ani at EE.WASHINGTON.EDU
Tue Apr 29 18:41:52 CDT 2003
> If Buddha hadn't descended and firmly established
> Buddhism in India, would there have been a need For
> Adi Shankara to rise and establish Advaita Vedanta and
> expel Buddhism from India?
> IMO, Vedic Dharma is even stronger than ever before as
> a result of Buddhism. It seems that in order for the
> Vedic Dharma to become stronger, it had to take a few
> steps back (Buddha) in order to make a longer, running
> jump (Shankara). God descended to break something
> down, only to build it back up again in an even more
> glorious fashion.
I do not agree with this logic. In that case, we should
glorify Shishupala, Ravana etc, because if they hadn't
existed, there wouldn't have been a need for the Rama
and Krishna Avataras. Note that I am not comparing
Buddha to Ravana and Shishupala, but only carrying the
logic to its extreme.
> Who can really know God's leela?
Sruti smRti purANAnAm Alayam karuNAlayam
namAmi bhagavatpAda Sam.karam lokaSam.karam
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