Is Buddha mentioned in the Ramayana?

Some anti Hindus said that Ramayana was written by the orders of pushyamitra sunga to revive Hinduism from Buddhism and they showed this verse as an example. But Buddha nowhere is mentioned in the Ramayana. Let's see the exact translation:
Buddha just means enlightened/wise person and this translation translates the word 'Buddha' in the literal meaning of intellection, it has been used way wayy before Buddhism came to be.
When Lord Rama decided to honor his father Dasaratha‘s words and leave for the forest, Jabali, tries to dissuade Shri Ram from going to the forest by questioning the authority of the Vedas.
In this Sarg, Dasharatha's minister Jabali presents arguments that Shri Ram should forget about Dharma and his father's words and just pursue a materialistic lifestyle in Ayodhya.
Shri Ram gives a defense of Dharma and a rebuke of Jabali, saying that he regrets that Dasharatha ever hired a Jabali:
Shri Ram said - “I accuse the act done by my father in taking you into his service, you with your misleading intelligence, a firm atheist fallen from the true path.” the king should punish such a person like a thief.

Where did Gautam Buddha come from here?
So, the context of the verse 34 is those who acts according to their own intellect instead of scriptural (Dharma Shastra) injunctions should be punished like a thief.
The word Buddha is used to refer intellect and wisdom. So, when the entire episode uses the word Buddha at many instances with the context of intellect and wisdom, here Buddha cannot be Gautama Buddha.


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