Interesting bit of history from Ārya Bharata

Ārya Bharata

Buddhism began in India and was once the major religion of the Indian subcontinent. Today it is officially followed by less than 0.5% of the population of India, with main adherents being refugees from Tibet and Ambedkarite Neo-Buddhists.

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was a philosopher and a former president of India. In his book “Indian Philosophy”, which is considered a classic, he presents his main hypothesis for the decline of Buddhism.

“The vital reason for the disappearance of Buddhism from India is the fact that it became ultimately indistinguishable from the other flourishing forms of Hinduism, Vaishṇavism, Śaivism and Tantrik belief.

Mahāyānism was unable to acquire the prestige of primitive Buddhism, and so proved weak and vacillating in its conflicts with Brāhmanical religion… Throughout its conquests it did not aim at the suppression of other religions, but tried to suffuse them with its own ethical spirit.

Early Buddhism included Indra, Brahma and…

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