Questions that Lord Buddha did not answer.

1.   Is the universe eternal?

2.   Is the universe non-eternal?

3.   Is the universe  at one and the same  time eternal and non eternal?

4.   Is  the  universe   neither  eternal   nor non-eternal?

5.   Is the universe infinite?

6.   Is the universe finite?

7.   Is the universe  at one and the same  time infinite and finite?

8.   Is  the  universe  neither  infinite   nor finite?

9.   Are  the  vital  principle (jiiva) and the body identical?

10. Are  the  vital  principle  and  the  body non-identical?

11.  Does the Tathaagata (“he who has gone (or come) thus.”) survive death?

12.  Does the Tathaagata not survive death?

13.  Does the Tathaagata  both survive death and not survive  death?

14.  Does the Tathaagata  neither  survive death nor not survive death?

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  • praveen says:

    Very interesting…Do we have the source of this just wanted to authenticate it. And do we know why Lord Buddha did not answer. It could be that the Lord intentionally remained mum on it?

  • Madhura Gauranga Das says:

    Reference (Buddhist texts) to the questions that Lord Buddha did not answer, also called as “Silences
    of Buddha”

    1) Milinda – Panha : 426-432; Middle length Sayings 2 : 97-101
    2) Samyutta Nikaaya-3 : 115-117; Kindred Sayings : 99-101

    The questions were asked by Malunkyaputta.

    When Malunkyaputta asked these questions, Lord Buddha said “these questions are meaningless and not relevant to the amelioration (solution to) of suffering.”
    Lord Buddha gave the example that when an arrow strikes a person, there is no use of investigating as to who shot the arrow? What is the substance with which the arrow is made? Etc.

    Why Lord Buddha did not answer?
    Lord Buddha did not answer the questions does not mean that He did not know the answer. He is the incarnation of the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna who is the source of all vedas (vedais ca sarvair aham eva vedya…BG 15.15)

    In the third chapter of the first canto of Srimad Bhagavatam, while describing the various incarnations of the Lord, Srila Suta gosvami mentions about Lord Buddha in SB 1.3.24.
    The verse is SB 1.3.24.
    tataḥ kalau sampravṛtte / sammohāya sura-dviṣām
    buddho nāmnāñjana-sutaḥ / kīkaṭeṣu bhaviṣyati
    in this verse, the words “sammohaaya sura dvisaam” indicate that Lord Buddha appeared to delude the atheists.

    Below is the excerpt from the purport of Srila Prabhupada to Srimad Bhagavatam 1.3.24. In this Purport Srila Prabhupada answers all your questions.

    “Technically Lord Buddha’s philosophy is called atheistic because there is no acceptance of the Supreme Lord and because that system of philosophy denied the authority of the Vedas.
    But that is an act of camouflage by the Lord. Lord Buddha is the incarnation of Godhead. As such, he is the original propounder of Vedic knowledge. He therefore cannot reject Vedic philosophy. But he rejected it outwardly because the sura-dviṣa, or the demons who are always envious of the devotees of Godhead, try to support cow-killing or animal-killing from the pages of the Vedas, and this is now being done by the modernized sannyāsīs. Lord Buddha had to reject the authority of the Vedas altogether. This is simply technical, and had it not been so he would not have been so accepted as the incarnation of Godhead. Nor would he have been worshiped in the transcendental songs of the poet Jayadeva, who is a Vaiṣṇava ācārya. Lord Buddha preached the preliminary principles of the Vedas in a manner suitable for the time being (and so also did Śańkarācārya) to establish the authority of the Vedas. Therefore both Lord Buddha and Ācārya Śańkara paved the path of theism, and Vaiṣṇava ācāryas, specifically Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, led the people on the path towards a realization of going back to Godhead.”

  • Chandraparkash says:

    Thanks

    It is a useful website

  • Tinzar says:

    I think the answers are relative which means both yes or no are possible or impossible which is like Einstein relativity theory. They are the questions are like Me when i was 1 year old and Me when i am 20 years old the same? You can say yes or no whatever you like. There will be another why-questions for either yes or no.

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The worker who is always engaged in work against the injunctions of the scripture, who is materialistic, obstinate, cheating and expert in insulting others, and who is lazy, always morose and procrastinating is said to be a worker in the mode of ignorance.

by Gita 18.28

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