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Budhane Erinja Kallu by Ravichandran C

September 12, 2016
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Noted authour and freethinker Ravichandran C is doing a presentation on his latest Malayalam book 'BUDHANE ERINJA KALLU' (The stone with which Budha thrown at) published by DC books, Kottayam in December 2014 here. 

The presentation was conducted in association with the CHARVAKAM-2015 at Ernakulam, Kerala, India on 15th Aug, 2015 organized by 'Yukthivada Padanakendram', Kochin, Kerala. 

The 560 pages book is rated as a best seller by the publishers and has three editions so far. Thematically, the book is divided into three parts 1. a critical analysis of Bhagavat Gita, the ancient Hindu scripture 2. Debunking Vedanta(monism) as proposed by Hindu seer Adi Shankara 3.Discussing the genesis of consciousness and the neuro-chemical implications there of. 

Ravichandran terms that Gita is almost and antonym to many of the cardinal doctrines of Budhism. Bhagavat Gita lampoons the principles like ahimsa(non violence), anatma( soullessness) anitya (transience), gender equality, religious tolerance etc as propounded by Budhism. 

The wounded consciousness of Arjuna as we seen portrayed in the beginning of Gita is somewhat a replica of the situation encountered by the famous Budhist king Asoka after the war of Kalinga in BCE 261.

Kaling is an ancient feudal republic located on the coast of the present-day Indian state of Odisha and northern parts of Andhra Pradesh Emperor Asoka was horrified by the aftermath of the war at Kalinga and renounced violence for ever. 

In Gita, Arjuna was suffocatingly insinuated on by Krishna to destroy all his opponents even if they are his masters and brothers. If Budha was the charioteer of Arjuna in the war of Kurukshethra , what would have happened? Probably, there would not be any war-says Ravichandran.