Freawaru wrote:Except for the term "self" the whole Bhaghavad Gita is very "Buddhist" if you ask me.
Really? I haven't read the Bhaghavad Gita, could you recommend a reliable translation?
Yeah, that is a bit of a problem. There are several translations "out there" and one has to read a bit sideways and allow for different words for the same meaning.
Compare tilts translation of 16.9 to
Following such conclusions, the demoniac, who are lost to themselves and who have no intelligence, engage in unbeneficial, horrible works meant to destroy the world.http://www.asitis.com/16/9.html
Accepting this vision the demoniac being deficient in spiritual intelligence having lost contact with their soul ; degradedly engage in abominable activities to influence the destruction of the universe.http://www.bhagavad-gita.org/Gita/verse-16-07.html
BTW I don't agree with tilts conclusion that it is Buddhism that is meant here by "demoniac". The next strota shows it, IMO:
The demoniac, taking shelter of insatiable lust, pride and false prestige, and being thus illusioned, are always sworn to unclean work, attracted by the impermanent.http://www.asitis.com/16/10.html
Does not sound like Buddhism to me.
On the other hand the previous strotas describing the "divine nature" sound to me like the very same qualities the Buddha recommended:
The Blessed Lord said: Fearlessness, purification of one's existence, cultivation of spiritual knowledge, charity, self-control, performance of sacrifice, study of the Vedas, austerity and simplicity; nonviolence, truthfulness, freedom from anger; renunciation, tranquility, aversion to faultfinding, compassion and freedom from covetousness; gentleness, modesty and steady determination; vigor, forgiveness, fortitude, cleanliness, freedom from envy and the passion for honor--these transcendental qualities, O son of Bharata, belong to godly men endowed with divine natur
Arrogance, pride, anger, conceit, harshness and ignorance--these qualities belong to those of demoniac nature, O son of Prtha.
The transcendental qualities are conducive to liberation, whereas the demoniac qualities make for bondage. Do not worry, O son of Pandu, for you are born with the divine qualities.
If you are interested just read it yourself and compare to the Buddhist scripture itself.