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ASHOKA

Vigilant on All Sides

Ashoka worked hard especially for the spread of education in his land. Nalanda is famous in history; it was the center of education and the University of Magadha. It is said that university of Magadha. It is said that Ashoka founded it. Students of that university were very much respected. During his time trade with foreign countries was carried on by sea routes. He encouraged agriculture, trade and industries. There were canals to help irrigation. All the money paid into the government treasury was spent for the welfare of the people.

Ashoka has big roads laid to help the growth of business and industries. For the benefit of travelers he had trees planted on both sides of the roads. Wells were dug and guesthouses and rest houses were put up. There was free medical aid both for men and for animals. Ashoka is among the first in the world who built hospitals for the treatment of animals. He got medicinal plants and a variety of fruit-bearing trees from several places and planted them where they were not found. In one inscription he has expressed the wish that even the forest dwellers in his empire should live happily.

Sandalwood wears itself out to give a cool and fragrant paste to men. Sugarcane gives up its sweet juice to men and reduces itself to mere skin in the process. The candle burns itself out that others may have light. All his life Ashoka lived like the sandalwood, like the sugarcane, like the candle.

He worked hard without rest and taught the people to live a life of truthfulness, Dharma, Justice and morality. There was happiness and peace. There were social gatherings at which people of all castes and creeds gathered and enjoyed themselves without feeling of high and low.


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Ashoka - He was an Ideal Ruler, who dedicated himself to the victories of righteousness
About Ashoka
Introduction
Who Was 'Priyadarshi'?
The Emperors
At Taxila

Ashoka Becomes King

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Matchless In History
The Noblest Victory
Spreading The Message   Of Dharma
The Seeds Of Dharma
A Religious Conference
The Pillar At Sarnath
The People's Friend
Vanquisted Kalinga
You are Here! Vigilant On All Sides
An Old Age Of Sorrow
The Brightest Star In The History Of The World
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