Buddhism, Hinduism and Mr.Samuel
By Sandemali JAYAWARDENA
The manifestation of the GOD in Hinduism can be presented
GOD = Creating + Preserving
Wherever there is creativity there is Brahama, wherever
there is preservation there is Vishnu and wherever there is recycling
there is Shiva.
The manifest-relative world (thatha) has the above three qualities and
it had been always like that and it will be always like that. We can
do nothing about it. However these devine qualities make the birth,
bloom, decay and death inevitable!
All Hindu schools of thought including Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism..
consider the unsatisfactoriness of the manifest world and try to attain
the absolute, unmanifest or unborn, the Moksha/Nirvana.
Different schools follow different paths but they all lead to the same
point. Even Anathma doctrine of Buddhism and the Maha-Athama(Brahman)
doctrine of Hinduism reinforce each other!
In India you can find a Buddhist, a Vaishnava, a Jain and a Sikh within
the same family. It will be the same in Sri Lanka if persons like Mr.
Samuel are not so cross with the Hindu/Buddhist civilisation and hinder
its development. Please try to understand the basics of this magnificent
civilisation into which you are born. It is not too late to change ideas
and join the family!
Many thanks to Mr. Samuel for pointing out the lack of solidarity among
Buddhists. Buddhists, let us try to do what we can, to bring prosperity
As for the monks, they are our own brothers and sisters who have taken
up a very difficult challenge. Let us wish them success.