A short summary from the Visnu Purana, 3. 17 and 18.
Defeated in battle by the demons, the Devas sought shelter from Visnu who granted them their desire. The Lord emitted from His body an illusory form, which He gave to the Devas saying:
“This deceptive vision shall wholly beguile the demons so that, being led astray from the path of the Veads, they may loose their strenght. Anyone, god, demon, or others who shall oppose the authority of the Vedas shall perish by my might. Go then and don’t fear: let this delusive vision precede you. It shall this day be of great service unto you, oh gods.”
This illusory form came to earth and preached to deviant renunciants. They would be called Arhata, forming the base of Jain religion.
Then the illusory form of Visnu dressed in red and told those who deserted the Vedas to stop killing animals. While teaching them a false philosophy, he repeatedly said “buddhyadvam” (know) and they replied “buddhyate” (it is known). In this way they came to be known as Bauddha, or Buddhists.
Note: As we have already made clear, this Buddha was the Visnu Avatara predicted in the Srimad-Bhagavatam and not the Buddha born in Nepal. They are two different persons.
A larger article on Buddha and Buddhism is on the way of compilation.
– Manonatha Dasa (ACBSP)
2 Feb 2020
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