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3 months ago

In my previous article, I discussed about Chandragupta Maurya, the first emperor of the Maurya Empire. Today I want to say something about Emperor Ashoka. He is the grandson of the founder of the Maurya Dynasty, Chandragupta Maurya.

Emperor Ashoka was the third emperor of the Maurya dynasty.He ruled the Indian subcontinent from 263 BC to 232 BC. Maurya lordship was established in North Bengal during the reign of Emperor Ashoka. The region became a province of the Mauryas. Ancient Pundranagara was the capital of this province. An inscription of Emperor Ashoka has been found at Mahasthangarh. The 'Battle of Kalinga' was a milestone in the life of Emperor Ashoka. The king of Kalinga was completely defeated in the battle and one lakh people were killed. The bloodshed of the Kalinga war caused deep pain in the mind of Emperor Ashoka. At that time, repenting of his deeds , Ashoka was initiated into Buddhism. During his reign, Buddhism was recognized as a state religion across ancient Asia . Through his efforts, Buddhism gained the status of a world religion. That is why he is called 'Constantine of Buddhism'.

I am ending here today. I want to write something about the Gupta Empire in future. If anyone is interested in learning about history, you can follow my next post. I will try to describe simply that everyone can understand easily.

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I find this hard to follow. What I miss in your story is who this emperor was for a person. Parents, siblings, birthday. What did he do? Good or bad? What wat the size of his empire (photo perhaps I have no idea what the world looked like in 236 BC?), why did he choose for Buddh,ism and did people simply follow him, or were they forced into Buddhism? Who gave him the name Constantine of Buddhism, is he named after someone?

It would be an easier read if you divide his personal information, what he did, and thought with a white line.

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3 months ago

I don't think it is possible to describe everything in one text, not even the fact is that I have not much knowledge actually , I have only shared the information required for the common people in the form of summary, if anyone wants to know in detail, in that case you have to study a little. I can only share as much as I know. I also believe that only through one article I can not cover the whole life of such a great emperor, I do not have such courage. I just wanted to give a little idea, If only one is beneficial, I will take it as my success.

Anyway, since you asked some questions, I will try to answer, Although not everything can be answered. Because there are differences of opinion in various books about him.

According to the Asokavadana, Ashoka was the son of Maurya emperor Bindusara and his maiden Subhadrangi, a woman of the Brahmin dynasty who believed in the philosophical doctrines of the city of Champa.He was born in 304 BCE at Pataliputra, Mauryan Empire, adjacent to present day Patna, Bihar, India and died in 232 BCE at Pataliputra, modern-day Patna, Bihar, India.

He was highly educated at court, trained in martial arts, and was no doubt instructed in the precepts of the Artashastra. The Artashastra is a treatise covering many different subjects related to society but, primarily, is a manual on political science providing instruction on how to rule effectively.

According to a contemporary text, the Edicts of Ashoka, Ashoka converted to Buddhism because he felt remorse on account of the conquest of Kalinga because, during the subjugation of a previously unconquered country, slaughter, death, and taking away captive of the people necessarily occur.After Ashoka's successful but devastating conquest of Kalinga early in his rule, he converted to Buddhism and was inspired by its doctrine of dharma. Thereafter, he ruled his empire through peace and tolerance and focused on public works and building up the empire rather than expanding.During the Maurya empire, the Indian culture and way of life were deeply influenced by Buddhism.

He is said to have been particularly ruthless early in his reign until he launched a campaign against the Kingdom of Kalinga which resulted in such carnage, destruction, and death that Ashoka renounced war and, in time, converted to Buddhism, devoting himself to peace as exemplified in his concept of dhamma.

Asoka send royal officers out to teach buddhism. So he called Constantine of Buddhism. He stop war when his son died. He then decided to take up buddhism and spread buddhism around India.. He sent messengers to many countries e.g. Sri Lanka, to teach people about Buddhism.

If you want to know more information, please study, that's enough for me. Any way, Thank you for your kind words, have a good day :) 😊

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3 months ago

I like your article. He was highly educated at court, trained in martial arts, and was no doubt instructed in the precepts of the Artashastra – even if he was not considered a candidate for the throne – simply as one of the royal sons. The Artashastra is a treatise covering many different subjects related to society but, primarily, is a manual on political science providing instruction on how to rule effectively.

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