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If the Buddha is not a god, then why do people worship him?

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Asked by sudhakar kuruvada, 01 Apr '13 01:54 pm
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There are different types of worship. When someone worships a god, they praise him or her, making offerings and ask for favours, believing that the god will hear their praise, receive their offerings and answer their prayers. Buddhists do not indulge in this kind of worship. The other kind of worship is when we show respect to someone or something we admire. When a teacher walks into a room we stand up, when we meet a dignitary we shake hands,when the national anthem is played we salute. These are all gestures of respect and worship and indicate our admiration for persons and things. This is the type of worship Buddhist practise. A statue of the Buddha with its hands rested gently in its lap and its compassionate smile reminds us to strive to develop peace and love within ourselves. The perfume of incense reminds us of the pervading influence of virtue, the lamp reminds us of light of knowledge and the flowers which soon fade and die, reminds us of impermanence. When we bow, we express ...more
Answered by LIPSIKA, 01 Apr '13 01:59 pm

 
  
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Why not? It is their choice. Enlightened men are worshiped in many places. Even characters of stories are worshiped. Even film stars are worshiped in certain parts of India!
Answered by Shunmugham, 01 Apr '13 03:25 pm

 
  
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He is one avatar of lord krishna
Answered by rainbow girl, 01 Apr '13 01:54 pm

 
  
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These sects came much later
Answered by Quest, 01 Apr '13 04:02 pm

 
  
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The Buddha worshiped by Mahayanist followers is an omnipotent divinity endowed with numerous supernatural attributes and qualities . Worship in Mahayana tradition takes the form of devotion to Buddha and to Bodhisattvas. Buddha is worshipped but not as a god simply as a human who gained enlightenment
Answered by saranathan Narasimhan, 01 Apr '13 02:53 pm

 
  
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"Say: Who is it that
Sustains you (in life)
From the sky and from the earth?
Or who is it that
Has power over hearing
And sight? And who
Is it that brings out
The living from the dead
And the dead from the living?
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Source: [Al-Quran 10:31]
Answered by truth exposed, 01 Apr '13 02:05 pm

 
  
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Our people just love to worship and are quick to attribute divnity to anything and everything......in Tamil Nadu they worship MGR, is he God ?
Answered by Rahim Bahrain, 01 Apr '13 01:57 pm

 
  
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His teachings what ppl follow ...
Answered by Jazz, 01 Apr '13 01:57 pm

 
  
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There are different types of worship. When someone worships a god, they praise him or her, making offerings and ask for favours, believing that the god will hear their praise, receive their offerings and answer their prayers. Buddhists do not indulge in this kind of worship. The other kind of worship is when we show respect to someone or something we admire. When a teacher walks into a room we stand up, when we meet a dignitary we shake hands,when the national anthem is played we salute. These are all gestures of respect and worship and indicate our admiration for persons and things. This is the type of worship Buddhist practise. A statue of the Buddha with its hands rested gently in its lap and its compassionate smile reminds us to strive to develop peace and love within ourselves. The perfume of incense reminds us of the pervading influence of virtue, the lamp reminds us of light of knowledge and the flowers which soon fade and die, reminds us of impermanence. When we bow, we express ...more
Answered by aflatoon, 01 Apr '13 01:56 pm

 
  
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Buddha is
Answered by Om Shrivastava, 01 Apr '13 01:55 pm

 
  
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