Gautama Buddha- A Pictorial Biography
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Item Code: NAZ706
Author: S.N. Busi
Publisher: AVA Publications, Telengana
Language: English
Edition: 2018
Pages: 248 (Throughout Color Illustrations)
Other Details: 8.50 X 5.50 inch
Weight 370 gm
About the Author
Dr. Subhamani Naganna Busi alias Prof. B.S. Mani (b.18.12.1940) hails from Pinapalla Village of Alamuru Mandal of East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh. He migrated to Telangana in April, 1956 and presently resides in Mayfair (I-E), Road No.2, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad - 500 034.

Educational Qualifications

Dr. Busi obtained B.A. (Economics Main) degree from Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, through Andhra Christian College, Guntur, and obtained M.A. (Economics), LL.B., LL.M. (Constitutional Law) degrees from Marathwada University (since renamed as Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University) and stood second in the order of merit in all the above examinations. In 1989, he was awarded PhD degree by Andhra University for his thesis entitled "Indian Union Excise Taxation 1950-84 with Special Reference to Andhra Pradesh."

Academic Achievements

Dr. Busi was Head of Department of Economics and taught Economics for over five years during 1963-68 to Undergraduate and B.A. (Honors) students of People's Education Society's Milind College of Arts, Aurangabad, Maharashtra. He was a Member of the Board of Studies in Economics of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University in two spells - 1963-68 and 1987-90.

Executive, Administrative and Vigilance Experience

Dr. Busi was selected to the Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise) in 1968. He secured the highest percentage of marks in Economics subject of IAS and Allied Services Examination (now called as Civil Services Examination) of 1967. He held important positions in Government of India and Public Sector Undertakings.

Some of the important positions held by him include: (i) Under Secretary to Government of India in the Ministry of Finance, New Delhi (1976-79); (ii) Trustee of Visakhapatnam Port Trust (1982-85); (iii) Executive Director (Vigilance) of MIs Hindustan Zinc Limited, Udaipur (1986-90); (iv) Collector of Customs and Central Excise, Pune (1992-93); (v) Additional Director-General of Central Excise (Anti-evasion), Southern Region, Chennai (1993-94); (vi) Commissioner of Customs and Central Excise, Hyderabad and Guntur Commission rates (1995-99).

Judicial Position

Dr. Busi was a Member of the Customs, Excise and Gold Control Appellate Tribunal of Kolkata Bench (now renamed as Customs, Excise and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal) during 2000 and 2001. Lok Sabha Election Assignment In 1996, under the direction and superintendence of the Election Commission of India, Dr. Busi functioned as the Election Expenditure Observer of the Bapatla Parliamentary Constituency in Andhra Pradesh.

It is widely believed that the Aryans migrated into the territory of Bharat from Arctic region, near North Pole, subdued the local peace-loving tribes, snatched away their fertile lands and deprived them of their ownership, made them a servile group whose duty was to save the new masters. In the process, the local tribes not only lost their lands and means of livelihood but also lost their fundamental freedoms. Thus, they were thrown into perpetual servitude. The Aryans usurped their lands and forced their Vedic religion on the local tribes. Now these Aryan invaders claim nativity of Bharat and proclaim themselves as the real patriots as if they are original inhabitants of this land. This claim is not only a blatant lie and mischievous but also far from truth. They are no different from the invaders like Huns, Kasha’s, Mangols, Arabs, Mughals and Britons.

In 1947, we had become free from the British rule but, freedom from Aryan rule (the rule of Brahmanism) is yet to be achieved.

The Vedic religion (a religion that was thrust upon the people of Bharat by the migrant Aryans) believes in class classification of the people according to their Guna. But, in due course of time, it got crystallized into a rigid Caste System, based on the principle of graded inequality, which virtually made the people of the lowest rung of the society into social slaves depriving them of all human rights. The so- called Vedic society, whose core philosophy was Brahmanism, slowly degenerated into a society devoid of morals. Exploitation of lower classes by the higher classes was the order of the day. They were denied access to the so-called religious texts, prevented from seeking salvation, prohibited entry into the temples of Gods and Goddesses and made them live in social Ghettos. In that situation, the Buddha was born to save the suffering humanity. He raised the banner of revolt against Brahmanism, the foundation of Hinduism.

Nowadays, it is dinned into our ears day in and day out that Hinduism is not a religion; but, it is a way of life. Thereby, a smoke- screen is created to mislead and misguide the gullible people. How does the above-mentioned way of life benefit the lower and suffering classes? Surely and undoubtedly, it strives for the exclusive benefit of the higher classes and makes the lower classes to lead a life of servitude in perpetuity. Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar's advice to reform Hinduism was not heeded. He therefore crossed over to Buddhism - a native Dhamma. Two things happened on the day of conversion - firstly, he was no more a Hindu; and secondly, he felt that he was reborn as a Buddhist - a man liberated from the shackles of Hinduism and escaped from its cruelties.

This book contains a brief Biography of the Buddha, the Savior of the Suffering Humanity, whom Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar had considered him as his religious Guru. Along with the Biography of the Buddha, profiles of some Prominent Indian Buddhist Monks in the lifetime of the Buddha and during the later periods are included in this book. The profiles of the famous three Chinese Buddhist Pilgrims are also given along with the profile of His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama.

Banta Chandawimala of Singapore had created a blog named Kalyanamitra Dhamma Sabha on September 12, 2010 in which he has published some Buddhist paintings relating to the life of the Buddha.

Book's Contents and Sample Pages