Ashoka

Emperor Asoka is known as Piyadasi (in Pali) or Priyadarshi (in Sanskrit) meaning “He who regards everyone with affection". All his inscriptions have the imperial touch and show compassionate loving. He addressed his people as his "children".

 
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What is His Sacred Majesty?

The Foundation is named in commemoration of Emperor Ashoka, the greatest king of all times, whose noble contributions in the field of development is immense and incomparable. Asoka, The Great is perceived as the greatest ruler of the Indian sub-continent, and well-known for his inter-faith dialogues and services. During his regime from 269 BCE to 232 BCE, he brought remarkable changes in his polity and governance especially in the field of environment protection, social welfare schemes and spiritual development. However, very less is known to people of India and rest of the world regarding his magnanimous contributions towards humanity. Renowned British author once said, “In the history of the world there have been thousands of kings and emperors who called themselves ‘their highness’, ‘their majesties’, and ‘their exalted majesties’ and so on. They shone for a brief moment, and as quickly disappeared. But Asoka shines and shines brightly like a bright star, even unto this day.

The State emblem of Government of India is an adaptation from the Sarnath lion capital of Emperor Asoka which was adopted on 26th January 1950. During his regime, he built thousands of stupas and viharas in order for spreading Buddhism. At the same time, he also helped other faiths to develop. He pursued an official policy of non-violence. Capital punishment was totally abolished, and strongly believed that evil conduct of a person is due to ignorance. He believed that ignorance in a person can be transformed through mental awakening and loving action. Asoka extended his mercy towards the prisoner by providing parole. Law against sport hunting was imposed and limited hunting was permitted for consumption purposes indicate his understanding towards balance of ecology. He developed universities and academic institutions, and constructed irrigation systems and water transit for trade and agriculture. He is acclaimed for constructing hospitals for animals and renovating major roads throughout India. After this transformation, Asoka came to be known as Dhammasoka (Sanskrit), meaning Asoka, the follower of Dharma. Asoka defined the main principles of dharma (dhamma) as nonviolence, tolerance of all sects and opinions, obedience to parents, respect for the enlightened and other religious teachers and priests, liberality towards friends, humane treatment of one who serves, and generosity towards all. These principles suggest a general ethic of behavior to which no religious or social group could object.

Emperor Asoka is known as Piyadasi (in Pali) or Priyadarshi (in Sanskrit) meaning “He who regards everyone with affection". All his inscriptions have the imperial touch and show compassionate loving. He addressed his people as his "children". These inscriptions promoted Buddhist morality and encouraged nonviolence and adherence to Dharma (duty or proper behavior), and they talk of his fame and conquered lands as well as the neighboring kingdoms holding up his might.

Asoka's own words as known from his Edicts are: "All men are my children. I am like a father to them. As every father desires the good and the happiness of his children, I wish that all men and women should be happy always." Asoka also claims that he encouraged the development of herbal medicine, for human and animals, in their territories. The reign of Asoka Maurya could easily have disappeared into history as the ages passed by, and would have had he not left behind a record of his trials. The testimony of this wise king was discovered in the form of magnificently sculpted pillars and boulders with a variety of actions and teachings he wished to be published etched into the stone.

Hence, the organisation in commemoration of Emperor Asoka has been named as “His Sacred Majesty”, which as metonymy signifies his noble contributions and as being the most philanthropic administrator of the world. This extraordinary ruler was ignored by many among the Indians. FHSM shall endeavor to replicate the possible development models of Emperor Asoka through its initiatives with the blend of modern academicians and intellects such as Dr.B.R.Ambedkar, Prof.E.F.Schumacher, Prof.Paulo Frere, Prof.Masanobu Fukoko, Pandit Ayotheethas, Prof.Johan Galtung, and Prof.John Dewey.

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