[Advaita-l] Sankara's praise of Buddha
sunil_bhattacharjya at yahoo.com
Thu Sep 22 13:02:00 CDT 2011
God does not teach untruth though it may appear to be so to some. Way back in the mid-fifties when I was 15 my teacher taught me the Dalton's theory of the Atom according to which Atom is the smallest particle. In the late fifties I was taught the structure of the Atom with Neutrons, Protons and Electrons in it. In the early sixties I learnt about the other subatomic particles such as mesons, and neutrinos and also about radioactivityand the list has been expanding with time. Had I stoped learning further after I was 15 I would have remained with my knowledge that the Atom is the smallest particle. Does this mean that my teacher taught me false things at that time. No, never. He taught what was appropriate to my level of understanding. We have to appreciate that these two great persons Lord Buddha and Adi Sankaracharya taught to different groups of people at different times and the courses were not exactly the same. So "apple to apple comparison" is
not really possible.
From: D.V.N.Sarma డి.వి.ఎన్.శర్మ <dvnsarma at gmail.com>
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> > What I was trying to point out is that Buddha is a historical figure
> > with incontrovertible evidence for his existence and ministry.
> > Trying to transport him into mythological story of Tripurasura
> > samhara to discredit his teaching is immature and naive.
> Saying this proves one immature.
> We definitely know that buddha of purANa-s and this popular one are not
> Purana-s have different stories. That doesn't match this buddha.
> amara-koSha also counts two buddhas.
> See both.
> Now telling that both are same is of no use.
> We have discussed it at many different forums and threads.
> Forcing us to accept both as same will mean vyAsa came later. That's not a
> talk of matures.
> We are discussing whether Buddha the founder of Buddhism
is one and the same as the one inducted into Dasavatars.
I think the people contributing to the discussion have been trying
to equate the two . If the puranic Buddha (the one enumerated in
dasavatars) is not the same one there is no meaning in bringing in
the Sankara's criticism of Buddhism. Neither is there any meaning
in saying that his teaching to discard vedic rituals is to decieve asuras.
By the way this is the only avatara in which God teaches untruth.
We have made the God teach untruth to suit our convictions and convenience.
If they are not the same the same the question arises who is this puranic
> Buddhism is the major religion of Asia and that itself is
> > sufficient vouch for its credentials.
> Why do you think that Hindu-s are not telling valid things and their
> tradition is a non-genuine one ?
> > We have to get out of the habit of thinking that only Hindus are
> > best in the world in every respect.
> We must also get out the habit to think that every non-Hindu is best and we
> should accept his views and respect them anyhow.
> > Objectivity in thought is
> > really will help us.
> For us our scriptures are source of valid knowledge. We don't rely on those
> proofs only which you know.
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