I believe the only humans to ever calibrate at
Jesus, Buddha, and
Jesus was a unique case....he was a direct ray of the light
God...the unmanifest manifested by the will of the Divine Father.
The Father (unmanifest) is the totality of this Allness, and Christ
is one with that as the son.
They are different drops of the same water....however, they differ in
Purpose. Jesus' Purpose was the SALVATION OF MANKIND!!!! whew!!
pretty big job; thus this is why Divinity incarnated as Christ, it
was an event that is quite profound.
Buddha was to bring enlightenment, and that is not as pertinent in a
certain sense as a basic salvation.
They calibrate much differently in Purpose. Christ was the only human
ever to calibrate at 1000 on the Purpose scale. So his life was quite
Same water, but some drops have a little more salt to it I guess...
Jesus and Krishna
• Both are believed to be sons of God, since they were divinely conceived
• The birth of both Jesus of Nazareth and Krishna of Dwarka and their
God-designed missions were foretold
• Both were born at unusual places — Christ in a lowly manger and
Krishna in a prison cell
• Both were divinely saved from death pronouncements
• Evil forces pursued both Christ and Krishna in vain
• Christ is often depicted as a shepherd; Krishna was a cowherd
• Both appeared at a critical time when their respective countries
were in a torpid state
• Both died of wounds caused by sharp weapons — Christ by nails and
Krishna by an arrow
• The teachings of both are very similar — both emphasize love and peace
• Krishna was often shown as having a dark blue complexion — a color
close to that of Christ Consciousness
Christ comes from the Greek word 'Christos', which means "the anointed
one". Again, the word 'Krishna' in Greek is the same as 'Christos'. A
colloquial Bengali rendering of Krishna is 'Kristo', which is the same
as the Spanish for Christ — 'Cristo'.
The father of the Krishna Consciousness Movement AC Bhaktivedanta
Swami Prabhupada once remarked: "When an Indian person calls on
Krishna, he often says, Krsta. Krsta is a Sanskrit word meaning
attraction. So when we address God as Christ, Krsta, or Krishna we
indicate the same all-attractive Supreme Personality of Godhead. When
Jesus said, 'Our Father who art in heaven hallowed be Thy name', the
name of God was Krsta or Krishna."
Prabhupada further says: "'Christ' is another way of saying Krsta and
Krsta is another way of pronouncing Krishna, the name of God…the
general name of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, whose specific
name is Krishna. Therefore whether you call God 'Christ', 'Krsta', or
'Krishna', ultimately you are addressing the same Supreme Personality
of Godhead…Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu said: namnam akari bahu-dha
nija-sarva-saktis. (God has millions of names, and because there is no
difference between God's name and Himself, each one of these names has
the same potency as God.)"
God or Man?
According to Hindu mythology, Krishna was born on earth so that the
balance of good in the world could be restored. But, there are many
conflicting theories regarding his Godhood. Although, Krishna's story
depicts him as the ultimate Lord of the Universe, whether Krishna
himself is God or man is still a contentious matter in Hinduism.
Hindus believe that Jesus, like Lord Krishna, is just another avatar
of the Divine, who came down to show humanity in the righteous way of
life. This is another point where Krishna resembles Christ, a figure
who is both "fully human and fully divine."
Krishna and Jesus were both saviors of mankind and avatars of God who
have returned to earth at an especially critical time in the lives of
their people. They were the incarnates of the Divine Being Himself in
human form to teach human beings divine love, divine power, divine
wisdom, and lead the benighted world towards the light of God.
These two most admired of religious icons also claim to hold the
completeness of their religions by themselves. It's interesting to
note how alike each one spoke in the Bhagavad Gita and the Holy Bible
about the righteous way of life.
Lord Krishna says in the Gita: "Whenever, O Arjuna, righteousness
declines and unrighteousness prevails, my body assumes human form and
lives as a human being." He also says, "In order to protect the
righteousness and also to punish the wicked, I incarnate myself on
this earth from time to time." Similarly, Jesus said: "If God were
your Father, ye would love me; for I proceeded forth and came from
God; neither came I of Myself but He sent me."
At many places in the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna said about His
oneness with God: "I am the way, come to Me…Neither the multitude of
gods, nor great sages know my origin, for I am the source of all the
gods and great sages." In the Holy Bible, Jesus also utters the same
in his Gospels: "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes
to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know
my Father as well…"
Krishna advises all men to continue working for the welfare of the
state all through the life: "That man attains peace who lives devoid
of longing, free from all desires and without the feeling of 'I' and
'mine'. This is the Brahman state…" Jesus too ensures man, "Him that
overcometh 'I' will make a pillar in the temple of my God and he shall
go no more out."
Lord Krishna urged his disciples to follow the art of scientific
control of the senses. An expert yogi can withdraw his mind from old
temptations of the material world and can unite his mental energy with
the joy of inner ecstasy or samadhi. "When the yogi like a tortoise
withdrawing its limbs, can fully retire its senses from the objects of
perception, his wisdom manifests steadiness". Christ too delivered a
similar directive: "But though, when thou prayest, enter into thy
closet, and when thy shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in
secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly."
Krishna stressed the idea of the grace of God in the Gita: "I am the
origin of everything, and everything arises out of Me…". Similarly,
Jesus said: "I am the bread of life; he that cometh to me shall never
hunger and he that believeth in me shall never thirst."
Jesus and Buddha
have some interesting similarities:
1. Both Buddha and Jesus were baptized in the presence of
the "spirit" of G--d. (De Bunsen, p. 45; Matthew 3:16.)
2. Both went to their temples at the age of twelve, where they are
said to have astonished all with their wisdom. (Ibid., p. 37; Luke
3. Both supposedly fasted in solitude for a long time: Buddha for
forty--seven days and Jesus for forty. (Arthur Lillie, Buddha and
Early Buddhism (London, 1881), p. 100, Matthew 4:2.)
4. At the conclusion of their fasts, they both wandered to a fig
tree. (Hans Joachim Schoeps, An Intelligent Person's Guide to the
Religions of Mankind (London, 1967), p. 167; Matthew 21:18--19.)
5. Both were about the same age when they began their public
* "When he [Buddha] went again to the garden he saw a monk who was
calm, tranquil, self--possessed, serene, and dignified. The prince,
determined to become such a monk, was led to make the great
renunciation. At the time he was twenty--nine years of age...".
(Encyclopedia Americana (New York: Rand McNally and Co., 1963), vol.
4, p. 672.)
* "Jesus, when he began his ministry, was about thirty years of
age" (Luke 3:23).
6. Both were tempted by the "devil" at the beginning of their
* To Buddha, he said: "Go not forth to adopt a religious life but
return to your kingdom, and in seven days you shall become emperor of
the world, riding over the four continents." (Moncure D. Conway, The
Sacred Anthology (London, 1874), p. 173.)
* To Jesus, he said: "All these [kingdoms of the world] I will give
you, if you fall down and worship me" (Matthew 4:9).
7. Buddha answered the "devil": "Get you away from me." (De Bunsen,
* Jesus responded: "...begone, Satan!" (Matthew 4:10).
8. Both experienced the "supernatural" after the "devil" left:
* For Buddha: "The skies rained flowers, and delicious odors
prevailed [in] the air." (Ibid.)
* For Jesus: "angels came and ministered to him" (Matthew 4:11).
9. The multitudes required a sign from both in order that they
might believe. (Muller, Science, p. 27; Matthew 16:1.)
10. Both strove to establish a kingdom of heaven on earth. (Beal,
p. x; Matthew 4:17.)
* Buddha "represented himself as a mere link in a long chain of
enlightened teachers." (Muller, Science, p. 140.)
11. Jesus said: "Think not that I have come to abolish the law, and
the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfill them"
12. According to the Somadeva (a Buddhist holy book), a Buddhist
ascetic's eye once offended him, so he plucked it out and cast it
away. (Ibid., p. 245)
* Jesus said: "If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out,
and throw it away;" (Matthew 5:29).
13. "Buddha taught that the motive of all our actions should be
pity or love of our neighbor." (Ibid., p. 249)
* Jesus taught: "...love your enemies and pray for those who
persecute you" (Matthew 5:44).
14. Buddha said: "Hide your good deeds, and confess before the
world the sins you have committed." (Ibid., p.28)
* Jesus said: "Beware of practicing your piety before men to be
seen by them;" (Matthew 6:1) and "Therefore confess your sins one to
another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed..." (James
15. Both are said to have known the thoughts of others:
* "By directing his mind to the thoughts of others, [Buddha] can
know the thoughts of all beings." (R. Spence Hardy, The Legends and
Theories of the Buddhists Compared with History and Science (London,
1866), p. 181.)
* "But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said: `Why do you think evil
in your hearts?' " (Matthew 9:4).
16. After "healing" a man born blind, Buddha said: "The disease of
this man originates in his sinful actions in former times." (Prof.
Max Muller, ed., Sacred Books of the East (Oxford: Clarendon Press,
1879--1910), vol. 21, p. 129f.)
* "As [Jesus] passed by, he saw a man blind from his birth. And his
disciples said to him: `Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents,
that he was born blind?' " (John 9:1--2).
17. Both were itinerant preachers with a close group of trustees
within a larger group of disciples. (James Hastings, ed.,
Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics (New York: Edinburgh T. & T.
Clark, 1918), vol. 6, p. 883; Matthew 26:20.)
18. Both demanded that their disciples renounce all worldly
possessions. (Hardy, Monachism, p. 6; Luke 14:33.)
* "The number of the disciples rapidly increased, and Gautama sent
forth his monks on missionary tours hither and thither, bidding them
wander everywhere, preaching the doctrine, and teaching men to order
their lives with self--restraint, simplicity, and charity."
(Hastings, vol. 6, p.883)
* "And [Jesus] called to him the twelve [apostles], and began to
send them out two by two.So they went out and preached that men
should repent" (Mark 6:7, 12).
19. Both had a disciple who "walked" on water:
* To convert skeptical villagers, Buddha showed them his disciple
walking across a river without sinking. (Lillie, p. 140)
* "He said: `Come.' So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the
water and came to Jesus, but when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and
beginning to sink he cried out: `Lord, save me!' " (Matthew 14:29--
20. "One day Ananda, the disciple of Buddha, after a long walk in
the country, meets with Matangi, a woman of the low caste of the
Kandalas, near a well, and asks her for some water. She tells him
what she is, and that she must not come near him. But he replies: `My
sister, I ask not for your caste or your family, I ask only for a
drought of water. She afterwards became a disciple of Buddha."
(Muller, Science, p. 243)
* "There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her:
`Give me a drink.' For his disciples had gone away into the city to
buy food. The Samaritan woman said to him: `How is it that you, a
Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?' For Jews have no
dealings with Samaritans" (John 4:7--9).
21. Each repeated a question three times:
* "The Buddha next addressed the bhikkhus and requested them three
times to ask him if they had any doubt or question that they wished
clarified, but they all remained silent." (Encyclopedia Britannica
(New York: William and Helen Benton, 1974), vol. 2, p. 373.)
* "[Jesus] said to him the third time: `Simon, son of John, do you
love me?' Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time:
`Do you love me?'" (John 21:17).
22. Both received similar receptions:
* "The people swept the pathway, the gods strewed flowers on the
pathway and branches of the coral tree, the men bore branches of all
manner of trees, and the Bodhisattva Sumedha spread his garments in
the mire, [and] men and gods shouted: `All hail.' " (Hardy, Legends,
* "And they brought the colt to Jesus, and threw their garments on
it; and he sat on it. And many spread their garments on the road, and
others spread leafy branches which they had cut from the fields"
23. Both had an archival:
* "[Buddha's] chief rival was Devadatta, a cousin of the Buddha,
who is represented as being jealous of his influence and popularity,
and as repeatedly seeking to compass his death." (Hastings, vol. 6,
* "While [Jesus] was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve,
and with him a great crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief
priests and the elders of the people. Now the betrayer had given them
a sign, saying: `The one I shall kiss is the man; seize him!' And he
came up to Jesus at once, and said: `Hail, Master!' And he kissed
him" (Matthew 26:47--49).
24. Before his death, Buddha said to his disciple: "Ananda, when I
am gone, you must not think there is no Buddha; the discourses I have
delivered, and the precepts I have enjoined, must be my successors,
or representatives, and be to you as Buddha." (Hardy, Eastern
Monachism (London, 1860), p. 230.)
* Before his "ascension," Jesus said to his disciples: "Go,
therefore, and make disciples of all nations, teaching them to
observe all that I have commanded you; and, lo, I am with you always,
to the close of the age" (Matthew 28:19--20).
25. When Buddha died: "The coverings of [his] body unrolled
themselves, and the lid of his coffin was opened by supernatural
powers." (De Bunsen, p. 49.)
* When Jesus died: "And behold, there was a great earthquake; for
an angel of the L--rd descended from heaven and came and rolled back
the stone, and sat upon it" (Matthew 28:2).
26. "In the year 217 B.C. Buddhist missionaries were imprisoned for
preaching; but an angel, genie or spirit came and opened the prison
door, and liberated them." (Thomas Thornton, A History of China from
the Earliest Records to the Treaty with Great Britain in 1842
(London, 1844), vol. 1, p. 341.)
* "They arrested the apostles and put them in the common prison.
But at night an angel of the L--rd opened the prison doors and
brought them out" (Acts 5:18--19).
27. Both men's disciples are said to have been miracle workers.
(Maria L. Child, The Progress of Religious Ideas Through Successive
Ages (New York, 1855)vol. 1, p. 229, Acts 3:6--8.)
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