09 September 2007

Christianity is to Judaism is as Buddhism is to Hinduism

Jesus had the same relationship to Judaism as Buddha to Hinduism. Christianity is therefore incomprehensible, separated from Judaism, but Christianity is also incomprehensible if one does not realize that it is a complete renouncement of Judaism.

The way of Jesus was the way of the Gospel, and the Gospel was and is entirely different from the law. The way of Jesus invariably led to the Cross because without the Cross, Christianity would have been Judaism. It was the callousness which was the difference between them. Callousness was what separated those who believed in the unification by the Cross and those who was not able to believe.

The symbol of Christianity is therefore the cross. It is the key to the Christian faith, just as the wheel is the key to the Buddhist dharma.

Buddhism and Christianity—two Missionary Religions

Both Hinduism and Judaism were exclusively connected to a specific ethnic tradition. They were ethnic religions in which belief and religion, cult and culture merged with one another. In principle, Hinduism and Judaism are therefore not missionary religions. They may attract proselytes who convert to Hinduism as in Indian ethnic belief or Judaism as a Jewish ethnic belief. It is actually a self-contradiction that gentiles can become Jews or that non-Indians can become Hindus. There is a decisive element of religious apartheid inherent in both Hinduism and Judaism.

Buddhism and Christianity, on the other hand, are non-ethnic religions. As such, both are missionary religions. Both Buddha and Christ gave a missionary command. It was said from the lips of Buddha:

"Go forth in all the world, for the good of the many, for the welfare of the many, in compassion for the world. Preach the teaching, magnificent as it is in the beginning, magnificent as it is at the end. Preach a life of holiness, perfect and pure."
This missionary command is a true gem as it holds the essential part of Buddhism: the teaching and the compassion – to be shared with the many.

This was the way in which the Awakened had to speak for Him to awaken all the sleeping people who were exposed to the sufferings of life's nightmare.

The missionary command of the Resurrected has a different wording; it has, however, much in common with that of the Awakened. It is written in Matthew 28:18-20:

"Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
Again, the attention is brought to the teaching, but the teaching is given in another context. Here it is not the king's son who became a revivalist preacher, rather it is the revivalist preacher who became the king's son, the successor of full authority in heaven and on earth. And yet, in both situations the message is given for the many—all the nations. The whole thing is about a universal, even cosmic message.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Hello Blogmaster;
I would like to use your illustration for my poem:

Christ Buddha

Deep within the Pure Land that many know as Heaven
Christ Buddha sat in animated conversation:

“Yes”, he said, “Right from the first, in fact, before,
there were much too many misunderstandings.”

“As with me,” the other said.
“My biggest peeve is how they turn to hate
what I have taught of love.”

I understand”, he said, “It can be wearying
to find such things in those we knew as friends.
But harder yet is what they ask of me, so constantly,
avoiding all responsibility.”

“So we agree. And yet I see myself in them,
and find them lovely.”

“I have seen the same
in them,
in you,
in me.”

I would give credit. May I? dennis@hisland.co.uk

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