Lord Vishnu has innumerable avatars, of which the Dashavatar or known as the ten incarnations are the most talked about. According to religious texts, Gautama Buddha Avatar, the originator of Buddhism, was also an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, but the lord Buddha mentioned in the Puranas was born in Kikat near Gaya and his father’s name is said to be Ajna. Vaishnavites believe Gautama Buddha to be the ninth and most recent incarnation.
According to Srimad Bhagavatam circa 900 AD, Krishna is the form of Vishnu who was very different from the other avatars. In the list mentioned in Srimad Bhagavatam, which several consider as the most reliable, both Balarama, as well as Buddha, appear.
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Stroy of Gautam Buddha Avatar
The story of Gautama, the Buddha is well known. He talked at length the four honorable truths which are also known as the Arya Satya. The four truths are suffering from its reason, its obliteration, and the way to remove sorrows.
Therefore, to meet on a middle ground, a Mid Path was chosen that consisted of correct views, right talking, right ambitions, right living, right conduct, correct effort, true contemplation, and correct mindfulness. Buddha Avatar rejected the ideas of the Vedas, ritualistic performs specifically animal sacrifice and he also refused to accept the presence of gods. Even though Buddhism spread to foreign lands as well, however, downfall set in post Wonderful Age of the Guptas, to be precise, the 4th to 5th eras.
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Downfall of Buddhism
With restricted knowledge of Indian metaphysical systems, foreign historians, have credited the downfall of Buddhism in its birth to the start of Adi Sankara. This was a myth and the 68th Sankaracharya of the Kanchi Kamakoti Mathematics, Shri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati has broken the myth.
According to Shri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati, Sankara was more concerned about correcting the mistakes in Saankhya and Meemaamsaattitudes of Hinduism which refused to believe in the significance of Isvara.
Wherever Shri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati precisely dealt with Buddhism, he mentioned only its denial of the presence of God. Yet the religion deteriorated, but why? MeemaamsakasplusTaarkikas (logicians) vehemently resisted Buddhism on ethical and religious estates.
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People did not give away their old principles and ritualized practices, even as they admired Buddha as well as turned to his religion. Deities were not followed in Buddhism at this time. Bhikshus who wrote Buddhist manuscripts have a Saraswatistotra in the start that pays respect to the Hindu deity of learning. A hero of Lord Ganesh is not a rare sight in a Buddhist shrine.
The tenets of Buddhism were recognized by Adi Sankara at the level of clear awareness. Giving up of rites and concentrating the attention on the infinite was the ultimate phase in his philosophy. At the primary stage itself, Buddha wanted his groups to take a quantum rise to this final goal. This was hard to expect of regular men and women. Abiding by the karma, was what Sankarasupported as specified by Meemaamsa, to initiate with, and to reach to the stage imagined by Buddha of giving them up overall.
The migration of passion and the rule of karma were the two cardinal values of Hinduism, which Buddha trusted in. There is not much variance among the two religions. The immersion of its creator in the Hindu pantheon of gods perhaps is the most significant cause of the downfall of Buddhism as a distinct religion!
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Attainment of knowledge of lord buddha
Lord Buddha was born under a Bodhi tree in Bodh Gaya, Bihar, which he preached to his four disciples. He preached the Middle Way for Peace, in which he gave the example of Veena’s strings and said that if the strings of the Veena are kept loose, the vowel does not come out, and if it is made more stringent then it breaks, so the middle path is the best. He preached meditation, four Arya truths, and Sastang Marg, etc.
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Buddha passed away
Lord Buddha died or Parinirvana in Kushinagar, India 483 BC, when he was around 80 years of age. The number of his disciples was also very large, which led to the promotion of Buddhism. Many kings Maharaja also associated and propagated Buddhism in which Emperor Ashoka also had a great contribution.
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