November 26, 2015

Walpola Rahula on What the Buddha Taught

Thought of the Day:

“Two ideas are psychologically deep-rooted in man: self-protection and self-preservation. For self-protection man has created God, on whom he depends for his own protection, safety and security, just as a child depends on its parent. For self-preservation man has conceived the idea of an immortal Soul or Atman, which will live eternally. In his ignorance, weakness, fear, and desire, man needs these two things to console himself. Hence he clings to them deeply and fanatically.”

— Walpola Rahula, What the Buddha Taught. With Texts from Suttas & Dhammapada

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