He vowed never to practice violence again and devoted himself completely to Buddhism. Ashoka encouraged the people to adhere to these edicts in order to live a happy life. As the British officers explored the Indian mainland finding curious structures which we call as Stupas today containing Pali inscriptions of the reign of Ashoka and his endeavor of spreading Budhdhism. He was disgusted by the extreme deaths of numerous civilians, especially the Brahmans. Charles Allen in his book Ashoka -The Search for India's Lost Emperor meticulously presents these steps of retracing a grand era that had started with discovery of few mysterious mo Woven using collected pieces of surviving rock edicts, sculptures, Buddhist stupas, accounts of Huen Tsang and Fa Hien, an accepted history is now established.
And not merely a king, but an emperor who ruled over a greater tract of the Indian subcontinent than any monarch or government before or since. He spoke of no particular mode of religious creed or worship, nor of any philosophical doctrines. King Ashoka, the third monarch of the Indian Mauryan dynasty, is also considered as one of the most exemplary rulers who ever lived. Hence, the destruction of Buddhist relics and monasteries is not given the political tone that it deserves and the reader may almost be made to believe that some evil force Brahmanical destroyed the greatness that was created. Radhagupta, according to the Ashokavadana, would later be appointed prime minister by Ashoka once he had gained the throne. The primary reason is that those who came after him strove to erase his memory — and for the most part they did an admirable job. However I see a stark contrast between these two popular leaders.
This isn't a biography of Ashoka: not enough is known for that. Sadly however, story of Ashoka had remained buried for around two thousand years, the rediscovery coinciding only with retracing of the Buddhist past in India. He gave donations to viharas and mathas. Ashoka also abolished the royal hunting of animals and restricted the slaying of animals for food in the royal residence. But how then did Ashoka and his dynasty rise under the same so-called Brahmanical power is brushed through without any analysis done. Similarly western writers continue to write informative accounts of India's Buddhist past.
The fact that quite a few people in those ancient times traveled to unknown territories in pursuit of knowledge knowing very well that travel was risky in those days goes to say that a few great minds have an insatiable hunger for knowledge. The central province, Magadha with its capital at Pataliputra was the administrative centre of the empire. He sent his only daughter Sanghamitra and son Mahindra to spread Buddhism in Sri Lanka then known as Tamraparni. All these misfortunes brought Ashoka to turn into a religious ruler compared to a military ruler. That's the real interest of the book for me, and I felt that through this oblique account I met him more fully than I had before as well as getting to know the sources. He is known as Asoka the Great since he was one of the most able rulers who ruled India.
All his inscriptions present him as compassionate and loving. But if it gives people a sense of wonderment about their history they may take an interest that much further and bring Ashoka back to the ordinary people, a king of the people again. After he conquered the Kingdom of Kalinga, Ashoka was very remorseful and embraced Buddhism, a faith that teaches nonviolence. Ashoka proved a competent general, likely much to his brothers' dismay, putting down a rebellion in the Punjabi city of Taxshila. As he turned to Buddhism, he emphasized dharma law of piety and ahimsa nonviolence. Growing up in India during the 80s our introduction to Ashoka was textbook brief - he was a ruler who was transformed by the sight of bloody war whose symbols were on our flag and on our currency and who was a Buddhist. India's Buddhist heritage was shrouded in obscurity.
Starting with one of the greater tragedies to befall this oft-blighted subcontinent - the destruction of Nalanda university by Muslim invaders - Allen takes us on a journey of discovery. . Two centuries before Christ, here was a king who talked of conquest through hearts and minds, victories of love and peace, and a rule of compassion, not fear. He promoted the concept of vegetarianism. After ruling for about 25 years, Chandragupta abdicated in favour of his son, Bindusara, and became a Jain monk. The Ashokavadana recounts Radhagupta's offering of an old royal elephant to Ashoka for him to ride to the Garden of the Gold Pavilion where King Bindusara would determine his successor.
However, at what proved to be his last conquest he was overwhelmed by the loss of life and turned to Buddhism. Support for Buddhism The Buddhist tradition holds many legends about Ashoka. He undertook the propagation of these philosophies through publication of 14 edicts that he spread out throughout his empire. So, I went straight to the final chapter of the book which has what I was looking for - Ashoka's story. Accession to the Throne Susima started inciting Bindusara against Ashoka, who was then sent into exile by the emperor.
While the efforts of the people who discovered the actual sites are laudable, the biographies of the discoverers lean towards hagiography. Ashoka also gave donations to non-Buddhists. He is similarly believed to have had four sons and two daughters: a son by Devi named Mahendra Pali: Mahinda , Tivara son of Karuvaki , Kunala son of Padmavati, and Jalauka mentioned in the Kashmir Chronicle , a daughter of Devi named Sanghamitra Pali: Sanghamitta , and another daughter named Charumati. It is the story of how people discovered Ashoka's edicts over time, learned to decipher Brahmi, and established the dates for Ashoka's No. The first Pillar of Ashoka was found in the 16th century by Thomas Coryat in the ruins of ancient Delhi. We know a little about the Indophile employees of Raj who were here like nabobs immersed in the culture and land that is India. He was the grandson of the great Chandragupta Maurya, the founder emperor of the Maurya Dynasty.