
in the manner of the sky.
In his court,
there was a magnificent noble,
Mir Baqi the second Asaf,
councillor of his government
administrator of his kingdom,
who is the founder of the mosque and fort-wall.
may He live for ever in this world,
with fortune and life and crown and throne!
The time of the building is this auspicious date,
of which the indication is nine hundred
thirty five (AH 935 = 1528-29 AD).
Completed was this praise of God,
of Prophet and of king.
May Allah illumine his proof!
Written by the weak writer
and humble creature,
Fathu’llah Muhammad Ghori.
By the order of King Babur
whose justice is an edifice,
meeting the palace of the sky
(i.e. as high as the sky),
This descending place of the angels was built by the fortunate noble Mir Baqi.
It will remain
an everlasting bounty,
the date of its
from my words.
It will remain
an everlasting bounty.
In accordance with the wishes of the ruler of the world, Babur:
A lofty building like the palace of the spheres,
(that is to say) this lasting house (of God), was founded
By the fortunate noble Mir (and) Khan (Baqi)
May ever remain such a founder of its edifice
(and) such a king of the world and age!
An act of
That erased a holy ground
To commemorate another
What may not be a necessary condition
Doesn’t make it any less significant
The erasure of the mosque
Does not signal the erasure of Islam
In the least.
Hum kya kare
Hum gaye the
Hum jeet gaye
Hum haar gaye
Hum kon hai?
Sab thik hai
Sab thik hoga
Sab kaha hai
Hum sab bhartiya hai
Hum sab ek hai
Hum sab Ayodha
We continue to live in that violence.