Jul 5, 2020

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ANOTHER ARGUMENT BY A BUDDHIST PROFESSOR REJECTING THE BOOK “SIDDHARTHA”

Reverend Guru

Om Mani Padme Hum

I bow before your lotus feet

Today I did not have any work to do. Slackness and body aches, due to change of season, were perturbing me. Sitting alone in the room was creating boredom. I narrated my feelings to my friend and asked for rescue. She gave a splendid smile and sent an article shared by our holy Guru entitled  ‘ BE “MINDFUL” AT THE “SIDDHARTHA” STORY!’  I went through it several times by repeated reading, not because I could not understand it but because several times my granddaughter came and started playing with me and disturbed my concentration and the tranquility.  I slept for a while after lunch. When I woke up I was alone and utilised this time for reading it properly. But in my every reading a new layers of Guru’s massage, meaning and import was getting explicit to me from his thematic text pregnant with deep meanings for the new learners whose right perception or right knowledge has not emerged properly. This is an eye opener article as we are often enchanted by the One’s fame or the glittering books of high sounding names and start praising or following him. But one should not be delude of these.  He is of the opinion that all that glitters are not gold and all the fictions are not facts. It is the massage of this article.

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The story starts with a person named Mac Tri, who claimed to be a Tantric practitioner. Though he did not observe the proper rituals of Buddhist Tantric practices, yet boasts to be the master of Buddhist wisdom, who commands lot of miraculous spiritual powers. His hyperbolism annoys our holy Guru. He out of sarcasm says, empty vessels sound much. He  warns against such persons and asks us  to beware of such pedantic who is dominated by the wrong views only that has brought him to the brink of heathenism. On further enquiry it became clear that this erroneous views that has emerged in him, has caused by an infamous book of an ignorant man Hermann Hasse  “SIDDHARTH”. It is not a book on Buddhism rather a fiction wherein a number of baseless events are concocted around the Siddhartha for creating a perverted interest among readers and making it a fast selling book. Guru has warned against it and said since there is no portion of this fiction has parity with the historical Buddha one should not rely on it. He enlightens us by informing that non have reached to the stage of enlightenment before Gotam, the Buddha, the claim of the author that Govind, a Hindu hermit, helped the Suddharth become  the Buddha is totally false and baseless. Since such untrue stories blurs the vision and makes one prejudiced against a religion as well as belittle the image of the Blessed one, one should not read such story books, unless the discerning vision of one’s own does not emerge.

Three or four years ago I happened to read one of the Guru’s article dealing with the method to understand the Buddha’ teachings as so many people are interpreting it in their own way imposing their own thoughts and mental creation. Herein Guru categorically says one should rely upon it authored by some high sounding name rather because the veracity of the text itself. Its words must be related to the Buddha Vachanas. It must resemble the teachings of the Vinaya, should not contradict the nature of the things. At the same time Guru has also asked not to rely on the eminence of the speaker, prestige of the speaker as well as on the report or hearsay. He had also mentioned that the eminence of the speaker seems to indicate the the intrinsic worth of the speaker while prestige of the speaker signifies his reputation among the people Guru has categorically asked not to accept the mere authority of the both.

Our holy Guru says that the story of “Siddhartha” firstly is a literary work and any analysis concerned with the ideological aspect merely comes, more or less, from the subjectivity labeled by the reader. Hence, the idea that this book tarnishes or highlights Buddhism is considered impertinent.” He further adds that in my thought, the content of this book is full of clichés and subjective idea, because they cannot impose their wish on the reader. Then I am definitely objected to the book because I am a Buddhist and I cannot accept or praise the book of a heretic or atheistic writer like H. Hesse. He has mistakenly written about Buddha Dharma. If it is supposed to be a spiritual literary work, it should be clear and precise rather than the impulsive writing in the name of literature. And thus he has warned his disciples to be critical toward any literature, even if it is written by famous authority, and develop the critical faculty of the mind which can discern the truth from falsehood.

May Guru and your consort live long for the sake of all sentient beings

May all sentient beings always stay in awakening state

May Covid-19 pandemic end soon

Om Mani Padme Hum

Tantrasutradaka (Avinash Kumar Srivastava)

  1. tantra mahavita says:

    Dear HOLY GURU: I bow my head at the feet at the Guru .Thank you very much for sharing this article.May the Guru have a Long Life for the benefit of all sentient beings. May all beings find their Budhha Nature .Let the pandemic end.OM MANI PADME HUM

  2. Mật Phê Rô says:

    Dear repect Guru!
    I have read article
    Thank you so much
    I pray Guru good health, live long because befenit all beings
    I pray covid 19 soon end.
    Om Mani Padme Hum!

  3. Mật Tấn Sơn (Đỗ Trường Giang) says:

    Dear Guru,
    I read this article.
    Thank you so much.
    May Guru have good health and live long for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May all sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha’s nature.
    May Covid-19 pandemic soon be over.
    Om mani padme hum

  4. Mật Khả Phúc says:

    Dear Tantra Sutradaka,

    I’m delighted to read your sharing.
    I’m happy that you finally finished your reading and understand layers of Guru’s message. Through your sharing, I feel so lucky and fortunate to follow Guru in this life. With Guru’s teaching, warning and message, we have opened our eyes and distinguished right view and wrong view and not be fooled by someone’s fame. Hermann Hasse should stay as a fiction writer and should not step in Buddhism field which is above his knowledge, understanding and level. He implied his own thoughts, mistakes and misjudged about Buddhism in the book which will cause the terrible outcome not only for him but also for readers who follow him. Thank you Guru for awakening and enlightening us , all beings so that we don’t fall into this horrible trap.
    I sincerely pray for the health and longevity of Guru and his consort for the sake of all sentient beings.

    May Covid-19 pandemic will eliminate soon.

    May all sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha nature.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  5. Tantra Mashita says:

    Dear compassionate guru,

    Thank you so much for sharing this article with us, I really liked it, that’s so kind of you that you always give your students the chance to say their opinions and thoughts about the articles, thank you so much again

    I bow my head down for you
    I devote myself to you
    I express my gratitude to you
    I bow my head for your lotus feet

    May you have a good health and live long for the benefit of all sentient beings
    May all the sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha’s nature
    May the pandemic caused by corona virus soon end
    Om Mani Padme hum

  6. Mật Huệ Bích (8 tuổi) says:

    Dear Guru,

    I have read the whole article,

    Thank you Guru,

    I pray for the health and longevity of Guru and your consort for the sake all sentient beings,

    I pray for the Coronavirus disease soon to be eradicated,

    I pray that all sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha nature,

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  7. Mật Thủy says:

    Dear Tantra Sutradaka,

    I’m delighted with your arguments as a Buddhist Professor contributing to the rejection of the wrong view from the book “Siddhartha”. Through your point of view, I’m much more grateful to Guru, giving us the eye-opener articles on chanhtuduy.com, facilitating us with the bright eyes of right view. The book “Siddhartha” or the writer Hermann Hasse is only one of many glitters but not gold that “blurs the vision” and leads to the wrong understanding, hence wrong practising and bad results following. So it’s very important to be careful of “the glitters but not gold” by not believing in any literature written by a famous authority and developing the critical faculty of the mind with chanhtuduy.com.

    May Guru good health and longevity for the benefit of all sentient beings.

    May the Covid-19 pandemic soon come to an end.

    Om mani padme hum!

  8. Mật Diễm says:

    Dear Guru.
    I am glad to read this article.
    I pray for the health and longevity of Guru and your consort for the sake of all sentient beings.
    I pray for the torch of wisdom to be lighted everywhere through the Guru transport channel.
    pray for the corona virus disease soo to be eradicated.
    OM AH HUM

  9. Mật Phước says:

    Dear Guru,
    I have read this article.
    Thank you, Tantra Sutradaka, for your sharings through reading interpretation article from the Guru. From here, I really feel happy for my luck, when I have been learning the right views on chanhtuduy.com, especially, when we have been follwing the mighty Guru.
    May Guru and your consort have good the health and longevity for sake of all senteint beings.
    May the Covid 19 pandemic be soon over.
    May all senteint beings achieve the happiness of Buddha’s nature.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  10. Mật Ba says:

    Dear Guru!
    I have read the article this “another argument by a buddhist professor rejecting the book siddhartha.”
    I am happy to read this article.
    Thank you so much for sharing of vajra brother Tantra Satrudaka.
    May Guru and his Consort have good heath, live long for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May all sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha’s nature.
    May the Covid 19 pandemic will be soon over.
    Om mani padme hum!

  11. Mật Nhuận Quang says:

    Dear Tantra Sutradaka,

    I’m very happy to read your article: “Another argument by a Buddhist professor rejecting the book “Siddhartha” “. I am delighted with your sharing. Thank you very much. I rejoice with your devotion to towards the Holy Guru.
    May Holy Guru and his consort live long for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May you have good health and make progress on the path to enlightenment.
    May all sentient beings achieve the happiness of Buddha’s nature.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  12. Tantraupatissa says:

    Dear Guru thanks for sharing this article.
    Also thanks to Vajra brother Tantra Sutradaka for reading the book mentioned in this article and presenting us his clear and crystal views. By this article I understood we should not go by author of book, we should deeply try to understand and differentiate if the content published is reliable or baseless. Thank you for opening our eyes.

    May all beings create good karmas so they don’t have to suffer from COVID 19.

    May Guru and his consort live long to uphold Dharma.

    May all beings be free from suffering and get enlightened.

    Om Mani Padme Hum…

  13. Dr C H Lakshminarayan says:

    Ibow my head at the lotus feet of Guru.
    A few facts I want to submit regarding this article.first of all I have not read this book and I don’t know about the author of this book. So how to comment on this subject without reading the book without knowing the contents written in in the article and without comparing our views and other views ?.Here, wherein we live in remote villages do not know about that author and book and not able to get that book with out knowing the details where can we get that book?
    Om Mani padme hum.
    Tantra Nirvadeva

  14. Mật Thiệu says:

    Dear Guru !
    I am delighted to read this article.
    I rejoice when I read the memories of the Tantra Sutradaka after reading the article: Be ” Mindful” at the ” Siddhartha ” story by Guru.
    May Guru and your consort have good heath and live long for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May all sentient beings awaken in enlightened state.
    May covid – 19 pandemic be soon over.
    Om mani padme hum.

  15. Mật Tuyết Hoa says:

    Dear Tantra Sutradaka,
    I am delighted to read this article. I am thankful for your sharing after you read the article of Guru. Through it, I am happy to cherish that we can follow Guru in the life, who shows us know the way to distinguish the right view and wrong view. This is to help us open eyes when we receive information from anyone even though they are the famous. I am grateful to teaching’s Guru because of without Guru, we cannot understand the real Dharma and maybe fall into horrible traps on the way to the liberation city.
    May Guru and his Consort have good health and live long for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May Tantra Sutradaka have a good health and happy life.
    May all sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha’s nature.
    May Covid 19 pandemic will be end soon.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  16. Mật Diệu Linh says:

    Dear Guru.
    I have read this article already.
    I praise the merit of writing your share Tantra Sutradaka thanks to the teachings of the Guru, you have a proper awareness of Buddhism, and writing sharing helps sentient beings not make mistakes, misunderstandings, From the books of the author who do not have the knowledge of Buddhism, he has drawn up fictional stories, not real, affecting the image of the Buddha and making others have prejudice about Buddhism. .
    Thank you Tantra Sutradaka for writing the sharing post.
    Con prays that the Guru is in good health and lives long for the benefit of all beings.
    Pray for all beings to attain happiness in Buddha nature.
    Prayer for the epidemic of Covid 19 was soon eradicated.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  17. Tantra Ashihata (Simon Michael) says:

    Dear holy Guru,
    my name is Tantra Ashihata.
    I thank you I appreciate you for this article you have share for us, thank you for your wisdom may you always fill us with your wisdom to understand and to attain enlightenment may you not allowed us to be little Buddha and Buddhism in any way.
    May Guru live long for the seek of sentient beings
    may all sentient beings be free from suffering and enjoy Buddha happy nature
    may the end of covid 19 come soon .
    Om Mani padme hum

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