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As per the study published in two prestigious journals, #science & #cell - Ancient Harappan Genome lacks Ancestry from steppe pastoralist or Iranian farmers. This conclusion is based on an analysis of Ancient #DNA belonging to a..
Women who lived in #harappan civilization site of #Rakhigari in haryana around #2600BC.The prevalence of steppe pastoralist gene is higher among the upper caste than lower caste& that it about is twice as high among the #brahmins as compared to #SC& #ST~Tony Joseph(Early indians)
From the above findings it can be said with 100% surity that so-called upper caste & caste brahmans who call themselves carriers of vedic traditions weren't present in indus valley. So, this rules out any possibility of any cultural exchange b/t both groups. Right?
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" Both Jainism and Buddhism were breakaways from the Vedic religion and its offshoots, though in a sense they had grown out of it. They deny the authority of the Vedas and, most fundamental of all matters, they deny or say nothing about the existence of a first cause.

Both lay emphasis on non-violence, and build up organizations of celibate monks and priests. There is a certain realism and rationalism in their approach, though inevitably this does not carry us very far in our dealings with the invisible world.

One of the fundamental doctrines of Jainism is that truth is relative to our standpoints. It is a rigorous ethical and non-transcendental system, laying a special emphasis on the ascetic aspect of life and thought.

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While #science thought us that we can even cut and paste #genes with #CRISPR technology…even with that we only influence 3% to 5% of #chronicillness. The rest depends on #how you #live your #life!!! So how do we #SelfRegulate our #body?
1. Good #sleep is more important than most think! What happens during sleep? The fluctuation of consciousness…that we call the waking state. But in many wisdom traditions of the world, the waking state is merely a lucid dream that consciousness is having…
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The "Integrated country strategy" with #SriLanka will likely be our template for #BharatVarsh as a union of #Indic civilization.
Interesting to note that instead of imposing ourselves we've let the #SriLanka govt outline the details of the integration process on their terms.
A detailed description of what they're looking at below . In essence seems to be much like a federation of union of states .Better for the people of both nations .
Russia went straight to Dand .
We try to stay between Saam & Daam use Bhedh if necessary as a measure of Dand .
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In March 2019, I went on a 10-day #vipassana course. It concluded on Holi, the Phalguni moon that was in the sky when the Buddha attained his enlightenment. The journey since then has been path altering. Do read about my bumbling foray as a novice here.…
By the time the pandemic hit, I was, as Tenzin Palmo put it, in a boat pulling people out of the water.
#Anitya is a work that applies counselling with the lens of the #Buddha's Four Noble Truths. It tells you how to use the changes you have to face.
I retrained as a counsellor because I found alot of people heading to vipassana were not ready for the internal dialogue. it can get overwhelming. I recommend therapy first / alongside deep meditation. Both in combination are a powerfully transformative instrument
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The original Buddha statues of Bamiyan were described by Chinese traveler Xuanzhang in 643 AD as having “a dazzling golden color and adorned with brilliant gems.” They were located in "the most beautiful valley in the world" in Central Afghanistan. 1/3

#AfghanArt #Buddhism
Xuanzhang wrote in 643 AD that Bamiyan was flourishing "with more than ten monasteries and more than a thousand monks". The centre of Buddhism continued to prosper for more than 300 years after Islam was introduced to Afghanistan. 2/3

#Bamiyan #AfghanHistory
As the Afghan Buddhist community reduced in Afghanistan - not by the sword, but slowly over many centuries - the Buddha statues were naturally less maintained. For the past few centuries only the main frame of the statues survived. 3/3

#Afghanistan #IslamicHistory #Buddha
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🧵Three by @ChawlaSwati

1/ On Tibetan Buddhist Nuns in Exile:

#OnThisDay @DalaiLama was awarded #NobelPeacePrize, the only #Buddhist religious leader thus honored (#MLK nominated @thichnhathanh in '67).

Many associate #Tibet w/ him+ other monks in red robes--

What about nuns? Celebrations at Majnu Ka Ti...
2/ "Some feminists from the West cud accuse me by saying, ‘The #DalaiLama is the authority but he doesn’t help the nuns.’"

Yes, @DalaiLama has often faced the accusation that the #TibetanBuddhist tradition doesn't give nuns the same rights as monks.…

3/ 🚨🚨🚨 Of the 8 reps of #TibetanBuddhism in the current Parliament in Exile– two each from Gelug, Kagyu, Sakya, Nyigma sects– **all** are monks; so are the two members from pre-Buddhist Bon religion.

(Though ~1/3 of MPs from provinces U-Tsang, Dhotoe+ Dhomey are women.)

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🧵One by @ChawlaSwati

On the @DalaiLama & India:
1/ Many of us know that the 14th @DalaiLama has been living in #exile in #Himalayan town of #Dharamsala in northern India since 31 Mar 1959.

Why India?
Was he blazing a trail w/ his escape?

Map from @TIME (1959)
2/ Second question first: No, he wasn't.

In coming to India, the @DalaiLama trod the path of many #Tibetans before him-- traders+ aristocrats, monastics+ laity, and his predecessor, the 13th #DalaiLama, Thupten Gyatso, who had lived in exile in British India from 1910-12.

3/ Aristocratic families in #Tibet were closely tied in networks of monastic patronage, intermarriage +trade w/ eastern #Himalayan kingdoms of #Bhutan+ #Sikkim. The British Political Officer in Sikkim kept close watch on these alliances. Here he is w/ the 13th #DalaiLama👇.

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This is a Buddhist object. It might not look that way to you at first. Can you guess how it is Buddhist? Twenty panels of fabric, with various floral designs, arrang
It doesn't LOOK Buddhist according to how we imagine Buddhist things should look. They should show some Asian aesthetic, such as Tibetan art styles. They should depict grand buddhas or wise monks, or be tools for meditation or mantra practice. They should be traditional (ancient)
But Buddhistness arises not from inherent properties in things themselves--it arises from use and context. What was the context and purpose of this object, therefore?
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-#Afghanistan govt for the ISI by the ISI
-Moderate Mullah Baradar was to head govt: Pushed to ceremonial pstn
-PM Mullah Akhund: Deobandi, Credited with destruction of giant 6th C #Buddha statues of #Bamiyan, directed insurgency against #USA-backed Afghan govt from #Pakistan
-Akhund belongs to powerful Durrani tribe from Kandahar
-Served as foreign minister in previous #Taliban govt
-Head of Quetta Shura
-ISI put together plot for Taliban’s second innings with Quetta Shura
-Baradar’s fall due his liking for Hamid Karzai & dislike for #HaqqaniNetwork
-I hope #USA Pres #JoeBiden realizes that #Pakistan & #China made fool of free world
-Moderate face Baradar served merely as facade before international community in #Doha
-With Sirajuddin Haqqani as interior minister & Akhund as PM world faces dangerous future
-Act now or perish
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"My Socialism: Labor Day Notes on Jodo Shinshu Martyr Takagi Kenmyo"

Takagi Kenmyo's Pure Land conscience was activated when he became Josenji's head monk in 1899, coming into contact with the social and economic suffering of the many burakumin (outcastes) in his congregation. Jodo Shinshu Buddhist monk Takagi Kenmyo wears robes as he s
He campaigned against the oppression of burakumin, women, and the poor, and advocated pacifism rather than the rising imperialist militarism of Japan. In 1910 he was jailed on trumped-up charges and sentenced to death (commuted to life imprisonment). He died in jail in 1914.
The Higashi Otanji branch of Jodo Shinshu, which had experienced over four decades of intense government pressure, abandoned him, but some of his work was preserved and in the post-war period he became an important figure. The denomination restored his status in 1996.
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PM @narendramodi's message at the Ashadha Purnima-Dhamma Chakra Day programme to start soon


@airnews_mumbai @airnews_nagpur @airnews_pune
PM @narendramodi's message at the Ashadha Purnima-Dhamma Chakra Day programme

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Lord Buddha is all the more relevant in today’s times of Corona pandemic. India has shown how we can face even the most difficult challenge by following the path of the Buddha: PM @narendramodi

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#Buddha discovered the way:
Whenever you experience any #Sensation
Due to any reason, you simply #Observe it
Every Sensation Arises & Passes away.
Nothing is eternal
When you practise #Vipassana
you start experiencing this
☀️By #SNGoenka Image
#Sensation Arises & Passes away
This is how your received #Wisdom &
#IntellectualUnderstanding turn into
personally #ExperiencedWisdom
This #Experience of #Anicca « #Impermanence »
will change the habit pattern of the mind
By #SNGoenka
He dwells #Observing the phenomenon
of Arising in the body.
He dwells Observing the phenomenon
of Passing away in the body.
He dwells Observing the phenomenon
of Simultaneous Arising & Passing away in the body.
☀️By #SNGoenka
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My wishes to those observing #BuddhaPurnima today, which marks the birth of the #Buddha in the 6th century BC.

#Buddhism once wielded significant influence across India. This #thread explores some of the reasons for the #DeclineOfBuddhism in India, and its attempts at a revival.
#Buddhism grew out of a reformist urge to radically reinvent Brahmanical-Hinduism, and reached the peak of its influence under the Mauryan Empire (323 BC-185 BC).
The Mauryan Emperor Ashoka, embraced Buddhism as his personal faith, almost 300 years after the birth of the #Buddha.
The Shunga Dynasty (185 BC-73 BC) that succeeded the Mauryans sought to displace their influence. #Buddhism came under severe stress, particularly under the first Shunga monarch Pushyamitra.
Though certainly exaggerated, Buddhist accounts describe mass slaughters and persecution.
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Presenting “Visions of the Bodhi Tree in America.” A brief visual meditation on representation of the #Buddha's enlightenment, for #Vesak 2021.
Olga Kopetzky, “The Gospel of the Buddha,” 1915. The Czech artist was commissioned by German-American author Paul Carus for his famous book. Here the Buddha appears European, while the overall style is especially influenced by Persian and Indian Muslim art. Image
Chiji Hideya, “Los Angeles Honpa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple hondo,” 1971. The Japanese artist was commissioned when the Jodo Shinshu temple moved to a new building. Here we have a modernized Japanese buddha, and the art is also a modern version of classic Japanese Buddhist style. Image
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#Buddha #वैशाखीपौर्णिमा 🌕 #BuddhaPurnima2021

"तथागत गौतम बुद्धांएवढा बुद्धिमान, प्रगल्भ,परिपूर्ण माणूस जगाने आजवर पाहिलेला नाही.बुद्धांच्या सामर्थ्याचा एक थेंब माझ्याकडे असता,तरी खूप झाले असते! एवढा थोर तत्त्वचिंतक कोणीच आजवर बघितला नाही.असा शिक्षक यापूर्वी कधी होऊन गेला नाही. Siddharth Gautam Buddha Vesak
काय सामर्थ्य होते पाहा. जुलमी ब्राह्मणांच्या सत्तेसमोरही हा माणूस वाकला नाही. उभा राहिला, तेवत राहिला…"

हे कोण म्हणतंय?
साक्षात स्वामी विवेकानंद.
हिंदुत्वाचा ध्वज जगभर घेऊन जाणारे विवेकानंद १९०० मध्ये तथागत गौतम बुद्धांविषयी कॅलिफोर्नियात बोलत होते.
भारताची जगभरातली खरी ओळख आजही 'बुद्धांचा देश' हीच आहे. भलेही त्यांचे जन्मगाव असणारे लुंबिनी आता नेपाळमध्ये असेल, पण बुद्ध आपले आणि आपण सारे बुद्धांचे. 'बुद्धांशी तुलना होईल, असा एकही माणूस नंतर जन्मलाच नाही', असे आचार्य रजनीशांनी म्हणावे!

बुद्ध थोर होतेच, पण बुद्धांची खरी थोरवी
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#बुध्द_पौर्णिमा 🌕

पंचशील ही बौद्ध धम्मातील एक आचरण नियमावली आहे. सामान्यत: पाच तत्त्वांना पंचशील म्हणून संबोधले जाते. पंचशील हे पाच नियम आहेत, पाच गुण आहेत. बुद्धांनीसामान्य माणसाकरिता आपल्या शरिरावर नियत्रंण ठेवण्यासाठी व शाब्दिक कृती नियंत्रित करण्यासाठी, -
त्यापासून परावृत्त होण्याकरीता हे पाच गुण सांगितले आहेत. खालिल पाच शीलांची शिकवण तथागत बुद्धांनी आपल्या शिष्यांना दिली होती. सामान्यत: जगातील सर्व बौद्ध पांच ही शीलाचे पालन करतात.
पंचशीलाचा पाली व मराठीतील अनुवाद पुढील प्रमाणे.
१) पाणातिपाता वेरमणी सिक्खापदं समादियामी
अर्थ: मी जीव हिंसेपासून अलिप्त राहण्याची प्रतिज्ञा करत आहे.

२) अदिन्नदाना वेरमणी सिक्खापदं समादियामी
अर्थ : मी चोरी करण्यापासून अलिप्त राहण्याची प्रतिज्ञा करत आहे.
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*त्रासांचं ओझं; सुखी राहण्याचा मार्ग*🌷🌷

तथागत गौतम बुद्ध आपल्याकडे येणाऱ्या प्रत्येकाचे शंका निरसन करत असत. समस्येतून उपाय सांगत असत. त्यांच्याकडे आलेला कोणीही विन्मुख होऊन परतत नसे. त्यामुळे प्रत्येक जण आपल्या दुःखाची उकल करण्यासाठी तथागत बुध्दांकडे येत असे..
एक दिवस एक व्यक्ती एक प्रश्न घेऊन भगवान बुद्धांच्या भेटीस आली. भगवान बुद्धांच्या नुसत्या दर्शनाने त्या व्यक्तीचे मन शांत झाले.

ही मनःशांती सातत्याने अनुभवता यावी, म्हणून त्या व्यक्तीने भगवान बुद्धांना प्रश्न विचारला, 'भगवान,आम्ही संसारी माणसं छोट्या गोष्टींनी त्रासून जातो.
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#Kanishka I was, the greatest, and certainly the most famous, of the #Kushan kings.
He is known, from the combined testimony of the literary, epigraphic, and numismatic sources, to have ruled over an extensive dominion extending from Bihar in the east to #Khorasan
in the west, and from #Khotan in the north to, perhaps, #Konkan in the south.
The dates and findspots of some of the inscriptions of #Kanishka I are interesting:
#Kosam inscription dated year 2,
#Sarnath inscription dated year 3,
#Mathur¹ inscription dated year 4,
#Suivihar inscription dated year 11, and
#Manikiala inscription dated year 18.
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The Buddhist site of #TapaSardar
Buddhist sanctuary rises on a hill which dominates a vast portion of the Dasht-i Manara plain Ghanzi #Afghanistan. The excavation of the site, carried out by the Italian Archaeological Mission between the late 1960s and the late 1970s.
As attested by an inscribed votive pot found in the site, the sanctuary was known in the past as the #Kanika mahārāja vihāra (“the temple of the Great King #Kanishka”). This evidence confirms that the sacred area of Tapa Sardar was founded during the #Kushan period
(either by #Kanishka I or #Kanishka II, in the 2nd or 3rd century CE) and also reinforces the hypothesis that it may well correspond to the Šāh Bahār (“The temple of the King”) that, according to the Kitāb al-buldān, was destroyed in 795 CE by the Muslim army.
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The site of Tepe Narenj, which literally means “orange hill”, stands on a relief that is currently denoted as Koh-e Zamburak, or “mountain of the small wasp”, situated on the eastern slopes of the #Hindukush mountain chain, only a few kilometers South of #Kabul #Afghanistan Image
so far only partially investigated, it covers an area of more than four hectares and occupies a dominant position; it faces East and is quite visible from a considerable distance. The site has earlier origins, dated by pottery, paleographic and numismatic finds to the 2nd-3rd CE ImageImage
the period most intensively documented in the excavations, during which the sacred area was reworked, renovated and extended several times, dates to between the end of the 5th century CE and the 9th/10th century CE.
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1-#Gayatri destroys the three kinds of #Taapa or pain.

Gayatri bestows on one the four kinds of #Purushartha, viz. #Dharma
(#righteousness), #Artha (wealth), #Kama (desired objects) and
#Moksha (#Liberation or freedom) (1/13)

2-It destroys the three Granthis or knots of ignorance, #Avidya, #Kama and #Karma.

Gayatri purifies the mind.

Gayatri bestows on the Upasaka Ashta-#Siddhis

Gayatri makes a man powerful and highly intelligent. (2/13)

3-Gayatri eventually gives Liberation or emancipation from the wheel of birth and death. (3/13)

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1-#Savita is the presiding Deity of the #GayatriMantra,

#Fire (#Agni) is the mouth,

#Vishvamitra is the #Rishi and #Gayatri is the metre.

Gayatri Mantra is recited during the investiture of sacred thread, practice of #Pranayama and #Japa, etc. (1/15)

2-What Gayatri is, the same is #Sandhya, and what Sandhya is, the same is Gayatri.

Sandhya and Gayatri are identical.

He who meditates on Gayatri,

..meditates on Lord #Vishnu, the Supreme Lord of the #Universe. (2/15)

3-A man can repeat the Gayatri Mantra mentally, in all states, even while lying, sitting, walking, etc.

There is no sin of commission or omission of any sort in its repetition.


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1-ॐ सूर्य सुन्दरलोकनाथममृतं वेदान्तसारं शिवं

ज्ञानं ब्रह्ममयं सुरेशममलं लोकैकचित्तं स्वयम् ।

इन्द्रादित्यनराधिपं सुरगुरुं त्रैलोक्यचूडामणि

ब्रह्माविष्णुशिवस्वरूपहृदयं वन्दे सदा भास्करम् ।। (1/18)

2-Om Suryam sundaralokanathamamritam vedantasaram sivam,

Jnanam brahmamayam suresamamalam lokaikaphittam svayam;

Indradityanaradhipam suragurum trailokyachudamanim,

Brahmavishnusiva svarupa hridayam vande sada bhaskaram (2/18)
3-I always adore #Surya, the #Sun,

the beautiful Lord of the world,

the immortal,

the quintessence of the #Vedanta,

the auspicious,

the absolute knowledge,

Lord of the gods,


the one true #consciousness of the world himself, (3/18)

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