CHISEL THE DEBRIS: Jesus’ teachings as a textual copy of Buddha (Part 5)

FROM previous articles, Iesous’ (Jesus’) birth narratives presented scripturally is a composite of solar figures, namely, Horus (Heru) of ancient Egypt, Mithra of Persia later adopted by the Roman Empire, Dionysus/Bacchus of Greece, Krishna and Buddha of India, and a nameless Teacher of Righteous of the Essene Community (“the Children of Light”) of Qumran related to a possibly historical Yahoshua the “Essene/Nazarene.”

Furthermore, his teachings have too many similarities with the textual copy around those of the mythical lives of the same solar figures and we have compared them with those of Buddha so far.

Life’s ultimate truth, treasure and power lie within us

“To begin the journey in the Way… first, set yourself straight. You are your only master…Self is the lord of self, who else could be the lord?… (12.160). By oneself the evil is done, by oneself one suffers; by oneself evil is left undone, by oneself one is purified. Purity and impurity belong to oneself, no one can purify another. (12.165) –Buddha, The Dhammapada

“And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of (the Divine) should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of (the Divine) cometh not with observation. Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of (the Divine) is within you.” – Luke 17:20-21.

From the human interior plane of life, we will achieve a good life, good health and prosperity.

“This inner treasure of life has had many names. Plato refers to it as the Good and the Beautiful, Aristotle as Being, Plotinus as the Infinite, Taoism it is called the Tao, in Judaism Ein Sof. Among Australian aborigines it is called the dreamtime, among tribes of southern Africa Hunhu/Ubuntu.

The names may differ, but the inner reality they point to is one and the same… In India traditions it is called Yoga, in Buddhism Nirvana.” – Dr. Craig Pearson, “The Kingdom of God is within you” (2010), www.tm.org/blog/enlightenment/kingdom-of-god-is-within-you/.

“The (interiority) has a hidden abyss, untouched by time and space, which is far superior to anything that gives life and movement to the body. Into this noble and wondrous ground, this secret realm, there descends that bliss of which we have spoken. Here the (interiority) has its eternal abode. Here a man becomes so still and essential, so single-minded and withdrawn, so raised up in purity, and more and more removed from all things.

This state of the (interiority) cannot be compared to what it has been before, for now it is granted to share in the divine life itself.” – Johannes Tauler(1300–1361), one of the most influential German spiritual writers of the 1300s.

Response to evil

“Hatred do not ever cease in this world by hating, but by love; this is an eternal truth (Dhammapada 1:5) … Overcome anger by love, Overcome evil by good. overcome the miser by giving, overcome the liar by truth (Dhammapada 17:3) … Surmount hatred by not hating, surmount evil with good; surmount greed through generosity … do not succumb to anger, give when you are asked. Through those steps you will come close to the Divine” (Gandhari Dharmapada 280-281).

The great cloud rains down on all whether their nature is superior or inferior. The light of the sun and the moon illuminates the whole world, both him who does well and him who does ill, both him who stands high and him who stands low. (Sadharmapundarika Sutra 5)” – Buddha.

“But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.

For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect,” – Jesus in Matthew 5:44-48 (and also Luke 6:27-30, Luke 10:29-37, Mark 12:31, Matthew 22:39, Luke 10:27).

Healing the sick

“The blind saw and the deaf could hear…The ill were healed. The hunger and thirst of the deprived were stilled. Drunkenness was taken away from the drunken. The mad regained reason. The blind could see again, and the deaf hear.” ~ Buddha,Lalitavistara VII.

“Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them.” ~ Jesus in Matthew 11:4-5 (see also Luke 7:22).

Walking the talk (Actions suited to own words)

“Just as a flower which seems beautiful and has colour but has no perfume, so are the fruitless words of the man who speaks them but does them not.” ~ Buddha,Dhammapada 4:51.

“If you understand these things, blessed are you while you do them.” ~ Jesus in John 13:17.

Necessity of love

“Just as a mother would protect her only child at the risk of her own life, even so, cultivate a boundless heart towards all beings. Let your thoughts of boundless love pervade the whole world.” ~ Buddha,SuttaNipata 149-150.

“This is my lone commandment: that you Love one another as I have loved you.” ~ Jesus in John 15:12.

References

  1. Ernest De Bunsen, “The Angel-Messiah of Buddhist, Essenes and Christians” (1880), freely available online.
  2. Elmar R. Gruber and Holger Kersten, “The Original Jesus: The Buddhist Sources of Christianity” (1995),
  3. Richard Hooper, “Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, And Lao Tzu: The Parallel Sayings” (2007).
  4. Jesus and Buddha — Friends in Forever … (2012)

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