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Christ Buddha And Christ Jesus Compared





"The more I learn to know Buddha the more I admire him, and
the sooner all mankind shall have been made acquainted with
his doctrines the better it will be, for he is certainly one
of the heroes of humanity."
Fausboell.


The mythological portions of the histories of Buddha and Jesus are,
without doubt, nearer in resemblance than that of any two characters of
antiquity. The cause of this we shall speak of in our chapter on "Why
Christianity Prospered," and shall content ourselves for the present by
comparing the following analogies:

1. Buddha was born of the Virgin Mary,[289:1] who conceived him without
carnal intercourse.[289:2]

1. Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary, who conceived him
without carnal intercourse.[289:3]

2. The incarnation of Buddha is recorded to have been brought about by
the descent of the divine power called the "Holy Ghost," upon the
Virgin Maya.[289:4]

2. The incarnation of Jesus is recorded to have been brought
about by the descent of the divine power called the "Holy
Ghost," upon the Virgin Mary.[289:3]

3. When Buddha descended from the regions of the souls,[290:1] and
entered the body of the Virgin Maya, her womb assumed the appearance of
clear transparent crystal, in which Buddha appeared, beautiful as a
flower.[290:2]

3. When Jesus descended from his heavenly seat, and entered
the body of the Virgin Mary, her womb assumed the appearance
of clear transparent crystal, in which Jesus appeared
beautiful as a flower.[290:3]

4. The birth of Buddha was announced in the heavens by an asterim
which was seen rising on the horizon. It is called the "Messianic
Star."[290:4]

4. The birth of Jesus was announced in the heavens by "his
star," which was seen rising on the horizon.[290:5] It might
properly be called the "Messianic Star."

5. "The son of the Virgin Maya, on whom, according to the tradition, the
'Holy Ghost' had descended, was said to have been born on Christmas
day."[290:6]

5. The Son of the Virgin Mary, on whom, according to the
tradition, the 'Holy Ghost' had descended, was said to have
been born on Christmas day.[290:7]

6. Demonstrations of celestial delight were manifest at the birth of
Buddha. The Devas[290:8] in heaven and earth sang praises to the
"Blessed One," and said: "To day, Bodhisatwa is born on earth, to give
joy and peace to men and Devas, to shed light in the dark places, and to
give sight to the blind."[290:9]

6. Demonstrations of celestial delight were manifest at the
birth of Jesus. The angels in heaven and earth sang praises to
the "Blessed One," saying: "Glory to God in the highest, and
on earth peace, good will toward men."[290:10]

7. "Buddha was visited by wise men who recognized in this marvelous
infant all the characters of the divinity, and he had scarcely seen the
day before he was hailed God of Gods."[290:11]

7. Jesus was visited by wise men who recognized in this
marvelous infant all the characters of the divinity, and he
had scarcely seen the day before he was hailed God of
Gods.[290:12]

8. The infant Buddha was presented with "costly jewels and precious
substances."[290:13]

8. The infant Jesus was presented with gifts of gold,
frankincense, and myrrh.[290:14]

9. When Buddha was an infant, just born, he spoke to his mother, and
said: "I am the greatest among men."[290:15]

9. When Jesus was an infant in his cradle, he spoke to his
mother, and said: "I am Jesus, the Son of God."[290:16]

10. Buddha was a "dangerous child." His life was threatened by King
Bimbasara, who was advised to destroy the child, as he was liable to
overthrow him.[291:1]

10. Jesus was a "dangerous child." His life was threatened by
King Herod,[291:2] who attempted to destroy the child, as he
was liable to overthrow him.[291:3]

11. When sent to school, the young Buddha surprised his masters. Without
having ever studied, he completely worsted all his competitors, not only
in writing, but in arithmetic, mathematics, metaphysics, astrology,
geometry, &c.[291:4]

11. When sent to school, Jesus surprised his master Zaccheus,
who, turning to Joseph, said: "Thou hast brought a boy to me
to be taught, who is more learned than any master."[291:5]

12. "When twelve years old the child Buddha is presented in the
temple. He explains and asks learned questions; he excels all those who
enter into competition with him."[291:6]

12. "And when he was twelve years old, they brought him to
(the temple at) Jerusalem . . . . While in the temple among
the doctors and elders, and learned men of Israel, he proposed
several questions of learning, and also gave them
answers."[291:7]

13. Buddha entered a temple, on which occasion forthwith all the statues
rose and threw themselves at his feet, in act of worship.[291:8]

13. "And as Jesus was going in by the ensigns, who carried the
standards, the tops of them bowed down and worshiped
Jesus."[291:9]

14. "The ancestry of Gotama Buddha is traced from his father,

Sodhodana, through various individuals and races, all of royal
dignity, to Maha Sammata, the first monarch of the world. Several of
the names and some of the events are met with in the Puranas of the
Brahmans, but it is not possible to reconcile one order of statement
with the other; and it would appear that the Buddhist historians have
introduced races, and invented names, that they may invest their
venerated Sage with all the honors of heraldry, in addition to the
attributes of divinity."[292:1]

14. The ancestry of Jesus is traced from his father, Joseph,
through various individuals, nearly all of whom were of royal
dignity, to Adam, the first monarch of the world. Several of
the names, and some of the events, are met with in the sacred
Scriptures of the Hebrews, but it is not possible to reconcile
one order of statement with the other; and it would appear
that the Christian historians have invented and introduced
names, that they may invest their venerated Sage with all the
honors of heraldry, in addition to the attributes of
divinity.[292:2]

15. When Buddha was about to go forth "to adopt a religious life,"
Mara[292:3] appeared before him, to tempt him.[292:4]

15. When Jesus was about "beginning to preach," the devil
appeared before him, to tempt him.[292:5]

16. Mara said unto Buddha: "Go not forth to adopt a religious life,
and in seven days thou shalt become an emperor of the world."[292:6]

16. The devil said to Jesus: If thou wilt fall down and
worship me, I will give thee all the kingdoms of the
world.[292:7]

17. Buddha would not heed the words of the Evil One, and said to him:
"Get thee away from me."[292:8]

17. Jesus would not heed the words of the Evil One, and said
to him: "Get thee behind me, Satan."[292:9]

18. After Mara had left Buddha, "the skies rained flowers, and
delicious odors pervaded the air."[292:10]

18. After the devil had left Jesus, "angels came and
ministered unto him."[292:11]

19. Buddha fasted for a long period.[292:12]

19. Jesus fasted forty days and nights.[292:13]

20. Buddha, the Saviour, was baptized, and at this recorded water
baptism the Spirit of God was present; that is, not only the highest
God, but also the "Holy Ghost," through whom the incarnation of Gautama
Buddha is recorded to have been