[zeph] Awakened or Mad?
> Difference between the madman & an enlightened one:Actually, the Buddha does proclaims on certain occasions that He is
> Madman: Thinks he is the greatest. Think he is the smartest, sees
> things that others don't. Live inside his own world (does
> not accept others' view. )
> Enlightened man : He sees the true nature of things (not only
> the surface ). He listens to others view & uses skillful means
> to explain the truth to others. He does not claim he is
> the greatest but someone who is awake.
Enlightened and has attained the greatest awakening possible (which He tells
us we can attain too)- though He never insisted others to believe Him
without questioning. Is the Buddha a liar? It is up to us to judge. I think
a main difference between a madman and an Enlightened one is that the madman
insists others to believe he is Enlightened- while the genuinely Enlightened
one is much more concerned with helping others awaken to become kinder and
The Buddha (in the sense of a real Enlightened being) doesn't think He is
Enlightened- He KNOWS it- that is why we call Him awakened. And yes- as
mentioned above, the historical Buddha does listens to others' views, but
not necessarily agreeing- He does so to find a skillful means to further
awaken the speaker.