Buddha didn’t quit Hinduism, says top RSS functionary

The RSS leader said Buddha only propagated values like mercy, love, compassion, and affection which, in fact, are the essence of Hinduism.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:July 1, 2014 2:43 am

A top RSS functionary on Monday suggested that Lord Buddha never declared leaving Hinduism to form a new religion. Speaking at a condolence meeting, RSS joint general secretary Krishna Gopal blamed the British for trying to divide Hindu religion.

“Buddhists are not Hindus and Hindus are not Buddhist. There are deep differences between them; that one derives from Vedic traditions while the other follows non-Vedic traditions. Britishers tried to establish these beliefs deeply,” Gopal said at Jhandewalan.

“Buddhist intellectuals know that Lord Buddha remained a Hindu life-long. Never in his life did he declare to have quit Hindu religion or Sanatan religion or Vedic religion to form a new religion or sect. He never said so,” Gopal said. The RSS leader said Buddha only propagated values like mercy, love, compassion, and affection which, in fact, are the essence of Hinduism.

“Slowly, he developed a tradition of meditation. He proceeded on the tradition to overcome misery. Mercy, love, compassion and affection are the essence of Vedic religion, of the entire Hindu religion,” Krishna Gopal said.

“Yes, he distanced from some rituals. He did not address few questions because those issues used to create controversy. Whether God exists, whether aatma is real… questions are not easy to answer in a fashion where everyone could agree. That is why Buddha remained silent,” he said.

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    phonsok ladakhi
    Jul 7, 2016 at 1:51 am
    Buddha appeared when world was thick in the grip of ignorance....he taught dhamma the universal law of nature....he cleaned the society from BRHAMANIC domination and expoliataion....prevailing at that point of humane history.....we are all hindu ,indu,indian ,hindustani. bharat,,bharti......there is no one an authority on Hindu as a religion...so buddha was born into an ignorant society and through effort got enlightened and taught dhamma.........so he was never a Hindu in religious sense....he was human being, who showed human potential to the height of enlightenment free from ignorance .....
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      tseringpuncok
      Jul 5, 2016 at 6:38 pm
      This is the Real and Ugly face of RSS is shown.
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        Abhishek
        Jul 1, 2014 at 10:49 am
        They are trying to reconcile the increasing Buddhist clout among SCs with the broader Hinduness they propogate.
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          Amin King
          Jul 1, 2014 at 10:45 pm
          RSS "intentions" are irrelevant here. They are factually and historically correct. Buddha like Mahavira never intended to start a "new religion". They wanted to reform Hinduism by diluting certain rituals
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            Nampurath Krishna
            Jul 1, 2014 at 4:02 pm
            Nobody told Sarvarkar founded Hindutva. As per state of mind people interpret.
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              dim
              Jul 6, 2014 at 2:23 am
              London was a hub for Karl Marx.
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                deepak
                Jul 1, 2014 at 8:58 am
                It is high time to teach History in a correct way and not in British-Communist way.
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                  Arhan
                  Sep 18, 2014 at 8:46 am
                  Casteism is a disease which is social, NOT RELIGIOUS! Mmriti itself is 50% against the Vedas. Perhaps it would have been adulterated or something is not for sure but Vedas declare that every human has equal rights on worshipping and education! There is no Casteism mentioned in Vedas. The Purusha Sukta tells that every human being on earth is a Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya and Shudra at the same time as everyone has Mouth, Arms, Thighs and Feet....Also when it comes to untouchablity, an too being Buddhist has an ugly Caste System! The Hukong system of East Asia is also said to be a form of Caste System...Also the caste system exists in Buddhists, as everyone is not a Bhikku or a normal Householder!Adi ShankaraCharya, the propunder of Advaita philosophy who is also a target of stupid "humanists" said that everyone born in this world is a Shudra and everyone has the capacity and right to become a Brahmin through knowledge!
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                    Atif Shah
                    Jul 1, 2014 at 1:13 am
                    So u saying Buddha never left mercy love but Hindutva founded by secular sarwarkar can inflict pain & hatred in India & still be called Hindu ideny
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                      Karze
                      Jul 12, 2014 at 11:37 pm
                      Buddhism do not Believe in Caste systems like Hinduism. One of the foremost disciple of Buddha was an untouchable like sweeper.
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                        Karze
                        Jul 3, 2014 at 12:22 am
                        Hinduism believes in creation while Buddhism do not. While there are certain similarities but on the core principle its different. Hinduism believe in birth right but Buddhism believe in deeds aka action.
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                          Karze
                          Jul 12, 2014 at 11:35 pm
                          If some features are same than it doesn't mean that everything is same. Buddhism do not believe in Creator like Brahma or God like Theist. Buddhism is Non Theist.
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                            namo
                            Jul 5, 2014 at 10:08 am
                            Gautam Buddha remained silent on those questions because he knew the truth and relality of those anti-social elements that were raising such questions. Even back in those days, such anti-national elements were funded by outsiders. Equivalent to today's foreign-funded activists, evangelists, anti-india political parties like Cong.., etc.
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                              namo
                              Jul 5, 2014 at 10:09 am
                              Hinduism believes in karma. Don't you know?
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                                namo
                                Jul 5, 2014 at 10:14 am
                                Of course Buddha was from Sanatan Hindu dharma. This doesnt even warrant a question or discussion, to be honest. It is a fact that Buddha was born in a Sanatan Hindu family in Gautam gotra and was named Siddhartha by a Hindu priest. The 'eminent historians' cannot do anything to change facts.
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                                  namo
                                  Jul 5, 2014 at 10:03 am
                                  Yes, the Hindu religion
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                                    namo
                                    Jul 5, 2014 at 10:17 am
                                    You haven't even encountered the correct one, so taste that first.
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                                      Kasimpilla
                                      Jul 1, 2014 at 12:19 pm
                                      British-Communist? What kind of history is that, please explain? For all the various kinds, I've never encountered this one.
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                                        ravi
                                        Jul 1, 2014 at 10:49 am
                                        There was no such thing as Hinduism at time of Buddha, just different philosophies.
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                                          moronUma
                                          Jul 2, 2014 at 8:15 pm
                                          Buddha's real name was Gautam Siddartha, born in Gautam gotra. Hinduism is also known as Sanatan Dharma.
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                                            moronUma
                                            Jul 2, 2014 at 8:22 pm
                                            Nothing wrong in what RSS said. Buddhism is not an Abrahamic religion. Its sub-section of Sanatan Dharma. A Rishi and his ideas are never a new religion, its merely part of native culture he has developed his ideas in. Buddha's real name was Gautama Siddharta, born in Gautama gotra.
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