Archive for February, 2011

When we leave the critique of religion and God, where Buddhism and Marxism have something in common, and consider ether aspects, the differe1nces in the two systems begin to emerge. These differences exist and are real; but they should neither be exaggerated nor minimized.

The Buddha is generally associated with the doctrine of Ahimsa. That is taken to be the be-all and end-all of his teachings. Some of the main teachings of Buddha are:

1. Religion is necessary for a free Society.

2. Not every Religion is worth having. 3

. Religion must relate to facts of life and not to theories and speculations about God, or Soul or Heaven or Earth.

4. It is wrong to make God the centre of Religion. 

5. It is wrong to make salvation of the soul as the centre of Religion.

6. It is wrong to make animal sacrifices to be the centre of religion.

7. Real Religion lives in the heart of man and not in the Shastras. 

8. Man and morality must be the centre of religion. If not, Religion is a cruel superstition.

9. It is not enough for Morality to be the ideal of life. Since there is no God it must become the Joy of life. 

10. The function of Religion is to reconstruct the world and to make it happy and not to explain its origin or its end.

11. That the unhappiness in the world is due to conflict of interest and the only way to solve it is to follow the Ashtanga Marga. 

12. That private ownership of property brings power to one class and sorrow to another.

13. That it is necessary for the good of Society that this sorrow be removed by removing its cause.

14. All human beings are equal.

15. Worth and not birth is the measure of man. 

16. Learning without character is dangerous.

17. Nothing is infallible. Nothing is binding forever. Every thing is subject to inquiry and examination.

18. Every thing is subject to the law of causation.

19. Nothing is permanent or sanatan. Every thing is subject to change. Being is thumbnail.aspxalways becoming. 

20. War is wrong unless it is for truth and justice.

II THE ORIGINAL CREED OF KARL MARX

Let us now turn to the creed of Karl Marx as originally propounded by him. Karl Marx is no doubt the father of modern socialism or Communism but he was not interested merely in propounding the theory of Socialism. That had been done long before him by others. Marx was more interested in proving that his Socialism was scientific. His crusade was as much against the capitalists as it was against those whom he called the Utopian Socialists. He disliked them both. It is necessary to note this point because Marx attached the greatest importance to the scientific character of his Socialism. All the doctrines which Marx propounded had no other purpose than to establish his contention that his brand of Socialism was scientific and not Utopian.

What remains of the Karl Marx is a residue of fire, small but still very important. The residue in my view consists of four items:

(i) That the purpose of philosophy is to reconstruct the world and not to explain the origin of the universe.

(ii) That the force which shapes the course of history are primarily economic.

(iii) That society is divided into two classes, owners and workers. (iv) That there is always a class conflict going on between the two classes.

(v) That the workers are exploited by the owners who misappropriate the surplus value, which is the result of the workers’ labour.

(vi) That this exploitation can be put an end to by nationalisation of the instruments of production i.e. abolition of private property.

(vii) That this exploitation is leading to greater and greater impoverishment of the workers.

(viii) That this growing impoverishment of the workers is resulting in a revolutionary spirit among the workers and the conversion of the class conflict into a class struggle.

(ix) That as the workers outnumber the owners, the workers are bound to capture the State and establish their rule, which he called the dictatorship of the proletariat.

(x) These factors are irresistible and therefore socialism is inevitable.

A part of the misery and unhappiness in the world was according to the Buddha the result of mans inequity towards man. How was this inequity to be removed ? For the removal of man’s inequity towards man the Buddha prescribed the Noble Eight-Fold Path. The elements of the Noble Fight-Fold Path are:

(1) Right views i.e. freedom from superstition:

(2) Right aims, high and worthy of the intelligent and earnest men;

(3) Right speech i.e. kindly, open, truthful:

(4) Right Conduct i.e. peaceful, honest and pure;

(5) Right livelihood i.e. causing hurt or injury to no living being;

(6) Right perseverance in all the other seven;

(7) Right mindfulness i.e. with a watchful and active mind; and

(8) Right contemplation i.e. earnest thought on the deep mysteries of life.

The aim of the Noble Eight-Fold Path is to establish on earth the kingdom of righteousness, and thereby to banish sorrow and unhappiness from the face of the world.

 

p.s its not a complete analysis, just scraps of reading of the principle of both the ideas, I have left the comparison part to you, hope you will help to this cause!

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As per the UNESCO announced on 17 November 1999, today, 21st February (Not 21th My dear Bengali friends as I have seen most of you have written in your status and pictures) is observed worldwide as International Mother language day. Its actually the recognition of  “Language Movement day”, which has been commemorated when a number of University of Dhaka Students were killed by Pakistani army and police in Dhaka during Bengali Language Movement protests. In 1948 when the Pakistani governor general declared that Urdu will be the official language of both West Pakistan and East Pakistan(Bangladesh), the people of Bangladesh, whose main language is Bangla, started to protest against this. After lots of years of unrest and civil movement Bangla was established as the national Language of Bangladesh.( Its off the note but, Remember there was a concert done by the combined effort of Pandit Ravi Sankar and George Harrison, called “the concert for Bangladesh that included number of legends like Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr etc in 1971  at Madison square ground.)

Today as the Bangladesh and world is celebrating the day saluting their mother language, I guess the same is happening in Nepal too. Probably a number of Kabita and Nibanda Gosti might have been organized. We didn’t have to fight for our Independence and we got our Mother language by default. Most of the people in Nepal has Nepali as Mother language,  Many speak Maithili, Bhojpuri and Abhadi and Tharu Bhasa, and ther are many mother languages like Limbu, Gurung, Magar, Tamang. It is certainly so great to have so many language speaking people in such a small area and population. It is certainly something that we need to be proud of, and these are the things we need to preserve. For example now we don’t have the written ‘Lipi’ of Santhal (Satar) language that should have been preserved.

With the republic, came the freedom or in this case too much freedom. We are no longer a Hindu kingdom but a Secular Democratic(which part of democracy do you understad?) republic country and Nepali is not necessary a national language or official language within the country. But I don’t understand, How in the world should Hindi be the ‘Kaamkaji’ language of the Terai as Madhesi(Khawowadi) parties are demanding so hard to gain.I understand they wont have any demands if they are in the government, but still Hindi is not the Mother language of any part or any castal group of Nepal. The people argue that they are free to speak any language they wish are they have the right to speak any language they wish to. But my simple question to them is why Hindi? Nepali or every other Mother Language has been the integral part of  our country since the vey beginning then why replace the language we have already and are so rich in with the language of other country?

Today is the day that we remember how hard people in Bangladeshi people fought to recognize/establish Bangla as their National language and we are entangled in a fight that we can or can not take our oath as a vice-president, a minister or a Constitution assembly member in Hindi. For the other people who don’t care which language we speak coz they have American dreams in their Nepali Names, you can’t sit there and say,’Who care the hell about the country.”

सयथरी भाषा एउटै भेष, प्राणभन्दा प्यारो मेरो देश नेपाल।

जय नेपाल! 

Cat Stevan’s Kathmandu

I sit beside the dark
Beneath the mire
Cold grey dusty day
The morning lake
Drinks up the sky
Kathmandu I’ll soon be seeing you
And your strange bewildering time
Will hold me down
Chop me some broken wood
We’ll start a fire
White warm light the dawn
And help me see
Old satan’s tree
Kathmandu I’ll soon be touching you
And your strange bewildering time
Will hold me down
Pass me my hat and coat
Lock up the cabin
Slow night treat me right
until I go
Be nice to know
Kathmandu I’ll soon be seeing you
And your strange bewildering time
Will keep me home

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Bob Seger’s Katmandu


I think I'm going to Katmandu,
that's really, really where I'm going to.
If I ever get out of here,
that's what I'm gonna do.

K-K-K-K-K-Katmandu,
I think that's where I'm going to.
If I ever get out of here,
I'm going to Katmandu.

I got no kick against the west coast;
Warner Brothers are such good hosts.
I raise my whiskey glass and give them a toast,
I'm sure they know it's true.
I got no rap against the southern states.
Every time I've been there it's been great.
But now I'm leaving and I can't be late
and to myself be true.

That's why I'm going to Katmandu,
up to the mountains where I'm going to.
And if I ever get out of here,
that's what I'm gonna do.
K-K-K-K-K-Katmandu,
that's really, really where I'm going to,
oh, if I ever get out of here I'm going to Katmandu.

I got no quarrel with the midwest,
the folks out there have given me their best.
I lived there all my life, I've been their guest,
I sure have loved it, too.

I'm tired of looking at the TV news.
I'm tired of driving hard and paying dues.
I figure, baby, I've got nothing to lose,
I'm tired of being blue.

That's why I'm going to Katmandu,
up to the mountains where I'm going to.
If I ever get out of here,
that's what I'm gonna do.

K-K-K-K-K-Katmandu,
take me, baby, 'cause I'm going with you.
If I ever get out of here
I'm going to Katmandu.

I ain't got nothing 'gainst the east coast.
You want some people where they got the most.
And new york city's like a friendly ghost,
you seem to pass right through.

I know I'm gonna miss the USA.
I guess I'll miss it every single day.
But no one loves me here anyway.
I know my playing is through.

That's why I'm going to Katmandu,
up to the mountains where I'm going to.
If I ever get out of here,
that's what I'm gonna do.

K-K-K-K-K-Katmandu,
really, really going to,
if I ever get out of here,
if I ever get out of here,
if I ever get out of here,
I'm going to Katmandu.
bob_seger
         --Bob Seger, Katmandu

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Today was 61st national Democracy day but everyone seems to have forgotten the day when the people uprooted the Rana-Regime that ruled our country for 104 years. It’s the day when we first saw that how powerful the people are in-front of Rulers. Today as we are experiencing the power people possesses in the country like Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Bahrain, Yemen and Thailand, the whole country seems too busy to celebrate the Canadian-Rocker in the capital than remembering the National Democracy day.

I have read somewhere that the Government no longer recognizes Democracy day as the national festival. The government seems too busy to celebrate the religious festivals of all the religions and even if the festivals are nonsense like Udhauli or Ubhauli which not even all limbu celebrates but fails to recognze such important day of our history. The king had active role in restoring of Democracy in the country during 2007 and he was the benefice too but that is no reason why we should not remember the day.

Today the so called republicans who if the king gurantees that they will be on the power as long as they want will happily restore the monarchy are too busy playing with the virginity(that is long lost) and dignity of our country we have forgotten what the day gave us. The Rana though did some good works like abatement of Kamara and sati pratha by Chandrasumsher or the starting of formal education in Nepal but most of them did nothing but loot our country. The Ranas even today are the wealthiest Gharana of our country for no other reason. We have no account of what they did too our country in any specific number but they did no good to us. The country was in shithole for 104 years and even more before the regime started.

It all started with lakhan thapa, Crown Prince Trailokya tried to some extend(probably for his own shake) and reached to its extreme with the four Martyrs, Praja-Parisad and National Congress. It was not the agenda of single party or single community. People from all over the country, nomatter it was Okhaldhunga, Bhojpur, Biratnagar, Pokhara, Kathmandu, Doti, kanchanpur, Darchula and infact from everywhere were into revolution. The times were changing. Though, all had to compromise within due to pressure of India and more of the inability and Greed of King Tribhuvan, it was a great achievement notheless in the history of our country.

I remember we used to do poetry fiesta in our school as well as in the community on this day. Today as I from Bangladesh saw on all the social network none of my friends wrote about Democracy day and none forgot to write about Bryan Adams. Suddenly the concert of the singer who might sing the song summer of 69 for 50000th time and we still wont forget to wave our hands.. but all found it so painful to type ‘democracy day’.

Have a great luck, have a night  to remember with the always 18 singer who rock the katmandu at winter  with summer of 69, if it is bigger than the Day we freed ourselves from Rana. 

 

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भुगोलमा नहराएको एउटा देश
र देशमा नहराएको एउटा गाउं
जब गाउंलेहरुका मन भित्र हराउंछ
उत्तरीय क्षितिजको पर्दा
खुलेर कहिले
हिउंका चिसा चिसा फूलहरु रुन्छन्
धुरु धुरु नरोउ भन्दै
छोंगों डांडांमा
पुर्खाका आत्माहरु भतभती पोल्दै
मलाई थहा छ
त्यता कतै हराएका छन्
अंधेरी खोलाका गीतहरु
लाटो कोसेरो झोक्रीएर
भर दिन भर रात
एउटा सानो गाउं
जहां घरहरु छन्
तर मान्छेहरु छैनन्
ए, कहां हराए
भएका घरका
नभएका जस्ता मान्छेहरु ?
ए, कहां हराए
नभएका जस्ता मान्छेका
भएको घरहरु ?
लेकाली हावा
आलु गांठो कस्ले पार्ने
अनि कस्ले सुन्ने
खरबारीको अजम्बरी व्यथाहरु
उफ! तामागी
मुटु धडकिने ढुगांहरुको
एउटा सुन्दर गाउं
तिमी सेतो छाला ओढी आउनेहरुका लागी
मात्र एउटा प्राचीन संग्रहालय नबनिदेऊ !
तिमी आफ्नो अस्तित्व बिर्सेर कहिल्यै पनि
आफैलाई जीवित लास नगनिदेऊ !

– सरुभक्त,  रचनास्थल: तामागी, २०५५

The above poem was written during a literary movement called ‘Conservation Poetry Movement’ in 2055 led by Saru Bhakta, a renowned contemporary poet in Nepalese literature.
Poets involved in this movement trekked to villages and wrote poems on the spot using natural, social and human images of the village life. They, not only, wrote poems but also recited them to the village people and organised poetry symposiums. This movement is very popular in Nepal these days.
Saru Bhakta is the pen name of Bhakta Raj Shrestha, a celebrated Nepalese novelist and poet and a winner of Madan Puraskaar, the most prestigious literary honour in Nepal, for his novel "Pagal Basti", which is considered to be a classic in Nepalese literature.

He is from Bag Bazaar, Pokhara, Nepal and started writing around 1978 AD.