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Gautam Buddha, was something of an agnostic himself. Rather than speculating about a divine being, he was much more concerned about eradicating suffering on earth.

Can you tell us how the Buddha would react to the way many of his followers have turned him into a god to be worshiped?

Asked by Jack Johnson, 05 Jul '09 07:47 am
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Buddha said: `One is one\'s own saviour. How can another help him?`

He would be disappointed that people have failed to grasp his teaching.
Answered by Shahryar Pax, 05 Jul '09 09:13 am

 
  
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The main thing Buddha preached is desire is the cause for all our sufferings. He has searched to find the God and he failed to convince himself about God and his existence and hence most of his teachings do not mention about God. But as usual the followers make him as God., like they make Saibaba, Ragavendra etc.
Answered by Josna, 06 Jul '09 01:30 pm

 
  
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The Buddha would have disapproved. He was against having a personal God. He used to say anyone can become a Buddha or the Enlightened one through spiritualism and knowledge.
Answered by joyoti sen, 05 Jul '09 10:09 pm

 
  
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Sai Ram. He would smile since being a Buddha, He would have understood human nature and the need to worship.
Answered by Venkateswaraswamy Swarna, 05 Jul '09 08:03 am

 
  
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From Siddhartha, meaning \"he who achieves his aim\" to the Buddha or \"Awakened or the Enlightened One\", his journey to salvation was indeed a marvelous one.
He got complete insight into the nature and he believed ignorance as the cause of human suffering. Immediately after his Enlightenment, the Buddha was wondering whether to teach the Dharma to human beings because he was worried about the fact that human beings were overpowered by greed, hatred and delusion, they would not be able to see the true dharma, which was subtle, deep and hard to understand. However later he decided to teach the dharma to the world for those who will understand the Dharma.
Buddha emphasized ethics and correct understanding. He questioned the average person\'s notions of divinity and salvation. The Buddhist system of insight, spiritual awakening and meditation practice is not believed to have been revealed divinely, but by the understanding of the true nature of the mind, which must be discovered by pe ...more
Answered by Muktha Radhakrishnan, 06 Jul '09 03:11 pm

 
  
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In my view there is nothing wrong in it.If peoplecan worship a tree(hindus)n get the blessing ,if people can worship a unseen God (the muslims) n get the blessing ,why can\'t Budha ,the incarnation of God can be worshiped?
Answered by Damodar Biswal, 05 Jul '09 11:45 am

 
  
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Yes it is a fact that His main concern was to eradicate sufferings on earth. Before proceeding further, we must know the nature or types of suffering prevailing at that time. Buddha was not the only one intellectual giant that India produced at that time; in addition to him, there was Mahavir Jain and an atheist, Goshala by name (with whom, both Buddha and Jain had interacted more than once). It is assessed that between 600 and 700 BC, Indias economy reached a high peak and that pushed forward Indias civilization in a big way. During this time, against great opposition, Vedas was written down for the first time and that was a victory of modernism over orthodoxy. During this time, Brahminism was taken to South India by Agastya; empire building started for the first time in India. A great city at Pataliputra was constructed. Yagnabalka and Gargi lived during this time. But by that time many bad practices also had crept into the society and these were mainly exploitation through cast s ...more
Answered by Sankar Mitra, 06 Jul '09 03:12 pm

 
  
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Its true he wasnt a prophet or a Son of God, but he was the teacher of God. The place of the Buddha in the scheme of things according to the suttas, according to the actual teachings of the Buddha in the Scriptures, is that our Buddha is your Gods teacher. So, if anyone knocks on your door and asks if you believe in God, you can say, Yes, but we also believe in the Buddha and that the Buddha is your Gods teacher. Buddha would react to the way many of his followers who have turned him into a god to be worshiped, as mentioned above and put them in the right path.
Answered by iqbal ahmed, 05 Jul '09 01:31 pm

 
  
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Gautama BUDDHA was a CHOSEN One ...... to be a Messenger with a paradigm shift.
That is, there is a MIDDLE Path to follow..........which is very applicable in the Era of Technological advancement and Intellectual Evolution. Its Neither extreme austerity nor extreme indulgence in sensual pleasures which both can lead to imbalances in one\'s life. Besides encouraging the Middle Path, HE has delivered many lovely and thought provoking insights into simple, compassionate and humane living.

Instead of finding Faults on a Messenger, its wise to learn what he has taught to many millions which were from his revelations thru his Meditations.
Doesnt Every Religion teach Humans to lead a Better life towards Compassion, Love, Harmony and to Do Good, Speak Good & Be Good and to help other fellow beings? :-)
Answered by Angel workz, 05 Jul '09 09:38 am

 
  
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JJ, first of all we are not really clear about what is GOD..we started worshipping those who show us the way towards the healthy and moral life. Budha was one of those great mind who had an ariel view of the society and human sufferings..and he tried to find a way and a solution..It is people who starts worshipping them..He never intended to be God..Such great minds come-up when there is a detoriation in the society.. Budha wud never be bothered if he is turned to be God or not...he wud be concened that his evaluation of the society to be understood and followed and that wud strealine the society of that time or the period that he cud visualise..
Answered by Sharmila Bose, 05 Jul '09 09:04 am

 
  
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