World with many Views but Mind Neglected
There is an attempt to use meaning of Dhamma for political needs (Constitution) in Ceylon.
This is in perspective of an apprentice meditator in mind.
Advanced meditator won't get involved in academic exercises.
However, I need to get the core idea across and work on purifying the Mind (not get involved in phenomenology or the mechanics).
The word Dhamma in perspective of an apprentice in meditation found wanting.
It needs total detachment of academic exercise.
In that sense some qualifying tenets are attempted.
Dhamma has no parallels in philosophy, politics or science.
It is boundless and timeless and permeate all human mental activity.
It is not an institution in a religious sense.
It does not belong to a particular country or race or a constitution or an individual.
It belongs to the human mental capacity untapped.
Having said that it does not disregard existence of the right of other living beings.
It accepts the presence of extraterrestrial beings of higher or lower order to human beings.
It is a way of life with special attention to mental purity (getting rid of defilements).
It has a very simple moral code of self realization even though, self as an all abiding entity is precluded.
It has no rigid rules and bylaws but focuses on attention depending on the individuals intelligent capacity.
Above all it is open to Question or Inquiry (but not at global sense) but at Individual Level while working through the mental cultivation of purity of thinking.
That is why it should not be taken as religious practice but as a simple way of 'life experience' for every individual with an iota of intelligence.
However, It does not exclude the mentally weak and that is why it emphasizes the “Sardha” or the Devotion and reverence to the exalted one for absorbing the core mental culture.
If all all the above qualifications are taken into consideration, it should be "Above of All the World Constitutions" and not within a structured articles of intent, (be that it may be United States or Ceylon).
Constitution in brief is a piece of paper article to govern weak subjects by supposed to be powerful and the elite by coercion or rigidity of laws and bylaws.
It took almost 2500 years for the Human Rights Charter to be declared (only on paper but violated left, right and center depending on the declared sovereignty of a state or government).
We cannot do without a constitution even though few countries have no written constitution.
It is the political will of a set or group or collection of people.
It got to be simple to interpret.
It should have a practical value.
It should have the political will to harness harmony and disengage discrimination.
On all the above grounds it cannot be called a perfect article of faith.
It is a near enough document but since it is not perfect it should be scrutinized, restructured, revised on a regular basis.
Dhamma does not need any of the above revisions and that is why it should be kept above all constitutions.
That is a point of view.
By putting Dhamma on paper called constitution won’t achieve any objective, except some a cosmetic value.
The above said won’t apply to Christianity and Muslim religions since they are invariably bound by power, politics, commerce, money and may be even conspiracies to cover up corruption.
In exalted ones and the ones who are on the path of Dhamma are completely detached from power, money and corruptions, conspiracies of all kinds.
Dhamma is for the Mind and not for an Institution.
That is why Buddha did not appoint a successor and let the boundless Dhamma takes it own course.
It does not mean Dhamma could survive on its own since there is always room for distortion within and from without.
That is the very reason these thoughts are penned down here to save its status of universality.
Dhamma is boundless and timeless.
It permeates all reams and universes (There is no one world but many worlds).
Four abodes of the enlightenment or the sublime states are;
Metta (Loving Kindness)
Muditha (Sympathetic Joy)
Way forward is Meditation either;
Samatha Bhavana-Concentration or Focused Attention to the Present
Samatha Bhavana, the development of mental tranquility with concentration, is accompanied by three benefits; it gives happiness in the present life, a favorable rebirth, and the freedom from mental defilements which is a prerequisite for attainment of insight.
Vipassana Bhavana-Insight Meditation
Vipassana bhavana is realization of the three signs of being, anicca, dukkha, and anatta,
The focus of attention be given to Metta Meditation and Moment Meditation,too.