Buddha & “the Resurrection”.
Arjuna & the Vision of the “Son of Man”.
In his book Jesus and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings, Marcus Borg writes that the similarity between the Teaching of Jesus and the Teaching of the Buddha is most probably the result of ‘a similarity in religious experience’; that similarity being the Revelation of the memories of previous lives (cryptically referred to by Jesus in his reply to the Sadducees as the “angels in heaven”); those who have received that Revelation (Moses, Isaiah, Daniel, Jesus and Mohammed, for example) being described as the “children of the resurrection” as well as the “sons of God” (Chapter 20, verse 36 of the Gospel of Luke).
But there is another similarity between the Revelations of the monotheistic religions and the Revelations of the Eastern religions.
In her book, Windows Into the Infinite—A Guide to the Hindu Scriptures, Barbara Powell writes:
“Chapter eleven marks the climax of the Gita. Krshna has gradually revealed His divinity to Arjuna, but in word only. Now he is actually going to demonstrate it. He is going to prove that He is God, the Original, All-Pervading, Infinite, Absolute, Fathomless, Supreme Truth...He will allow Arjuna to see—all at once and in one place—everything that ever was, is or will be. The past, present and future, the infinitude of worlds, the Divine in Its limitless multiplicity and blinding radiance will explode into Arjuna’s perception. Arjuna is the only individual, celestial or terrestrial, ever to be granted such a vision. (Italics added). (pg. 63)
And, while these passages echo certain passages from the Gospel of Mary, the Truth of the matter is that the words used in Chapter 11, verses 3-4, 8, 12 & 20 of the Bhagavad-Gita to describe/refer to this Vision clearly demonstrate that this Vision is precisely the same Vision referred to in Genesis 3:24 as the “Tree of Life”; as the Vision of the “Son of man” in the Book of Daniel, the Gospels and the Revelation of John; as the “Vision of Knowledge” in the Thanksgiving Hymns of the Dead Sea Scrolls; and as the “Night Journey, the “sidra tree” and the “Night of Qadr” in the Quran. In other words, since the writing of the Bhagavad-Gita, Arjuna is not the “only individual...ever to be granted such a vision”; a Vision which is also visually, phonetically and acoustically represented in the “Stargate sequence” of 2001—A Space Odyssey:
in which the protagonist is David Bowman (see Genesis 21:20 & Revelations 6:2), while Arjuna is described in Chapter 11 verse 33 of the Bhagavad Gita as the “Ambidextrous Archer”.
Furthermore, as described/referred to in Chapter 8, verses 3 & 9 of the Bhagavad-Gita, the “Supreme Self” corresponds quite closely to what I have referred to in Towards A New Paradigm of Consciousness:
as the non-spatial, non-temporal, non-dualistic, 2-dimensional ‘flat’ space “observing consciousness” (as graphically demonstrated during the first few minutes of “Stargate sequence”)which exists prior to the “beast of the sea” consciousness of the “self” and the “beast of the earth” consciousness of the ‘thinker’.
Thus, if human civilization is to survive at all the “time of trouble” Prophesied by Daniel, it is crucial to acknowledge the fundamental continuity between the Revelations of the monotheistic religions and the Revelations of Buddhism and Hinduism; and the contradiction of those Revelations by the Jewish, Christian, Islamic, Buddhist and Hindu metaphysical theologies/philosophies.