Gautam Buddha is one of the purest beings who have ever lived on this earth. He is the rarest phenomenon. Buddha is a scientist of inner world. He is absolutely a rationalist. His approach is purely logical, He convinces the mind. You cannot find any mistake in Him. He himself is the proof of what He is saying.
There is no need to be a religious person to travel with Buddha. There is no need to believe in god, soul or anything. With Buddha, by and by you will come to know all about god, soul and everything. But those are not hypotheses. No belief is required to be convinced by Buddha. You can come to Buddha with all your doubts possible. He will accept your every doubt. He will convince your mind, and once your mind is convinced and you start travelling with him, by and by you start feeling that He has a message which is beyond mind, He has a message which no reason can confine.
Buddha is not against any reason. It has to be understood in the very beginning. Krishna says to Arjuna, “Surrender to me, then you will be convinced.” But Buddha says, “Be convinced first, then surrender comes like a shadow. You need not worry about it.”
So many people think that Buddha is an atheist because He has never talked about god. But you cannot find more godly a person than Buddha. He has not talked about god because there is no way to talk about god. All talk about god is nonsense. Whatsoever you can say about god is going to be false. It is something that cannot be said. Other seers also say that nothing can be said about god, but at least they say this much, that nothing can be said about god. Buddha is really logical; He will not say even this, because He says, “Even to say that nothing can be said about god, you have said something. If you say, “God cannot be defined,” you have defined him in a negative way, that he cannot be defined. If you say, “Nothing can be said,” that too you are saying.” Buddha is strictly logical. He will not utter a single word. Buddha is not an atheist but He never talks about god. That’s why I say He is a rarity.
He brings many people to god; He brought more people than anybody else has done. Millions of people were brought to become godly in His presence, but He never uttered the word. Not only god, but even soul, self, He has no theory about it. He simply says, “I can show you the way how to go in. You go and see.” He says, “Buddhas can only indicate the path, they cannot provide you with a philosophy. You are there, go in and see.”
Buddha introduced many people, millions of people, to the inner world, but in a very rational way.