TO GREAT PHILOSOPHERS AND UNBAISED THINKER, HE IS A TEACHER WHO UNDERSTOOD WORLLY CONDITIONS IN THEIR PROPER PERSPECTIVE.
TO MORALISTS, HE HAS THE HIGHEST CODE OF DISCIPLINE AND HE SYMBOLISES PERFECTION.
TO RATIONALISTS, HE IS THE MOST LIBERAL MINDED RELIGIOUS TEACHER WHO UNDERSTOOD THE VEXED HUMAN PROBLEMS.
TO FREE THINDERS, HE IS A RELIGIOUS TEACHER WHO ENCOURAGED PEOPLE TO THINK FREELY WITHOUT DEPENDING ON RELIGIOUS DOGMAS.
TO AGNOSTICS, HE IS A VERY INTELLIGENT, KIND, UNDERSTANDING AND PEACE LOVING MAN.
TO HINDUS, HE IS ONE OF THE INCARNATIONS OF THEIR GOD.
TO SOCIALISTS, HE IS A SOCIAL REFORMER.
TO RELIGIOUS DEVOTERS, HE IS A HOLY MAN.
REF :- FLOWER OF MANKIND BY REV. K. DHAMMANANDA. ( MALAYSIA ).
Before listening to the Buddha, people were ignorant about many things :
Why were they here in the world ?
What did they really have to do as human beings ?
Was there an untimate aim in life ?
Despite their formidable store of knowledge ,
why was it that people could gain no satisfaction in life ?
We know from our own experience that when people have only mere knowledge, scientific or otherwise, but not Supreme Wisdom, they often are unable to live happily with themselves or with others.
We are constantly in danger of being smothered by greed, hatred and delusion, the bad motivations responsible for all evil deeds. Only the Buddha can teach us how to eradicate these bad motivations through the training of our minds.
The more we remain in this world, the more problems we will have to face. Life is a big physical and mental battle for those who are unenlightened.
The Buddha show that enlightenment and release from suffering is possible without depending on external factors, such as prayers, offerings, religious rites and rituals and animal sacrifices to gain purity and liberation.
Had the Buddha claimed that he was a divine being, then we may think that our scope for following his example is rather limited. Truly, the Buddha is the flower of mankind. Like the gentle fragrance of sweet jasmine carried for a brief moment by the gentle breeze on a still moonlit night, the Buddha’s message has spread throughout the world. It has spread without the use of political might. The enticing lure of miraculous powers or the manipulative use of financial aid to gain converts.
The Buddha is one of the great reformers of human history. He refused to promote mystical, occult and secret doctrines. He exposed the emptiness and futility of performing rites and rituals as a means of gaining salvation. He thought that people should not be bound to a holy book or sacred ritual in the search for truth and to gain spiritual liberation.
Buddha proclaimed to the world the immense potential and the invincible power of the human mind. Instead of placing man in a subservient position to some conception or personification of a divine power, he showed how man can attain the highest knowledge and supreme enlightenment by his own efforts. He raised the worth of man b y showing how one can develop one’s potential and attain Buddhahood is attained through spiritual maturity and not through spiritual maturity and not through mere prayers, worship or making offerings to a supernatural being. One should cultivate the good qualities of charity, morality, determination, goodwill and equanimity. Effort is needed to purify the mind from the deeply-rooted negative mental habits and defilement.
TRIPITAKA, the collection of the Buddha’s teachings and instructions contains astounding amount of analysis and prescription given by the Master which could be applied to overcome and cure all universal problems. In applying the method he prescribed, it is possible for a person to find complete release from an unending existence of dis-satisfactoriness.
REF :- FLOWER OF MANKIND BY REV. K. DHAMMANANDA. ( MALAYSIA )