Buddha’s Encounter with the Brahmins! (Post No.3950)

Written by London Swaminathan


Date: 28 May 2017


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Post No. 3950


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Foreigners painted Buddha as Anti Hindu and Anti Brahmin and Agnostic. Those who read Tri Pitakas would realise that all these are wrong. He only opposed the rituals like fire sacrifices which had become meaningless by his time. Vedic Hindus forgot why and for what purpose they were doing it.


Buddha praised Brahmins sky high and praised Vedic God Indra. He asked his followers to follow eight good virtues so that God realisation would naturally follow it. He also said in one of his speeches that he knew lot more things but he would not reveal them to his disciples. We knew why he said that. He did not want to confuse his followers and push them towards rituals.


But what he feared ultimately came true. He refused to allow women into his fold. But his chief disciple Ananda begged to him and got the permission. He said to him that his religion would have lived 1000 years but now that he allowed women it would live only for 500 years. That came true . Buddhism died soon but Buddhists live longer. Even Mahendra Pallavan, the mighty Pallva King of Kanchi wrote a Sanskrit drama Mattavilasa Prhasana, a comedy on fake ascetics.


Buddhist Veda Dhammapada contains 423 slokas in Pali. of them one tenth are about Brahmins. last Chapter is about Brahminism. Even before this chapter he says,

“And a saint, a Brahmin, is pure from past sins; even if he had killed his father and mother, had murdered two noble kings, and had ravaged a whole kingdom and its people” (294 Dhammapada).


Dr S Radhakrishnan, philosopher and former President of India wrote a commentary on Dhammapada, the Veda of the Buddhists. In the introduction, he gives two anecdotes about the Brahmins:


“Once Buddha entered a public hall at Ambathikka and found some of his disciples talking of a Brahmin who had just been accusing Gautama impiety and finding fault with the Order of the mendicants he had founded.

Brethern, if others speak against me, or against my religion, or against the order, there is no reason why you should be angry, discontented or displeased with them. If you are so, you will not only bring yourselves into danger of spiritual loss, but you will not be able to judge whether what they say is correct or not correct”.

Intolerance seemed to him the greatest enemy of religion.


“When a Brahmin came to the Buddha with the remnants of his oblationin his hand, the Buddha said to him, Do not deem, O Brahmin, that purity comes by merely laying sticks in fire, for it is external. Having therefore, left that course, I kindle my fire only within, which burns for ever.  Here in this sacrifice the tongue is the sacrificial spoon and the heart is the altar of the fire.” (Samyutta 1-168)


Source: The Dhammapada, English Translation and Notes by S Radhakrishnan, Year 1950