Rohith Vemula’s Mother Left Hinduism Today: Here Are The 22 Vows of Dr. Ambedkar That She Took

Picture courtesy: Sanjana Krishnan

In Mumbai’s Ambedkar Bhawan today, Rohith Vemula’s mother Radhika Vemula and brother Raja vemula adopted Buddhism and took the 22 vows that Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar took when he left bHinduism in protest against caste discrimination.

Dr.B.R.Ambedkar prescribed 22 vows to his followers during the historic religious conversion to Buddhism on 15 October 1956 at Deeksha Bhoomi, Nagpur in India. The conversion to Buddhism by 800,000 people was historic because it was the largest religious conversion, the world has ever witnessed. He prescribed these oaths so that there may be complete severance of bond with Hinduism. These 22 vows struck a blow at the roots of Hindu beliefs and practices. These vows could serve as a bulwark to protect Buddhism from confusion and contradictions. These vows could liberate converts from superstitions, wasteful and meaningless rituals, which have led to pauperisation of masses and enrichment of upper castes of Hindus.

The famous 22 vows are:

  1. I shall have no faith in Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh nor shall I worship them.
  2. I shall have no faith in Rama and Krishna who are believed to be incarnation of God nor shall I worship them.
  3. I shall have no faith in ‘Gauri’, Ganapati and other gods and goddesses of Hindus nor shall I worship them.
  4. I do not believe in the incarnation of God.
  5. I do not and shall not believe that Lord Buddha was the incarnation of Vishnu. I believe this to be sheer madness and false propaganda.
  6. I shall not perform ‘Shraddha’ nor shall I give ‘pind-dan’.
  7. I shall not act in a manner violating the principles and teachings of the Buddha.
  8. I shall not allow any ceremonies to be performed by Brahmins.
  9. I shall believe in the equality of man.
  10. I shall endeavour to establish equality.
  11. I shall follow the ‘noble eightfold path’ of the Buddha.
  12. I shall follow the ‘paramitas’ prescribed by the Buddha.
  13. I shall have compassion and loving kindness for all living beings and protect them.
  14. I shall not steal.
  15. I shall not tell lies.
  16. I shall not commit carnal sins.
  17. I shall not take intoxicants like liquor, drugs etc.
  18. I shall endeavour to follow the noble eightfold path and practise compassion and loving kindness in every day life.
  19. I renounce Hinduism which is harmful for humanity and impedes the advancement and development of humanity because it is based on inequality, and adopt Buddhism as my religion.
  20. I firmly believe the Dhamma of the Buddha is the only true religion.
  21. I believe that I am having a re-birth.
  22. I solemnly declare and affirm that I shall hereafter lead my life according to the principles and teachings of the Buddha and his Dhamma.

Courtesy: Ambedkar.org

 

  • Sushmita

    captions beside photos are misleading

  • why spread lies ? how much missionaries and islamists are paying for you to do this ?

    1) Rohith vemula was a fake dalit. he faked dalit certificate. he’s from OBC oddera community and hiding behind christian conversion. He was killed by his own dalit movement group and he never mentioned anything about college problem in suicide statement, he was tired of his own groups using his name.
    2) whole of Vemula family are converted Christians, why are you bring in Hinduism here ? How much money missionaries pay you to do this ?

  • gk

    Here are a list of facts for those who are generally ignorant of Buddhism
    1. Buddha never wrote anything down and all of his teaching are second hand information from his disciples
    2. Buddha never denounced jaati, varna system. He belonged to Kshatriya varna and hence after his death Kshatriyas claimed right over his remains.
    3. Buddha believed in karma and reincarnation.
    4. According to Four noble truths, suffering is due to desire and not due to some socio-political system.
    5.Buddhist kings did not give up their Kshatriya title and did not treat everybody as equal.
    6. Untouchability existed in Buddhist societies of Sri Lanka, Korea, Japan etc.
    7. Buddha never renounced Vedic deities. So whatever Ambedkar Buddhism is doing is plain wrong and nothing to do with Buddhism. It is a Abrahamic version of Buddhism which rejects everything else as false.
    8. Buddhism does not believe in equality. It just says that everyone can come up subject to the rules of ‘karma and rebirth’. In this aspect there is no difference between Hinduism and Buddhism.
    9. Buddhism never worked to uplift the outcastes whereever it was in power. It did not consider those professions as noble.
    So unfortunately Ambedkar Buddhism is wrong.