Thursday, 24 March 2011

The New Thought Revealed by the Buddha


To understand the greatness of the Buddha as a religious teacher and also as a philosopher we have to compare and contrast His teachings with the major topics of the other religions in which we can see the background of religious teachings at the time of the Buddha’s emergence. In any society no a historical being comes into existence without influence from the society and even as how Buddhism understands the history shows the fact that turning points of history in politics, economics or ethics don’t take place at once without reason. They are caused by and results of a long process of evolution that occurred in the previous history of human society.

The main cultural force and the influence religious thought in the society of the Buddha was Brahmanism. When Buddhism appeared within it Vedic religion of Brahmins had been there more than fifteen centuries. During that long period of time Vedic religion had almost changed the entire life of inhabitants of JambudÄ«pa. According to the philosophy of life in Vedic religion  once is born to, from birth to death, from morning to evening almost all activities of every human being had been shaped, influenced and modified. According to religious principles of Brahmanism, its major concept can be identified as follows.

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