2,000 dalits embrace Buddhism

Dalits taking part in Buddha dharma dheekshe ceremony at Udupi on Tuesday. .DH photo

Speaking on the occasion, Buddha Bheekshu Manorakheetha Bantheji said Buddhism kindles the knowledge treasure by eliminating ignorance. A society without pain and miseries is only possible through Buddhism. The messages of Lord Buddha will create a world devoid of communalism, violence and terrorism. ‘Dharma’ has nothing to do with profit and loss, rather ‘Dharma’ enriches one through the path of sacredness, he added.

Coming down heavily on Pejawar Seer Vishwesha Theertha Swamiji’s offer to give ‘deekshe’ to Dalits and his opposition to Dalits embracing Buddhism, Dalit Leader Mavalli Shankar said that he can only sympathise with Pejawar seer.

He said ‘Dharma’ is not a trade that one calculates the profits and losses. Buddhism is the only way to achieve holiness.  He opined that ‘Vaishnava’ deekshe is absolutely the replica of slavery. Regardless of the fact that the deekshe lacks secularist ideologies, it can never be the solution for atrocities meted out at Dalits. The ‘Buddha Deekshe’ began with ‘Buddha Vandana’.  Dalits also vowed not to offer prayers to 330 crore Hindu gods and goddesses and not to be part of any religious rituals of Hinduism. They also pledged to entirely reject Brahmanism. The Buddhist convention was preceded by a colourful procession with tableaux depicting the life and preachings of Lord Buddha and Dr B R Ambedkar. The procession started at Ambedkar Bhavan, Adi Udupi and concluded at Bannanje. ‘Nasik band’, ‘Chande’ and special band by Dalits were all part of the procession.

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