22 vows of Ambedkar

On 14th October 1956 Dr B. R. Ambedkar accepted Buddhism along with his 5 Lacs follower in the holy land of Nagpur. He had given basic 22 vows, rules to his followers to observe strictly.

The 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.
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