Monday, August 26, 2013

Buddha's Begging Bowl


A strong demand for bringing back the begging bowl of Lord Buddha from an Afghan museum and installing it at its "original" place at Vaishali in Bihar was made by RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh in Lok Sabha on Monday.

Raising the issue during Zero Hour, he said the Buddha, who was on his way to attain 'nirvana' (salvation), had presented the 'bhikshapatra' (begging bowl) to the people of Vaishali.

The bowl was later taken away to the capital of Kanishka, 'Purushputra' (now Peshawar), by invaders and then further to Kandahar (then Gandhar), Singh, who represents Vaishali constituency, said, adding several noted historians have written about the historicity of the vase.


Buddha's Begging Bowl being discussed in Lok Sabha? Really?!!

RJD leaders and other politicians always do a great job when it comes to begging for votes (election time). Other than that, they are doing a bang up job of looting the exchequer (clearly, no need to beg for money). It is not as if this historically significant begging bowl will turn them into better beggars.

So, why raise a non issue in the Parliament? Historically significant or not - Is this begging bowl really THAT important (considering the state of your country)? You couldn't come up with anything relevant to discuss in the Lok Sabha? Is this really the best use of the Parliament's time? A begging bowl?!!

If you ARE going to talk about Buddha, then how about something more constructive. Now what could that be…. hmmm… How about his teachings?! Some pointers:


Buddha taught that the root of all suffering is desire.

…These are the three ultimate causes of suffering:

  • Greed and desire, represented in art by a rooster
  • Ignorance or delusion, represented by a pig
  • Hatred and destructive urges, represented by a snake


Definitely better material for a chit chat session than demanding the return of the begging bowl! Don't you think?


Who gives a flying fuck about the bloody begging bowl!? What difference does it make?! Even Buddha couldn't take the freaking bowl with him… so why don't we all just grow up and focus on issues that matter! Or is that too much to ask for?

Dikhaawon pe mat jaao… apni akal ladaao! 

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