What Gautama said to the peopel of Kalama:
Oct 22, 2000 07:29 PM
As Gautama said to the people of Kalama:
Do not believe anything simply, because you have acquired it by
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
"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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