The harm the Invaders inflicted on Indians and Hindu culture is unimaginable.

Right from Max Mueller,to today’s secular authors.

But there are some well meaning people who do not understand Sanskrit propagate Hinduism do more harm to Hinduism than good.

One such is a piece in Quora where the author states that Lord Rama called Buddha a Thief!

And the article quotes Ramayana of Valmiki.

Shankaracharya on Reality in Brahmasutra

And the author asserts  that there have been interpolations in the Rmayana and people should be careful in reading the Ramayana!

No doubt there have been interpolations in The Ramayana and people are aware of it

Buddha on Reality.Image credit

And one who knows Sanskrit and History also knows how to sift the chaff from the grain.

In the meanwhile, people who very little of Sanskrit mus refrain from writing on these issues without adequate knowledge of Sanskrit and History.

In the present case, the term Buddha means one who discusses things intellectually and nothing more,.

The term Buddha also means enlightened one according Buddhism.

So when the term Buddha is used in the Ramayana  it is in the sense of one who discusses things  as an Intellectual.

Buddha is venerated as a Great Philosopher  for His interpretation of Reality is as aspect of Brahman.

The Sunyavada of Buddhism is very close to Advaita, though not similar.

“Valmiki Ramayana mentions Buddha in bad light.

Valmiki Ramayana has divisons called Kandas like Bala Kanda , Ayodhya kanda , Yuddha kanda etc.

Bala kanda deals with the balyam i.e childhood of sri rama. Ayodhya kanda,  deals mainly with events that happened after the Rama getting married i.e preparation for coronation of Rama and Rama leaving Ayodhya.

In the beginning of Ayodhya kanda Rama was made to leave kingdom resulting in cascade of event like death of Dasaratha death , recalling of Bharatha urgently from his uncles kingdom and now Bharatha comes back to Ayodhya and comes to know about his mothers wishes , Rama’s exit to forests and death of his father .  He feels very sad for the things that happened and now he thinks about going to forest with many important people like his mothers, his ministers , soldiers etc to persuade rama to accept the Ayodhya kingdom and rule as the king.

After meeting Rama the screen play starts, one by one starts requesting Rama to return to Ayodhya  using their oratory and logical skills and  now comes the turn of Jabali i.e one of the ministers of Ayodhya kingdom. In the replay given to Jabali shunning his logical arguments Rama criticises Buddha.

In Ayodhya Kandas chapters called Sargaa. In ayodhya kanda in 109th sarga  has many poems and in the 34 poem Rama calls Buddha as theif and abuses his religion as atheistic  and bad.

Here is the text:

यथा हि चोरः स तथा हि बुद्ध |

स्तथागतं नास्तिकमत्र विध्हि |

तस्माद्धि यः शङ्क्यतमः प्रजानाम् |

न नास्ति केनाभिमुखो बुधः स्यात् २-१०९-३४


yathaa hi choraH sa tathaa hi buddha |
stathaagataM naastikamatra vidhhi |
tasmaaddhi yaH shaN^kyatamaH prajaanaam |
na naasti kenaabhimukho budhaH syaat 2-109-34( Valmiki Ramayana, Ayodhya Kanda,Sarga 109. Sloka 34)

34. yathaahi tathaa hi= It is an exact state of the case; saH= that; buddhaH= a mere intellection; choraH= (is deserves to be punished) as a thief; viddhi= and know; naastikam= an atheist; atra= here; tathaagatam= to be on par with a mere intellectual; tasaat= therefore; yaH= he who; shaN^kya tamaH= is the most suspectable; prajaanaam= (should be punished in the interest of) the people; na syaat= In no case; buddhaH= should a wise man; abhimukhaH= consort; naastikaa= with an atheist.

‘In sarga 110 & shloka 34 of Ayodhyakanda Rama saysto  Bharata, ” Buddha & his followers are thieves. They don’t believe  in God. It is better to be away of them.”

तस्य ज्येष्ठो असि दायादो राम इत्य् अभिविश्रुतः |
तद् गृहाण स्वकम् राज्यम् अवेक्षस्व जगन् नृप || ३४

34. asi = you are; jyeSThaH = the eldest son; tasya = of that Dasaratha; abhivishrutaH = very well known; raama iti = as Rama; daayaadaH = the heir who can claim over the inheritance; nR^ipaiH = O; king!; tat = for that reason; gR^ihaaNa = take over; svakam = your; raajyam = kingdom; avekSasva = look after; janam = your people.

“You are the eldest son of that Dasaratha, very well-known as Rama, the heir who can claim over the inheritance. O, King! Hence, take over your kingdom and look after your people there.”

“It is an exact state of the case that a mere *intellection deserves to be punished as it were a thief and know an atheist to be on par with a mere intellectual. Therefore he is the most suspectable and should be punished in the interest of the poeple. In no case should a wise man consort with an atheist.”

* It is the word that is responding to the chanllenge, which we call intellection. Truth/God is very subtle. A mind that is caught in the net of words/arguments cannot understand truth/God.


  1. यथा हि चोरः स तथा हि बुद्ध |

    स्तथागतं नास्तिकमत्र विध्हि |

    तस्माद्धि यः शङ्क्यतमः प्रजानाम् |

    न नास्ति केनाभिमुखो बुधः स्यात् २-१०९-३४

    The author of this article lacks to interpret the verse in its entirety.
    The word “Tathagat” is used only for referring Buddha. If you read Pali (Prakrut) literature, you will find the meaning of “Tathagat” as the one who walks on the path of truth and nothing else. The term “Tathagat” is widely used everywhere in Pali literature to refer “the Buddha”. Buddha’s teachings denied existence of controller of the universe (so called Gods in Hinduism). There are celestial beings (Devas and Brahmas) in Buddha’s cosmology but they are not the creators and controllers of the universe, this philosophy contradicts with the God philosophy of Hinduism (Vedic philosophy), that’s why Valmiki or whosoever analyses Budha’s teachings in light of Vedic concepts, they brand Buddha and his followers as an Atheist (Nastik).

    This verse of Ramayana written by Valmiki indicates that Ramayana had been written in the post Buddha era. You may appreciate that in the 84000 verses of “Tipitaka” literature, (the teachings of Buddha), there is no mention of Rama, Sita, Ravana, Hanuman etc.
    If Ramayana had happened before Buddha and being such a popular epic, then there would have been numerous references of Ramayana in the vast Buddhist literature.
    But unfortunately we do not find a single reference of Ramayana in Buddha’s teachings.
    On the other hand Ramayana has the verse abusing Buddha and his followers is a clear indication that Valmiki – Ramayana was not existing before the Buddha.

    Further, “Padma Purana V.71.265-268” mentions Buddha as a reincarnation of Lord Vishnu. That means even Puranas had been written at a much later phase of time than the Buddha.

    These references clearly indicate chronology of literature that Ramayana and Puranas were written in the post Budha period and nothing more than that!.


  2. Hi,

    I accidentally stumbled upon this piece while doing a bit of research to find out the exact meaning of verse 2.2.32 of Brahma-sutra bhashya of Sri Shankara.

    api ca bahyartha vijnana sunyavada trayam itaretara viruddham upadisata sugatena spandikrtam atmano sambandha pralapitvam, pradveso va prajasu viruddhartha-pratipattya vimuhyeyurimah praja iti.

    The reason for this research is that, recently there was debate between noted rashionalist Prof. Ravichandran C and Advaithin Swami Chidanandapuri. Prof. Ravichandran maintains that in this sloka, Shankara calls Buddha a delirious man while Swami maintains that the argument is against Boudha-r in general. However I dont find Buddha Shabda in this verse anywhere but only reference to Sunyavada.

    Swami’s arguments is that while Shankara fiercely critic Buddha’s followers, he neither critic Buddha nor insults him.

    Would be of great help if you can throw more light on this.

    Abhilash Veettil


  3. यहाँ बहुत छद्ममय बुद्ध काअर्थ किया जा रहा है तथा सर्वमान्य, सर्वजन्य अर्थ अर्थात् Lord Buddha असली अर्थ से पलायन किया जा रहा है।जो भी हो सत्य वोलने की आजादी का हरण तो कर ही लिया । काहे का और कैसा रामराज्य ?


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