Asoka Trailer | Kareena Kapoor, Shah Rukh Khan, Hrishita Bhatt | A Santosh Sivan Film
ASOKA or ASHOKA: A Name that Ends in the Word PEACE
From the Desk of Dr. Hildy® ©November 13, 2019
On October 26, 2001 an epic movie was the winner of 14 International Film Awards. It was a biopic film based on the life of ASOKA: the Great set before his rise to power. A young Prince Asoka (Shahrukh Khan) works to perfect his skills in battle and also deals with family conflict. During a struggle with one of his step-brothers, his mother (Subhashini) urges Asoka to escape to stay alive. While away, Asoka meets Kaurwaki (Kareena Kapoor) and falls in love but must use his skills as a warrior to protect her. A dangerous and heartbreaking web of conspiracy follows, which leads Asoka to embrace a Buddhist path.
The film itself will be remembered through the film industry as the greatest tribute to the reflection of an Emperor of India that portrayed his story through one’s heart.
If you watch this film even to this day, it will move you to a right path, as your heart will experience the heartache, joy, triumph, tragedy and inner re-birth through PEACE. The powerful performances of the actors and actresses as well as the supporting cast members of the film will always carry forward the memory of ASOKA in one’s mind. The characters in the film illustrate the courage and strength of power through the most beautiful tribute of color, song, dance, music and cultural historical events that lived over 2,281 years ago, since the Great Kalinga War ended in 262 B.C. Even Asoka would be proud of it.
In The Outline of History, H.G. Wells wrote, “Amidst the tens of thousands of names of monarchs that crowd the columns of history, their majesties and graciousnesses and serenities and royal highnesses and the like, the name of Ashoka shines, and shines, almost alone, a star.”
And when one thinks of the Star of Bethlehem and the Story of the Three Kings as they visited the little baby, Jesus (the Christ) in the manger, one will think of its brightness as a reflection of Asoka shinning his light down on the baby to light the path to peace for all the world to see.
Shepherds, villagers and all saw this light in the heavens, a star that shown its magnificent rays to guide the Three Magi, Balthazar of Arabia, Melchior of Persia and Gaspar of India. These Magi were not only Kings from their distant lands, but were scholars of the ancient arts and sciences of nature, medicine and astrology. And hopefully, as they looked upon the baby Jesus, one would like to think that the Magi – Gaspar of India – shared the story of one of India’s greatest Emperor, ASOKA who unified all of India (except for its southern tip) as he made his journey on Life’s Path toward PEACE – opening the door for the Christ Light to shine throughout the Earth.
The name Asoka or even as it is spelled, Ashoka, will only lead each of us to the works of a great king, who raised arms in the Great Kalinga War that ended in 262 BC. He was the only king of a nation that would not pick up the sword against another nation after this war, which was known throughout his kingdom as the War that turned the rivers red with blood.
The Kalinga War was fought in what is now India, between the Maurya Empire under Asoka and King of Raja Anantha of the state of Kalinga, an independent feudal kingdom located on the east coast, in the present-day state of Odisha and north of Andhra Pradesh. The war was a brutal war with many dead (100,000 +) or maimed, and the soldiers of Kalinga became slaves. Its devastating effect rocked the souls of everyone who fought in it as well as lived through its aftermath as its memory may be still felt on many ancestors’ DNA to this day.
The War’s destruction of the humanity in Kalinga left King Asoka with a deep sorrow and only one desire within his heart for PEACE throughout his Empire and neighboring territories to be upheld forever more. He was raised as a Brahmin from birth, who became a Buddhist after the Great War of Kalinga. He ruled the rest of his life in peace until the day he took his last breath.
Throughout his reign of 40 years, he built temples, monasteries and the famous Edicts of Ashoka, which are a collection of 33 inscriptions on the Pillars of Ashoka, as well as boulders and cave walls, made by Ashoka during his reign. These inscriptions are dispersed throughout modern-day Pakistan and India and represent the first tangible evidence of Buddhism.
The edicts describe in detail the first wide expansion of Buddhism through the sponsorship of one of the most powerful kings of Indian history, offering more information about Asoka’s proselytism, moral precepts, religious precepts, and his notions of social and animal welfare reaching as far as Thailand and Sri Lanka.
List of Rock Edicts (Minor & Major) and Pillar Edicts
Toward the end of Asoka’s life his grandson was chosen to be his heir to the Maurya Empire’s Throne. Asoka, knowing he would no longer be the “King of Earth,” he asked a Buddhist Monk who visited him for his last blessing. Asoka, no longer having any money to donate from the Royal Treasury of his kingdom, he took a myrobalan berry (Indian gooseberry) that he was eating and gave half of it to the Monk, saying this: “I give you this myrobalan as my last possession I have to give, bless it and know that this symbolizes that I may rule as the Sovereign of the Mind.” The Monk took the myrobalan to the temple and the other monks made a soup of it and shared its broth between them so the blessing would blossom to humanity just as the lotus flower. The following day Asoka passed away during his sleep. His body was cremated and burned for seven days.
Keep in mind that each one of us is born into this world with nothing but our bodies, mind and good health. Through prayer and the wish of blessings from others allow for God to shine his light in each one of our hearts.
It is everyone’s own journey of life which will have two paths on it. The choice is yours to pick the right path (dharma) through the examples you were taught by your parents, grandparents and the people who mentored you along your journey or to return of the cycle of life (karma) learning what you did not learn the first time on this Earth. All these acts are of guidance and respect from our ancient ancestors leading each one of us to a world of PEACE for All of Humanity to share. We are to live in harmony, being as gentle as a lamb on this beautiful jewel of a planet, Earth, within the folds of the Milky Way, home to numerous stars as seen above and below.
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DEFINITION, PURPOSE and EVOLUTION OF THE “SOUL” or “SPIRIT”- The SOUL/SPIRIT CREATION: Our Creating Consciousness or “God” is shaped much like an OBLATE SPHEROID which is a type of three-dimensional shape with an oblong, round shape, like a squashed circle. Unlike an egg (asymmetrical), it is symmetrical, i.e., evenly weighted/spaced at both ends that results in an oblate spheroid. Skittles or M&M’s candies are everyday examples of oblate spheroids. They basically look like squashed spheres. This oblate spheroid or oval/spiral shape is a recurring shape/theme in our Universe with the existence of giant spiral galaxies like the Andromeda and Milky Way Galaxies.
Do You Hear What I Hear. Sung by Home Free. A. Cappello
We Three Kings sung by Mario Lanza
I have a Dream. Sung by Susan Boyle. From Les Miserables
Let There Be Peace on Earth sung by Vince Gill
The Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi at Anuradhapura,
Sri Lanka. Photo © Stephen J Forbes
SPIRITUAL INTEGRITY 10 IMPORTANT THINGS to REMEMBER
By Kathryn Peters-Brinkley
~Prayer, meditation and affirmations.~
~Have faith and good cheer.~
~Truthfulness (100% Honesty)!~
~Pay attention and live in the NOW.~
~Commitment to goodness and excellence.~
~Assume complete responsibility for your life.~
~Watch every thought and word we utter.~
~Watch what you put into your mind.~
~Eat living foods.~
~Volunteer to do charity work.~