To those of other faiths

Nigrodha, the Ascetic, thinks that the Master wishes to overthrow the views and practices of other sects.  He is shown that this is not the truth:

Now, this is what I say to you, Nigrodha:

“Let any intelligent man come to me, any man who is also without guile, not a deceiver, but an upright man.  I will teach him.  I will show him the Dharma.  And if he practises  according to my instructions, to know and realize for himself even in this very life that unsurpassed holy life for the sake of which clansmen go forth from home to the homeless in its perfection, he too shall know and realize in seven years.  Do I say seven years?  Why, Nigrodha, even if he do so, as I have said, for six, five, four, three, two years, even one year, half a year; five, four, three, two months, even one month… nay, if he so practise for  seven days, Nigrodha… such a man coming to me shall so realize…

Now this I say, Nigrodha, not desiring to win pupils, not wishing to make others fall from their religious vows, not wishing to make others give up their ways of life, not wishing to establish you in wrong ways or to make you give up ways that are good.  Not so!

But, Nigrodha, there are bad things not put away, things that have to do with corruption, things that draw one down again to rebirth, things causing suffering, having suffering for their fruit, things concerned with rebirth, decay, and death in times to come.  It is for the rejection of these things that I teach you the Dharma, walking according to which these things that are concerned with corruption shall be put away by you, and wholesome things shall be brought to increase; by which even in this present life by his own higher iddhi(*) a man shall realize and abide in the full knowledge and realization of perfect wisdom.”

Digha Nikaya, iii. 56-7


N.E. – (*)  higher Iddhi: higher super-powers such as higher clairaudience,  higher clairvoyance, etc.


Some Sayings of the Buddha – According to the Pali Canon” –  translated from the Pali by F.L.Woodward, Oxford University Press, London, Madras, 1925).