|He remained in his highest office and
exercised his unrestrained power till he attained the lotus feet of the Lord in 232 B.C. The imperial
power, on the other hand, enabled him to utilize the infinite resources
of his country for the promotion of his Law of Piety.
The Law of Piety, or Dharma, which
he personally followed and passionately propagated, is nothing but a moral code that
absorbed all the currents, flowing down from the high plains of world religions. It is
the quaint-essence of Buddhism sans gross and dross of Hinduism existed then. The
novelty of this Dharma is that it evades ingeniously that discussion which
drags one into abstract concepts, like 'Soul' or 'God' into its domain. It contradicts
not with any dogma of any religion, foreign or indigenous. Nor does it
claim superiority over others. Herein lies its strength and merit. That accounts for its popular
acceptance. And that opened a chapter bright. It aims at moral excellences at best.