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#49 Buddhist Emperor Ashoka’s title “Beloved one of Gods”.
Emperor Ashoka’s given name was Asoka but he assumed the title Devanampiya Piyadasi which means “Beloved-of-the-Gods, He Who Looks on with Affection.”
Ashoka (ca. 304–232 BC) – also known as Ashoka the Great was an Indian Emperor of the Maurya Dynasty.
His period was prior to the canonization of Buddhist scriptures; and he was a fervent follower of Buddha; under his rule Buddha’s teachings spread far and wide.
His title shows us that he was a Theist; and this clearly hints that the earlier followers of Buddha were believers of Theists; they were not Atheists or Agnostics.
#61 Gospel of Buddha
“Starting from the simplest forms, the mind rises and falls according to deeds, but the aspirations of a Bodhisatta pursue the straight path of wisdom and righteousness, until they reach perfect enlightenment in the Buddha. Verse-3: Chapter 41-“The Goal”
Paarsurrey comments: I think here “In the Buddha” means in the All-Wise and the All-Light- the one true God, not Buddha himself, if I have correctly understood.
#63 The scribes writing down the scriptures have undermined the true teachings of Buddha in the translations while Buddha’s exact words he spoke, it seems, have not been preserved and have been toned down.
#70 I think it is the Theravada Buddhists who deny most fervently that Buddha was not a Theist and that he did not believe in God.
Theravada Buddhists mostly are from Sri Lanka where Buddhism was brought by son and daughter of Kind Ashoka whom he had sent to Sri Lanka to spread Buddhism.
King Ashoka’s title “Devanampiya Piyadasi” “Beloved-of-the-Gods, He Who Looks On With Affection” amply proves that up to his times the Buddhists believed in God/s.
Please correct me if I am wrong.