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What Gautama said to the peopel of Kalama:

Oct 22, 2000 07:29 PM
by arthra999

As Gautama said to the people of Kalama:
Do not believe anything simply, because you have acquired it by 
repeated hearing.
Do not believe in traditions or customs because they have been 
handed down for many generations.
Do not believe in anything because it is spoken and rumoured by 
Do not believe anything simply because it is written in scripture; 
nor upon surmise;
nor upon axiom; nor upon specious reasoning; nor upon 
another's seeming ability; nor upon the consideration, 'The monk 
is our teacher',.
Kalamas, when you yourselves know, then accept it and live up 
to it.
"It is proper for you, Kalamas, to doubt, to be uncertain, 
uncertainty has arisen in you about what is doubtful".
Also remember that the past thought has gone, the future 
thought has not occurred and the present thought does not 
withstand detailed scrutiny. 


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