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Buddha tried to develop social harmony, says Ponneelan

Special Correspondent

“He succeeded in identifying desire as the root cause of all vices”

— Photo: R. Ashok.

MEET:Ponneelan, Sahitya Akademi awardee and state president of the Tamil Nadu Kalai Ilakkiya Perumandram, addressing a meeting in Tiruchi.

TIRUCHI: The countries where Buddhism spread its roots have achieved development and prosperity in all fronts, said Ponneelan, Sahitya Akademi awardee and state president of the Tamil Nadu Kalai Ilakkiya Perumandram.

The followers of Buddhism are more concerned over the development of the society and are committed to social welfare and this enabled countries like Japan and China to achieve great laurels on a par with mighty powers like USA, Mr. Ponneelan said while speaking on the topic ‘India Darisanam' at the eighth anniversary of Tiruchi Arivalar Peravai here on Sunday.

Mr. Ponneelan said Buddha preached eight fold principles — finding the right view, right aim, speech, action, livelihood, effort, mindfulness and concentration, and knowledge.

He also preached Ahimsa, denounced the caste system and practice of rituals like sacrifices and yagnas. Buddha thus tried to break the social barrier and tried to develop social harmony. Buddha succeeded in identifying desire as the root cause of all vices and later shunned social life on this particular aspect.

Mr. Ponneelan said Buddha was of the view that a via-media philosophy alone would be a viable and everlasting solution for all problems.

“Intensive or extreme involvement in any walk of life, be it religion, linguistics, politics or economics, will do more harm then good, as they tend to use more force than love. For every action there should be some limit. A via media philosophy will ensure growth and development for the whole society and not violence.”

Buddha was of the firm view that “flexibility and adjustability alone, and not violence, will ensure social and communal harmony. Weigh the merits of each and every act and do what is beneficial to mankind.”

He said Buddha not only established democratic process, but also considered both men and women as equals.

Referring to the key role played by India in spreading Buddhism, Mr. Ponneelan said knowledge about India, which is considered the cradle of civilizations, is a pre-requisite to know about Buddha and Buddhism.

P. U. Ayoob, president of the peravai, presided over the anniversary celebrations. M. Gopalakrishnan in the annual report traced the various activities launched by the peravai to create an awareness among the people of various issues. The resolutions adopted in various meetings were forwarded to the Centre and State government for further action.

The peravai also conducted an awareness programme in schools.

K. Rajavelu Shenbagavalli, founder of the Shenbaga Tamizh Arangu, G.R.K. Raju, former Chief Workshop Manager, Golden Rock Railway Workshop, Aranganathan, General Secretary of the peravai offered felicitations.

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