bharatasyatmajah sumatir namabhihito yam u ha vava kecit pakhandina rsabha-padavim anuvartamanam canarya aveda-samamnatam devatam sva-manisaya papiyasya kalau kalpayisyanti.
sri-sukah uvaca—Sri Sukadeva Gosvami continued to speak; bharatasya—of Bharata Maharaja; atma-jah—the son; sumatih nama-abhihitah—named Sumati; yam—unto whom; u ha vava—indeed; kecit—some; pakhandinah—atheists, men without Vedic knowledge; rsabha-padavim—the path of King Rsabhadeva; anuvartamanam—following; ca—and; anaryah—not belonging to the Aryans who strictly follow the Vedic principles; aveda-samamnatam—not enumerated in the Vedas; devatam—to be Lord Buddha or a similar Buddhist deity; sva-manisaya—by their own mental speculation; papiyasya—most sinful; kalau—in this age of Kali; kalpayisyanti—will imagine.
Srila Sukadeva Gosvami continued: The son of Maharaja Bharata known as Sumati followed the path of Rsabhadeva, but some unscrupulous people imagined him to be Lord Buddha himself. These people, who were actually atheistic and of bad character, took up the Vedic principles in an imaginary, infamous way to support their activities. Thus these sinful people accepted Sumati as Lord Buddhadeva and propagated the theory that everyone should follow the principles of Sumati. In this way they were carried away by mental concoction.
Those who are Aryans strictly follow the Vedic principles, but in this age of Kali a community has sprung up known as the arya-samaja, which is ignorant of the import of the Vedas in the parampara system. Their leaders decry all bona fide acaryas, and they pose themselves as the real followers of the Vedic principles. These acaryas who do not follow the Vedic principles are presently known as the arya-samajas, or the Jains. Not only do they not follow the Vedic principles, but they have no relationship with Lord Buddha. Imitating the behavior of Sumati, they claim to be the descendants of Rsabhadeva. Those who are Vaisnavas carefully avoid their company because they are ignorant of the path of the Vedas. In Bhagavad-gita (15.15) Krsna says, vedais ca sarvair aham eva vedyah: “The real purpose of the Vedas is to understand Me.” This is the injunction of all Vedic literatures. One who does not know the greatness of Lord Krsna cannot be accepted as an Aryan. Lord Buddha, an incarnation of Lord Krsna, adopted a particular means to propagate the philosophy of bhagavata-dharma. He preached almost exclusively among atheists. Atheists do not want any God, and Lord Buddha therefore said that there is no God, but he adopted the means to instruct his followers for their benefit. Therefore he preached in a duplicitous way, saying that there is no God. Nonetheless, he himself was an incarnation of God.
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