A war between two kings, No use two sides, Deaths loss and money loss too. A big country to occupying is not good. Killing is bad to man, Talk true.

`Buddha Sharanam Gachhami’ the Ashoka slogan.

Ashoka was the great an emperor of India during the Gupta period of ancient India history. He was the grand son of Chandragupta Maurya, who had extended his empire to the whole of India and south East Asia. All the countries which are at present called Malaysia, Indonesia, indo-china, Philippines, and Japan were parts of his empire.

When Ashoka came to the throne, the whole country was under him. Of course, some times certain small kingdoms raised their rebellious head which he promptly curbed. Ashoka thought in his young age that, like his grand father, he ought to extend his empire. He once invaded Kalinga with a vast and might army. The people of Kalinga gave a stout resistance leading to death of thousands off people and injury to many more. Ashoka was so much upset by all the misery that he vowed never to take out his sward again. He also declared that the drums of war will never be beaten in the land that he ruled over.

After the battle of Kalinga, Ashoka became a staunch follower of Buddha. He even gave up hunting of animals. He spread the message of Buddha through various ways. He arranged to carve out what he wanted to say on pillars of stones. Those pillars were taken to every corner of the continent and put up for every one to see and act upon. These edicts wanted the people to be kind, to tell the truth and not to kill. These were the lessons of Buddha. Some of the pillars also recite the good deeds of Ashoka towards his people.

Buddha’s message transcribed on stone pillars and rocks has come down the ages through the centuries and still all holds good. Ashoka sent learned men to other countries to spread the teaching of Buddha. It was Ashoka pit up pillar to mark the place where Buddha was born at Lumbini. He also built many Serais or Viharas where the Buddhists and holymen could live. He also set up many universities where men could live and learn about the teachings of Buddha.



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