Sunday, November 12, 2017
Jesus and Buddha: Common Teachings
As a Vedanta Practitioner, I see both Jesus and Buddha as full incarnations of the Divine OM (Sacred Syllable OM). Both men lived to uplift humanity. Both encouraged love, forgiveness, walking in Spirit, and leading lives that were not based on a material definition of self. Both men saw through the superficiality of material life and also its futility. In short, all material things will come to pass, and for that reason one cannot live in a way that involves grasping. We must flow with life as if it is a river. There is a tremendous book out by Dr. Marcus Borg called "Jesus and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings". This is one of my favorite books of all times. I always felt uneasy when Christian ministers dedicated a sermon slamming the Buddha calling him the Anti Christ. Remember that Buddha lived about 300 years before Jesus lived. Also Buddha came from a different part of the world. I believe that from the standpoint of non-duality, both Jesus and Buddha merged with the Divine OM and in this way when they became teachers of Nondual Spirit, it was not they who were teaching, but rather they became conduits by which Divine Spirit Itself did the teaching. They were merely human vessels completely open to challenging the present world forces of darkness, greed, temptation, and materialism, all based on a limited concept of self. In this way, they overcame great temptations and were able to complete their missions as Avatars or Divine Appearances in which Spirit manifests completely to benefit humanity. Thanks, Keith
Click here to check out Marcus Borg's book "Jesus and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings".