His Message to Sardis as the Faith of Buddhism

His Message to Sardis as the Faith of Buddhism
3.1Now write to the Angel of the Church in Sardis:
Now publish for Buddha to his Buddhist Faith from Nepal:
‘These things says the holder of the seven Spirits of God, meaning the seven stars.
‘This message comes from your Fifth Maitreiya Buddha, the Amitabha Glory of the Infinite uniting you seven Manifestations of the Eternal Essence, meaning you seven brilliant Teachers.
I have seen your own good deeds, that you have a name, that you are alive but dead!
I recognize your own good deeds, that you Buddhists were renowned, that your spirit was alive but died!
2Wake up, and strengthen the rest who are at the point of death, for I have not found your same deeds complete in the sight of my God.
You did become enlightened, and did revive the remaining Buddhists whose spirits had nearly died, for I had not found your same deeds complete from the point of view of our Eternal Essence.
3Therefore recall how you heard and have attained. Obey and mend your ways.
Therefore you recalled how you heard and learnt from Gautama. You obeyed and reformed.
But if you do not wake up, I shall be present like a thief. So you shall not really know what specific hour I shall be present for you.
But since you have become enlightened in far-off Asia, I have arrived unexpectedly in Persia. So you do really recognize these 1800s that I am present for you.
4On the other hand, you do have some people in Sardis who have not soiled their garments, because they are worthy, they shall walk with me in white.
On the other hand, you have some believers in Buddhism who have not spoiled their good behavior, because they are worthy, they have progressed with me nobly.
5As for the victor, this same person shall thus be clad in white garments. I shall never erase his or her name from the Book of Life and I shall acclaim their name before my Father and His Angels.
As for you who prevail spiritually, you same Buddhists are thus performing noble deeds. I shall never deny your name for moral decency and I acclaim your fame in serving our Infinite Father and His Messengers.
6Let you that have ears listen to what this Spirit is telling the churches.’
Let Buddhist readers understand what I, the latest Manifestation of our Eternal Essence, am telling Its Faiths.’
Comments:
3.1–6: Buddhism: Buddha…was a divinely-appointed and fully independent Manifestation of God, a wonderful soul who established the Oneness of God. The real teaching of Buddha is the same as the teaching of Jesus Christ. In the time of the Buddha…civilization in Asia and in the East was very much higher than in the West and ideas and thoughts of the Eastern peoples were much in advance of, and nearer to the thoughts of God than those of the West.Later the original principles of his doctrines gradually disappeared, and ignorant customs and ceremonials arose and increased until they finally ended in the worship of statues and images. The teaching of Buddha was like a young and beautiful child, and now it has become as an old and decrepit man.[1]
3.1: For God, Buddhism uses titles like the Infinite, Eternal Essence, Boundless Essence, Causeless Cause, and Ultimate Reality. Such titles indicate the impossibility of defining “God”. Judaism likewise calls God the Name, writes Him as G-d or Gcd, and utters His unspeakable name YHWH as Adonai. The Baha’i Faith similarly calls Him the innermost Spirit of Spirits and eternal Essence of Essences.[2]
3.2: As a title, Buddha means Enlightened One, namely one who has woken up. The five Enlightened Ones of Buddhism were Gautama, its Second Buddha Jesus, its Third Buddha Muhammad, its Fourth Buddha as the Bab, and its Fifth Buddha as Baha’u’llah who is known also as the Maitreiya Buddha of Kindness and Amitabha Glory of the Infinite. Buddhist Scriptures expect his advent“west of India and east of Israel”. So blessed the slumberer who is awakened by [3][Baha’u’llah’s] Breeze.
3.3–7: The teachings of Gautama spread through India, but got supplanted by Hinduism and Islam in the 11–15th centuries,[4] in part because they were too peaceful for waging war efficiently. Buddhism continued to thrive off-shore in Southeast Asia, Tibet, China, and Japan.
3.3 & 16.15: Buddhist Scriptures expect Miroku [Maitreiya]…as comes a thief…secretly…born below leaving behind the highly exalted throne to bring salvation, who again interprets as Baha’u’llah appearing like the coming of a thief into a house, the owner of which is utterly unaware[5].
3.4–5, etc: Garments signify the good qualities which the man possessed, such as love, sincerity, etc. He ‘that watcheth’ must keep that good character…like a robe adorning him. White garments signify holy dignity and a station sanctified from color…free from the universal conditions and material qualities.Adorn yourselves with the raiment of goodly deeds assist ye the Lord with works of righteousness.[6] Each dressing-Word in the Apocalypse wardrobe interprets in a specific way. A long robe(v. 1.13) interprets as complete virtue; garments (3.4, 5, 18, 4.4, 16.15, 19.13 & 16) as good deeds; robe (6.11, 7.9, 13, 14 & 22.14) as virtue; linen (15.6) as goodness; fine-linen (18.12, 16, 19.8 & 14) as righteousness; dressed in (7.9, 13, 10.1, 11.3, 12.1, 19.8 & 13) as showing/displaying; decked (17.4 & 18.16) as flaunting; clad in (3.5, 18 & 4.4) as perform; adorned in (1.13, 15.6 & 19.14) as promoting; arrayed (21.2 & 19) as emanating; clean and white (2.17, 3.4, 5, 18, 4.4, 6.2, 11, 7.9, 13, 14.14, 19.11, 14 x 2 & 20.11) as pure and noble.
3.5, 13.8, 17.8, 20.12, 15 & 21.27, The Book of Life identifies decent folk as letters inscribed upon [God’s] sacred scroll, listing them as verses of perfection on the page of the universe and words of oneness in the Book of Life.[7] 


 
[1] Buddha was, Shoghi Effendi, Lights, 1694.502; a wonderful soul, ‘Abdu’l-Baha in London 64; the real teaching, ‘Abdu’l-Baha in London 63; in the time, ‘Abdu’l-Baha in London 69; later the original, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, SAQ 43.165; the teaching of, ‘Abdu’l-Baha in London 64
[2] Baha’u’llah, KI 179
[3] one who has woken, Abdu’l-Bahá, SWA168.199; blessed is the slumberer, Baha’u’llah, TB 16, also Scriptures 49.124 & Shoghi Effendi GPB 210
[4] Gard, Great Religions of Modern Man: Buddhism 25–26
[5] Miroku,Japanese Buddhist Scripture: Sekai Kyusei Kyo. Inori-no-Shu. www.unification.net‌/ws/theme161.htm#16; the coming of,‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Brittingham 3; also SWA 168.198–199
[6] Baha’u’llah, Aqdas 73.45, Tablets of Baha’u’llah 11.178, KI 73.45
[7] The Book of Life, Ps. 69.28–29, Exod. 32.32–33, Dan. 12.1 & Mal. 3.16; letters inscribed, Baha’u’llah GWB 96.196, Shoghi Effendi, Advent of Divine Justice 75; verses of, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, SWA 193.232 & Compilation of Compilations 1.782.371