The harm the Invaders inflicted on Indians and Hindu culture is unimaginable.
Right from Max Mueller,to today’s secular authors.
But there are some well meaning people who do not understand Sanskrit propagate Hinduism do more harm to Hinduism than good.
One such is a piece in Quora where the author states that Lord Rama called Buddha a Thief!
And the article quotes Ramayana of Valmiki.
And the author asserts that there have been interpolations in the Rmayana and people should be careful in reading the Ramayana!
No doubt there have been interpolations in The Ramayana and people are aware of it
And one who knows Sanskrit and History also knows how to sift the chaff from the grain.
In the meanwhile, people who very little of Sanskrit mus refrain from writing on these issues without adequate knowledge of Sanskrit and History.
In the present case, the term Buddha means one who discusses things intellectually and nothing more,.
The term Buddha also means enlightened one according Buddhism.
So when the term Buddha is used in the Ramayana it is in the sense of one who discusses things as an Intellectual.
Buddha is venerated as a Great Philosopher for His interpretation of Reality is as aspect of Brahman.
The Sunyavada of Buddhism is very close to Advaita, though not similar.
“Valmiki Ramayana mentions Buddha in bad light.
Valmiki Ramayana has divisons called Kandas like Bala Kanda , Ayodhya kanda , Yuddha kanda etc.
Bala kanda deals with the balyam i.e childhood of sri rama. Ayodhya kanda, deals mainly with events that happened after the Rama getting married i.e preparation for coronation of Rama and Rama leaving Ayodhya.
In the beginning of Ayodhya kanda Rama was made to leave kingdom resulting in cascade of event like death of Dasaratha death , recalling of Bharatha urgently from his uncles kingdom and now Bharatha comes back to Ayodhya and comes to know about his mothers wishes , Rama’s exit to forests and death of his father . He feels very sad for the things that happened and now he thinks about going to forest with many important people like his mothers, his ministers , soldiers etc to persuade rama to accept the Ayodhya kingdom and rule as the king.
After meeting Rama the screen play starts, one by one starts requesting Rama to return to Ayodhya using their oratory and logical skills and now comes the turn of Jabali i.e one of the ministers of Ayodhya kingdom. In the replay given to Jabali shunning his logical arguments Rama criticises Buddha.
In Ayodhya Kandas chapters called Sargaa. In ayodhya kanda in 109th sarga has many poems and in the 34 poem Rama calls Buddha as theif and abuses his religion as atheistic and bad.
Here is the text:
यथा हि चोरः स तथा हि बुद्ध |
स्तथागतं नास्तिकमत्र विध्हि |
तस्माद्धि यः शङ्क्यतमः प्रजानाम् |
न नास्ति केनाभिमुखो बुधः स्यात् २-१०९-३४
yathaa hi choraH sa tathaa hi buddha |
stathaagataM naastikamatra vidhhi |
tasmaaddhi yaH shaN^kyatamaH prajaanaam |
na naasti kenaabhimukho budhaH syaat 2-109-34( Valmiki Ramayana, Ayodhya Kanda,Sarga 109. Sloka 34)
34. yathaahi tathaa hi= It is an exact state of the case; saH= that; buddhaH= a mere intellection; choraH= (is deserves to be punished) as a thief; viddhi= and know; naastikam= an atheist; atra= here; tathaagatam= to be on par with a mere intellectual; tasaat= therefore; yaH= he who; shaN^kya tamaH= is the most suspectable; prajaanaam= (should be punished in the interest of) the people; na syaat= In no case; buddhaH= should a wise man; abhimukhaH= consort; naastikaa= with an atheist.
‘In sarga 110 & shloka 34 of Ayodhyakanda Rama saysto Bharata, ” Buddha & his followers are thieves. They don’t believe in God. It is better to be away of them.”
तस्य ज्येष्ठो असि दायादो राम इत्य् अभिविश्रुतः |
तद् गृहाण स्वकम् राज्यम् अवेक्षस्व जगन् नृप || ३४
34. asi = you are; jyeSThaH = the eldest son; tasya = of that Dasaratha; abhivishrutaH = very well known; raama iti = as Rama; daayaadaH = the heir who can claim over the inheritance; nR^ipaiH = O; king!; tat = for that reason; gR^ihaaNa = take over; svakam = your; raajyam = kingdom; avekSasva = look after; janam = your people.
“You are the eldest son of that Dasaratha, very well-known as Rama, the heir who can claim over the inheritance. O, King! Hence, take over your kingdom and look after your people there.”
“It is an exact state of the case that a mere *intellection deserves to be punished as it were a thief and know an atheist to be on par with a mere intellectual. Therefore he is the most suspectable and should be punished in the interest of the poeple. In no case should a wise man consort with an atheist.”
* It is the word that is responding to the chanllenge, which we call intellection. Truth/God is very subtle. A mind that is caught in the net of words/arguments cannot understand truth/God.