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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 .....
    1. T
      Jul 5, 2016 at 6:38 pm
      This is the Real and Ugly face of RSS is shown.
      1. A
        Jul 1, 2014 at 10:49 am
        They are trying to reconcile the increasing Buddhist clout among SCs with the broader Hinduness they propogate.
        1. 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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