1. Mission – Spreading Ambedkarite Culture
i) We have a creative and constructive approach for the annihilation of human sufferings. These also include the injustices, oppressions, humiliations etc caused by human-made discriminations of caste, gender, religion, race etc.
ii) We try to follow the ‘Samyak view’ – The eightfold path1 is the way for the cessation of suffering.
iii) Thus, by spreading Ambedkarite Culture which is based on Buddha’s teachings, we try to end human sufferings. The establishment of Ambedkarite Culture of Samata will automatically demolish the cultures based on injustice and inequality, like the presence of light automatically eliminates the darkness. Simple!
iv) We follow Babsaheb’s clarion call of “Educate, Organise, Agitate”/ “Educate, Agitate, Organise”. We believe that doing the work is more important, whatever one may consider the order.
2. Intention – Art for Dhamma Awakening
i) We are a collective of Artists who are in the pursuit of our Mission. Any beautiful creation is Art and any creator of beauty is an Artist.
ii) Unlike the negative art of resistance, ours is the positive art of Awakening.
iii) Babasaheb initiated the Buddha’s Sasana after 2500 years by giving a clarion call of awakening to the world. We are following Babasaheb’s directives to carry forward the chariot of Samata he put in motion on 14th October 1956.
iv) As Baudhkaro, we have donned the responsibility of awakening people in Buddha’s Dhamma which remained vanished from India for more than 2500 years.
v) Cultivating and propagating Ambedkarite consciousness artistically is our way of Dhamma Awakening.
3. Plan – Execute Babasaheb’s Blueprint
i) On 4th December 1954, Babasaheb created a blueprint2 of the Buddhist Movement in India. We are in pursuit of the execution of this Blueprint. All our endeavours will be directed to realise the plans prepared in the Blueprint.
4. Call of Inspiration – Charatha Bhikkhave Charikam Bahujan Hitay Bahujan Sukhay
i) We are trying to become ardent and sincere Upasaks of the Samyak Sambuddha who, soon after doing the historical ‘Dhammachakka Pavattan’, directed his students to go in all directions propagating his message of Dhamma.
ii) We draw our inspiration from Buddha’s first message to his students –
Charatha Bhikkhave Charikam, Bahujan Hitay Bahujan Sukhay
“Keep moving in all directions, my students, and keep serving for the welfare and benefit of many”.
5. Service – Dhamma-Daan.
i) We do not seek any personal profits from the venture of Baudhkaro. Hence, we never charge any cost for any Baudhkaro art.
ii) Baudhkaro is an institution, functioning entirely on the basis of Dhamma-Daan.
iii) Baudhkaro creations are a service to all beings. We are also a platform for all those who will to share their Dhamma-Daan in the form of time, talent, treasure or any other forms.
6. Anthem – Mit jayega andhiyara, jab hum ujiyara layenge
i) We firmly believe in ‘Creation’ as our means for eliminating all kinds of suffering and injustice.
ii) Contrary to many other merely negative approaches, ours is a constructive one. It is simple and is symbolised by our ‘Ujiyara Geet’3 which is our Anthem song.
iii) It proclaims that there cannot be any other way to eliminate darkness than to burn a light.
iv) The song ‘Sammaan Geet’4 is, similarly, our Revolution Song.
v) It gives a call to shun the filth of Dalitism and embrace the enlightened identity of Buddhist.
7. Principles – Babasaheb’s 22 Vows
i) Our moral, social, political, economic and cultural principles are rooted in the 22 Vows5 given by Dr. Ambedkar on 14th October 1956 at Deekshabhoomi, Nagpur.
ii) These 22 Vows are the guiding principles of the new humanity. They signify the revolution that leads humanity towards the rationality of scientific temper and the morality of metta.
8. Friend-Philosopher-Guide-Leader – Babasaheb Ambedkar
i) Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, fondly known as Babasaheb Ambedkar is the Friend-Philosopher-Guide-Leader of our movement. We owe our existence to the vision and work of Babasaheb.
ii) We have got the noble eightfold path only because of him. So, Lord Buddha is also our Friend-Philosopher and Guide.
iii) Kabir and the Phule couple are also our ideals.
iv) As personality symbols of culture, we focus on Babasaheb along with Lord Buddha because we believe that Babasaheb is the sum of all the good qualities of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and Leaders who ever lived to make humanity better.
9. Philosophy – Ambedkarism/Buddhism
i) Ambedkarism is the philosophy derived from the ideas and praxis of Dr. Ambedkar. The core of Ambedkarism is Buddhism. So, there cannot be Ambedkarism without Buddhism and hence, one cannot be an Ambedkarite without being a Buddhist.
ii) Baudhkaro’s Philosophy is the Ambedkarite Philosophy enunciated by Babasaheb in his speech ‘My Philosophy of Life’6.
10. Identity – Ambedkarite/Buddhist
i) Based on the philosophy of Ambedkarism/Buddhism, our identity is Ambedkarite/Buddhist. Nothing else.
11. Gospel – The Buddha and His Dhamma
i) The Buddha and His Dhamma7 is the masterpiece created by Babasaheb with the sense of exceptional foresight and wisdom.
ii) While planning his movement, he had willed to write a Buddhist Gospel or Bible on the model of the Christian Bible. In the form of The Buddha and His Dhamma, this will was realised and a new interpretation of Buddhism was presented to humanity.
iii) The Buddha and His Dhamma is the guide which helps us to lead towards an individual as well as collective life that is full of hope, health, happiness, enthusiasm, compassion, morality, scientificity, and prosperity.
iv) Babasaheb’s interpretation of Buddhism is not any kind of a new vehicle or yana. It is, in fact, Buddhism which is fresh and is an excellent example of the righteous blend of major schools or vehicles of Buddhism.
v) The Buddha and his Dhamma is our Gospel, which perfectly serves Buddhism in a simplified and effective way.
12. Revolution – Dhammachakka Pavattana
i) We don’t believe or wait for any orthodox revolution based on anger, anarchy or any kind of violence.
ii) Rather, we cherish and try to carry forward the Revolution which humanity needed. This is the third8 great Revolution lead by Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, that happened in Nagpur on 14th October, 1956.
13. Culture – Deekshabhoomi
i) Deekshabhoomi is the symbol of our culture. It is our cultural centre.
ii) It marks the beginning of the new human civilization which is modern, progressive, scientific and pursues the goal of the Reconstruction of the World.
14. Social Goal – Reconstruction of the world
i) By our efforts we strive to Reconstruct the world on the basis of the principles of Liberty, Equality and Metta where humans live an enlightened life without any barriers between human fellowship.
15. Politics – Education Agitation Organisation
i) We believe in the politics of Education, Agitation and Organisation.
ii) We strive to establish the necessary education in order to get organised for performing the right politics.
iii) In our striving, the process of politicization is more important than the hustle for political power.
16. Individual Goal – Cultivation of Mind.
i) Cultivation of Mind is not only the ultimate goal of our collective human existence but also a constant reminder to our individual selves.
ii) It is also our personal goal that should be pursued persistently.
iii) This is the only way to inculcate the culture of mind cultivation individually (as well as socially).
17. Method – Baudhkaro Formula
i) Our method is simplified in the Baudhkaro Formula9 according to which we have to establish Deekshabhoomi throughout the world symbolically.
18. Agenda – Samyak Education
i) Our agenda is to spread the Samyak Education as taught by Lord Buddha and Babasaheb.
ii) Dr. Ambedkar also proclaimed that the purpose of education is to moralise and socialise people.
iii) We firmly believe that the popular idea of education in the form of school, degree, career education etc. is not enough to fulfil the basic conditions of a society of Samata.
iv) On the contrary, highly educated persons can be more detrimental to society. It can be summarised in Babasaheb’s words, “An educated man without character and humility is more dangerous than a beast”10.
v) Educated people without any moral–institutional training shall be a threat to the life, liberty and conscience of the society.
vi) Therefore, for the righteous progress of society, it is our agenda to propagate the importance of ‘Samyak Education’ which is rooted in the ‘Samyak Eightfold Path’.
vii) Our education system should be based on ‘Samyak Education’.
19. Enemy – Nivaranas, Superiority/Brahminism and Inferiority/Dalitism
i) We consider the five Nivaranas11 as the first enemies.
ii) We negate the assumed superiority of Brahmanism and the filth of Dalitism. Being Samata Sainiks, both are our enemies.
20. Friends of Movement – All Buddhist/Ambedkarite
i) We are trying to build a universal friendship irrespective of class, gender, region, religion etc. This is one of the goals of our movement.
ii) All individuals, institutions and organisations following the values of Ambedkarism/Buddhism are our friends in the movement with whom we seek dialogue and mutual organisation.
21. Problem – Sangha/Organisation
i) We believe that the cause of the persistence of slavery and oppression is the absence of one strong Ambedkarite Organisation or Sangha.
ii) So, until there is the construction of one and strong Ambedkarite Sangha, we shall continue to work on the problem of our Organisation/Sangha. This is a problem of extreme importance and it should be our first priority.
22. Focus – Sangha Building
i) We firmly believe that the solution of injustice and sufferings will be sought by the Sangha/Organisation.
ii) As people or as a community, we have been lacking focus and clarity on the righteous ideology. The ideology has been misinterpreted by most of the people who have tried to engage their politics vis-a-vis ambedkarism.
iii) There are many who are merely busy in the negative (anti-) activities and are mostly unorganised. However, they work in systemic lobbies. Such people and their activities
are confusing many others. The current information overload due to different kinds of media aggrandize the clamour of such confusions.
iv) The focus of Baudhkaro’s venture is therefore, Sangha Building by Spreading Ambedkarite Culture.
23. Important Festivals
1. Dhammachakka Pavattana Day (of Babasaheb), 2. Dhammachakka Pavattana Day (of Buddha), 3. Establishment Day of Ambedkarite Movement (30th May), 4. Dr. Ambedkar Jayanti, 5. Buddha Purnima, 6. Babasaheb Mahaparinirvan Divas, 7. All Purnimas
24. State of Mind – Sabbe Satta Sukhi Hontu
i) Through the practice of Pragna, Sheel, Samadhi and Karuna, Baudhkaro shall strive to achieve and maintain the beautiful state of mind of Metta – Sabbe Satta Sukhi Hontu – May All Being Be Happy.
ii) This should be the individual as well as the collective consciousness of humanity.
iii) ‘Sabbe Satta Sukhi Hontu’ is the representation of all that is truthful, just, good and beautiful in the world.
- Right understanding (Samma ditthi), Right thought (Samma sankappa), Right speech (Samma vaca), Right action (Samma kammanta), Right livelihood (Samma ajiva), Right effort (Samma vayama), Right mindfulness (Samma sati), Right concentration (Samma samadhi).
- The first Dhammachakka Pavattan was done by Lord Buddha at Sarnath and the second was done by Emperor Asoka.
- As written in ‘Janata’, dated 26th February 1938 (Vol. 17, Part 3 of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Writings and Speeches).
- Sensory Desire, Ill Will, Sloth and Torpor, Restlessness and Remorse, Doubt.