Monday, November 7, 2011
Friday, September 30, 2011
Indians greet each other with namaste.The two palms are placed together in front of the chest and the head bows whilst saying theword namaste. This greeting is for all – people younger than us, of our own age, those older than friends, even strangers and us.
There are five forms of formal traditionalgreeting enjoined in the shaastr as of which namaskaram is one. This is understood as prostration but it actually refers to paying homage as we do today when we greet each other with a namaste.
Namaste could be just a casual or formal greeting, a cultural convention or an act of worship. However there is much more to it than meets the eye. In Sanskrit namah + te =namaste. It means – I bow to you – my greetings, salutations or prostration to you. Namaha can also be literally interpreted as "na ma" (not mine). It has a spiritual
significance of negating or reducing one's ego in the presence of another.
The real meeting between people is the meeting of their minds. When we greet another, we do so with namaste , which means,"may our minds meet," indicated by the folded palms placed before the chest. The bowing down of the head is a gracious form of extending friendship in love and humility.
The spiritualmeaning is even deeper.
The life force, the divinity, the Self or the Lord in me is the same in all.. Recognizing this oneness with the meeting of the palms, we salute with head bowed the Divinity in the person we meet. That is why sometimes, we close our eyes as we do namaste to a revered person or the Lord – as if to look within. The gesture is often accompanied by words like
"Ram Ram", "Jai Shri Krishna", "Namo Narayana", "Jai Siya Ram", "Om Shanti" etc – indicating the recognition of this divinity.
When we know this significance, our greeting does not remain just a superficial gesture or word but paves the way for a deeper communion with another in an atmosphere of love and respect.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
sarvamangala maangalye sive sarvaarthasaadhike
saranye trayambake gouri narayani namo’stu te.
“O Narayani, Devi, the three-eyed, the Refuge, the Auspiciousness, the bestower of all wishes, the blessedness that is in all that is blessed. Prostrations be to Thee!”
During Navaratri ("nine nights"), the Lord in the form of the Mother Goddess is worshipped in Her various forms as Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. Though the Goddess is one, She is represented and worshipped in three different aspects.
On the first three nights of the festival, Durga is worshipped to gain noble virtues, all evil tendencies in the mind must be destroyed. This destruction is represented by the Goddess Durga.
Lakshmi , for knowledge to dawn within us, we have to prepare our minds. The mind must be pure, concentrated, and single-pointed; this purification of the mind is obtained through the worship of Lakshmi Devi.
And then Saraswati Devi on the last three nights for Victory over the mind can be gained only through knowledge, through understanding; and it is Goddess Saraswati who represents this highest knowledge of the Self.
The following tenth day is called Vijayadasami. Vijaya means "victory", the victory over our own minds that can come only when we have worshipped these three: Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati. Bhagavati, Bhavani, TripuraSundari-MahaDevi are some names of Maa-Nava-Durga.
Thus, at Navaratri, Goddess Durga is invoked first to remove impurities from the mind. The Goddess Lakshmi is invoked to cultivate the noble values and qualities. Finally, Saraswati is invoked for gaining the highest knowledge of the Self. This is the significance of the three sets of three nights when all these three are gained subjectively, and then there will be Vijayadasami, the day of true victory!
The sum total of all energies put together comprises “shakti”. This Shakti energy or transcendental energy is kriya, karma, and dharma. “Maa” is the first sound of the personified name of the kriya, karma and dharma. “Uma” is the nitya “Durga” whose nine forms are the referred to as “Nava-Durga”. Nava-ratri literally means nine nights. During the spring, we call it Raama-Navaratri [associated with the victory of Raama over Ravana]; and, in autumn, it is known as Durga_Navaratri. The earlier is associated with Ramayana epic and the later is associated with the puranas, Vedic shastras, and ancient Devi-worship by the trinity of Hindu_Vedic Gods Brahma-Vishnoo-Mahesh.
The universal cosmic energy also known as Divine Maa Maha Kali is elucidated in Devi sukta of the Rig Veda Samhita, as well as Kena Upanishads. Adi-shakti [supreme cosmic energy] is beyond the human comprehension and beyond the conceptualisation.
As auspicious form, she manifests as Lakshmi, Parvati, Sati and Prthivi. She plays the positive roles of protection, fertility and establishment of dharmic order, cultural creativity, wifely duty and material abundance. These encompases Four aspects:
a. As the granter of wisdom, learning and liberation. Her names appear many times in the following text : Aryastave text she is called : Mukti ( liberation ), She who speaks the language of Brahman, She who is the knowledge of Brahman. Mahabharata : Liberator and knowledge of Brahman as well as the mother of the vedas, Intelligence and the destroyer of ignorance and mankind fetters. Lalitha-Sahasranama : Mahabuddhi (The great intelligence ), Vijnanabhanarupini ( She those form is a mass of knowledge ), Prajnatnika ( She who is wisdom itself ), Pasupasavimocini ( She who release creatures from bondage )
b. As embodiment of female beauty and the exciter of desire. Many Text describe Devi extraordinar beauty saundaryalahari : one of the famous hymn praising the Devi. Lalitha-Sahasranama : Ramya (the beautiful one), Kanta ( loveliness ), Vamanayana ( she who have beautiful eyes ), Ratirupa ( she whose form is Rati ).
c. As the source of food and nourishment. She is often associated with earth itself Lalitha-Sahasranama : Annanda ( she who gives food ), Pusti (she who gives nourishment ), Satakasi ( she who has on hundred eyes ), Sakambhari ( she who bestows vegetables ), Annapurna ( she who is full of food ), Jagaddhatri ( she who supports the world or another ).
d. The Devi is said to possess fierce and terrible appearance. Often these forms are associated with war, blood, destruction, death, hunger and anger. These terrible forms arises in two context, namely
1. To maintain cosmic order
2. Asserting her power as that greater than Siva
TO maintain cosmic order Devi often takes in fierce form when she enters into battle. As guardian of the Cosmos, she appears in a form of a great warrior, battling against Demons on behalf of the gods.
Other aspects of Devi are often described in three concepts namely : SHAKTI, MAYA and PRAKRUTI.
Great Goddess who is the abode of all blessings. To She who is the primordial energy of the cosmos and the sustaining principle we offer adorations with deepest devotion.
Aum Ya Devi Sarva Bhuteshu Vishnu Mayeti Shamsthita
Namastasyei Namastasyei Namastasyei Namo Namaha 1
Salutations to the Great Goddess, the power of Vishnu, who abides in all beings we bow to you again and again. 1
Aum Ya Devi Sarva Bhuteshu Chaitenya Rupena Bhidiyate
Namastasyei Namastasyei Namastasyei Namo Namaha 2
Salutations to the Great Goddess who abides in all beings as the form of Infinite Consciousness; we bow to you again and again. 2
Aum Ya Devi Sarva Bhuteshu Buddhi Rupena Samsthita
Namastasyei Namastasyei Namastasyei Namo Namaha 3
Salutations to the Great Goddess who abides in all beings as the form of Intelligence. We bow to you again and again. 3
Aum Ya Devi Sarva Bhuteshu Nidra Rupena Samsthita
Namastasyei Namastasyei Namastasyei Namo Namaha 4
Salutations to the Great Goddess who abides in all beings as the form of Sleep. We bow to you again and again. 4
Aum Ya Devi Sarva Bhuteshu Ksudhi Rupena Samsthita
Namastasyei Namastasyei Namastasyei Namo Namaha 5
Salutations to the Great Goddess who abides in all beings as the form of Hunger. We bow to you again and again. 5
Aum Ya Devi Sarva Bhuteshu Cchaya Rupena Samsthita
Namastasyei Namastasyei Namastasyei Namo Namaha 6
Salutations to the Great Goddess who abides in all beings as the form of Reflection. We bow to you again and again. 6
Aum Ya Devi Sarva Bhuteshu Shakti Rupena Samsthita
Namastasyei Namastasyei Namastasyei Namo Namaha 7
Salutations to the Great Goddess who abides in all beings as the form of Power. We bow to you again and again. 7
Aum Ya Devi Sarva Bhuteshu Thrishna Rupena Samsthita
Namastasyei Namastasyei Namastasyei Namo Namaha 8
Salutations to the Great Goddess who abides in all beings as the form of Thirst. We bow to you again and again. 8
Aum Ya Devi Sarva Bhuteshu Kshanti Rupena Samsthita
Namastasyei Namastasyei Namastasyei Namo Namaha 9
Salutations to the Great Goddess who abides in all beings as the form of Forgiveness. We bow to you again and again. 9
Aum Ya Devi Sarva Bhuteshu Jati Rupena Samsthita
Namastasyei Namastasyei Namastasyei Namo Namaha 10
Salutations to the Great Goddess who abides in all beings as the form of Genius. We bow to you again and again. 10
Aum Ya Devi Sarva Bhuteshu Lajja Rupena Samsthita
Namastasyei Namastasyei Namastasyei Namo Namaha 11
Salutations to the Great Goddess who abides in all beings as the form of modesty. We bow to you again and again. 11
Aum Ya Devi Sarva Bhuteshu Shanti Rupena Samsthita
Namastasyei Namastasyei Namastasyei Namo Namaha 12
Salutations to the Great Goddess who abides in all beings as the form of Peace. We bow to you again and again. 12
Aum Ya Devi Sarva Bhuteshu Shraddha Rupena Samsthita
Namastasyei Namastasyei Namastasyei Namo Namaha 13
Salutations to the Great Goddess who abides in all beings as the form of Faith We bow to you again and again. 13
Aum Ya Devi Sarva Bhuteshu Kanti Rupena Samsthita
Namastasyei Namastasyei Namastasyei Namo Namaha 14
Salutations to the Great Goddess who abides in all beings as the form of Beauty We bow to you again and again. 14
Aum Ya devi sarvabhuteshu, Lakshmirupenasamsthita, Namastastyai Namastastyai Namastastyai namo namaha. 15
Salutations, to the Goddess who is the shakti of Bhagavan Vishnoo.
Salutations to the all pervading Goddess who is Bhagavati Devi. 15
Aum Ya Devi Sarva Bhuteshu Vridtthi Rupena Samsthita
Namastasyei Namastasyei Namastasyei Namo Namaha 16
Salutations to the Great Goddess who abides in all beings as the form of Activity; We bow to you again and again. 16
Aum Ya Devi Sarva Bhuteshu Smritti Rupena Samsthita
Namastasyei Namastasyei Namastasyei Namo Namaha 17
Salutations to the Great Goddess who abides in all beings as the form of Memory We bow to you again and again. 17
Aum Ya Devi Sarva Bhuteshu Daya Rupena Samsthita
Namastasyei Namastasyei Namastasyei Namo Namaha 18
Salutations to the Great Goddess who abides in all beings as the form of Compassion. We bow to you again and again. 18
Aum Ya Devi Sarva Bhuteshu Tusti Rupena Samsthita Namastasyei Namastasyei Namastasyei Namo Namaha 19
Salutations to the Great Goddess who abides in all beings as the form of Contentment. We bow to you again and again. 19
Aum Ya Devi Sarva BhuteshuMatri Rupena Samsthita Namastasyei Namastasyei Namastasyei Namo Namaha 20
Salutations to the Great Goddess who abides in all beings as the form of Mother. We bow to you again and again. 20
Aum Ya Devi Sarva Bhuteshu Bhranti Rupena Samsthita
Namastasyei Namastasyei Namastasyei Namo Namaha 21
Salutations to the Great Goddess who abides in all beings as the form of Delusion. We bow to you again and again.21
Aum Ya devi sarvabhuteshu, Lakshmirupenasamsthita, Shree Bhagavati shakti, TripuraSundari, Maha-Devyayeh, Brahmani Devi; Namastastyai Namastastyai Namastastyai namo namaha. 22
Salutations, to the Goddess who is the shakti of Bhagavan Vishnoo.
Salutations to the all pervading Goddess who is Bhagavati Devi. 22
Aum Indriyanam Adhistatri Bhutanamcha Akilea Shucha
Bhuteshu Satatam Tasyea Vyapti Devyei Namo Namaha . 23
I bow again and again to her who rules all of the elements and senses. I bow to the Great Goddess. 23
Aum Chiti Rupena Ya Krits Nam Etat Vyapa Stithi Jagat
Namastasyei Namastasyei Namastasyei Namo Namaha. 24
The Great Goddess resides in all beings in the form of Consciousness, and pervades all parts of the Universe. Adorations again and again to her. 24
Maha-Devi has been booned sixty four forms, sixty four chakras, sixty four mantras, sixty four yantras, sixty four tantras of the moon, sixty four shaktis, sixty four energies and sixty four divine trances of higher order. Such is the glory of Maa per all Vedic scriptures.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
"....Even emptiness itself, which is seen as the ultimate nature of reality, is not absolute, nor does it exist independently. We cannot conceive of emptiness as independent of a basis of phenomenon, because when we examine the nature of reality, we find that emptiness itself is an object...."(~Preethi Raman).... yes, ...
The chariot, with all its appearenances, corresponds to what we call our self,there was no chariot before its parts were put together, and will be none when they fall in to pieces,there is no chariot apart from its parts,"chariot" is nothing but a name, given for convenience to a certain percept, but must not be taken to be an entity (sattva);and in the same way with ourselves who are, just like the chariot,"confections." The Comprehender (evamvit) has seen things "as they have become"(yatha bhutam),causally arising and disappearing, and has distinguished himself from all of them. . .
"Shunya, with its prevalent English mistranslation as emptiness or nothingness, signifies a presence" which we are unable to identify and so we say,neti, neti,...ie., not this, not this...however "empty" evacuates ...but not itself... the two extremes... Acharya Shankar in his commentary of Brahm Sutra says,""Whenever we deny something as unreal, it is with reference to something real." When we wish to describe any thing about The Supreme Being, our dualistic phenomenological conceptualisation becomes a great handicap. Under this, we can not describe any thing unless it is qualified, I mean ,unless it has qualities.No conceptualisation is possible unless there is a quality, even when we say "without any quality" or "not having qualities" it itself becomes a qualitative statement that thee is something which has no qualities.This makes 'understanding' of manifestation extremely difficult, however, to make things 'intelligible' we adhere to the phenomenological mechanism and say "Mirror reflection of the Sun, to the Sun, "Lies within" the Sun.And in this way try to understand,the world of phenomena as the mirror image of That Supreme, which lies in That Supreme.
Om asato maa satgamaya
Tamaso maa jyotir gamaya
Mrityor maa amritam gamaya
Lead us from the unreal to the Real
From darkness to Light
From death to Immortality
Friday, August 12, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
kāmaye dukhataptānām prānināmārtināśanam|
“I do not for a royal realm aspire,
For release or for paradise.
To serve those bent with grief I desire,
and calm their sorrows and help them rise.”
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Monday, January 31, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
How can love be Real when lovers are supposed to be unreal ???
Love to be loved....
Most of us have borrowed our images from those who have no idea who they themselves are.
The road to success is always under construction and that is the beauty of this road....it keeps it lively and adventurous.
Love will warm you, lust will harm you!.
Like water, be gentle to follow the natural paths of the earth and strong enough to rise up and reshape the world.
The "aim of being victorious" has been blindfolding most of the religious institutions.
All the tussles have been for the words and their meanings whereas the Referent is the same.
Love in itself is All Pervasive, without any discrimination...without any reason... without any calculation.
It is we (our mind) who install in it a measurement of flow and time...a discrimination,a reason, a calculation...
Beauty's way is simple and elegant..... that is why it IS BEAUTIFUL.
Ego has enslaved us and we are dancing on its toes
The dichotomy between the Tradition and Observation is what is referred to, "The Veil".
It is our mind who thinks Love resides in the Heart.... by Tradition
It is our mind who thinks Heart is a blood pumping Machine.... by observation..
How can we trust some one who does not know who he/she is?
In That Oneness, loneliness itself becomes undefinable and looses its identity...
Time and place are only in mind...be silent,close eyes and you will find yourself omnipresent...
We can imagine to impart what is commonly known as "Unconditional love" in giving, but when we look the other way round, we find the truth,
" Love is never Unsolicited".
One can never be inclined even to unconditional love unless solicited from the other side of the Veil/Maya.
I wish for every one,who has talent and creativity, in any genre, and encourage to express his/her creativity...
You know, this expression in itself is a worship...
He too, sitting inside the heart, seeks a medium to be manifested...
Who might be better than the human being himself...
that is why He has filled humans with so much of creative powers...
Love is like "Nectar" with its own attractors who keep working....that is why "spontaneous" is beautiful
“If You Depict a Bird, Give It Sufficient Space to Fly”
Most of us do not know how to listen to our bodies. Long ago we turned off the body's voice.
The body obediently went silent as we agreed not to notice our emotional life.
Truth is timeless,
...so is love since it is Truth,
...so is Beauty since it is Love.
Same symmetry is pervading from microcosm to macrocosm...and the Truth is the orchestrating beauty...
Each thought or action is synchronized by negative and/or positive emotional tones.
Follow it to discover the path most suitable to the very purpose of life.
Emotion is the energy that interacts and co-ordinates information between spirit, mind and body.
Positive emotions point to what is enlightening and empowering the mind whereas negative emotions to conflicts or limitations that the mind must find and correct.
Your hope in my heart is the rarest treasure,
Your Name on my tongue is the sweetest word,
My choicest hours Are the hours I spend with You...O' my Self.
How surprising it is, my talkativeness taught me silence, my intolerance, tolerance and my unkindness, kindness...strange.
Intention is a great dramatist in deed; It makes at its will, small actions great and great actions small...
"Honesty, integrity, and accountability, the values, which should be the hallmark... are now disqualifications...of rulers...and people support them."
"Love is a great teacher in deed. It Some times holds us upside down. For what? To shake well and squeeze all nonsense out."
Life and death are in the mind, and nowhere else. Mind is revealed as the universal basis of experience, the creator of happiness and the creator of suffering, the creator of what we call life and what we call death.
Who loves whom... at pure level... it is one to thy Self... and at that level, one is never separated from own Self... it is only at this mortal level ...there are attachments or separations...life and death...
"The mind has a way of lying to itself, and does this in the most elaborate and convincing way."
at that level we all are one and the same ...but it is unfortunate.. we humans are divided on various grounds of discrimination causing mutual hatred...
Detached living is not living without. It is a state in which one continuously remains facing his Self, or That or... whatever you call... that One and it goes on in continuous awareness that Only That which I am is real and all the rest is Not.
This leads to vision of oneness for all and compassion...and reduces the greed and ego factor,that is why detached living has been suggested in almost all the Scriptures and is so rooted in Revelations and "Primordial Tradition".
The mind has a way of lying to itself, and does this in the most elaborate and convincing way."
When Truth and Beauty are synonymous. Truth IS Beautiful and Beautiful IS Truth.~ ReNée Aiken ~, why not love and adore beauty ?
We the Indians, not only see beauty but "adore" it... to the extent.. as "beauty is That which is the Truth, Good and Beautiful"... satyam shivam sundaram... and it always rests in our own hearts...
Fight between good and evil is the basis of this phenomenal universe, it is every where, out side us,within us... Bhagvad GitA's Dharm kshetre Kuru kshetre... signifies this conflict...It is only an example from our SanAtan, it is stated in almost all the Scriptures, and the opposing forces in inherent dualities...
Though this conflict goes on in our hearts... the observer dictates what is already written there...
"The most beautiful truth on earth is written right inside our hearts."
"It is unwise to use the imperfections of others as an excuse not to change yourself."
The most beautiful truth on earth is written right inside our hearts.
Be like the sunflower, always turning your face to the Sun of your own Being.
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare,the fact is that they are difficult because we do not dare to solve them.
If we are aware of our humility, then we are arrogant. Just keep a check on it.
"Recognize the boundaries of your "Intellectual Prison and BREAK IT."
Be yourself beautiful, and you will find the world full of beauty.
In side me,my sun-like majestic presence is a mirror,Whoever comes sees himself in it(me)
There exists a part of our nature of which ordinarily we are completely ignorant, and of whose importance we are usually skeptical.
A common error amongst devotees of mystics is to jump to the conclusion that he possesses miraculous powers because unusual coincidences happen in a few cases, which they universalize.
"Get rid of your doubts" Krishna taught Arjuna! But that did not mean, simply go and believe everything you are told. In the next sloka he explains that the doubt is to be got rid of "by the sword of knowledge."
Authoritarianism merely assumes as true what another says, but what has yet to be proved.
"It is not God that is worshiped but the group or authority that claims to speak in His name. Sin becomes disobedience to authority not violation of integrity." ... BEWARE
Burning of this or that Holy Scripture is neither a war of Humanity nor Faith nor Gods, but a "war" between "Religious Institutions" who have been resorting it to raise their follower head-counts.... hence dominance and power... BEWARE
There is a very thin line between "Religious Practice" and "Religious Mal-practice".Be "aware"... but also... BEWARE
The powers of the mind should be concentrated and the mind turned back upon itself; as the darkest places reveal their secrets before the penetrating rays of the sun, so will the concentrated mind penetrate its own innermost secrets.
We are blindfolded by our own convictions...
Saturday, January 15, 2011
The scriptures mention a few occasions when the Buddha remained silent to questions posed to Him.
The Buddha who had truly realized the nature of these issues observed noble silence. An ordinary person who is still unenlightened might have a lot to say, but all of it would be sheer conjecture based on his imagination. When the Buddha knew that the questioner was not in a position to understand the answer to the question because of its profundity,or the real significance of the answer to his question or if the questions themselves were wrongly put in the first place, the Blessed One remained silent. Silence itself is a statement. On several occasions the Buddha did not respond to these metaphysical and speculative questions and there are reasons behind His noble silence.
Some scholars, owing to their misunderstanding of the Buddha's silence, came to the hasty conclusion that the Buddha was unable to answer to these questions. According to the Buddha, there are several ways of answering various types of questions.
The first type of question is one that requires a definite answer, such as a 'yes' or 'no'.
The second type of question is one requiring an analytical answer. We need to analyze what conditions make it possible for a murderer to become Buddha within one lifetime otherwise, it will not be answered correctly and comprehensively.
The third type of question is one where it is necessary to ask a counter question to help the questioner to think through. If you ask, "Why is it wrong to kill or hurt other living beings?' the core of the question is, 'How does it feel when others try to kill or hurt you?' Reply then comes by implication.
The fourth type of question is one that should be dropped. It means that you are liable to not to answer it. These are the questions which are speculative in nature, and any answer to such questions may, (though not necessarily, otherwise all the discoveries through theoretical sciences might not have been possible), only create confusion. Buddhism uses as example a question , 'Does the universe have a beginning or not?' People can discuss such questions for years without coming to a conclusion. They can only answer such questions based on their imagination, not on real understanding.
The paucity of our human vocabulary which is built upon relative experiences cannot hope to convey the depth and dimensions of Reality which a person has not experienced himself through Insight. On several occasions, the Buddha had very patiently explained that human language was too limited and could not describe the Ultimate Truth. If the Ultimate Truth is absolute, then it does not have any point of reference for worldliness with only mundane experiences and relative understanding to fully comprehend it. When people try to do so with their limited mental conception, they misunderstand the Truth. The listener who had not realized the Truth could not fathom the explanation given.
Some of the questions to which the Buddha remained silent are as following:
Two basic views
The view of existence as professed in the Brahmainsm;
The propositions that the world is eternal, that the world is infinite, that the Tathagatha exists after death, and that the Self is independent of the body reflect the view of existence.
According to Buddha, the eternalists view this Self as permanent and unchanging. When the body dies, this Self will not die because the Self is by nature unchanging. If that is the case, it does not matter what this body does, actions of the body will not affect the destiny of the Self. This view is incompatible with moral responsibility because if the Self is eternal and unchanging, it will not be affected by wholesome and unwholesome actions. If he says "I," the Self is eternal, people would fall to the position of eternalism.
The view of nonexistence the view of the Materialists and Hedonists
The propositions that the world is not eternal, that the world is finite, that the Tathagata does not exist after death, and that the self is identical with the body reflect the view of nonexistence
According to Buddha, if the self were identical with the body and the self dies along with the body, then it does not matter what the body does. If you believe that existence ends at death, there will be no necessary constraint upon action. But in a situation where things exist through interdependent origination, absolute existence and nonexistence are impossible.
If Buddha says they are not eternal, they would fall to the position of nihilism, since they would not understand his answer, it was,therefore, more skillful not to specify an answer at all.
According to Buddhist teachings, when ignorance, craving, and clinging are present, the world exists; when they are not present, the world ceases to exist. Hence the question of the absolute existence or nonexistence of the world is unanswerable. Existence and nonexistence, taken as absolute ideas, do not apply to things as they really are. This is why the Buddha refuses to agree to absolute statements about the nature of things. According to Buddhist teachings, Buddha saw that the absolute categories of metaphysics do not apply to things as they really are.
The (Hinayana)Theravada Version
Ten unspecified points appears in the Pali canon (Pali: Cula-Malunkyovada Sutta, within the The Collection of Middle-Length Discourses (Pali: Majjhima Nikaya).
In order to turn ,the monk Malunkyaputta, distracted by metaphysical speculation during his meditation, back to his intensive meditation practice,Buddha remained silent when he asked whether:
the universe is eternal,
the universe is not eternal,
the universe is finite,
the universe is infinite,
after death, a Buddha continues to exist,
after death, a Buddha does not continue to exist,
after death, a Buddha both continues to exist and not to exist,
after death, a Buddha neither continues to exist or not to exist,
the body and the “self” are the same entity,
the body and the “self” are totally separate and different entities.
Questions referring to the world: concerning the existence of the world in time
Is the world eternal?
Pali texts omit "both" and "neither".
Questions referring to the world: concerning the existence of the world in space
Is the world finite?
Pali texts omit "both" and "neither".
Questions referring to personal experience
Is the self identical with the body?
or is it different from the body?
Questions referring to life after death
Does the Tathagata exist after death?
The Mahayana Version
Buddha did not answer when they asked, are the "I" or the "self :
not eternal, since they undergo gross impermanence at the time of their destruction?
as both, in the sense that some beings and their environments, like the Creator Brahma and his heaven, are eternal; while all else, such as his creations, are not eternal and end at the time of their destruction,
neither, since it is impossible to know?
Are “I’s” or “selves” and the universe:
both finite and infinite, in the sense that limited beings (sentient beings) are infinite in number, but the universe is finite in size?
neither, since it is impossible to know?
Does the “I” or the “self” of a Buddha:
continue to exist after death?
not continue after death?
both, in the sense that the body does not continue, but the life-force does,
the body and the "self" are the same entity?
totally separate and different entities?
The Buddha did maintain silence to all these questions put to Him. He was under no obligation to respond to questions which reflected gross misunderstanding on the part of spiritual development. He was a practical Teacher, full of compassion and wisdom. He always spoke to people fully understanding their temperament, capability and capacity to comprehend. Questions were answered to help a person towards self-realization, not as a way of showing His towering wisdom.