[Advaita-l] bauddha mata
satisharigela at yahoo.com
Tue May 3 00:48:08 CDT 2011
>I gave up right here.
Good. You made the right choice though for the wrong reasons. :-)
> Everyone with an opinion on this topic knows why
>everyone else is wrong but they are right "in reality."
First: Read each and every word carefully. Not simply understanding the
sentences but thinking about the implications and comparing with other known
Second: This is not a final verdict. If there is lot of evidence to the contrary
of-course, this opinion will be discarded.
Third: The article was not authored because somebody "felt so". There is years
of study behind that and the study of not just one person but by reviewing lot
of existing literature on the subject.
Four : This is not the opinion of one person.
Five: When studying nAstIka texts it helps to set aside one's AstIka bias for a
moment and see what the bauddha's say about themselves. The article in question
is paraphrasing how the bauddha-s saw themselves by quoting their own words,
incidents and opinions. So this is not somebody's opinion about bauddha mata.
Six: Keep in mind that we are talking of early bauddha-s with focus on buddha
himself. I stress this because people will be quick to quote some later bauddha
literature with their anti-vedic overtones. This we are aware ..so we don't need
quotes from later bauddha literature
>Not one of them
>can prove it. Let us accept that some questions are doomed to remain
>unanswered and ask different, more fruitful ones.
Since that would require posting many articles and extracts from many more, I
restricted to few sentences. In this case, I mentioned buddha's advice to a set
of people as a starting snippet:
"this is in fact reflected in his advice to the councilors of the vR^iji
gaNarAjya to continue their rituals as ordained to the deva-s and to the
brAhmaNa-s to continue studying their veda."
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