“Buddha’s best disciple is the one who needs him least.”—General Theosophy
Thanks for the compliment Richard!
In the context of Gautama Buddha's reputed final description of his translation of experiences that was his life, that is quite a compliment and I thank you.
The elegance of his reputed words is wonderful. My translation of his reputed words is "separation is not lasting (dieing), It takes much work to realize your own salvation and live.", and fits comfortably within me.
I must (at the risk of looking a gift horse in the mouth) ask for clarification on self-reliant. I whole heartily agree that we find our own salvation within ourselves, but I can't do it alone. I need the "processing" power of every perspective that can possibly coexist (within the understanding of our society (which evolves toward enlightenment as we do), to speak as one voice. That does not mean we should have the same perspective (it wouldn't work that way). The truth demands diversity, none of us alone, or in splintered groups, can even begin to comprehend true beauty (truth). It takes all of us, and more, in cooperation for that one voice to speak truth.
Knowing something is where the problem starts. As soon as I "know" , I quit looking, I quite learning (eventually). To know something means your understanding of it is complete. There is only 1 thing I have certainty enough to say I know it (it creates an oxymoron, so it has to be incomplete), and that is I know nothing
In knowing nothing, you look on everything with new eyes, maximizing potential for learning.
Isn't that how you would describe the best disciple?
God is a word that signifies "the top spot", "the truth", the alpha and the omega, (however that applies), it doesn't specify.
I am more familiar with some perspectives over others. So I describe things in terminology most likely to highlight differences in what I say, with how I say it. I think that makes it easier to understand my meaning, my truth.
isn't that how it works (given we are limiting our communication to language)?
After all, we're just sharing experiences so we both may gain new perspectives.
I think you misread the post. The disciple probably does not think he needs Buddha least. However - in fact he does need the teachings least - he already knows them.
Buddhists don't believe in God, so the disciple couldn't care less nor need God the creator.
I would disagree. We all need our "God" equally, so anyone who feels/thinks their need is least is mistaken.
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