Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism
James comments on Bazaz selections
12.01.09 at 12:07 am ·
From my own research on the topic, it seems like contemporary “Hinduism” owes much more to Jainism and Buddhism than anything else. I think most scholars now agree that there isn’t much of a continuity between the Vedas and the Upanishads. The attempt to reinvent Vedic religion so it could compete with Jainism and Buddism is obvious in the ad hoc and contrived nature of the Bhagavad Gita and Shankara’s thought. Somehow the Hindus managed to reek more havoc than the Muslims by turning the Buddha into an avatar of Vishnu.
12.01.09 at 12:20 am ·
Its a bit like the Christians shamelessly ripping off the Greeks in an attempt to make their nonsensical doctrines seem recondite.
I think you are about right, but of course we are back to our Indian history question, and the OIT/AIT issue.
One of the things that has always puzzled me is the relation of the Vedas and the Upanishads. As many in the nineteenth century suspected there may be no such connection. That means the yogas from somewhere else. There is much that seems to be grafted onto Hinduism (IE) such as Shiva worship. This hybrid is a confusion.