Don’t Believe “Because It Is Said”

Lord Buddha said:

that we must not believe in a thing said merely because it is said; nor traditions because they have been handed down from antiquity; nor rumors, as such; nor writings by ages, because sages wrote them; nor fancies that we may suspect to have been inspired in us by a Deva (that is, in presumed spiritual inspiration); nor from inferences drawn from some haphazard assumption we may have made; nor because of what seems an analogical necessity; nor on the mere authority of our teachers or masters. But we are to believe when the writing, doctrine, or saying is corroborated by our own reason and consciousness. For this, I taught you not to believe merely because you have heard, but when you believed of your consciousness, then to act accordingly and abundantly.
—Secret Doctrine III. 401. (adapted from Alice Bailey’s “A treatise on Cosmic Fire”)

(This note courtesy Hints To The Ancient Wisdom)

2 Comments Add yours

  1. In today’s times, Buddha’s words become increasingly irrelevant on how we battle false jingoism, extreme religious narrative and political polarization. Questioning the established norms and supremacy rules is what we should strive for. Thanks for sharing Sir.

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  2. Promod Puri says:

    “Questioning the establishes norms…….” is a statement which is very relevant in the increasingly informative and knowledge loaded environment we are passing thru. However, the biggest challenge lies in our mindset attitude about all the isms. In one of my quotes, I said: In any political system infusion of realism is crucial in its idealism. Thanks for your thoughtful comment.


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