18 November, 2015

Tranquillity is a Link to Awakening:

The Tranquillity Link to Awakening (passaddhi-sambojjhanga) has the
characteristic of peace, and the function of stilling, which manifests as
absence of restless trembling. Stillness of feeling, perception and mental
construction is the factor that induces bodily Tranquillity..
Stillness of consciousness itself induces mental Tranquillity...
The proximate cause of Tranquillity is the satisfaction within Joy!
The resulting effect of Tranquillity is the bliss within Happiness!
The Buddha once said: What mental fermentations (āsava) should be overcome
by development? If a Bhikkhu by careful and rational attention develops the
Tranquillity Link to Awakening based on seclusion, based on disillusion, based
on ceasing, and culminating in cool relinquishment, then neither can any mental
fermentation, nor any fever, nor any discontent ever arise in him. MN2 [i 11]
In one who is joyous, the body becomes calm and the mind becomes calm.
The Tranquillity Link to Awakening emerges right there. He develops it,
and for him it goes to the culmination of its development. MN118 [iii 85]
Calm is his thought, calm is his speech, and calm is his behaviour, such one who
truly is knowing, is indeed completely freed, perfectly tranquil, and wise...
Dhammapada 96
The one who eliminates discontent, tearing it out by the roots, utterly cuts
it out, such one spontaneously becomes absorbed in the calm of tranquillity
both at day, and by night as well. Dhammapada 250
The one who is tranquil in his movements, calmed in speech, stilled in thought,
collected and composed, who sees right through and rejects all allurements
of this world, such one is truly a 'Peaceful One'. Dhammapada 378

Inspirations on the calming and soothing of serene Tranquillity (Passaddhi):
Tranquillity_Passaddhi, Feeding_Tranquillity, The_Tranquil_One

02 November, 2015

Indian Christians Condemn Growing Intolerance in the Country

Indian Christians Condemn Growing Intolerance
in the Country

We the undersigned Indian Christians as citizens of our country India and as Christians in unequivocal terms denounce the growing intolerance in the country. We also denounce the sinister attempts to do away with reservation policy and ultimately the attempt to undermine the Constitution of India; we denounce the planned move to utilize religion for politico-economic benefits; we denounce the well orchestrated efforts to use government machinery to achieve ones evil ends;  we denounce all the efforts to divide the nation into fiefdom of some elements.
We denounce all the attempts to erode scientific temper and scholarship by meddling with the education system of the country. We are in  special way concerned at how the Indigenous Adivasi People in our country are being coerced to leave their traditional nature-based religious beliefs and practices and are subjected to so-called ‘ghar vapsi’ by some hindutva elements thus ushering in disharmony within their communities. Under this pretext, they are being alienated from their natural habitat and resources.

As citizens, we uphold the democratic, secular and socialist principles and practices of our mother country; we uphold the basic foundations of justice, liberty, equality and fraternity enshrined in our Constitution for all the citizens of the country; we uphold the right to freedom of different cultures, religions, ways of life, beliefs, traditions, practices, customs and orientations; we uphold the right of the citizens to live a life without any intimidation by anyone; we uphold the age old tradition of living in harmony and unity by all the citizens of this country; we uphold the value of rural reconstruction and nation building.
Further, we stand in solidarity with all victims of targeted violence against Adivasis, Dalits, Women, religious minorities and people of other orientations. We uphold freedom of expression and ways of life. We are in defence of human rights defenders and advocacy groups.

We stand in solidarity with all those from various walks of life, faiths, traditions, backgrounds, cultures, communities, professions and orientations who have raised voice against the growing intolerance in the country and call upon all the citizens to resist every move to create crisis and conflict by some vested interests.
We invite others too to stand up at this time and express concern and do whatever is needed to uphold inclusive development, peace, unity, integrity, sovereignty and harmony in our Country India.

Citizens of India
Mr. Francis Colaso – Former DGP Karnataka

John Dayal – Member, National Integration Council, Writer and Activist

Darryl D'Monte – Journalist, Maharashtra                  
Dr. Walter Fernandes – Social Scientist, Guwahati
Cedric Prakash – Social Activist, Ahmadabad                       
A.C. Michael – Former Minority Commission Member, Govt of Delhi
Lukose Vallatharai IAS (Rtd) – Bengaluru
Philomena Fernandez – Goans in Gulf
Dolphy Dsouza - Police Reforms Watch, Mumbai
Ms. Virginia Saldanhaz- Secretary, Indian Christian Women's Movement, Mumbai
Dr. Kochurani Abraham - Indian Women Theologians Forum, Kottayam
Managing Committee Members of the Bombay Catholic Sabha, Kalina Unit
BG Koshy - The Rainbow Forum, Bangalore
Margaret Gonsalves -  ANNNI Charitable Trust, Maharashtra
Ms. Mary Alfred, International Travel House, Mumbai
Fr. Dominic Immanuel – Media Person, Delhi    
Dr. Fr. Felix Raj – Principal, St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata
Aasha Ramesh – Bengaluru                      

Deepak Mukarji – Delhi                            
Clement Periera – Bengaluru                     
Alana Golmei – Guwahati                         
Ajaya Singh – Bhubaneswar                       
Manju Tirkey – Rourkela                          
Harvey Hoddings – Bengaluru                            
Cynthia Stephen – Bengaluru                             
Dominic Immanuel – Delhi                        

Dr. Keith D Cunha – Bengaluru                          

Helen Saldanha – New York                      
Alex Ekka – Ranchi                                   

Marie Charmaine  Lamount -  Bengaluru  

Rajesh M Singh – Bengaluru                     
Dr. Goldy George – Raipur                       
R. Viegas – Mumbai                                  
Gracias C – Bengaluru                                        
Benny Chiramel – Trivandrum                           
Venus Mario John – Bengaluru                           
Lynette Gomes – Mumbai                         
Sebastian Poomattam – Chattisgarh         
Harry Pereira – Bengaluru                         
Anthony Dias – Mumbai                                    
Santona Das – Bengaluru                                    
Ms. M. Shimray – Manipur                       

A R F Viegas – Mumbai                                     

Fredrick Francis – Bengaluru                          
Rebecca Kurian – Bengaluru                              
Angela L Viegas – Mumbai                       
Omena Matthan – Bengaluru                    
Mr. Eldred Tellis – Mumbai                      
Mr. Loyola Azavedo – Mumbai                          
Fulgence Lakra – Jashpur                         
Sannybhai – Surat                                              
Mario Jason Braganza – Thane                           
Ms. Prasanna Thomas – Mumbai              
Aloysius Irudayam - Madurai,                            
Joe Mattam – Vadodara
Joe Xavier – Madurai                                
Rosely Cheeramkunnel – Mumbai             
Sr Mariola BS – Mangaloru                      
Velangani Sinnamuthu – Kalol, Gujart
Stan Swamy - Ranchi
A.J. Philip - Delhi

Stanley H Mark - Bengaluru

Jothi – Kolkatt
Alwyn D’Souza – Bangkok
Julius Gonsalves - Bengaluru

Dorothy D'Souza - Pune

Manu Alphonse – Chennai
Fredrick Francis - Bengaluru

Ruth D’Souza - Maharashtra

Benedict Joy -  Bengaluru
R. Viegas – Mumbai
Rapheal  RSM - Bengaluru
Xavier Jeyaraj - Kolkatta
William Stanley – Vizag
Lewis James – Bengaluru

Dr. Rudi Heredia - Mumbai    

Bobby – Delhi
K.M. Selvaraj – Ooty
Freda Coelho -  Ahmadabad

Miss Anoushka Viegas - Mumbai

Ruby – Jammu
James Pochury - Nagaland
Xavier Manjooran – Songad, Gujarat
Shanta Mathai – Bengaluru    
Nithiya Sagayam – Trichy

Mr. Apem Shangh - Manipur

Premalatha  Kumar – Bengaluru      
Lydia Fernandez – Bengaluru
Mathai Kocuparampil – Ahmedabad        
Prashant Olalekar – Lonavala
Valerian Mendonca - Belgium
Rita Puthenkalam – Bihar
Leela Jose -  Kochi
Enid Fernandes – Mumbai

Antony Arulraj - New Delhi

Dinesh Braganza – Mumbai
Mathew AJ – Trichy
Rohit James Joseph – Mumbai

Sr Jessy Leena BS - Mangaloru

Velangani Sinnamuthu – Kalol, Gujart
Lynette Viegas - Lector at Our Lady of Egypt Church, Mumbai

Mrs. Praxedes Gomes – Senior Citizen, Mumbai

Sahaya Philomin Raj – Tamil Nadu
Owen Chourappa – Kohima
David Solomon - Dumka
Varkey Perekkatt - Delhi        
Jacob Kujur – Pathalgaon
Lilly Pereira BS - Austria
Lourdu Raju.D.Joy – Khammam, Telangana 
Hazel D'Lima - Mumbai
Dr. Pius Kizha - Kerala
Nestor J Rodrigues - Bengaluru
Samuel Kapani - Austria
Vedanayagam – Dharmapur, Tamil Nadu
Arockiasamy Arulandu
Dr. Prakash Louis – Patna