[Advaita-l] Is Ayyappa a Vedic god?
dvnsarma at gmail.com
Fri Mar 16 06:58:40 EDT 2018
It is very difficult to imagine the form of Buddha in the idol of Ayyappa.
I do not think that there are any similarities.
On Fri, Mar 16, 2018 at 2:59 PM, V Subrahmanian via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> There is a lot of literature on 'Caste in Buddhism'; here is one:
> //Weber while concluding in his long monograph
> <http://web.uni-frankfurt.de/irenik/relkultur50.pdf> adds:
> “Besides Buddha, the ancient Buddhism of India worshipped the gods,
> brahmanas and shramanas. It accepted the caste system and introduced it
> even itself. A Buddha could be either a pure kshatriya or a pure brahmana;
> however, a person belonging to a mixed or lower caste could never become an
> enlightened one, and by no means could a dalit become a Buddha.
> The more we study the reality of the ancient Indian Buddhism we see that it
> is so extremely related to its contemporary co-religionists and so far from
> the thinking, working and feeling of modern Buddhists too. Religious people
> who are fighting against one and another today are nevertheless more
> related to one another than to their own strange ancestors.//
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