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Camping in Uszó

2010.05.04. Categorized: Uncategorized   

Camping in UszóIn summer 2008 I got an opportunity with my family to participate at the camp in Uszó. For me, it was not only a summer rest, a distraction, and not only the practice of Buddha Dhamma, but the beginning of a new life.

Yes indeed, a new life.

Everyone knows that I suffered from alcoholism. I did not recognise that I was ill. I did not accept the prospect of recovery. Whole armies of doctors tryed to convince me but, even though I had hepatitis and cirrhosis of the liver, I did not pay attention to them. The doctors predicted that I had two more months to live. I admitted myself into an alcohol detoxication and rehabilitation center. However, I went there intoxicated so they did not accept me because it was an entry condition to maintain ten days of abstinence. I was not able. Instead, I preferred to continue to drink.

Gilvánfa (Photo: Virág Tünde)At that very moment I got an invitation to the retreat in Úszó. My teacher, Vicze Szabolcs, had come with a car to take me, but, again, I was drunk. I lied and told him that I was sick. I was not able to even stand up. I told him later the real reason for my sickness and apologized for lying to him. I felt ashamed because he wanted to help me, but I was not able togo at that occasion. Fortunatelly, I received another invitation and this time I was not able to refuse participation at the retreat. The retreat center was 4 km far from the next village. This place is very appropriate for a retreat and meditation. There was no tap water, we drank from a spring. There was no elecricity, we made light using candles and buliding a fire. It was simple and beautiful, but for me the people who were there provided me with a way to return to the right path. Among them were Orsós János, who shared with me his opinions with others and myself around the fire. I will never forget his words, as these words opened my eyes:

Zoli and his Father (Photo: Virág Tünde)“Zoli, it is never too late. You can not afford to drink, as you have three children who you have to bring up. Don’t play the role of an old man, it is not all the same. You do have to step further. You have a reponsability to your children. When I got acquaintanted with you, you were different.”

Left to right - Zoli's wife, Zoli and Little Zoli (Photo: Virág Tünde)These were his remonstrances. Nobody ever hit my head with such words. Therefore, I reflected upon them intensively. No doctors, no friends, no kinsfolk managed before him.
The 21st of September will be the third anniversary since I have had even a drop of alcohol. After I graduated from a course in social nursing, I spent three months working in an elderly people’s home in Görcsöny. It is a pity that due to the world crisis 10 people have been sent away from there, I was one of them. Nevertheless, I maintain very good relations with the bosses and staff at the home.

At this moment I work in Baksa, my village, in a club for elderly peopl. I am grateful to the Jaibhim Network and to its leaders for achieving all this.

Orsós Pápai Zoltán

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Jai Bhim is a cheerful greeting. Ten million Indians greet each other in this manner. They're the Dalits who are a proud community. They inherited an extremely difficult life. Their parents and grandparents and untold generations before them were outcasts in society. Even today they still encounter prejudice and experience helplessness.
For more than a millenium their ancestors lived as outcasts. People had a horror of touching them. Others even avoided being in their proximity as their shadow was considered polluting. If they went to school they were seated separately, If they were able to obtain work they did the dirtiest and lowest paid jobs.

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With their greeting of Jai Bhim they remind each other of their own successful revolution in 1956 for their human rights. Their cause is sacred. It inspires us here in Hungary, as we also face segregation and prejudice today. We would like to know discrimination is a thing of the past.
The dalit's story is like a fairy tale.

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Once upon a time, a hundred years ago, there lived a seventeen year old untouchable boy in a big family, His name was Bhim. He was the youngest child among 14 siblings. He surpassed all of them because of his brilliant mind. A wealthy maharaj acknowledged his poverty and bestowed a scholarship on him. Bhim was aware that Indian schools were being discriminatory and practiced segregation. Therefore, he tried his fortune in London and New York where he achieved university degrees. He received the title Dr. Ambedkar when he returned home to serve his people as a barrister.

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Nevertheless, he was considered as an untouchable in accordance with the holy books of the Hindu religion. Therefore, he convened with his friends and publicly burned Manu's Laws, the Hindu holy script which bids the Hindu to hold the Untouchable in disdain. He became a human right fighter and his authority was constantly growing throughout the whole country. When India gained independence in 1947 he was nominated as law minister. He was entrusted with drafting the Constitution for the country. He wrote in it that discrimination is forbidden.

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In his old age the Dalit people addressed him with veneration as Dr. Babasaheb. He and his laws, however respected they were, he still stared frustratedly at the discrimination existing all over the country. He decided then to show the people a spiritual alternative. As our judgment is determined by our faith, he took an oath: "I was born a Hindu Untouchable. It was beyond my power to prevent that but I declare that it is within my power to refuse to live under ignoble and humiliating conditions. I solemnly assure you that I will not die a Hindu". He abjured hindu religion that had brought so much suffering and humiliation to the Untouchable people (today's Dalits).

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He studied thoroughly all the faiths of the world. He was seeking a religion which fitted together with reason, with modern science, and which declared liberty, fraternity and equality amongst people. He decided to follow the path of the Indian prince who lived 2500 years ago: he would be a follower of the Buddha. This was a decision of profound importance for the Dalits because the Buddha is venerated thoughout the world, and India is entitled to take pride in her great son. Dr. Ambedkar showed his astuteness: all of us can choose the way to be respected, we can change our fate for the better. Hundreds of thousands followed Ambedkar to the magnificent ceremony in Nagpur in October 1956. This was the rebirth of Buddhism in India. Babasaheb died six weeks later.

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Those who at that time embraced a new world view with him, they are today grandfathers and grandmothers. Their grandchildren are as numerous as the whole population of Hungary. They follow Ambedkar's example: they face even the biggest difficulties in all things - to study and to exercise their human rights.

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