Below is a fascinating article from Fox News about the possible reincarnation of Buddha in Nepal. Given the circumstances the world faces I expect this will be the beginning of ever more gods, avatars and people claiming to be Jesus popping out of the woodwork. As conditions in the world deteriorate economically, morally, and even militarily, with some believing a limited nuclear war is on the horizon in the Middle East, it’s likely that events, like the one described below, will increase in frequency and magnitude. The article below takes no opinion on the legitimacy of the 18 year old some claim is the reincarnation of Gautama Buddha who founded the Buddhist religion but the fact Fox is covering it seems significant somehow. We’re talking about an 18 year old kid who comes out of the jungle supposedly having meditated for months without food showing up half a world away on the website of our most popular cable news outlet.
There have always been people claiming to be god but in the days to come, we should be watching for the frequency of such occurrences. Even as Christianity gets slammed and taken from pillar to post in the American Media as little more than a superstition that should never inform ones vote the media reports on a possible Messiah half a planet away. While the media covers homosexual activists attacking the Christians as hate mongers and Canada essentially declares the bible as hate speech because it lists homosexuality as a sin it covers a kid in Nepal with the same neutrality and respect that it once used to cover Christianity. It’s beginning to seem like “Messianic” is the new cool move of today and its popping up in jungles here in America with Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam calling Barak Obama the messiah. It’s showing up in some of the fawning coverage of Vladimir Putin in Russia even while the American and World Leftists denigrate and mock Christianity at every turn. It’s as if the more Christianity is attacked and mocked and desecrated in museums and films, the more the people look for, and perhaps not surprisingly, find “messiah” like people in the wilderness of Nepal or even in the wilderness of the Illinois State House.
The final irony for me is that I have great respect for Buddhism and have studied it extensively earlier in my life and I find that I have far more respect and affection for it than I’ve come to have for many “progressive” politicians and voters. Indeed if our “Progressive” Liberal Democrat neighbors were to be contrasted with the followers of this kid from the jungle of Nepal here’s what would emerge:
· Buddhists are unfailingly peaceful and self effacing while “Progressives” are obnoxious and more inclined to riots than peaceful protests.
· Buddhists don’t believe in killing or in God but in “enlightenment”. “Progressives” believe in abortion on demand, (infanticide) euthanasia, (homicide) and that Christianity should be expelled from the public square because its intolerant and hateful.
· Buddhists don’t impose their religious beliefs on people any more than Christians but Progressives have hijacked the schools and the media to “educate”(indoctrinate) the people on the error of their Christian ways; and the glories of Socialism, Environmentalism, and religious tolerance of any religion that is not Christianity.
· Buddhists tend to meditate a lot, just as Christians pray a lot, but a “Progressive” cant seem to keep his or her mouth shut for two seconds and “activism” and “social justice” has taken the place of meditation and prayer.
Yes, I’ve come to the conclusion that I have far more respect for Buddhism than for what the Democrat (Progressives) have become. I don’t feel a threat from a kid in Nepal who some Buddhists claim may be enlightened, not at all. I do feel lots of threats coming from the political takeover of the United States by a “messianic” “progressive” from whom enlightenment (and condescension and arrogance) seems to ooze from every pour. Indeed I’m far more likely to conclude that the kid from the jungle is far more enlightened than Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid or Barak the Beneficent.
Here is the Fox story in full and its URL:
Teen ‘Reincarnation of Buddha’ Re-emerges From Jungle
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
A teenage boy who many believe is the reincarnation of Buddha has re-emerged from the jungle in southern Nepal, attracting thousands of devotees, officials said Tuesday.
After retreating into the jungle for more than a year, Ram Bahadur Bamjan, 18, re-emerged Monday near Nijgadh town, about 100 miles south of the capital, Katmandu.
Upon hearing the news, thousands of Bamjan’s followers, some from as far away as India, traveled to the site Tuesday to see him, police official Abhaya Joshi said by telephone.
There has been no formal declaration by Buddhist authorities that Bamjan is the reincarnation of the Buddha. But people have worshipped the teenager since he was first seen in 2005 meditating in the jungle, where he sat for months, motionless with his eyes closed among the roots of a tree.
Joshi said Bamjan plans to talk to his followers for a few hours every day for a week before returning to the jungle to meditate.
The long-haired Bamjan, dressed in a white cloth, appeared to be in good health as he spoke to his followers about peace and ending discrimination, according to the Rajdhani newspaper.
“It was an amazing experience to hear and see him. I have no doubt now he is the reincarnation of Buddha,” said Sangeeta Lama, a woman who met Bamjan for the first time.
Buddhist priests have been divided on whether the boy is truly the reincarnation of Siddhartha Gautama, who was born in southwestern Nepal around 500 B.C. and later became revered as the Buddha, which means Enlightened One.
Buddhists strongly believe in reincarnation, the doctrine that every soul reappears after death in another bodily form.
Min Bahadur Shakya of the Nagarjuna Institute of Exact Methods in Katmandu said Buddhist priests have not reached a conclusion about Bamjan because they have not been able to fully investigate the boy.
“Meditating without food does not prove that he is reincarnation of Buddha. There is much study needed to be done,” Shakya said.
Buddhism is practiced by about 325 million followers, mostly in Asia.