THE HIDDEN GENEALOGY OF THE BUDDHAS Maitreya’s renunciation will parallel that of Gautama, but after seeing the four sights, he will spend only a week practicing the austerities, in contrast to Gautama's six years. He will sit under a naga tree and will attain enlightenment. The Divyavadana story of the Tathagata Maitreya's noble act of … Continue reading How small the past Buddha must have been!
Through arduous effort and single-minded worship and reverence, one’s mind is transformed by the Christ's power, so that one acquires the Christ's wisdom. This realization of unconditional humility [‘trust’, i.e. self-abandonment] is not a union of our minds and the Buddha’s [Christ is another name for Buddha Maitreya] mind brought about through a gradual deepening … Continue reading The salvific power of the Christ
The spiritual master Sri Aurobindo (ca.1944 A.D.) was given a vision of the "Great Man" (the spiritual genius) which he transmitted in poetic form: To bring God down to the world on earth we came, To change the earthly life to life divine... A mutual debt binds man to the Supreme: His nature we must … Continue reading The visions of Sri Aurobindo
Universal essence of Buddhist prophecies In one of his teachings, as captured in the Buddhist scripture called Digha Nikaya, the Lord Buddha spoke thus concerning his future successor [here the Buddhas’ genealogy has little to do with religion as we know it, as profoundly elucidated in other posts in this blog]: “At that period, brethren, … Continue reading Maitreyanatha – the fifth and last Buddha