#Drukpa, #Buddhist #Nun #Ladakh; a social revolution in #Himalayas

Buddha & Buddhism has always attracted me, since school days we read about the prince Siddharth/ Gautam the son of King Suddhodhan. Thanx to Amar Chitra Katha books also, as I read many of those books (I don’t like to call them as comic? The word comic sounds to me as, similar to comedy? )

Thinking of Buddha two places come to mind The Pamir i.e. Tibet and Ladakh. It is strange that the prince who was born in Kapilwastu has become famous all over the world. In those days when ways of communication were none compared to present days of whatsUp or Whatsapp?

Watching the Documentary- The Quest of Buddha on DD Bharti was an eye opener.

t1A silent revolution taking shape under the leadership of HH Gyalwang Drukpa in Buddhist monastery of Ladakh.

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Lama was the word with which I was very much familiar, since in school I had read about Lama dance, that is held in Monastery and performed by Lamas- the Buddhist Monks. Later in Doordarshan also I saw many programs on Lama and Buddhist traditions & Paintings etc of Ladakh.

But for the first time I saw anything on the gender issue among the Buddhist Monks. In the program the plight of Buddhist nuns was described and discussed. As to how these nuns were felt discriminated all through centuries. But now time has changed. At 4th Annual council of Drukpa many ground breaking things happened. First time in the history of centuries about 50 Buddhist nuns performed the dragon dance, till date that was performed by Lamas for centuries.

Druk means Dragon. I knew Druk as a symbol of purity, since I used to buy DRUK fruit Jam and mango chutney etc. I think that brand was from Sikkim?

Drukpa means those from the dragon lineage.

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At the Naropa ceremony nuns participated equally with lama monks first time in centuries.

There was tradition of donating the sons to monastery so that son can become a monk. For the first time I came to know that among the Ladakh society tradition was of youngest girl of family can become a Buddhist nun.

As tradition goes a 3 km long walk is held to visit the holy site. This walk is lead by the head Monk.

Celebrations are held. Most amazing thing happened. The nuns performed Vajra Dance that was previously remained unknown. Means for centuries this dance was never performed in public by Nuns. Now as our India is marching ahead with time society is also changing and accommodating new things as far as possible. Shri Gyalwang Drukpa with his team is bringing many changes among the traditions in the monastery.

The girls who are in monastery are now learning many things of new world. Many girl nuns are attending schools that was not possible for centuries, as it happens everywhere, boys were given preference over girls. It happened in Buddhist society also.  Many girl nuns are learning Kung fu? A martial art. It is a physical exercise but also has elements of meditation and concentration. Girl Nuns in the documentary says that this is a physical exercise and can be called as external Yoga. This is very true I think.

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Social revolution is happening as Nuns along with society gathered in Ladakh valley and planted 1.5 lakhs trees in one hour. As said in the documentary that it entered in Guinness world record.

Another revolution happened as Nuns started hiking and they gathered plastic waste on the treks of Himalayas at Ladakh. That indicates that now Nuns have started asserting that nuns are an integral part of society. These nuns are contributing towards bringing social consciousness for environmental protection.

i tried to search the documentary “The Quest of Buddha” on DD Bharati you tube but could not get the link. But i saw it on 17 March 2018 telecast in evening.

Live to Love is there moto

 

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Govardhan Pooja or Go(vansh) vardhan pooja???

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Today is second day of Diwali, actually first day after the Amavasya (black night-Dark night- no moon). Moon of first day will be there in sky today night. Usual 14 day Lunar cycle. How long it has been so in existent in our country? no body knows? A mystery for many. Whether Aryabhatt, Bhaskaracharya, Bhaskar-I, Brahmagupta, Or Rishi Katyayan or anyone much more earlier times has invented the 14 days cycle of moon? I am blank since i don’t know much of SANSKRIT. So how do I cross check? or how i do the research? where to refer to? which library has such collection so that i can know exact date when someone from this part of EARTH has invented the Lunar cycle?  So called new scientist Mathematician of today’s time laugh at this idea of searching the source where it all started? Who was he? If some one says that he was a Jyotishi or Acharya? they laugh that such thing do not exist. What is Acharya? we know only the word Scientist!!. I am loosing my path…. leave it…..But I am in pain due to inability to read SANSKRIT. All the treasure of knowledge is lying  buried in Sanskrit. When and who will unearth whole of that treasure, which was BURNT in Taxilla or Nalanda (since i read in History books)? so that every one can know the truth. Everyone means anyone who lives on this planet Earth. Since Vedic times idea in India has been to pray fro everyone not just ME or I. No mantra says or asks god that give me this or that.

Read the above, it is a prayer for all. thus this land called India is a great land, pious land or the paawan bhoomi. Many great thoughts originated in this land.

Whatever i have read in NCERT books from 1974 to 2000 in Kendriya Vidyalaya (Central school) and in later life, based on it I can tell the story behind Govardhan.

Govardhan was a Mountain near Mathura/ gokul area. Jamuna flew nearby. That was a Agrarian society(if i may say so). Thus importance of Agriculture and livestock could be understood very well. As to why these were important for a society to sustain itself. Mountain Govardhan represents the Nature. The Cow represents the Society or so to say the key factor of economy. Thus to understand the story we have to see in the light of these aspect of society.

In earlier times (prior to Krishna) people offered pooja to Indra, Varun and Agni dev. Indra was rain god and kings of gods, Varun was water god, Agni means fire god.kris4

When Krishna saw all this, he asked the villagers: why you give offerings to Indra? You all do not know who is the actual provider, We should worship the Mountain Govardhan, it is due to him that we get rain!! and when rain comes we get grains/fodder, food for people and Go Vansh(Cow/livestock) gives or support us with milk and alternate livelihood. Thus if we worship and take care of Govardhan, we will prosper. After so much of debate and argument, heated exchanges of words, (there might have been other disorderly behavior also, i can imagine). Few people might have been got convinced by Krishna and they did not worship Indra and started worshiping Govardhan. Due to this Indra felt Offended, he ordered Rains, winds, storms etc over the village. There was hue and cry everywhere in the village, Heavy rains, flood etc forced villagers to catch hold of Krishna. Krishna then took the mountain, lifted it on little fingure??, actually imagery depicts Krishna lifting the mountain!! It is said that He lifted the mountain Govardhan and thus he is known as Govardhan Dhari or Giridhar (Giri-mountain, dhar means one who adorns). He with the help of Govardhan mountain saved the villagers and Go vansh(cow herds/livestock) from storm. From then on worhsip of Govardhan started instead of Indra. Indra due to his failure asked for forgiveness from LORD Krishna. It is also signifies that Overconfidence or Self proudness etc should not be there in a true being. Krishna shattered the PROUD of Indra. Somewhere i have also read that Indra was lord of dams and he was also the lord of rivers.

Krishna by this act teaches people to worship the Prakriti, Mother Nature, or to look nature as our mother, He stressed the need to think about nature, which gives us everything. We should not destroy all natural things/nature, or exploit the nature-Prakriti. we should not pollute nature.

Today someone said, we always remember god but we do not remember what Krishna has said… therefore we should follow what he said rather than we only keep remembering Krishna-His name?? only.

Govardhan pooja reminds us the need of Nature in our life. It tells how Nature is important in our life. On this day Gobar is used to make Govardhan, cows and its family, the gopals, people often made the plough, ox, calf, trees etc. All this is made out of Gobar(cow dung). later these symbols are Worshiped. food grains are offered. Later these are donated among poor.  Also consumed as prasad.

First of all bathing of cow is done. Cows are decorated with colors and flowers. Fruits and food is given to cows and then worshiped. After that some of the earth from below the hoofs of cow is picked up and kept in home. whenever someone goes out for new job or new work a Tilak of this piece of clay is put on forehead. That brings success. Such was the devotion.

I mean in those times Cow used to have high status in the village economy. Thus these parvs- festivals always remind us lots of things. But due to our negligence-ignorance we do not know actual need of such kind of festivals.

On this Govardhan pooja day, food is cooked on a single fireplace in a home. If there are four five kitchen in a family house, and nowadays we do have such houses where brothers live in same house complex but food is cooked separately. But today on govardhan pooja only one fireplace is used. What that signifies? it is to bring together all our loved ones at one place. It is about growing the BONDs among the families, then in our village. All perform pooja similarly in village openly, thus a feeling of togetherness is induced, sublimely.(inspiration-inspiring).

I do not know whether any scientist did try to research whether cow is the original animal or the buffalo?? or it can be phrased in other way. Is there any archaeological evidence that buffalo was inhabiting India prior to cow?

Did any scientist try to establish scientifically, what people are saying about cow is wrong?

I mean there is fashion nowadays that if anyone says something of our rich past then other people start criticizing it, without evaluating. Thus now it is time that we should start learning Sanskrit and give it proper place in our mindset. Without that i don’t think we can revive our great things which have been lost. Either in Taxila, Burning of Nalanda? or in later times whatever was amassed away by the British East India company.

Sanskrit is the key. Or institutes/organisation having the Sanskrit manuscript should make an ONLINE library of such texts. just like DIGITAL INDIA, whereby we can know our rich past heritage.

Now a days, we are afraid that if we talk about our rich past heritage then we are blamed as communal. It is reverse, we have to protect our rich past heritage from pseudo secularism.

Thus we have to start from our home. Start learning Sanskrit. Start celebrating all the parv, festivals, which always teach us to worship mother nature. We can save our earth only by following the teachings of Krishna, Ram, Budha, Mahavir, Guru Nanak, etc.

we are so tolerant that at this age or in this century we also follow Kabir? Raidas, Ramdas, Basavana, Eknath, together with Adi Sankaracharya, Vivekananda.

But we have somehow lost Charak, Patanjali, Sushrut samhita, Ayurveda, Natyashastra, etc. No longer in the mental space of common man.