The similarity between Buddhism and Christianity

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  1. Hindu

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    » The mother of Buddha Mahamaya Divi and the mother of Jesus Mother Merry both give them virgin birth; that is both Buddha and Jesus take birth without sexual intercourse.

    » Both got unique hevenly sign during birth. Pushya nakshatra was visible during Buddha’s birth and Messionic star was visible during Jesus’s birth.

    » On the day after the child's birth, a sage named Asita Rishi journeyed from his mountain abode to the palace of King Suddhodana and announced that the child would either become a great king (chakravartin) or a great holy man, (Narada (1992). A Manual of Buddhism)
    The New Testament says: “when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judia in the days of Herod the king behold there came wisemen from the East to Jerusalem saying where is he that is born the king of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the east and have come to worship him” (Mathew II, 1.2)

    » “Māra”, the demon tempted Gautama Buddha before enlightenment, similarly “Satan” tempted Jesus
    In the early stage both have 12 disciples, both travels with disciples to spread the teachings, told disciples to spread the teachings through the world, both give importance to humanity over the cast system.

    » Both of them use to give their teachings in a similar way, As for example in Sarnath Buddha in his first advice told the essence or purport of his Religion, Similarly Jesus in told the purport in the on the mount. Buddha used Metaphor and Story to express his teachings similarly Jesus teachings were in Parables. There are great similarities between the parables of John V-14 and Luke XII-16 with the bharadwaj sutta and Dhaniya sutta.

    » Buddha feds fed 500 men from a “small basket of cakes,” and walked on water. Similarly Jesus feds 5000 men with 5 breads and 2 fishes.

    » A seducer praised Subha’s (Buddha follower) eyes she plucked them, out and gave them to him, frightening him away. Similarly Lucy's betrothed admired her eyes, so she tore them out and gave them to him, saying, "Now let me live to God".

    » The rituals of the both religions are strangely similar. In Buddhism the two main streams are Maha jaan and Hina jaan, the Christians have Catholic and Protestant.

    » The highest religious person in Buddhism is Dalai Lama, and in Christians it is Pope. After Dalai Lama there is secondary ranked Lama and in Christians after pope they got secondary ranked Archbishop, Bishop etc. Both the religion follows similar rituals in different level of religious practice.

    » During Initiation in Buddhism holy water is given in the head, and during initiation in Christianity the holy water of Jorden is essential.

    » buddan saranan gachchami, sanghan saranam gachchami, dharman saranam gachchami, are three main words in Buddhism; similarly God, The son of God and the Holy Ghost are the three main words in Christians.

    Similarity in the teachings of Buddha and Jesus:

    » What is the use of plated hair? O fool! What of the raiment of goat skins? Within thee there is ravening, but outside thou makest clean”- Dhammapada 394.
    And the lord said unto him, now do ye pharisees, make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of mavening and wikeness. - Luke XI, 39

    » Hatred does not cease by hatred at any time, hatred ceases by love- this is its nature, Let us live happily, not hating those who hate us. Among men who hate us, let us live far from hatred, let him overcome anger by love; let him overcome evil by good. – Dhammapada 51
    But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you and pray for then which despite fully use you and persecute you- Mathew V, 44

    » Destroying living beings, killing, cutting, binding, stealing, speaking, falsehood, fraud, deception, worthless-reading, intercourse with another wife- this is Anigandha (what defiles a man) – Anighandha sutta nipat.
    For out of the heart, proceed evil thoughts, murders, adultries, fornication theft, false witness, blasphemies, these are the things which defile a man. – Mathew XV, 19-20

    » like a beautiful flower, full of color but without scent, are the fine and fruitless words of him who does not act accordingly. Dhammapada 130
    All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do, but do not ye after their works, for they say and do not. –Mathew XXII

    » all men tremble at punishment, all men love life. Remember that you are like unto them and do not kill or cause slaughter. – Dhammapada 51
    And as you would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. –Luke VI, 31

    » the fault of other is easily perceived but of ourself is difficult to perceive. A man winnows his neighbor’s fault like chaff, but his own fault he hides as a cheat hides the bad die from the gambler. - Dhammapada.
    And what beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye but considerest not the beam that is in mine thine own eye. Mathew VII, 3

    » Do not look at the faults of others, or what others have done or not done; observe what you yourself have done and have not done. Dhammapada

    Why do you see the speck that is in your brothers eye, but do not notice that log that is in your own eye? Matthew 7.3

    » The lack of a Biblical record of the life of Jesus between age 12 in the temple and age 30 at the river Jordan may indicate that he spent these missing years away from the region of Israel. Several authors have claimed to have found proof of the existence of manuscripts in India and Tibet that support the belief that Christ was in India during this time in his life. The Jesus in India manuscript was first reported in modern times by Nicolas Notovitch (1894). Subsequently several other authors have written on the subject, including the religious leader Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (founder of Ahmadiyya movement) (1899), Levi H. Dowling (1908), Swami Abhedananda (1922),[2] Nicholas Roerich (1923–1928), Mathilde Ludendorff (1930), and Elizabeth Clare Prophet (founder of Ascended Master Teachings New Age group) (1956).

    From the above similarity it can be said that jesus not only come to india but also influenced by the Buddhist. Even today the tomb of Jesus can be found at Srinagar, Kashmir. A documentary produced by BBC shows this in a great details.

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