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September 22, 2009

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Some say that the Buddha rejected to cast system and was therefore not a Hindu. Of couse he did! He left his home to become a Sadhu, or a Shramana, and therefore lost his cast. In India, renunciates have always been beyond the cast system - Nihil Novit Sub Sole.

How true! Recently a South Indian pandit confirmed me that in some ancient Tamil texts, the Buddha Dharma is mentioned as one of the orthodox dharshanas, together with Samkhya, Yoga, Vedanta or Mimamsa.

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