So spoke the exalted Buddha :
You should not beleive in teachings just because they are being proclaimed;
neither should You beleive in old traditions just because of their venerable
age; neither in rumours that are just rumours ; neither in scriptures only
because they have been written by wise men ; neither in imaginations that we
think have been given to us from angels (through mental inspiration);
neither should You beleive in the conclusions from arbitrary assumptions
or into that which seems to be a logical and causal context; neither just
into the authority of our teachers and masters :
But we must beleive if the scriptures, the teachings or the proclaimed is
confirmed by our realizing reason.
Don't go by gossip and rumor, nor by what's told you by others, nor by what you hear said, nor
even by the authority of your traditional teachings. Don't go by reasoning, nor by inferring
one thing from another, nor by argument about methods, nor from liking an opinion, nor from
awe of the teacher and thinking he must be deferred to.
Instead, when you know from within yourselves that certain teachings are not good, that
when put into practice they lead to loss and suffering, you must then trust yourselves
and reject them.
The "Guru Granth Sahib" says too, "Do not even beleive in an competent master
as long as You have not seen it yourself".
"Buddhism has the characteristics of what would be expected in a cosmic
religion for the future: it transcends a personal God, avoids dogmas
and theology; it covers both the natural & spiritual, and it is based on
a religious sense aspiring from the experience of all things, natural and
spiritual, as a meaningful unity"
"If there is any religion that would cope with modern scientific needs it would be Buddhism."
-- Albert Einstein --