Oh! East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,
Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God's great judgment seat;
But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth,
When two strong men stand face to face, tho' they come from the ends of the Earth.
Christ and Buddha: Where the Twain Meet -and Merge
Food for Thought
1. Both Lord Gautama and Lord Jesus are said to have virgin birth
Newly-wed Queen Maha Maya in a dream is impregnated by a white elephant bearing a white lotus flower in its trunk, that enters the right side of her abdomen, and at her due time baby Siddharta comes out of the right side of her womb.(1)
Luke 1: 26-39- The Blessed Virgin conceives of the Holy Spirit.
2. Both Lord Gautama and Lord Jesus, for a while, renounce their families
Lord Gautama called of God, at age 29 abandons his palaces, his kin, wife and son.
Lord Jesus at age twelve making the first attempt at his mission, slips past his parents' vigilance on the way from Jerusalem and was found three days later debating on Holy Law with the Hebrew Doctors in the synagogue.
Luke 2:41-52- "Why did you seek me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?" he asked his mother.
Mark 3: 31-Then His mother and His brothers arrived, and standing outside they sent word to Him and called Him. A crowd was sitting around Him, and they said to Him, "Behold, your mother and your brothers are outside looking for you." Answering them, He said, "Who are my mother and my brothers?"…
Matthew 12:49-50- …And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, "Behold my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of my Father who is in heaven, he is my brother and sister and mother."
3. Both Lord Gautama and Lord Jesus are moved by the Holy Spirit
Lord Gautama at age 35, attains enlightenment.
Lord Jesus at his baptism, receives the fullness of the Holy Spirit.
Luke 3: 21-22- Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came out from heaven, “Thou art my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.”
Comment: We can state that every activity is carried through the Holy Spirit: breathing, speaking, eating, cogitating, walking, writing, receiving inspiration, initiation, enlightenment...The Holy Spirit is immanent.
Lord Gautama while meditating under the Bo tree is tempted by Mara the Devil.
Matthew 3:13–20:34- Mark 1:12-13- Luke 4:1-13- Lord Jesus, following his baptism goes into the desert, fasts and prays for forty days, and gets tempted by the Devil.
Following illumination, Lord Gautama walks the roads of India, forms the Sangha, teaches and preaches while begging for food, carrying his famous wooden Buddha-bowl.
"For the remaining 45 years of his life, the Buddha is said to have traveled in the Gangetic Plain, in what is now Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and southern Nepal, teaching a diverse range of people: from nobles to servants, murderers such as Angulimala, and cannibals such as Alavaka. Although the Buddha's language remains unknown, it's likely that he taught in one or more of a variety of closely related Middle Indo-Aryan dialects, of which Pali may be a standardization. "The sangha traveled through the subcontinent, expounding the dharma. This continued throughout the year, except during the four months of the Vāsanā rainy season when ascetics of all religions rarely traveled. One reason was that it was more difficult to do so without causing harm to animal life. At this time of year, the sangha would retreat to monasteries, public parks or forests, where people would come to them."(2)
Following his baptism, Lord Jesus walks the roads of Palestine and Galilee, teaches and preaches, calls his first disciples, gets fed along the way by various people.
He owns nothing.
Matthew 4:13- Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the sea.
Capernaum was his headquarters, and he had five disciples who lived there: Peter, James, Andrew, John and Matthew, one of them who may have taken him in.(3)
Matthew 9:10-13- And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in (Matthew's) house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples.
Luke 7: 36- Now one of the Pharisees was requesting Him to dine with him, and He entered the Pharisee's house and reclined at the table.
Luke 19:1–6- And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for today I must abide at thy house. And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.
Matthew 8: 19-20 -…Then a scribe came and said to Him, "Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go." Jesus said to him, "The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head."
Matthew 12:1- At that time Jesus went through the grain fields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick some heads of grain and eat them.
Matthew 6: 34- Lord Jesus would say: "Do not care for the morrow, what you will eat, for the morrow will take care of itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
That is complete surrender to the care of God."
Characteristics of the Buddha are peace, humility, compassionate Love, forgiveness again and again, desirelessness to the point of divine indifference. .. In the Dhammapada khanti is found in verse 399:
"He endures — unangered —
insult, assault, and imprisonment.
His army is strength;
his strength, forbearance:
he's what I call
Lord Jesus is known as the Prince of Peace, in other words, he keeps his 'cool' in all circumstances when dealing with the Pharisees, Sadducees and all who oppose his mission. He had mastered the emotions of the solar plexus and the desire body, and he can teach us to 'hold our peace' today.
Matthew 11:28-30- He is "meek and humble of heart."
Matthew 18:22 - Mark 11:25,26 And when you stand praying, forgive, if you have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
Mathew 8: 21-22- Then Peter came and said to Him, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?" Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.
High on the Cross, in the midst of horrible sufferings, Lord Jesus prays for the mob: "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do."
He recommends divine indifference.
Luke 6:27–31- But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloak forbid not to take thy coat also.
Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again.
And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
7. Steady Awareness of God
Lord Gautama 'lives in Nirvana,' and is constantly 'Awake.'
Luke 17:20-21- Lord Jesus’ kingdom is within.
…The kingdom of God cometh not with observation...
For, behold the kingdom of God in within you. (A whole science, HeartMath, has developed around the intelligence of the heart, wherein one may go to find answers to every problem).
Lord Gautama presents the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path as the way to enlightenment. He has many sayings, teaches the Dharma (or Dhamma) including the law of karma and the wheel of rebirth "to cultivate the knowledge and practice of laws and principles that hold together the fabric of reality, natural phenomena and personality of human beings in dynamic interdependence and harmony."
Lord Gautama works out miracles: he walks through walls, calms storms, tames the crazed elephant, removes overgrown brambles from a well to make the water drinkable, makes streams of fire and water come out of his body at the same time... "The Buddha could multiply into a million and then return, he could travel through space, he could make himself as big as a giant and then as small as an ant, walk through mountains, he could dive in and out of the earth..."(5)
Matthew 5: 1-12- Lord Jesus proclaims the Eight Beatitudes. Guru Ma once commented they should be regarded as our 'Be Attitudes.' He proffers parables, and works out countless feats of miracles. He instructs on the law of karma, which we know was expunged from Scripture by the Church Fathers under pressure from Emperor Constantine I (272-337)
9. Initiations conferred
Lord Gautama initiates us into the five secret rays.
Lord Jesus equally. It is said in our teachings that Lord Jesus demonstrated that he had received the five secret rays by the marks of the nails in his hands and feet and the piercing of his heart by the Roman soldier's spear.
Quite a few among mankind notably Beloved Francis of Assissi, Therèse Neumann, Beloved Padre Pio to name these three, by their devotion to Lord Jesus' Passion exhibited open wounds at their hands, feet and side.
The initiation of the five secret rays, we ordinary devotees, receive at inner level.
10. Heart-solar plexus and mind
Lord Gautama is absolute loving compassion; Lord Jesus' heart is a furnace of charity.(6)
Lord Gautama and Lord Jesus both do we meet in the 'air,' in the mental, the second quadrant of being. In the east, the control of the mind is obtained through Hathayoga, a yoga of physical exercises and as in Zen, counting one's breath, and more specifically through Raja Yoga, a comprehensive method that emphasizes meditation, while encompassing the whole of Yoga. The latter directly deals with the encountering and transcending one's thoughts.
Philippians 2:5- 1 Tess 4: 17- Saint Paul advises: "Let this mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus." At that point, do we become fully realized and we are "caught up in the air with the Lord," and as He demonstrated, the cloud of our own Mighty I AM PRESENCE hides us out of the sight of all others, who will not be able to see us as we are.
11. Relations to the Mother
The Buddha is in adoration of the Mother, the World Mother in the perfect equilibrium of the crown and the base-of-the-spine chakras.
He welcomes women disciples into the Sangha.
Lord Jesus honors the feminine ray. In the face of Jewish traditionalists, he integrates women into his circle, notably his cousins Mary and Martha, and as Guru Ma once mentioned, the first person he reports to (I'm quoting Guru Ma verbatim: "reports to") following his resurrection is his Twin Flame Mary Magdalene.
Still attached to the Cross, he is concerned about providing a dwelling place for his Mother, the Representative of the Divine Mother.
John 19: 26- 27- When Jesus saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, "Woman, behold, your son!" Then He said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother!" From that hour the disciple took her into his own household.
We know that one of the ways to go to Lord Jesus' Heart is through devotion to his Mother and the recitation of the Rosary.
Perfections, Bhumis and Bible Quotes
Now, let us align the Perfections found in Quietly Comes the Buddha,(7) of Alms, Precepts and Renunciation, of Wisdom, Courage and Patience, of Truth, Resolution, Goodwill and Indifference, with the bhumis (stages) contained in The Buddhic Essence, Ten Stages to Becoming the Buddha(8) and with Bible verses and other quotes, and we will see that Lord Jesus demonstrates all those virtues and perfections:
The Perfection of Alms compared with the First Bhumi, Pramudita: the giving of all of oneself.
Lord Jesus gave of himself totally, up to dying on the Cross.
The Perfection of the Precepts and the Second Bhumi, Vinala: the perfection of morality, purity
John 15: 1-9 - I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
The Perfection of Patience and the Third Bhumi, Prabhakari:
Luke 21: 19 In your patience, possess ye your soul.
The Perfection of Resolution and the Fourth Bhumi, Arcismati:
Rev 2: 25-26 However, hold on to what you have until I come. And to the one who conquers, and who continues in my deeds until the end, I will give authority over the nations.
Forsaking of desire, the perfection of meditation: Fifth Bhumi, Sudurjaya:
In Prayer and Meditation (9) by Jesus and Kuthumi, Lord Jesus, in three different chapters, speaks of Unceasing Prayer, Unbroken Communion and Prayer as Communication with Purpose. We will agree that, as in Sudurjaya, all three activities require a steady mind.
The Perfection of Wisdom and the Sixth Bhumi, Abhimukhi:
Mat 13: 54-56 - And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not his mother called Mary? And his brethren, James, and Joseph, and Simon, and Judas? And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things?
The Perfection of Goodwill and the Seventh Bhumi, Duramgama, the far-reaching stage (or a high degree of attainment).
Lord Jesus performs healing miracles, teaches, multiplies loaves and fishes, gives sight to the blind man, raises the dead…
Let us quote a sweet little poem by Lord Jesus in Prayer and Meditation, and which expresses this stage:
Ecstasy’s dream –
I and my Father are one.
Communion’s pure gleam,
Sweet approbation –
Every deed now well done,
Service is raising,
As life I AM praising –
Peace from the Father, the Son.
Each one perfecting
Hears that sweet voice,
“Tis well done.”(10)
The Perfection of Truth and the Eighth Bhumi, Acala:
John 3: 21 - But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
John 8:32 - And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
John 14:6 - Jesus saith unto Him I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John 14:12-17 - Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter that he may abide with you forever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
The Perfection of Courage and the Ninth Bhumi, Sadhumati:
John 16:33 - "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."
1 John 4:4 - "Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world."
1 John 5:5 - "Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?"
Revelation 3:21- "To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne."
The Perfection of Indifference (that multiplies our capacity to be empowered) and the Tenth Bhumi, Dharmamegha: demonstrated in point 6.
Lord Jesus possesses jnana, divine transcendent knowledge and he possesses the attainment of a Buddha. He said however, that what he did, WE can do more.
Finally, Mother speaks of the three bodies that a Buddha puts on, and which are on the Chart of Our Divine Self(11) the Nirmanakaya, the physical body; the Sambogakaya, which corresponds to the Holy Christ Self and the Vajrakaya which is represented by our Mighty I AM Presence.
In Quietly Comes the Buddha, Lord Gautama states "Some are born to be the Christ, and some are born to be the Buddha." That is moot. Is it not? Does it signify that, though they go through the same initiations, adepts are named Christians in the West, and Buddhists in the East? That what we call the 'Path of Christhood' in the West, is called the 'Way of the Buddha' in the East, but that both paths lead to the meshing of Christ illumination and Buddhic enlightenment in our consciousness?
I remember Guru Ma saying that all the Ascended Masters are both Christ and Buddha. Beloved Morya is a Zen Master, which has earned him the right to wear a yellow turban, I learned in my first days in these teachings. So, Buddhism is not simply the chants given by the ordinary folks but also Zen, the mystical aspect of it. So too is true Christianity not solely the Catholic Mass or the Protestant Sunday Service but also the higher way that has given us Mystics such as Saint Bonaventure (1221-74), Meister Eckhart (!260-1328), Saint Catherine of Siena (1347-80), Saint Francis of Paola (1416-1516), Saint Teresa of Avila (1515-82), Saint John of the Cross (1542-91), Jacob Boehme (1575-1624), Emmanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772), the philosopher Soren Kierkegaard (1813-55), Jacques Maritain (1882-1973) and his wife Raïssa (1883-1960), Beloved Padre Pio (1887-1968), Mother Teresa (1910-97), to name only these few.
12. Ascent into the Cosmic Realm
At the age of 80, the Buddha announces to his disciples that he would soon reach Parinirvana, or the final deathless state, and abandon his earthly body. In Buddhism, the term Parinirvana is commonly used to refer to nirvana-after-death, which occurs upon the death of the body of someone who has attained nirvana during their lifetime. It implies a release from the Saṃsāra, i.e. karma and rebirth as well as the dissolution of the skandhas (desires, causes of suffering).
In some Mahāyāna scriptures, notably the Mahāyāna Mahāparinirvāṇa Sūtra, Parinirvāṇa is described as the realm of the eternal true Self of the Buddha."(12)
Lord Jesus gets lost in the Cloud of his I AM PRESENCE, thus ascending into Heaven.
Acts 1: 9- And when he had said these things, as they [the disciples] were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.
From all of the above it can be said that the Buddha and the Christ take us on similar paths and confer similar initiations, one in the East, the other in the West. As in the popular saying, --and here in a positive way, -"it takes one to know one." When the chela puts on the mind of Christ, he is already a Buddha, and that is why, like Sumedha, he is able to "recognize the Buddha on the way." The chela possesses both the Christ and Buddha mind: this is the point of the merging, the fusion of both Christ and Buddha in his/her consciousness.
(In many western spiritual circles, there exists an awe of Buddhist devotees who seem, through the mastery of mind, to control their environment. I speak of no one in particular here when I say: let us not be impressed with them. They are not always holy. In fact, many were received in the temples as pupils as young as seven or nine and trained to discipline their mind and control the elements, and that so-called mastery which is nothing but an acquired skill, of course remains with them throughout their lives.)
In a beautiful sermon some six months ago, if I remember correctly, we learned that Padre Pio so loved his fellow men that he offered himself to God, even to be totally annihilated and reduced to the original quarks if that would save others. Powerful? Touching beyond words, isn't it?
Consider that Lord Jesus, as Guru Ma mentioned once, so loved us that, after accepting his Father's Will that he drink the full cup of his Passion, even offered Him his own Christhood if that would help in the saving of earth. That meant, she commented, that he could have been stripped of his attainment, and maybe reduced to the level of a savage with hundreds of incarnations ahead of him in order to rise through pain and travail to a higher level.
Here can we also say that he added one more dimension not demanded of the Buddha or any planetary avatar before him: his physical martyrdom. And he has certainly and definitely put down that infamous crown of thorns for a crown of cosmic gold and glory. Lord Jesus is on the line of God-Mastery and all the Masters work together with him. He is a World Teacher, cooperates with Beloved Kuthumi in helping us straighten out our psychology and regularly ‘retrieve’ our soul. He is the one who ties us back to our Holy Christ Self, and so, to God in us.
Lord Gautama is presently the ‘Lord of All the World’ with all the power attached to his position. Since Galilee, however, Lord Jesus had declared: “All power is given me in heaven and in earth.” (Mat 28: 18) Imagine his power at the present moment after more than two thousand years of cosmic initiations.
So, to welcome the Buddha and the Christ in our heart of heart and in the highest position in the 'air,' and then to enter the Cloud, the white fire core of PARINIRVANA and THE ASCENSION, - though we may be un-ascended, - opens before us through the five secret rays, a vast panorama: it is not the sky here that is the limit (to our attainment), but the universe, -even the Cosmos.
Beloved Morya - in a sentence I do not remember well - speaks about the Masters' interest in the "universality of religion." It may be said that it is being heralded right now by the modern mystic who, through inner syncretism, communes equally with both the Buddha and the Christ.
Yet after it is all said, the joy of our hearts is to suffuse ourselves, mankind and the planet in the light of our prayers, decrees and mantras, and especially in the Violet Flame to transmute and raise all to the level of Christ and Buddha, and beyond.
Sources: (1)[(2)(4)(5)(12)- All the quotes on the Buddha are from Wikipedia and various minor sites on the Internet. The Bible quotes are from the King James publication.
3- For Beloved Jesus' five disciples who lived in Capernaum, go to:
6- Vision of Saint Marguerite-Marie Alacoque (1647-1690): His Divine Heart was "more radiant than the sun and as transparent as crystal," with its adorable wound visible, and as a "furnace" of burning flames of charity.
7- Prophet, Elizabeth Clare, Quietly comes the Buddha, published by the Summit Lighthouse, Chapter Three: The Perfection of Alms. (My recent copy of the book was downloaded through Kindle and so, shows no page numbers).
8- Ibid, The Buddhic Essence, Ten Stages to Becoming the Buddha, Summit Publications, Los Angeles, Ca, 2009, pp 66-126
9- Jesus and Kuthumi, Prayer and Meditation, Dictated to the Messengers Mark and Elizabeth Prophet, Summit University Press, 1978, pp 4, 8, 28
10- Ibid, p 51
11- The Buddhic Essence, op. cit. p 124
13- Quietly comes the Buddha, op. cit.
An interesting website: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/buddha.html
A Parting Note: Going around the Internet, one can realize that the above topic may have been trending for most of the past 2,015 years. At www.amazon.com for example, when "Jesus and Buddha" is typed in the search box, many titles will come up, the subject of which is comparing these two Masters.
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