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    Buddha the Israelite

    Buddha the Israelite
    Isabel Hill Elder, N. Ireland

    The breadth of this topic suggests that during exile, Israel's doctrines influenced other cultures such as those in Asia. Modern Buddhism is though possibly influenced by Israelite doctrines is said to have incorporated lots of deviations or diverse doctrines since then. It should follow that notions of orthodox Christianity borrowing from Buddhism can be shown to be false with vice-versa (minus diverse additions) holding true.

    In almost startling confirmation of the Israelitish origin of Buddhism many references are to be found in ancient writings, symbols and rock inscriptions which compel us to the conclusion that the original Buddhism was none other than the Israel religion. When the prophet Ezekiel was carried captive to Babylon at the age of 25 both he and his father, Buzi, as Aaronites had the missionary urge to see their kinsfolk of Israel cleansed from their idolatry and return to the worship of the one true God, the God of Israel.

    In the book of Ezekiel we have the missionary prophets denunciation of the sins of the House of Judah with whose King (Jehoiachin) , and Court officials Ezekiel was carried captive to Babylon. (II Kings XXIV, 14 -16, Ezekiel 1, 2)

    The prophet covers a wide field for he sees in a vision the whole House of Israel, twelve tribed Israel, revived and restored to God's favour. The home training of Ezekiel in the house of his father, Buzi, had one object and that was missions to Israel.

    Buzi, the Aaronite, with the prophetic eye, saw disaster rapidly approaching for the unfaithful House of Judah, and a like punishment to that which had overtaken the House of Israel,100 years earlier, when the King of Assyria had carried them captive in the reign of Hoshea and placed them in " the cities of the Medes" (II Kings XVII). During a revolt in Assyria the Israelite captives made their escape and, for the most part, turned south-east to the shores of the Caspian Sea. These tidings having reached Buzi his missionary spirit was aroused to go forth to these escaped captives, his kinsfolk. Taking with him five disciples, probably trained in the schools of the prophets, Buzi came to these outcast Israelites with a message of hope and forgiveness; he would make a supreme effort to turn them from idolatry to the worship of the one true God. As he journeyed towards their camping places his name Buzi became Buddha; this change is easily understood when we realise that in the Semitic languages the "Z" and "D" sounds are related, e.g., in Hebrew Zahab and Dahab both mean "gold" and so Buddha would be a natural alternative for Buzi. It is then as Buddha that we first hear of Buzi, the father of Ezekiel, between Media and the Caspian Sea and his followers as Budii.

    It was from the region of Media that the "wise men" came to Bethlehem at the time of the birth of our Lord (Budh, in some oriental languages meaning "wise ") probably descendants of some of these Israelites who had been taught by " Buzi the Wise."

    These escaped Israelites are mentioned by Herodotus (Book I, Chapter 1) as belonging to the nation formed by Deioces and as revolting from Assyria and asserting their independence not many years after Israel's deportation to Media in the reign of Hoshea. (II Kings, XVII 6). Here amongst these Israelites Buzi (Buddha) began his mission and in this region Buddhism was found in its most ancient form and which began to spread about 600 B.C., not as now professed and practised nor even altogether as it was established in India under King Asoka 300 years after its first propagation. As Dr. Moore (" Lost Ten Tribes ") observes

    "it has been corrupted by various pagan additions and has assumed shapes according to the various idolatries it has encountered till at length but little of the original remains in a pure form, e.g., the celibacy of priests is now universal, but according to its own records its founder married twice if not thrice and gave his disciples precepts as to the choice of.a wife."
    The Israelitish character and origin of Buddhism is seen in many ways. It was a monotheistic reformation of the outcast tribes of Israel and its symbolism, that of the" Wheel" on the top's of Sanchi correspond exactly with that described in I Kings VII 33 as in Solomon's temple. There is so close resemblance between Ezekiel's writings and the earliest Buddhist records and inscriptions as to prove that the prophet himself, the son of Buzzi, had for his father the original Buddha.

    The story of the rock inscriptions at Girnar, Delhi and other places is one uniform lament of a nation overwhelmed by fire and sword, scattered and afflicted, and that as a purification from its sins and that in order to future cleansing and peace.

    If early Buddhism is shown by Dr. Moore ("Lost Ten Tribes") to be of Israelitish derivation, its Saxon origin and affinities are none the less clear. "Sakya" or "The Saxon" was the founder of Buddhism; the claim for an Israelitish origin for the original Buddha through the name "Sakya" or "The Saxon," son of Isaac, is further strengthened by the fact that Buddha was also known as Jakku, son of Jacob (Commander Roberts "British History Traced" p. 83).The early Buddhists looked upon themselves as men with a Divine mission and corrupted as has their religion been by Asiatic nations-just as new Testament teaching has been by the Latins-their influence is still widely felt in India, Ceylon, Burmah , Siam, China and Japan. They broke down caste and destroyed brute worship demanding thought as the foundation of belief, and by teaching equality and goodwill as the foundation of moral excellence. Their disciples still profess to be open to new truths and they are expecting another Messiah.

    Buddhism was introduced into India as Christianity is now, by the Saxon race. The religion which King Asoka established. as the state religion was that of a people who had issued from the neighbourhood of the Caspian Sea and carried their religion with them until it was established in India. The Tibetans themselves assert that the fair, high nosed people who came from the West and taught them their religion were the Sacae (Moore "Lost Tribes").The Purana Vahrana record that the White Island ( Britain) Sacam or Saxum was early possessed by Sacae who founded Buddhism in the East.

    The inscriptions on the Newton and Logie Stones of Scotland have undoubted Buddhist symbols upon them-the Lotus, the Wheel, the Lion and Unicorn, etc., corresponding with those of Eastern Buddhism.

    There is a curious family sympathy and similarity between Scandanavian Mythology. and Buddhism which had its rise in the same neighbourhood, whence, according to tradition and history our northern forefathers came (Roberts "British History Traced," P. 62) .

    The Rock Temple inscription at Kanari reads :-

    "And Sakyas mouth unkindling them
    Brought the serim together
    From the race of Harari."
    The influence of Sakya Buddha, the founder of Buddhism is thus recorded. The serim in Hebrew signifies "the scattered and dispersed like seed" Jeremiah XVL.13, or "one who has taken root in a country where he lives and is spreading abroad his branches " as in Exodus 1.7.And 'the race of Harari' were the dwellers in the hill-country of Ephraim, (the name Ephraim being a general term for ten-tribed Israel 'Ephraim' the leader and holder of the birthright) as so frequently instanced in Scripture.

    Buzi, or Sakya Buddha, met with considerable success in turning many of his fellow Israelites to the worship of the one true God, and with his five disciples trained many of his people for mission work among scattered Israel wherever they might be found, his followers were known as Budii in Persia and the region of the Caspian Sea.


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