Bible codes and controversy are inextricably linked, so it is not uncommon for BCD to receive e-mails objecting to our findings or the topics we research. For example, when we began looking for Buddha, Buddhism and Buddhist in the codes, we received a number of e-mails complaining that we couldn't possibly be finding Buddhist codes in the Tanakh (Hebrew Old Testament).
As we have repeatedly proposed over the years, we believe that the codes express various viewpoints and that the codes point to the authorship of the Bible, God. God is not bound by time, and therefore He could place codes in the text about any topic in the past, the present or the future. This does not mean that we condone the use of the codes for predicting the future. It simply means that God knows all, and we do not.
Here are a few of the fascinating Buddhist codes we have found in the last six years. The codes were parsed and translated by Nathan Jacobi, Ph.D.
- Lord, Buddha came as an echo of religion.
- Thus is essential existence—the Buddha will accompany me.
- The U.N. is Buddha's target.
- Why do Buddha and suffering exist? Let me bear them.
- Buddha is proper and sealed. Indeed a candle.
- Buddha converts me pleasantly, my basis is soft religion.
- Descend Prince Buddha, and sit down with him.
- Buddhism, the people are coming, the present is God, and who is my light? Death is a razor-like prince.
Echo of Religion
Lord, Buddha came as an echo of religion.
We find this code very interesting as technically Buddhism is not a religion (i.e., service and worship of a supernatural being). Buddha is not a god, and is not, therefore, to be worshiped. Many people consider Buddhism to be a religion, but it is a religion only in the sense that it is a system of beliefs and practices. Given that, it could reasonably be said to be an echo of religion.
Thus is essential existence—
the Buddha will accompany me.
Essential existence is a phrase that could express the Buddhist's desire to transcend suffering and worldliness. The Three Marks of Existence are impermanence (all things are in flux or cease to be), suffering (nothing brings lasting satisfaction), and impersonality ("no self"). Enlightenment or Nirvana transcends these.
The Buddha will accompany me is not a teaching of Theravada Buddhism, but in the sense of walking the same path that Buddha walked to achieve enlightenment, it could be ventured to say, Buddha was accompanying you. In contrast, in Mahayana Buddhism, the concept of the Buddha accompanying his most devoted followers is commonplace.
These two codes were previously published in this article: Buddhist Codes Continue to Astonish
The U.N. is Buddha's target.
The U.N. would be a natural target for Buddha, as the following quote from Buddhanet.net implies.
Like Christianity and Islam, Buddhism is a missionary religion in that it has always believed that the truth it teaches should be made known to as many people as possible. After the Buddha made and trained his first disciples he gave them this commission: "Go ye forth for the good of the many, for the welfare of the many, out of compassion for the world. . . ."
Buddha and Suffering
Why do Buddha and suffering exist? Let me bear them.
Suffering is a major topic in Buddhism. In fact, one of the primary teachings of Buddhism is the Four Noble Truths, which are: (1) Life as we know it ultimately is or leads to suffering/uneasiness in one way or another. (2) Suffering is caused by craving or attachments to worldly pleasures of all kinds. This is often expressed as a deluded clinging to a certain sense of existence, to selfhood, or to the things or phenomena that we consider the cause of happiness or unhappiness. (3) Suffering ends when craving ends, when one is freed from desire. This is achieved by eliminating all delusion, thereby reaching a liberated state of Enlightenment; (4) Reaching this liberated state is achieved by following the path laid out by the Buddha. (Wikipedia.org)
Much of Solomon's writing in Ecclesiastes is devoted to suffering. After bemoaning the meaninglessness of life, Solomon writes about the pain and grief (i.e., suffering):
What does a man get for all the toil and anxious striving with which he labors under the sun? All his days his work is pain and grief; even at night his mind does not rest. This too is meaningless. —Ecclesiastes 2:22-23 (NIV)
Solomon reigned from 971-931 B.C., and Buddha lived from 563 to 483 B.C. Since Solomon lived approximately 400 years before Buddha, the possibility of Solomon's teachings reaching Buddha in India are not without possibility. Our Director, R. E. Sherman explores this topic in the first two chapters of his book, Buddha and Jesus: Could Solomon Be the Missing Link?
The last two codes appear in Ecclesiastes and were previously published in: Buddha Codes in Ecclesiastes and Proverbs.
The following code talks about light (guidance) in the form of a candle. It proposes the idea that Buddha is a candle, lighting the way for people to live.
Buddha is proper and sealed. Indeed a candle.
In case you might think that Buddha and candle have little to do with one another, try typing "Buddha candle" into your search engine. You will likely come up with over one million search results! Such a candle is considered by Buddhists to be a means of invoking good fortune and enlightenment.
This code was previously published in this article: Highly Significant Buddha Codes Found in Isaiah 40-46.
Converts Me Pleasantly
Buddha converts me pleasantly, my basis is soft religion.
The word pleasant actually plays an important part in Buddhist teachings, because "when the label of pleasant is given to an object, we develop attachment." In Buddhism, attachment is considered one of the Three Poisons. However, when the word pleasantly refers to the beliefs of Buddhism itself, this would seem to be an acceptable attachment. Perhaps soft religion refers to the attitude of tolerance toward those of other beliefs that Buddhism is known for.
Descend, Prince Buddha
Descend, Prince Buddha, and sit down with him.
In this code we find Buddha being referred to as a prince. From Wikipedia's entry on Buddha's Early Life and Marriage, we learn that Buddha was "destined to a luxurious life as a prince, and had three palaces (for seasonal occupation) especially built for him." His father was King Suddhodana.
The last two codes were previously published in this article: Round Two: Highly Significant Buddha Codes Found in Isaiah 40-46.
A Razor-Like Prince
Buddhism, the people are coming, the present is God,
and who is my light? Death is a razor-like prince.
Words such as light, death, and prince are central to Buddhism. As we know light or enlightenment is a central theme in Buddhism, and it was Buddha's first exposure to death and illness that prompted him to leave his life as a prince and pursue the life of an ascetic.
This is a very striking code that links a religion with a wide following (the people are coming) to key issues: (1) the nature of existence (the present) and its relationship to God, (2) the question of who each person will turn to as a source of illumination (Who is my light? ) and (3) the sudden and dramatic nature of death (Death is a razor-like prince).
The question, Who is my light? seems particularly appropriate to Buddhism, with its encouragement to its devotee to find their own path, with the aide of a guru or guide. Such a question would seem inappropriate to a monotheistic religion (i.e., Judaism, Christianity or Islam) where its doctrines leave no question as to who a follower's light is.
The last sentence likens death to a razor-like prince. Is it not death that sharply cuts us off from this life? Buddhism's practices teach how to prepare for death. The contemplation of death provides a razor-like teaching. The more you contemplate death, the more aware you are of the temporary nature of life, and the importance of being on a spiritual path in this lifetime.
This code was previously published in this article: Dramatic Buddhist Codes Discovered.
Buddha Codes Articles and YouTube Videos
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